Consumer

By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2013
Jawbone, the San Francisco company known for its Bluetooth speakers and headsets and, more recently, for the UP wristworn activity tracker, has hired Monica Rogati, a data scientist most recently working at LinkedIn, to the newly-created position of VP of data. "I'm going to lead the data team @Jawbone; excited to be at the intersection of wearable computing, quantified self & personalized...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2013
UK-based mobile operator O2, a subsidiary of Telefonica, has discontinued two of its mobile health offerings in the UK. By the end of 2013, the company will stop supporting consumer-facing emergency response service Help at Hand and provider-facing remote patient monitoring service Health at Home. MobiHealthNews reported on the launch of these two offerings just a few months ago, in mid-March,...
By Brian Dolan July 25, 2013
Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have developed a noninvasive, realtime wearable sensor that continuously monitors the wearer's sweat's lactate levels. The sensor could be used to help assess physical performance for athletes, soldiers, or patients, the researchers wrote in an article published by a medical journal affiliated with the American Chemical Society. "Wearable...
By Brian Dolan July 23, 2013
Mountain View, California-based Biosense Technologies, maker of the uChek smartphone-enabled urine analysis system, has already had a busy year. Its cofounder appeared onstage at TED. Its uChek system was held up as an example of FDA's lack of enforcement in a Congressional hearing in March. The FDA subsequently took the rare action of sending the company a warning letter about uChek that...
By Aditi Pai July 22, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook is a fan of the wrist-worn activity tracker Nike+ FuelBand In February, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal confirmed already-circulating rumors that Apple is developing a smart watch. Apple's most recent hiring decisions have further solidified this rumor -- new employees share a common thread of having a mobile health development background, according to GigaOm...
By Aditi Pai July 19, 2013
While most digital health tools are geared towards adults, MobiHealthNews has pointed out in the past that providing kids with similar devices might help them form better health habits. A lot of these devices are new additions to a child's daily schedule, but one company is putting a new take on an old classic. Today, Croatia-based iDerma launched Teddy the Guardian, a handmade organic teddy bear...
By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2013
Withings, the Paris-based maker of connected health devices, has raised $30 million in venture funding, only the second funding round for the 4-year-old company. The round was led by a $15 million contribution from Bpifrance with additional contributions by Idinvest Partners and 360 Capital Partners, and previous investor Ventech. Withings raised $3.8 million (3 million euros) from Ventech back...
By Aditi Pai July 16, 2013
This week, fitness app developer MapMyFitness announced a partnership with retailer Brooks Running Company to create an online community, The Happy Run Group. This new social group is based around a three-year program aimed at engaging competition among runners, offering prizes and building community. Last year, MapMyFitness raised $9 million from Austin Ventures. The company also has...
By Jonah Comstock July 16, 2013
Two months ago, MobiHealthNews looked at the fitness apps that Apple recommends to consumers in its app store, pointing out that, at the time, standalone fitness apps were doing better than the apps for connected devices like Fitbit and Jawbone UP. It's important to remember, however, that iOS isn't the only game in town. In the world of fitness apps and devices in particular, we've recently seen...
By Neil Versel July 11, 2013
Beam Technologies, maker of the Beam Brush smartphone app-enabled toothbrush, has halved the retail price of its signature product in an attempt to boost sales. The Louisville, Ky.-based startup announced the news Wednesday in an e-mail to potential customers. Correction: The original version of this article inaccurately attributed the price change to slow sales. Beam Brush says its sales to date...