wearables

By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2015
Microsoft is increasingly moving into the world of wearables, both through conceptual moonshots like the smart scarf recently presented by Microsoft Research and through a hefty update, released last week, to the fitness tracking functionality of the Microsoft Band smartwatch. According to MIT Technology Review, the scarf was the brainchild of University of Maryland graduate student Michelle...
By Brian Dolan January 5, 2015
Misfit, maker of the Shine and Flash activity trackers, has partnered with Swarovski to create two new versions of the Shine that feature a crystal face and look even more like jewelry than the company's original polished aluminum device. One of the devices, the violet Swarovski Shine, uses solar charging to stay powered up -- sunlight, LEDs, or halogen lighting all keep the device up and running...
By Jonah Comstock October 21, 2014
Two new reports from PricewaterhouseCoopers and its Health Research Institute on the present and future of wearables, including healthcare wearables, show that Americans are optimistic about the future of wearable technology, but less enthusiastic about the technology as it exists now. Health and fitness wearables still lead the category when it comes to consumer interest, and, the data suggests...
By Jonah Comstock September 2, 2014
Samsung's Gear Fit. As Apple gears up to launch its much-rumored wearable device, new data shows 60 percent of likely adopters of wearable technology want to use their device for health or fitness, according to a survey of 1,000 consumers by ON World. The report also looked at shipments of wireless personal area devices, a category which includes smartwatches, smart jewelry, pet and child...
By Aditi Pai August 14, 2014
Intel has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), a nonprofit organization focused on Parkinson's disease research, to study symptom patterns in Parkinson's patients. During the multiphase research study, patients will monitor their symptoms with wearable devices and researchers will use a big data analytics platform to then analyze the information gathered. There is currently no...
By Aditi Pai July 10, 2014
Adidas has announced its latest activity tracker, just two weeks after rumors surfaced that the device might be announced sometime this year. The activity tracker, called the Adidas Fit Smart, tracks heart rate, calories, pace, distance, and stride rate and is designed to help athletes when they are running or training. Fit Smart records data while users work out and then the companion app...
By Aditi Pai May 1, 2014
Samsung Gear Fit Almost 75 percent of Americans believe wearable technology will have a positive impact on health, sports, and fitness industries, according to a couple of surveys conducted by ON World that included responses from 2,000 consumers. “Wireless technologies such as Bluetooth Smart have made wearable technologies appealing to mainstream consumers,” Mareca Hatler, ON World’s...
By Jonah Comstock February 24, 2014
An ear-worn heart monitor, from Quanttus co-founder David He's MIT thesis. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Quanttus, a stealthy MIT startup working on wearable vital sign monitoring, has raised $19 million in first round funding from Khosla Ventures and Matrix Partners. The company has previously raised $3 million in seed funds from Vinod Khosla. “Quanttus is pushing monitoring into many high...
By Aditi Pai February 14, 2014
Sports and fitness features not only dominate the wearables market, but continue to drive adoption, according to a report from ABI Research. Activity tracking, which includes simple step counting as well as more advanced tracking of specific types of movement, was the most popular feature of wearable devices in 2013 -- 16 million wearable devices with this functionality were shipped. After...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2014
Last week MobiHealthNews reported that one of Apple's most recent hires -- assumedly for its rumored iWatch team -- Nancy Dougherty, was a former employee at high profile company Proteus Digital Health. Following that story, we received a tip that Apple has also hired Michael O'Reilly, the former chief medical officer of Masimo Corporation, which specializes in pulse oximeters. At the very end of...

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