Apple Watch

By Skip Snow March 17, 2016
Electronic health record giant Epic is working on an app for Apple’s Watch, according to CEO Judy Faulkner. “Limerick on the Apple Watch,” she called it. The app enables doctors to receive alerts via Apple Watch so if they are waiting on test results about one patient, that physician can know immediately when those come through regardless of where in the health system doctor and patient are at...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2016
This morning, San Francisco-based AliveCor rebranded its AliveCor Mobile ECG device as Kardia Mobile and unveiled a second, upcoming hardware product, an Apple Watch strap that can take electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) readings, called KardiaBand. The strap is not yet commercially available because it still needs to secure FDA-clearance. AliveCor also announced new features for the Kardia Mobile...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2016
When the Apple Watch launched last year, Dexcom announced that it would have an Apple Watch app ready for its G4 continuous glucose monitor system, and it did. While users could see their CGM data on their wrist, that data had to go on a long trip to get there. With the G4, the implant sent data to a receiver box which sent data to the phone which sent data to the watch, and the user needed to...
By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2016
At CES this year, a smartphone-connected pregnancy test turned some heads. But it turns out that use case might not require its own device -- just a Fitbit and a clever online community. As Buzzfeed reported last week, one New York City woman found out she was pregnant after her Fitbit device displayed a mysteriously elevated heartrate, and her husband turned to online discussion site Reddit for...
By Aditi Pai February 5, 2016
Apple shipped 12 million Apple Watches last year, according to Canalys. The research firm estimated that Apple Watch shipments made up about two thirds of all shipments in 2015. Samsung had the second largest number of shipments followed by Pebble and Huawei.  Canalys also reported that shipments for what it calls "basic bands" reached 37 million last year. Fitbit led the category followed by...
By Jonah Comstock January 14, 2016
The wearable space is evolving to the point where the difference between smartwatches and fitness trackers will be one of branding and aesthetics, rather than functionality, according to a new report from Juniper Research. "The Gear Fit and several other more recent models of fitness wearable like the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge, as well as the Razer Nabu, offer notification services for calls and...
By Jonah Comstock January 5, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina-based heart rate sensor company Valencell is suing both Apple and Fitbit over alleged patent infringement, and is accusing Apple of additional deceit as well. A lawsuit filed in North Carolina yesterday alleges that Apple stole the technology that powers the heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch from Valencell, obtaining said technology through insincere partnership...
By Aditi Pai December 17, 2015
The global wearable device market will ship 214 million units in 2019, up from the 80 million units expected to ship this year, according to a report from research firm IDC. This growth will be driven by smartwatches. "In a short amount of time, smartwatches have evolved from being extensions of the smartphone to wearable computers capable of communications, notifications, applications, and...
By Aditi Pai December 2, 2015
Wristly, a relatively new research firm that aims to provide independent research on the Apple Watch, has released a small survey that includes data from Apple Watch owners who were dissatisfied with the product. The survey, of 330 Apple Watch owners, found that about half of users ditched their device within two weeks. A majority of those that ditched their device in this time tossed it in a...
By Brian Dolan November 24, 2015
Considering recent events, big name consumer brands are more likely than ever to move into regulated medical devices. Two weeks ago Apple CEO Tim Cook told a newspaper that while his company wouldn't put the Apple Watch through the motions of an FDA clearance process, Cook "wouldn't mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it." He said that before adding maybe that'd be an app or...

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