Consumer

By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2017
Lattice, the "dark data" startup Apple snapped up earlier this week, may well have aspirations in the healthcare space.  Apple acquired the company a few weeks ago according to Tech Crunch, which says a source put the deal at $200 million. Lattice is working on using artificial intelligence to turn "dark data", which is unstructured, largely unusable data generated through digital interactions,...
By Jonah Comstock May 11, 2017
San Francisco-based meditation app Simple Habit has raised $2.5 million in a new round of funding that includes investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Fabrice Grinda's FJ Labs, Foundation Capital and the founders of Dropbox and Gusto. This is the first round of funding for the company, whose app launched on the iOS App Store in April 2016. CEO Yunha Kim, who went from being an investment...
By Heather Mack May 11, 2017
Fitbit’s activity-tracking wearables may be a common features of many corporate wellness programs – their products are currently in use by over 1,300 companies – but all those step challenges and healthy lifestyle motivators aimed at lowering healthcare costs still only make up about 10 percent of the company’s revenue. So, in order to best position their enterprise strategy, Fitbit is merging...
By Heather Mack May 11, 2017
It may not seem like a big change, but an extra two beats per minute in resting pulse rate could mean the difference between getting pregnant or not. This clue into fertility windows have led researchers at the University of Zurich to suggest the wearable fertility trackers from San Francisco and Zurich-based Ava could be a value tool for couples looking to conceive. The study, published in the...
By Heather Mack May 8, 2017
Higia Technologies, a Mexican biosensors company headed by 18-year-old Julian Rios Cantu, has unveiled a prototype version of a bra called Eva, which founders say can detect breast cancer. Eva, a thick-strapped item that looks like a sports bra, is equipped with sensors to map the surface of the breast and surrounding areas along with texture, color and temperature. Since cancerous tumors bring...
By Jonah Comstock May 4, 2017
Fitbit is showing signs of rebounding after a weak Q4 that saw layoffs and restructuring for the wearable company. In its Q4 earnings call, the company reported a net loss per share of 15 cents, compared to a projected loss of 18 percent.  “Twenty-seventeen marks a 10-year anniversary for the company,” CEO James Park said on the company’s earnings call. “We have accomplished much over this period...
By Heather Mack April 19, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland-based WellDoc, which makes a digital platform for chronic disease management, is teaming up with consumer electronics giant Samsung to offer an integrated tool for people living with diabetes. BlueStarC will be available directly to consumers under Samsung’s newly launched mobile health app Samsung Health (formerly known as S Health). The diabetes management app is the third...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2017
After more than five years of designing, building, and testing versatile, portable consumer medical devices, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has announced a winner. Final Frontier Medical Devices, a small team led by engineer-turned ER doctor Basil Harris and his brother George (also an engineer) won the top prize of $2.6 million. Runner-up Dynamical Biomarkers Group will walk away...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2017
Wearables are at something of a crossroads right now. While companies might have previously differentiated new generations of wearables with new sensors and sleeker designs, now consumers are looking for something more: wearables that don’t just track their life, but help them improve it. Garmin’s newest device, the vívosmart 3 activity tracker announced today, boasts a number of new features...
By Heather Mack April 4, 2017
Santa Clara, California-based VivaLnk is officially selling Fever Scout, its FDA-cleared, smartphone-connected wearable thermometer patch for children. The soft, peel-and-stick patch is now available for $59.99 in-store at Best Buy locations across the country as well as online at Amazon, Target and the company’s own website.  The flexible, adhesive Fever Scout patch is designed to be worn under...