Consumer

By Tom Sullivan December 12, 2016
Orbita announced its Voice Experience Designer at the Connected Health Conference on Monday. The company described the software as a graphical tool healthcare organizations can use to build voice assistants that aid patients in their homes. “We provide the connectivity services, the orchestration logic for data that comes in and collaboration app for caregivers to communication with patients,”...
By Jonah Comstock December 7, 2016
Fitbit confirmed the rumored acquisition of Pebble today, but clarified that it is not acquiring the business in its entirety -- only the software IP and some personnel. Notably, Fitbit won't take on Pebble's debts or it's hardware assets, which the company could still sell in a separate deal, and Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky will not start a job at Fitbit. Instead, according to a report in...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2016
It's been a rough couple of weeks for wearables. Yesterday, Lenovo announced it was abandoning its Moto Androidwear line indefinitely, with head of global product development Shakil Barkat saying "wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year,” according to The Verge. Last week it came out that Pebble, which arguably invented the smartwatch space, is...
By Heather Mack December 2, 2016
London-based genomics company DNAFit has launched Elevate, an online training platform that incorporates users’ genetic information to create personalized workout plans. Elevate, which DNAFit developed with the input of Olympic track and field athlete Greg Rutherford, is based on the company’s saliva-based genetic test kit. It screens for 45 specific gene variants, which may be linked to each...
By Jonah Comstock December 2, 2016
Angel, a company that has been working since 2013 on an open source wearable tracker that could be programmed for different use cases, has shut down the project and, likely, the company.  The company announced the news via a large banner on its website reading "This project is no longer active". Angel executives did not respond to MobiHealthNews's request for an interview. Bob Troia, known as "...
By Heather Mack December 1, 2016
Fertility apps aren’t just for women. A new male fertility kit and companion app from Medical Electronic Systems, which makes commercial-grade automated semen analyzers, allows men to test their semen at home using their smartphone. The test is called YO, and features a clip-on mini microscope that users attach to their smartphone, plus a sample collection cup, a testing slide, a plastic pipette...
By Heather Mack November 29, 2016
A tiny new wearable designed to be worn on a baby or toddler’s wrist will soon be an option for families in the United States and European Union. Neebo, a baby monitoring device from Czech Republic-based Daatrics, has opened up pre-orders and will begin shipping by spring 2017. The small, egg-shaped wearable aims to give parents and guardians peace of mind by tracking vital signs and any sound...
By Heather Mack November 23, 2016
More than a decade ago, when most people were still using not-so-smart mobile phones, the first human genome was sequenced. It cost $3 billion. In the time it took for smartphones to become the essential consumer technology, DNA sequencing rapidly evolved from a costly, uncommonly used process into a quick, reliable, relatively cheap and widely used predictive tool to give insight on disease risk...
By Jonah Comstock November 21, 2016
According to a report from TechCrunch, Intel is laying off a large portion of its wearable group. The original report indicated that this meant the company is pulling away from wearables, but Intel denied that in a statement. "Intel is in no way stepping back from the wearables business," the company told TechCrunch. "In fact, we have several products in the works that we are very excited about,...
By Heather Mack November 17, 2016
For people with colorblindness, daily activities like choosing a perfectly ripe piece of fruit or the ideal color palette of an outfit can be tricky, along with an overall compromised sense of the vividness of the world’s hues. So, Microsoft engineers designed an app that uses a smartphone camera to help people with the condition distinguish color combinations that they would otherwise have a...