Valencell

By Laura Lovett January 9, 2018
CES has begun and innovators from all over the globe have flocked to Las Vegas to show off their latest products. While news of smart cities and self driving cars seems to be taking over the Internet coverage of the event, digital health innovators have a few tricks up their own sleeves hoping to disrupt the industry. From a mouthguard that can detect concussions to a cuddly AI duck that...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2017
Last November, as part of an investigative series on Apple's meetings with the FDA, we reported the company's stated plans to develop "two possible (and related) products in the cardiac space" which would require FDA clearance. In that report we speculated, based largely on a quote from Tim Cook in the Telegraph, that one of the products might be a wearable ECG built into an Apple Watch strap,...
By Heather Mack January 6, 2017
While digital health doesn't have as big of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as other industries, there were a fair number of wearables, apps and sensor-enabled tools showcased. There were also several partnerships announced, which you can read about here. Some have already been covered in MobiHealthNews yet didn't make their official debuts til this week, but most were...
By Heather Mack August 16, 2016
Jabra, maker of wireless sports headphones that offer in-ear coaching and fitness tracking with a companion app, has teamed up with online, physician-directed fitness and nutrition coaching program TrainerMD to offer Jabra's newest products in a pilot study that will test out how wearables might fit in as part of a prescribed health program. The program, 360 Health, is a HIPAA-compliant software...
By Brian Dolan June 30, 2016
Munich, Germany-based fintech company Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) announced plans to launch a smartwatch in China that will primarily be marketed as a payments device, but, thanks to a partnership with longtime health and fitness sensor company Valencell, will include some health tracking features as well. China-based Z-Smart, a wearables R&D company, is building the device for G&D...
By Aditi Pai March 8, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina-based heart rate sensor company Valencell has raised $8.4 million more in a round that totaled $11 million. The round was led by GII Tech with participation from existing investors TDF Ventures and WSJ Joshua Fund. This brings the company’s total funding to $24.5 million to date. The company disclosed the first tranche of this round in September 2015 in an SEC filing....
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 Jonah Comstock September 15, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Valencell, which embeds its health and medical sensors in some wearable devices, most notably in sensor-equipped headphones, raised $2.6 million in a combination of debt and equity, according to an SEC filing. This round brings the company's total funding to date -- again, including some debt funding -- to $16.1 million. Its last funding round, $7 million, was led by...
By Aditi Pai August 18, 2014
Intel has partnered with headphone maker SMS Audio to develop biometric-sensing earbuds, which the companies plan to launch later this year. The earbuds are powered by Valencell's PerformTek technology. Rapper 50 Cent is a majority owner in SMS Audio. "The wearable technology collaboration between SMS Audio and Intel elevates our capability to bring smart exercise to consumers," Brian M. Nohe,...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2014
LG's heart rate sensing earphones use technology licensed from Valencell. Valencell, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based company that powers health and medical sensors in some wearable devices, most notably in sensor-equipped headphones, has raised $7 million in its third round of funding. The new round brings the company's total funding to $13 million, excluding an additional $3 million in grants...