Wearable

Walmart patent for blockchain, wearable, biometric scanner-based EHR system
By Dave Muoio June 19, 2018
Walmart’s ongoing investigation of blockchain technologies seems to have intersected with its growing interest in joining the healthcare space, according to a patent application released earlier this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office. According to the document, which was filed in December, the retail giant is seeking to protect a method that allows a patient’s EHR to be obtained from a...

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By Dave Muoio June 14, 2018
DyAnsys, a medical device company specializing in the autonomic nervous system, announced this week that it has received FDA approval for a wearable auricular neurostimulation device designed to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The device, called Drug Relief, is now available to providers in the US, and is distributed in the EU by the DyAnsys’ European branch. "This device offers hope to...
By Jonah Comstock June 11, 2018
Fitbit has officially launched the Fitbit Ace, the company's first activity tracker designed for children, specifically kids ages 8 and older. The band was first announced in March. "As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to empower the entire family to embrace a healthy and more active lifestyle,” Fitbit CEO James Park said at the time. “It can be hard to...
By Laura Lovett May 17, 2018
Yesterday, startup LifePlus exited stealth mode to reveal what it claims to be the first noninvasive continuous blood glucose monitoring multi-sensor wearable, called LifeLeaf. Although details are scare on exactly how the technology works, the company said the product is being tested in five clinical trials around the world.  “We have been in stealth mode and today we are thrilled to announce...
By Dave Muoio April 26, 2018
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have detailed a wearable device that can better measure muscle-tendon tension during certain activities, such as walking or running. The prototype device, which has so far been tested on the Achilles, patellar, and hamstring tendons, represents a feasible, non-invasive alternative to tendon tension measurement, and with additional work could...
By Dave Muoio March 20, 2018
Gatorade’s efforts to conquer dehydration have again entered the digital realm. Twice reports that the sports drink company and Northwestern University have developed a low-cost wearable skin patch that displays various colors to conveniently let the wearer know when they need to take a drink. The patches were developed and introduced in 2016 by Northwestern University McCormick School of...
By Dave Muoio November 16, 2017
San Francisco-based Spire is looking to take the work out of wearables. Instead of a device that needs to be regularly removed, recharged, or otherwise adjusted, the company’s newly announced sensor can remain unobtrusively attached to any article of clothing with no need to worry about battery life or the laundry machine. “In our view, the fundamental user experience problem that wearables face...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2017
Silicon Valley-based VitalConnect, a producer of wireless wearable monitoring devices, announced the closure of a $38 million Series C funding round. The funding round was led by MVM and Baxter Ventures, with participation from Mercy. VitalConnect is best known for its FDA-cleared, disposable peel-and-stick health sensor, the VitalPatch. Combined with a software platform, the wearable...
By Dave Muoio October 9, 2017
Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Hollywog, makers of wearable pain relief devices, have announced the launch of their newest smartphone-controlled product, the WiTouch Pro Bluetooth TENS Therapy device. Priced at $49.95 for over the counter consumer purchase, the WiTouch Pro adheres to the user's lower back underneath clothing to deliver stimulation pain therapy. The device is paired with the WiTouch...
By Dave Muoio September 27, 2017
Garmin’s upcoming effort to woo younger customers will have the support of some big brands, as the company announced today that its vivofit jr. 2 wearable activity tracker will prominently feature Minnie Mouse, Captain America, and other Disney licensed characters. “Disney is committed to creating healthier generations, and we’ve worked with Garmin to make healthy living fun with a wearable...

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