Consumer

By Dave Muoio 03:16 pm June 30, 2020
Garmin announced today that it has purchased Firstbeat Technologies' Firstbeat Analytics, its business unit responsible for physiological-measurement algorithms for use with consumer health and wellness devices. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Headquartered in Jyvaskyla, Finland, Firstbeat Analytics has been providing software that interprets various data collected from sensors. It has...
By Dave Muoio 01:31 pm June 30, 2020
Exercise apparel company lululemon athletica announced yesterday that it will be acquiring Mirror, an in-home fitness-content-streaming platform, for $500 million in a deal slated to close at the end of the second fiscal quarter. lululemon said in its announcement that Mirror will continue to operate as a standalone company underneath its new parent. Launched in 2018, Mirror had raised roughly $...
By Sara Mageit 08:24 am June 30, 2020
Brisbane-based digital health company, ResApp Health has announced the launch of SleepCheck, a mobile medical device software application that analyses a user’s breathing and snoring sounds during sleep and provides an assessment of their risk of sleep apnoea. The app uses the smartphone’s built-in microphone to record the user’s breathing and snoring sounds while they sleep. SleepCheck’s...

Credit: Tracing Ireland's Population (TIP)

By Sara Mageit 06:41 am June 29, 2020
The European Open Science Cloud Secretariat initiative has approved €1,235,000 in emergency funding for 32 projects to specifically tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the new apps the initiative is supporting is called Tracing Ireland’s Population (TIP), which will focus on giving users with coronavirus symptoms ownership of their personal data and will be available to download on 10 July. WHY...

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By Ahmed El Sherif 08:22 am June 25, 2020
Etihad Airways has launched a COVID-19 risk assessment tool that will “empower guests to make informed decisions about travelling,” it announced in a statement. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates partnered with Vienna-based healthcare technology company Medicus AI to provide this offering. The tool works by guiding would-be Etihad travellers through a 22-question assessment that’s...

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By Sophie Porter 01:43 am June 25, 2020
Thermavis, the AI-powered thermal imaging system, has launched the Multi-Person Thermal Scanner following a £3 million investment in research and development. The non-intrusive scanner can accurately read the body temperature of up to six people at once with an accuracy of 0.5 degrees centigrade. The scanner can be used to help protect workers from COVID-19 by remotely detecting individuals with...
By Dave Muoio 01:46 pm June 24, 2020
Verily and CVS Health are among the latest big names lending their health and technology expertise to reopening businesses. Both companies have announced new enterprise offerings incorporating COVID-19 testing, symptom checking, clinical support, data analysis and app-based tools for employees. Verily's approach, called Healthy at Work, incorporates local, onsite and mail testing services into a...
By Sara Mageit 10:40 am June 24, 2020
Ireland’s health authority has expressed plans to go ahead with the launch of their contact tracing app, which will be submitted to Google and Apple for downloading from their app stores at some point this week. The Health Service Executive (HSE) will firstly submit a memo to government this week on the status of the technology, which has been under development over the past few months. Subject...
By Philipp Grätzel von Grätz 06:36 am June 24, 2020
With the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic tapering off at least in parts of the world, governments in many countries are working towards providing a framework of infection surveillance and infection control measures that hopefully allow economies to restart and lift most of the lockdown measures that were implemented in March and April. The minimum goal would be to move from an...

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By Sara Mageit 04:23 am June 24, 2020
With the aim to improve how sites are managed and to promote wellbeing in the construction sector, national framework organisation Pagabo has partnered up with health tech company Moodbeam to launch a wearable device called Moodbeam One, enabling construction workers to capture mood in real-time. The wearable wrist band will allow workers to log how they feel by pressing yellow when they’re...