Consumer

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...
By Heather Mack November 16, 2016
Mountain View, California-based Livongo Health, a chronic disease management company, has launched a new capability on its smart blood glucose meter. The device now employs one of the most basic – yet perhaps underrated – features of a smartphone: the ability to download over-the-air updates. The Livongo meter, a smart glucose meter that the company says is the first such device to offer...
By Heather Mack November 14, 2016
Caring for a sick or elderly family member presents many challenges, and financial strains is high up on the list. On average, family caregivers spend 20 percent of their income per year in out-of-pocket expenses, according to a new survey by AARP. In a survey of 1,864 caregivers (using GfK’s national, probability-based online survey) AARP found more than 75 percent are racking up out-of-pocket...
By Heather Mack November 11, 2016
A selection of Garmin’s fitness trackers just got a little safer with the integration of Beacon – the safety feature from fitness app maker Strava. Beacon, which was launched earlier this summer, offers a handful of features designed to keep runners, cyclists, hikers or anyone else out for exercise safe during their activities. Users can share their real-time data location with a select group of...
By Jonah Comstock November 10, 2016
An algorithm based on heart rate is a better way to track physical activity than steps or minutes of exercise, according to a recently published study in the American Journal of Medicine. Mio Global is using the new metric, called Personalized Activity Intelligence in its Mio Slice device, announced at CES this year and set to launch December 1st. “Worldwide, the way typically exercise is...
By Heather Mack November 9, 2016
Mothers, in a role that is always on-call, are constantly looking new ways to manage their families' health, and that means having 24/7 access to a doctor, according to a new survey. The survey asked 527 American women, aged 18-59 with children, a number of questions to gauge their relationship with digital health tools such as apps, trackers and telehealth services. The survey was conducted by...
By Heather Mack October 31, 2016
AARP Services, a subsidiary of AARP, has launched a new, interactive website designed to address gaps in the caregiving market, from scheduling and telehealth to professional advice. The CareConnection site, currently in beta, aims to be a central hub for caregivers, and is piloting services from a number of companies that provide resources for caregivers. The idea for the site is based on...
By Jonah Comstock October 25, 2016
More than a year after Medtronic released its MiniMed Connect system, which connects an insulin pump and affiliated CGM to a smartphone app, the company has launched an Android version of the MiniMed Connect app. "For people with diabetes, constantly monitoring blood sugar levels can be cumbersome and anything but discreet," Annette Brüls, president of the diabetes service and solutions business...
By Jonah Comstock October 21, 2016
Fitness wearable company has raised $12 million in new funding in a round led by Mangrove Capital. BOE Technology Group also contributed to the round.  "As with their first two products, Moov is creating an entirely new wearable experience that provides actionable data in line with the current fitness trends,” Stanley Wang, founding partner at Mangrove Capital, said in a statement. “People have...
By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2016
Cardiogram, a startup seeking to make the sensor data from the Apple Watch more useful for the average watch user, and, eventually, useful in a clinical context, has raised $2 million in a round led by Andressen Horowitz's new bio fund, led by Vijay Pande. A number of angel investors also contributed: Homebrew (Satya Patel, VP Product of Twitter and Hunter Walk, Director of Product for YouTube),...