Consumer

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By Rachel McArthur 02:23 am April 8, 2020
The Kingdom of Bahrain is keeping track of its active cases of COVID-19 via electronic bracelets. Launched earlier this week, the wristbands – which are compatible with the country’s coronavirus contact tracing app, called “BeAware” – have been designed to alert a governmental monitoring station of any suspicious activity. Affected individuals wearing the electronic bracelet must be connected to...

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By Sophie Porter 01:51 am April 8, 2020
Mindler, Sweden’s largest digital mental health platform, recently succeeded in raising €8 million in Series A funding. The company, which noted a steep increase in demand for psychological services since the COVID-19 outbreak, has secured backing from Ventech and Schibsted Growth to aid in their European expansion. WHAT THEY DO The startup, founded in 2018, aims to make psychological help...
By Vasileios Nittas 07:33 am April 7, 2020
The unprecedented speed of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) had the world quickly realise that the only way to avoid a frontal crash is a temporary emergency brake. As we slow down and stay home, the novel coronavirus sweeps across communities, destabilizes livelihoods and forces a new 'normal'. A new normal that requires distance and discipline. Yes, we are all in this together; and yes, it is each and...
By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 6, 2020
Google is taking its coronavirus support efforts one step further with the launch of its COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports web tool late last week. Similar to the way Google Maps displays whether certain businesses or public places are busy at certain times of day, the resource aggregates anonymized location tracking data from mobile devices to identify large-scale behavior trends. The end...
By Laura Lovett 02:45 pm April 6, 2020
This afternoon Facebook announced its latest coronavirus-focused efforts, which includes the rollout of three new maps to its Data for Good program aimed at tracking the potential spread of the disease. The Menlo Park company will share the maps, which are based off aggregated Facebook data, with research and public health organizations. “You really need accurate information on population...
By Dave Muoio 03:13 pm April 2, 2020
Editor's note: On the same day this story was published, the FDA publicized the first Emergency Use Authorization of a serology test, Cellex Inc.’s qSARS-CoV-2 IgG/IgM Rapid Test. This story has been updated to reflect that development. On Tuesday morning, Los Angeles-based Bodysphere announced that it had received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a rapid COVID-19 serology test able to...
By Dave Muoio 04:22 pm April 1, 2020
Belgium-based FibriCheck, the maker of apps that monitor a user's heart rhythm, announced yesterday that it has developed a new version of its smartwatch offering that is capable of scanning for atrial fibrillation while the wearer is asleep. FibriCheck said in a release that the updated app is currently nearing the end of user testing, and that it will be available for smartwatch manufacturers...

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By Tammy Lovell 08:08 am April 1, 2020
Nordic startup SideKickHealth is working with the COVID-19 response team in Iceland to provide its digital therapeutics platform to people who have been diagnosed with the virus. Its platform allows the remote triaging and managing of large numbers of people in isolation, who self-report on a panel of symptoms and measurements via a smartphone app multiple times a day.  Patients are assessed via...

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By Tammy Lovell 03:59 am April 1, 2020
London-based FundamentalVR, a digital health company that uses virtual reality (VR) to help train surgeons, today announced the expansion of its educational platform Fundamental Surgery. Its new education modality @HomeVR brings educational simulations, accredited by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, to standalone VR headsets such as Oculus Quest and...
By Dave Muoio 10:57 am March 31, 2020
Fitbit has announced the latest member of its fitness tracker lineup, the Fitbit Charge 4, alongside new fitness-minded features and new content for Fitbit Premium. The new device's standout feature is onboard GPS to enable features like an exercise heat map, which helps users review where in a running or biking route they were working the hardest. It returns with the Sp02 sensor of its...