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By Aditi Pai August 5, 2013
BioBeats, a new company from Basis Science Founder Nadeem Kassam, raised $650,000 in a round of funding. Contributors to this round included Will Smith, producer Scooter Braun, entertainment lawyer Ken Hertz, CEO of AAM Mark Beaven, actor Damon Wayans, Cantora Records, musician Justin Boreta, ENIAC Ventures, Zhen Fund, and angel investor Gotham Chopra. As the adoption of health sensors into daily...
By Jonah Comstock July 31, 2013
One way or another, the wrist is going to be a consumer battlefield. In the world of health and fitness tracking, smartphone connected devices like Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, and Basis Band have scoped out the wrist as the ideal place for accelerometers, pulse, and galvanic skin response sensors to give people feedback about their workouts. In the mobile computing sphere, startups like Pebble and...
By Jonah Comstock June 25, 2013
Keas, the corporate wellness platform founded by Google Health vet Adam Bosworth in 2009, has announced an $8 million investment round, new customers and partners. The round was led by existing partners Atlantic Ventures and Ignition Partners. Keas hasn't raised money since the end of 2011, when it raised $6.5 million. Total funding for the company now stands at $25.5 million. The current...
By Aditi Pai June 7, 2013
By Aditi Pai, Jonah Comstock, & Brian Dolan Mobile health has come a long way since the start of 2009 when Apple demonstrated on-stage at its World Wide Developer Conference how blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters could connect to the iPhone 3G via cables or Bluetooth. MobiHealthNews has tracked health-related wearable devices from their infancy as research projects at university...
By Jonah Comstock March 27, 2013
Jawbone UP's new Android app. Jawbone UP made its latest move last week in the increasingly crowded wearable activity tracker field: The company introduced an Android companion app for its wristworn tracker and also launched the UP in Europe, with Asia, Australia, and the Middle East to come. The multinational launch includes additional support for 11 languages to the iOS app, and the bracelet...
By Brian Dolan March 18, 2013
This week Nike announced the 10 startups that would enter the first Nike+ Accelerator, which the digital sport company is offering in partnership with accelerator network TechStars. As MobiHealthNews reported in December, Nike sought out startups that can leverage Nike+ technology and data to help people be more active. While Nike+ specifically calls its users “athletes”, the company also...
By Jonah Comstock March 1, 2013
The Misfit Shine is an example of a partially passive wearable sensor. The future of sensors won't be handheld devices like Star Trek's tricorder. It will be invisible sensors in your shoes, floorboards, and cars that quietly collect your health data, analyze it, and alert you, your doctor, or your loved ones only when something goes wrong. That's the prediction in "Making Sense of Sensors: How...
By Brian Dolan February 12, 2013
While rumors of a wrist-worn Apple device -- an iWatch -- have circulated for some time, this week those rumors gained a little more credence following anonymously sourced reports in both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The Times stated that "Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass, according to people familiar with the company’s explorations."...
By Brian Dolan December 11, 2012
By most quantifiable measures Nike+ is the dominant digital fitness offering on the market today. The Nike+ ecosystem currently includes smartphone apps, simple accelerometer shoe inserts, pre-loaded software on the iPod Nano, and its latest addition, the wrist-worn Nike+ Fuel Band. While at least two third party apps are already leveraging Nike+ data from its (soon to open) APIs, Nike made a...
By Brian Dolan August 30, 2012
This week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which is responsible for developing technical standards for the short-range wireless technology and evangelizing its adoption, announced the finalized standards for Bluetooth Smart sensors that measure speed and cadence for running and cycling. The standards are for devices that use the Bluetooth 4.0 low energy standard branded as Bluetooth...

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