Consumer

By Heather Mack July 27, 2016
Kognito, the New York City-based patient engagement company that provides simulations with virtual humans, has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch a new series of conversation simulations aimed at getting people better at being, well, people, when it comes to talking about health. The four new conversation modules are available to the public on a new website that uses the...
By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2016
The judge in the class action suit against Fitbit, a suit that alleges the wearable company made misleading claims about its sleep tracking feature, has denied Fitbit's motion to dismiss the case. The case could still be dismissed on other grounds or settled out of court. James Brickman of California filed suit in May 2015 -- just after Fitbit announced its intention to go public. Brickman, who...
By Heather Mack July 18, 2016
The days of counting your own hops, skips and jumps are over with Smart Rope, an LED-embedded jump rope that tracks rope rotations with a mid-air digital display. While jump ropes have long been known as among the most lightweight and portable of all workout equipment, this offering from Seoul-based Tangram Factory turns it into a digital health tracker with the Smart Gym app. The $90 rope comes...
By Jonah Comstock July 13, 2016
Insulet, maker of the OmniPod insulin pump, has launched a new tablet app aimed at children. The app, called Toby's T1D Tale, is essentially a virtual story book intended for teaching young children with Type 1 diabetes about diabetes and how to manage it.  “We’ve worked closely with several providers, including a pediatric psychologist, caregivers and our clinical team to deliver a credible...
By Jonah Comstock July 12, 2016
Analytica's PeriCoach, a smartphone-connected Kegel exercise coach for women, has received a second FDA 510(k) clearance, one that allows it to be sold over-the-counter. Its previous clearance, from March of last year, was for prescription use only. “This is a terrific achievement for Analytica which opens up a significant market opportunity within the United States, and also positions us...
By Heather Mack July 11, 2016
It’s a fast-growing fitness app that wasn’t intended to be one. Crippling servers, blowing up social media and getting kids and Millennials moving, Pokémon Go has been an instant hit since it launched last week. Pokémon Go, which uses augmented reality to allow users to capture monsters in real life, has an estimated 7.5 million downloads in its one-week life -- putting it on track to outpace...
By Jonah Comstock July 5, 2016
When iOS 10 is released, the Apple Health app will include a new feature, allowing iPhone users across the United States to become organ, eye, and/or tissue donors with just a few taps.  "On average, one person dies every hour in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because the demand for lifesaving transplants far exceeds the available supply of organs — and one donor can save as...
By Heather Mack July 1, 2016
San Francisco-based Spire, which sells a breath-monitoring wearable aimed at increasing mindfulness and calm, launched a new version of its app that includes real-time respiration monitoring and integrations with built-in iOS apps. Apple will also be selling the device in its retail stores across the US starting July 12.   Spire – not to be confused with the Indianapolis-based health consultation...
By Brian Dolan June 30, 2016
Munich, Germany-based fintech company Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) announced plans to launch a smartwatch in China that will primarily be marketed as a payments device, but, thanks to a partnership with longtime health and fitness sensor company Valencell, will include some health tracking features as well. China-based Z-Smart, a wearables R&D company, is building the device for G&D...
By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2016
Basis Science, the high-end fitness wearable company that was acquired by Intel in March 2014, has halted sales of its newest device, the Basis Peak, because of concerns about overheating. The company won't sell any more devices -- and has requested that its users not wear those they currently own -- until it completes a software update that will shut down the device when it begins to overheat. "...