Jonah Comstock

November 2, 2017
On Fitbit’s third quarter earnings call yesterday, the company shared that, between spending cuts and the launch of the its long-awaited smartwatch, the company is pulling out of the earnings slump it’s been experiencing. The call also saw CEO James Park talking more than ever about the fitness wearable’s clinical applications and the ways in which those ambitions are coming to fruition. This...
November 1, 2017
While its easy to think of voice apps as just another platform to develop apps for, voice interfaces offer a whole new way of interacting with consumers and present their own host of design challenges. At the Connected Health Conference in Boston last week, three healthcare developers talked about their experience developing voice apps in healthcare, and where they think the technology is going...
November 1, 2017
After a rough third quarter, Under Armour has made it known that it is giving up on its UA Healthbox offering and all three of the connected devices that make it up. The company will continue to make some hardware in the form of connected apparel, and will continue to support its connected fitness apps, as well as recently-announced software offerings for Samsung Gear smartwatches. "Our first...
October 31, 2017
Dublin, Ireland-based patientMpower has inked a deal with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to deploy its personal health record and care management app to 30 kidney transplant patients. The announcement was timed with Kidney Week, the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology. “We started with an original idea around medication adherence,” patientMpower CEO Eamon Costello told...
October 31, 2017
New York City and Guilford, Connecticut-based Butterfly IQ has received FDA clearance for an iPhone-connected portable ultrasound scanner that uses an easy-to-manufacture semiconductor chip rather than the piezoelectric crystals used by traditional ultrasounds. Because of the semiconductor chip, the device will be offered at a much lower price point than existing ultrasounds, including existing...
October 30, 2017
London and Berlin-based, AI-powered health app maker Ada Health has raised $47 million (40 million euro) in a funding round led by global investment group Access Industries. June Fund, Cumberland VC, and entrepreneur William Tunstall-Pedoe also contributed along with existing investors. Ada Health officially launched its app back in April after a soft launch in late 2016 and six years of research...
October 30, 2017
Polar opens up API Fitness wearable maker Polar has launched an open API for developers for the first time, Wareable reports. The API, called Polar Open AccessLink, will allow other apps to access training and activity data from Polar devices, with permission from users. Vitality, TechnoGym, HeaiHeai, and Validic have all announced that they will interface with AccessLink. Bridge Patient Portal...
October 26, 2017
At the Connected Health Conference in Boston this week, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina-based Validic announced the launch of its next-generation data platform, as well as a partnership with Partners Connected Health, one of the organizers of the conference. The new platform, called Inform, is a complete re-engineering of Validic’s service, in which the company works with healthcare providers to...
October 26, 2017
Samsung has announced the latest spin-out companies to come through its C-Lab program, and two of the seven are mobile health companies: a phone overlay for people with presbyopia and a glucometer that attaches to a phone and uses its camera to analyze glucose levels. Samsung Electronics’ C-Lab in South Korea is an internal incubation program that first started in 2012 to help inspire a more...
October 26, 2017
Microsoft is discontinuing the Kinect, its pioneering 3D motion-sensing camera. FastCo broke the news that the company will no longer manufacture the device, though it will support existing devices for the time being. Though Kinect was a pioneer in the 3D motion-tracking space, other companies have stepped up in the meantime, and the technology has also been incorporated into platforms like...