Consumer

By Jonah Comstock July 10, 2013
Slava Rubin, CEO of Indiegogo, and Greg Sebasky, Chairman of Philips North America. Philips has announced an innovation contest to give a total of $100,000 out to five startups creating technology to improve health and wellness. But companies that compete stand to get a lot more than the $60,000 grand prize: the Innovation Fellows Competition is being conducted in partnership with Indiegogo,...
By Jonah Comstock July 10, 2013
Palo Alto-based Azumio, makers of the popular Instant Heart Rate app and a number of other mobile health apps, launched a new free app called Argus, which aggregates readings from many of Azumio's other apps as well as including built-in tracking for food, sleep, and activity. Unlike most of Azumio's apps, which are available for Apple and Android, Argus is currently available on iPhone only. "We...
By Aditi Pai July 9, 2013
As the market for quantified self continues to grow with wearables like smart watches and apps that track diet and exercise, new mobile health technologies are cropping up with embedded sensors that track a baby's health condition. New York-based Pixie Scientific developed urine-tracking Smart Diapers. The diapers have a code on the bottom that will change colors after the baby pees. From there,...
By Jonah Comstock July 9, 2013
Galvanic, a Dublin-based startup, has created a Bluetooth-enabled galvanic skin response sensor that's also a game controller. The product, called the PIP sensor, is designed to help users learn to reduce their own stress through gamified biofeedback. The company is currently crowdfunding the device through Kickstarter. UPDATE: Galvanic made their $100,000 funding goal, with 15 hours left in...
By Aditi Pai July 3, 2013
Last week, Microsoft announced Bing Health and Fitness, an app that tracks diet, health and exercise, according to an official Microsoft website, Bing Blogs. The app syncs to Microsoft HealthVault, which brings in data from other health trackers such as blood glucose monitors, electronic scales, and activity and medical monitors. Bing Health and Fitness is a part of the Windows 8.1 Preview, a pre...
By Jonah Comstock July 2, 2013
Mobile operator US Cellular released new data on consumer use of health and fitness apps. Just 10 percent of US Cellular customers use a mobile phone or tablet for health or fitness on a regular basis, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the company by Consumer Insights. The survey of 527 post-paid customers was conducted online in early April. That 10 percent figure is pretty close to...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2013
London, UK-based Six to Start, the creators of runaway hit fitness game Zombies, Run! announced this week they are creating a new game that will use the same gamified, story-centric approach as Zombies, Run! but without the zombies -- or the running. Tentatively titled "The Walk," the game will be a spy thriller and it will be focused on getting people to move more and generally be more active....
By Aditi Pai June 28, 2013
Although depression hits youth of all ages, a large percentage of young people are left untreated, CEO of LinkedWellness David Burt said during a talk at the Games For Health event in Boston this week. Causes that he cited included stigma, inconvenience of therapy appointments, fear of drug side effects and cost of drugs and therapy. While searching for a solution to this problem, Burt and his...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2013
Studies have shown that exercise video games, or exergames, can benefit elderly people who sometimes have trouble getting enough daily physical activity. But few studies have dealt with the question of how to get older people to engage with video games in the first place. "I can give you a stationary bike, but if you don't bike it, I doubt that you will get any benefits from it," said Annerieke...
By Aditi Pai June 27, 2013
In 2009, 39 percent of new HIV infections were among individuals aged 13 to 29, which was a 21 percent increase since 2006, according to Associate Research Scientist Dr. Kim Hieftje. In her talk at Games for Health in Boston this week Hieftje discussed her new HIV prevention iPad game, PlayForward: Elm City Stories, which tests kids in socially compromising simulations to see if her game affects...