Wearable

By Jeff Lagasse August 15, 2017
Rumors have been kicking around regarding technology giant Samsung’s new Gear Fit2 Pro, but those rumors have taken on concrete form with a leak from Venture Beat revealing a design that builds on its predecessor, the Gear Fit2.   The wearable fitness tracker -- which could be unveiled as soon as next month -- takes much of its physical design from the Gear Fit2, including what will likely be a...
By Heather Mack June 21, 2017
As we’ve reported regularly for the past several months, Fitbit has made increasingly targeted moves to wedge itself deeper into the healthcare ecosystem. No longer able to rely on the consumer market alone to stay financially healthy, the company has continually upped the ante to prime itself as a digital health company in its own right. There have been many efforts as of late, including...
By Heather Mack June 20, 2017
Across the consumer wearable landscape, many devices seem to be designed, first and foremost, for those who are already healthy and looking to get healthier. While a growing number of researchers are tapping things like fitness trackers or sophisticated sweat and heart rate monitors for use in clinical studies, the primary audience for many consumer devices remains those who want to take their...
By Heather Mack April 18, 2017
There’s been a lot of talk about sweat-centric technology, with hopeful researchers and digital health entrepreneurs citing the potential for wearables that measure the salty substance to offer up a bevy of biometric insights ranging from athletic performance to glucose monitoring. But the latest scientific undertaking suggests sweat-sensing wearables could go much further: diagnosing disease. In...
By Heather Mack April 17, 2017
Verily has debuted a new health-tracking wearable designed for use in a series of observational and longitudinal studies. With the aptly dubbed Study Watch – which is not available for consumer purchase – the Alphabet subsidiary formerly known as Google Life Sciences aims to push new boundaries in the size, scope and sophistication of wearable data-gathering. Featuring numerous physiological and...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2017
Wearables are at something of a crossroads right now. While companies might have previously differentiated new generations of wearables with new sensors and sleeker designs, now consumers are looking for something more: wearables that don’t just track their life, but help them improve it. Garmin’s newest device, the vívosmart 3 activity tracker announced today, boasts a number of new features...
By Jonah Comstock March 29, 2017
Utah-based Owlet Baby Care, maker of smart socks for infant health monitoring, has announced the second generation of its device as well as a new connected care platform that will roll out with the Owlet Smart Sock 2.  “From day one, our mission at Owlet has been to revolutionize the way we care for our infants, and that starts with understanding their overall health,” Owlet CEO and cofounder...
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 October 12, 2016
When BlackRock invested $300 million in Jawbone to keep it afloat, Bloomberg News called it "a loan and a leash". Now, according to a new report in Fortune, the beleaguered tech company is tugging on that leash. Fortune reported this week that Blackrock is pressuring the company to sell, but CEO Hossain Rahman believes the company has the funds to stay afloat.  "I believe everyone knows one of...
By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2016
At CES in January, Samsung showed off a concept for a smart belt called Welt (a portmanteau of wellness and belt). At the beginning of the summer, the company announced that the Welt team had spun off into its own startup. Now Welt has brought its device to crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where it proved an overnight success, raising $64,485 over the long weekend.  Welt comes from Samsung...