Consumer

By Jonah Comstock March 16, 2018
Yesterday, Google announced in a blog post that Android Wear was changing its name to Wear OS, a rebranding designed to reflect the fact that one in three Android Wear users also uses an iPhone. The company hopes to make it more obvious that devices running the wearable operating system are compatible with Apple devices as well, something which has been the case since 2015. "As our technology and...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2018
Apple has risen to the top of the competitive global wearables market, according to an IDC report that came out at the beginning of this month. Meanwhile the overall growth of the space has slowed as control of the market consolidates among big players. "Interest in smartwatches continues to grow and Apple is well-positioned to capture demand," Ramone T. Llamas, research director of IDC's...
By Laura Lovett March 13, 2018
Come this spring adults won’t be the only ones with their own line of Fitbit trackers. The company recently announced a new set of products including the Fitbit Ace, which is a tracker designed for children 8 years old and up, as well a much anticipated new smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa.  “As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to empower the entire family to...
By Laura Lovett March 13, 2018
Fitbit has just announced its latest set of fitness wearables, alongside which will come a new platform that lets women track their menstrual and ovulation cycles.  "Female health tracking will empower women with a greater understanding of their menstrual cycles in conjunction with their physical and mental health, as they start to recognize what are normal trends over time versus what could be...
By Jonah Comstock March 8, 2018
Correction: An earlier version of this article had the survey sample size at 7,905. Accenture interviewed 7,905 consumers worldwide, but the data here is from just the US subset: 2,301 Americans. New survey data out this week from Accenture shows that healthcare consumers are using more wearables and apps, and are more bullish on virtual care, than ever before. But they also have high...
By Laura Lovett March 8, 2018
London-based startup WeMa Life has recently launched its online marketplace app that helps caregivers and patients connect with providers. The app has multiple functions and allows caregivers to book social care, domiciliary care, nursing, domestic help, personal care, and hygiene care. “Anyone who has ever been tasked with sourcing domiciliary care for themselves or someone close to them will...
By Dave Muoio March 6, 2018
Samsung Health users will now have access to a new consumer-grade version of WellDoc’s digital diabetes management platform, the two companies announced this morning. The Diabetes Wellness Program is a 12-week wellness program designed to help Type 2 diabetes patients improve unhealthy behaviors and better manage their condition. The program is available through the Samsung Health version 5.14 or...
By Laura Lovett February 27, 2018
Wearable giant Fitbit and fitness apparel company Adidas have just released their latest running-specific training wearable, the Fitbit Ionic: Adidas edition. The product was born out of a partnership between the two companies, which was announced last year, and is a combination of Fitbit Ionic and Adidas’ Train app.  “As the leading global wearables brand synonymous with health and fitness,...
By Dave Muoio February 26, 2018
The FDA has expanded its indication for Medtronic’s Guardian Sensor 3, allowing patients to wear the sensor on their upper arm. The sensor is part of Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G system, and is currently the only continuous glucose monitor approved by the FDA to control automated insulin delivery via a hybrid closed loop system. Along with the added convenience of the new sensor site, the company...
By Laura Lovett February 26, 2018
Samsung’s latest phones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, will incorporate a new digital health app that will track users' blood pressure and stress level while helping researchers collect data. Seoul-based Samsung Electronics teamed up with the University of California San Fransisco to develop the research app, called My BP Lab.  “At Samsung, we have a firm commitment to the health and well-being of our...

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