Consumer

By Heather Mack August 16, 2016
Jabra, maker of wireless sports headphones that offer in-ear coaching and fitness tracking with a companion app, has teamed up with online, physician-directed fitness and nutrition coaching program TrainerMD to offer Jabra's newest products in a pilot study that will test out how wearables might fit in as part of a prescribed health program. The program, 360 Health, is a HIPAA-compliant software...
By Jonah Comstock August 16, 2016
When it was announced in 2014, the Apple Watch included only a limited array of health sensors -- heart rate and activity tracking capabilities mainly -- despite Apple hires and rumors that suggested more. A Wall Street journal article last year gave some insight into the disconnect, saying that accuracy concerns plagued the project. Now a Fast Company interview with Bob Messerschmidt, a former...
By Heather Mack August 11, 2016
Three months after DarioHealth launched its smartphone-connected glucometer in the US, the company reports more than 100 percent increase in growth, bringing in $669,000 in revenue in the second quarter for 2016. The increase is understandable, considering the US is the largest market for blood glucose markets. Israel-based Dario (which has rebranded itself, after previously operating under the...
By Jonah Comstock August 9, 2016
The Apple rumor mill is rolling again, this time with reports of a new forthcoming health device. According to Apple Insider, via Taiwanese paper Economic Daily News, the new product, two years in the making, will "accurately collect users' personal daily life including heart rate, pulse, blood sugar changes and other information." It's supposedly set for a 2016 launch. Details about the form of...
By Heather Mack August 8, 2016
Sports are getting smarter, from the ground up with smartphone-enabled golf shoes to a football that watches your every move.  Salted Venture, a Samsung Electronics spinoff, has offered up its smart golf shoes with the help of Kickstarter. First announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, the IOFIT smart shoes are designed to give both athletes and coaches data on the...
By Heather Mack August 5, 2016
The 2016 Olympic Games are, defiantly, upon us. In the face of Rio de Janeiro’s questionable quality of air, water, mosquito-borne disease control, plus high crime rates, public health officials around the world are bracing for the impact. So, where safety and public health interventions end, the apps are here to fill in the gaps. Most are focused on curbing the spread of Zika virus, which has...
By Jonah Comstock August 5, 2016
The Olympics aren't just for athletes. It's also an opportunity for sports tech companies – including makers of vitals-monitoring wearables, fitness and training apps, and other digital tools – to show off their technology on an international stage. In Rio, athletes are looking for every edge to compete, and that includes the latest gadgets. Samsung offered gifts to every athelete and included a...
By Jonah Comstock August 4, 2016
Under Armour’s Connected Fitness division, created two years ago when the sports apparel company acquired a spat of fitness apps, was largely pushed to the background on the company’s latest earnings call, with CEO Kevin Plank failing to note either the departure of former MapMyFitness CEO and UA Connected Fitness lead Robin Thurston, or the fact that the division lost $7.5 million this quarter....
By Jonah Comstock August 3, 2016
Intel subsidiary Basis is recalling its Peak fitness tracking watch. The company halted production of the device at the end of June due to an overheating issue that affected just 0.2 percent of the watches on the market, but had hoped to fix the issue with a software update. Now, developers are throwing in the towel, issuing a voluntary recall, and offering full refunds. "We had hoped to update...
By Jonah Comstock August 3, 2016
Dexcom’s biggest triumph and its biggest let down this quarter both involved the FDA. On the positive side, a verdict from a special FDA panel means Dexcom may soon be able to change its CGM’s intended use to replace fingerstick glucometers. On the negative side, a voluntary device recall this quarter that potentially affected all of Dexcom’s receivers led to higher-than-expected Q2 losses....