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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...
By Jonah Comstock August 13, 2013
Israel-based Extreme Reality has developed a motion sensor technology using a 2D camera, allowing the motion sensor to be used with mobile devices like tablets and laptops. Indie Hero, a British game company, is launching the first fitness game for this platform. Extreme Reality's software, called Extreme Motion, offers controller-free motion detection similar to the 3D depth camera on the...
By Jonah Comstock August 10, 2013
Weight Watchers online portal and app. This week in mobile health, we saw FDA clearances for Alere and Verizon, trials from Scripps and Qualcomm, and some interesting new products in the consumer health sphere from Beddit, Emotiv, and BioBeats. Some other articles from around the web have also highlighted mobile health trends. Here's some interesting pieces that caught our eyes this week. The...
By Aditi Pai August 8, 2013
Saratoga, California-based Beddit, maker of sleep tracking equipment, launched an Indiegogo campaign for a consumer-priced sleep sensor. Through the campaign, consumers can pre-order the device with a 30 percent discount. So far Beddit has raised $5,000 of its $80,000 goal. While Beddit has been making sleep trackers since 2006, this is their first consumer play: their other sleep trackers are...
By Jonah Comstock August 5, 2013
Google Glass may or may not be on its way to catching on with the consumer crowd, but, if nothing else, it shows that Google doesn't think consumers will have a problem wearing a computer on their head. As wearable health real estate goes, the head is a contentious spot for a sensor, but a number of companies are making a go for it. Brainwave sensors, like Emotiv, which has already raised $400,...
By Aditi Pai August 5, 2013
Adidas' is poised to launch a new activity tracker, the miCoach X_Cell. The recently cleared FCC filing was first spotted by Engadget. Users can wear the X_Cell with a textile strap across the chest or with miCoach compatible apparel, such as a Techfit shirt. The device measures acceleration, change in direction, jump force, heart rate and workout time. Information from the activity tracker can...
By Neil Versel August 2, 2013
After BenJarvus Green-Ellis, then of the New England Patriots, wore a specialized chin strap from Battle Sports Science to measure how hard he was hit during Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012, MobiHealthNews described the presence of mobile health as "stealthy." During a grueling cycling tour in Europe planned for September, the technology will be front and center. As many as 100 riders will be...
By Jonah Comstock July 31, 2013
One way or another, the wrist is going to be a consumer battlefield. In the world of health and fitness tracking, smartphone connected devices like Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, and Basis Band have scoped out the wrist as the ideal place for accelerometers, pulse, and galvanic skin response sensors to give people feedback about their workouts. In the mobile computing sphere, startups like Pebble and...
By Jonah Comstock July 30, 2013
One of the mantras for the quantified self movement seems to be that no place is off-limits for a sensor. MobiHealthNews has written about sensors in clothing, belt sensors, brain wave sensors on the forehead, ingestible sensors, sensors in toothbrushes and sensors in forks. Now a team of researchers from the National Taiwan University in Taipei have found a new wearable use case -- a tiny...
By Neil Versel July 30, 2013
Data liberation advocate Hugo Campos has scored a small victory in his ongoing battle to gain access to potentially life-saving data generated from the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in his chest. Campos now gets XML files of reports from his defibrillator after device manufacturer Medtronic agreed to supply Campos' doctors at Stanford Hospital & Clinics with a script to run in...