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By Dave Muoio October 17, 2017
Weight loss headset a crowdfunding hit. Brain-stimulating weight loss headset Modius has raised more than $1.5 million in its first Indiegogo campaign, beating its funding goal by more than 3,000 percent. Developed by Belfast- and San Diego-based Neurovalens, the wearable device aims to activate a nerve in the brain that controls appetite and, subsequently, body weight. Neurovalens plans to use...
By Dave Muoio October 5, 2017
Digital physical therapy, telehealth, and patient engagement platform Physitrack will seek public listing on alternative stock exchange Nasdaq First North during the first quarter of 2018, cofounder and CEO Henrik Molin told MobiHealthNews this week. The company has not yet set the terms of this IPO, but said in a statement that it plans to use the offering to fund further expansion into new...
By Jonah Comstock September 26, 2017
Just two months after announcing the applications for its pre-certification program pilot, the FDA has announced the nine companies that will be participating. The list includes major tech companies Apple and Samsung; health tech companies Verily, Pear Therapeutics, Tidepool, and Phosphorus; pharmaceutical companies Roche and Johnson & Johnson; and Fitbit — an interesting inclusion insofaras...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2017
Continuous glucose monitoring company Dexcom, which already allows users to monitor their CGM data on their phones and Apple Watch, is now making some patient data available to third parties via an API. "If you look back at the past when our hardware was all proprietary, we’ve evolved from that to an app company where our CGM now works as an app on the phone," Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer told...
By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Early adopters left behind on Apple Watch. The upcoming Apple watchOS 4 may be overhauling the wearable’s heart rate detection capabilities, but those who picked up the smartwatch when it first launched in 2015 will have to make due without the added health and fitness features. The Verge attributes this divide to the faster hardware and larger batteries of the Series 1, 2, and 3 watches, which...
By Dave Muoio September 12, 2017
Among Apple’s many device and technology reveals today was an announcement that new health managing software would be built into Apple Watches. Starting Sept. 19, fitness-focused heart rate monitoring will be brought to the face of the watch, alongside warning notifications if an elevated heart rate is detected during a period of inactivity.  The consumer electronics giant will be using this...
By Dave Muoio September 12, 2017
Consumer electronics maker Huawei has partnered with mCareWatch, an Australian aging in place technology company, to include additional health monitoring and alert capabilities with the Huawei Watch 2. The new software would extrapolate various health data from the fitness measurement tools of the 4G sim-enabled wearable and link these data to mCareWatch’s existing app platform, as well as to...
By Jonah Comstock September 11, 2017
One day before another big announcement day for Apple, CEO Tim Cook has given some expansive comments to Fortune about the company's aspirations and motivations in the health space. In comments that touched on everything from the Apple Watch to ResearchKit, the tech giant CEO talked about how Apple approaches health differently than a lot of other companies. "We’re extremely interested in this...
By Jonah Comstock August 14, 2017
The USPTO granted Apple a new patent last week that details ways the iPhone itself could be used as a health sensor to detect "blood pressure index, blood hydration, body fat content, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, perfusion index, electrocardiogram, photoplethysmogram, and/or any other such health data." This data could be gleaned from the front-facing camera, the ambient light sensor, the...
By Jonah Comstock August 4, 2017
According to a new report by analyst firm Strategy Analytics, Chinese tech upstart Xiaomi has, for the first time, surpassed Apple and Fitbit as the world's top wearable maker in terms of shipments. Xiaomi, which competes on price, selling wrist-worn trackers for as little as $15, became the market leader with 17 percent market share to Fitbit's 16 and Apple's 13. "Xiaomi’s Mi Band fitness...