Consumer

By Jeff Lagasse July 24, 2017
Weight loss app Lose It!, which boasts 30 million users and more than 50 million pounds lost, has launched embodyDNA, a DNA-based weight loss plan that personalizes results using an interactive app-based interface. Lose It! developed embodyDNA, which offers customized recommendations on food and beverage consumption and physical activities, in collaboration with Helix, a personal genomics company...
By Jeff Lagasse July 18, 2017
K4Connect, a technology company focused on seniors and those with disabilities, has partnered up with Garmin International on wearable devices geared toward residents of senior living communities, as well as staff and operators.   The devices will be part of K4Community, K4Connect’s “connected-life” platform. The idea is to give senior living residents a means of tracking their wellness and...
By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2017
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By Jonah Comstock July 17, 2017
It's been a rough year for wrist-worn wearable activity trackers. As we noted in a column last December, what was once a vibrant and competitive field is now a graveyard of failed devices like the Pebble, the Basis Band, the Nike FuelBand, and many more. Just this month news broke about Jawbone's liquidation after a long, slow decline. You can place the blame for these failures in a number of...
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2017
Fitbit is once again facing a patent lawsuit, this time over the haptic feedback technology present in its last two generations of trackers. San Jose-based Immersion filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California over three patents, and is also pursuing legal action in China to get Fitbit's Chinese distributor Runtong to stop making and selling Fitbit devices as...
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2017
A team of NIH-funded researchers at Stanford University have published some results in Nature from a large global study of activity data, as collected by Azumio's Argus smartphone app. The data has yielded a handful of interesting findings that could have implications for public health programs targeting obesity. "The study is 1,000 times larger than any previous study on human movement,” Scott L...
By Jonah Comstock July 6, 2017
It looks like Jawbone, the activity tracker company that has been teetering on the brink of collapse for a few years now, is finally shutting down. Citing sources close to the company, The Information is reporting that the company has begun liquidation procedures.  However, the company's long-rumored health device – which was supposed to save the company – could be coming to market via a new...
By Jonah Comstock July 5, 2017
Pact, the startup that incentivized users to healthy behaviors by getting them to essentially bet money on their own adherence, has shut down, according to an email the company sent out to its users on Friday.  The company will pay out its final rewards to users on July 11th and will continue supporting users until the end of August. “Thanks for choosing Pact - we hope it has helped you live a...
By Jonah Comstock July 5, 2017
At least three digital health companies are poised to take advantage of native Bluetooth on the Apple Watch, announced at the company’s WWDC keynote last month. In addition to Dexcom (which was announced on stage), Apple Watch apps are also either deployed or in the works from both respiratory health company Propeller Health and ReSound, a connected hearing aid company. “New for this year, we're...
By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2017
While it may or may not be working on a secret glucose wearable, Apple has definitely upgraded its HealthKit app framework to provide more tracking options for people with diabetes. In addition, the company made some other upgrades to both the HealthKit and ResearchKit frameworks. Apple engineers shared these updates at WWDC earlier this month. “Our users love using Apple products to help manage...