sleep tracking

By Heather Mack June 15, 2017
Three years in the making, and Dreem has come true. The sleep-tracking wearable, made by Paris and San Francisco-based startup Rythm is now available for pre-order. Along with the public debut of Dreem, Rythm also announced the company’s funding to date stands at $22 million, an $11 million increase since they last raised money in March 2016. The $499 Dreem headband uses dry polymer electrodes to...
By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2017
Hello, a heavily hyped and funded Silicon Valley company focused on passive sleep monitoring, is shutting down according to multiple media reports and a medium post from founder James Proud. Hello's Sense device raised $2.4 million in a landmark crowdfunding campaign in 2014 and followed that with a total of $40 million in venture funds from Singapore investment firm Temasek and a slew of high...
By Jonah Comstock May 10, 2017
Apple has acquired sleep tracking company Beddit for an undisclosed amount. CNBC broke the news last night based on a change in Beddit's privacy policy, and Apple has since confirmed it. This is an interesting acquisition for Apple, which has largely eschewed the sleep tracking space even as it's become commoditized for the rest of the wearable tracker space. MobiHealthNews noted when the Apple...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2017
Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, a division of the global pharmaceutical company, used wearable devices in a "social experiment" that forms part of the marketing efforts for Xyzal, its 24-hour allergy medication that recently became available over the counter. The company used wearables to track the sleep and activity of allergy sufferers in a small non-scientific test in order to demonstrate ways in...
By Jonah Comstock March 6, 2017
It may not be the smartwatch competitor promised on a recent earnings call, but Fitbit did announce a new device today that combines the advantages of two of its existing trackers. With the Fitbit Alta HR, the wearables company has added the PurePulse heart rate tracking technology from devices like the Fitbit Charge HR to the slimmer fashion-forward Fitbit Alta. The new version of Alta also adds...
By Heather Mack January 9, 2017
San Diego, California-based ResMed has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its small, portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, the AirMini. The announcement was made during the JP Morgan conference in San Francisco today. Designed to be used as an secondary device –  particularly during travel or any other time the user doesn’t have access to or doesn’t want to bring their full-...
By Jonah Comstock November 30, 2016
Oulu, Finland-based Ouraring has raised $5.3 million (5 million euro) to support the development of its first product, a smart ring called Oura that uses heart rate, motion, and temperature sensors to track sleep. Investors weren't disclosed but the company said that 75 percent of the investment came from the United States. “We are passionate about helping Oura users learn how their body responds...
By Jonah Comstock September 16, 2016
This week saw the long-awaited launch of iOS10 and WatchOS3 for Apple users, and with those a number of new health and fitness-related features. We've captured a number of those as they were announced, but now that they're out here's a roundup of all the new tricks your Apple device can now do around your health. HL7 comes to Health. Apple has added support for the Health Level 7 Continuity of...
By Jonah Comstock August 31, 2016
Smartwatch company Pebble, which has had a renewed focus on health and fitness features since last May, released a major update to its app and firmware, once again focused on health features. The Verge first spotted the update.  Basically, Pebble has made it easier for users to access their health features. Now one tap on the watch face brings up activity and sleep results in a redesigned format...
By Jonah Comstock July 21, 2016
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is working with Medidata to launch a small patient-generated health data trial of 40 patients with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that accumulates in the bone marrow. Patients in the trial will track their activity and sleep with wearable devices and use an app to answer survey questions about quality of life measures like fatigue and appetite. “Clinical...