Consumer

Person getting a shot
By  Laura Lovett 02:14 pm April 27, 2021
YouTube is pairing health experts up with an array of celebrities to talk about COVID-19 vaccines as part of its new public service announcement. This new PSA is born out of a collaboration between YouTube, the Vaccine Confidence Project and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and it's focused on providing people with reliable information about COVID-19 immunizations. Google's...
Miku
By  Laura Lovett 02:25 pm April 22, 2021
A new baby monitor company called Miku has just rolled out a new tool that helps parents track a baby's breathing and sleep patterns without physical contact. The new tech, called Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor, pairs up the company's propriety tools with an 8-core Qualcomm processor and 1080p HD, in order to relay real-time information and analytics to caregivers. Parents can access information...
Garmin
By  Laura Lovett 01:48 pm April 22, 2021
This morning, Garmin rolled out its new Venu 2 Series GPS smartwatch, which has sleep score capability. The Venu 2 gives users specific insights about their sleep, including light, deep and REM sleep. Users can also view information about their pulse oxygen and respiration rate when sleeping. The new watch is able to give users their body age by using their chronological age, activity, resting...
GluCare, diabetes, continuous data monitoring, wearable, diabetes management
By  Rachel McArthur 05:41 am April 22, 2021
A Dubai-based specialist diabetes clinic has released its very first report on the outcomes of its care model, demonstrating that continuous data monitoring is advantageous in dramatically improving the health of those with the condition. GluCare Integrated Diabetes Center, which describes itself as the “world’s first healthcare provider to employ integrated continuous data monitoring” and the “...
Amazon Alexa
By  Laura Lovett 02:59 pm April 21, 2021
Amazon's Alexa has joined the vaccine conversation. As of today, the technology is able to answer questions about COVID-19 immunization sites and eligibility. The data is powered by VaccineFinder, a tool created by Boston Children's Hospital with CDC support.  When a user asks Alexa about COVID-19 vaccinations in their area, the technology can reply with a list of centers in close proximity....
Product shot of the Fitbit Luxe
By  Mallory Hackett 12:29 pm April 20, 2021
Fitbit is officially rolling out its latest fitness tracker, the Luxe. It combines the health-and-wellness features of traditional Fitbit devices with stylized finishes designed to look like a piece of jewelry. The company refers to the new tracker as its most elegant to date, one that also has the versatility to adjust to “a diverse range of wrist sizes and lifestyles for 24/7 wear.” It was...
Peloton Tread+
By  Laura Lovett 11:40 am April 19, 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Peloton's connected bike and treadmill became the "it" workout devices. Last quarter, the workout giant beat its revenue expectation by more than $34 million. But the company is now on rocky footing. On Saturday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the dangers of the Peloton Tread+ after a slew of injuries in small children, including ...
Apple Fitness+ new workout sections
By  Mallory Hackett 11:16 am April 16, 2021
Apple’s subscription-based platform for at-home workouts will now offer a trio of programs created specifically for groups oftentimes overlooked in fitness. Launching April 19 on the Fitness+ platform are new workout sections for pregnant people, older adults and beginners. "Apple Fitness+ is integrated with Apple Watch to build on the goal of helping people live a better day by being more active...
Person texting on their phone
By  Mallory Hackett 02:28 pm April 14, 2021
Women’s healthcare company carafem is now facilitating at-home abortions through its virtual assistant, Cara.   Patients in Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia can now receive medication abortions via carafem with around-the-clock emotional and medical support from Cara.   Cara (1-855-SAY-CARA) is a text-based virtual assistant that is designed to work...
Facebook vaccine eligibility notification in the newsfeed
By  Mallory Hackett 10:46 am April 14, 2021
As states begin to open up vaccine eligibility to all adults, Facebook will begin to notify its users and connect them with state-specific information about how to get an appointment, the company announced this week. Once a state declares the general public eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Facebook will show a notification in the News Feed section to the state’s users and direct them to their...