Consumer

By Jonah Comstock August 22, 2013
Among Android phone makers, Samsung has consistently been ahead of the pack in including health apps and functionality on its phones -- or at least in paying them lip service. The South Korean company announced its S Health app last year and then upped the ante in March, when it launched its Galaxy S4 phone with the promise of an optional suite of connected health devices that would interact with...
By Aditi Pai August 21, 2013
Weilos, which debuted at Y Combinator's Summer 2013 Demo Day last month, is a weight loss coaching service that utilizes people's past experiences to help others lose weight. The peer-to-peer network connects people with weight loss success stories to those who are just beginning their journey, or have tried to lose weight before without reaching their goals. Those looking to use the program must...
By Jonah Comstock August 21, 2013
When Basis Science finally launched the companion app for its high-end wearable activity tracker in June (three months after launching the device), the company surprised users by launching Android-only, with the promise of iOS to come. Now, Basis has rectified that omission -- sort of. Last month the company announced, and has now launched, a stripped down version of its Basis Band companion app...
By Aditi Pai August 21, 2013
Health and fitness "enthusiasts" still prefer the iPhone to the iPad, according to a Flurry survey of 44,295 users. The iPod touch was not included in the survey. App data services company Flurry currently measures activity on 397 million active iOS devices. The data came from apps with Flurry’s data-collecting software installed. For this survey, sampled in May, Flurry assigned "Personas" to...
By Aditi Pai August 20, 2013
Y-Combinator-backed Amulyte made news last week when the Canadian startup launched its senior monitoring system, offering the elderly an on-the-go device connected to a companion app. Features of the device include a help button, fall detection, and activity tracking, while the app offers phone, email and text notifications. Amulyte founder Jaclyn Konzelmann wrote on the company's website about...
By Aditi Pai August 19, 2013
Last month, the CJE Senior Life (formerly Council for Jewish Elderly) and The Art Institute of Chicago launched an iPad app, Art in the Moment, to encourage conversation and engagement in older adults with cognitive disabilities. The app is an extension of their existing joint program, Art in the Moment. In 2008, NYU Center of Excellence for Brain Aging and Dementia released an evidence-based...
By Jonah Comstock August 19, 2013
A recently published study from Finland, conducted in 2008, shows Web- and mobile-based health interventions for employees can be effective, but face challenges when it comes to employees actually using the technology over time. In a study published last month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, a team from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland looked at 114 employees who were...
By Jonah Comstock August 16, 2013
A new report from "consumer troubleshooting" site FixYa shows that proprietary chargers, data inaccuracies, and missing features are some of the top complaints consumers have about their wearable activity trackers. Using data from consumer issues and complaints posted on FixYa, the company put together a list of five of the most high-profile devices -- Fitbit Flex, Nike+ Fuelband, Jawbone UP,...
By Aditi Pai August 14, 2013
When Weight Watchers held its second quarter meeting, Chief Financial Officer Nicholas Hotchkin addressed the company's declining earnings, accrediting some of the loss to the "sudden explosion of interest in free apps and activity monitors". While there are countless free apps that track diet and exercise, where are dieters turning to watch their weight? Weight Watchers claims it built its...
By Jonah Comstock August 14, 2013
Lumo Body Tech, makers of an app-connected posture sensing belt, launched a new, overhauled version of its LUMOback sensor today. The new sensor is a significant hardware upgrade and also includes new tracking capabilities and app features. The company has redesigned both the belt and the sensor unit to be lighter, smaller, and more comfortable than the first generation of the unit. The shell of...