Jonah Comstock

May 29, 2013
Misfit also released a picture of a black version of the Shine with a leather band. Misfit Wearables announced that it is once more pushing back the shipping date of its crowd-funded Shine tracker, and that the device will no longer support Android at launch. Supporters of Misfit's $846,000 Indiegogo campaign this past January will now have to wait until mid-July for their trackers. The Misfit...
May 29, 2013
The Fitbit Flex. The University of San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is teaming up with major quantified self thought leaders to launch Health Data Exploration, an initiative aimed at convincing the companies that make tracking devices, connected health devices, and fitness apps...
May 28, 2013
Clinical results from the New Cities Foundation pilot study A 2012 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report suggested that in the years to come, US mobile health development would trail developing countries like South Africa, India, and Brazil, and another PwC report predicted a $46.6 million health app market in Brazil by 2015. That Brazilian market has been the focus of a lot of attention lately,...
May 27, 2013
When Jawbone acquired BodyMedia last month, it made a big splash in the health and fitness tracker space: the two companies are both major, visible players in the quick-moving field, and we predicted that the acquisition would make other competitors like Fitbit and Basis nervous, and possibly lead to further acquisitions and mergers in the field. MobiHealthNews caught up with former BodyMedia CEO...
May 24, 2013
Research firm ON World is predicting a fitness tracking capability will be a top consumer requirement for forthcoming smartwatches. "Some sports and fitness markets will be disrupted by the emergence of new general purpose mobile sensing products such as smartwatches," Mareca Hatler, ON World's research director, said in a statement. “Also, dedicated mobile sensing sports and fitness device...
May 24, 2013
The Misfit Shine raised $846,000 on Indiegogo in January. Like the Misfit Shine before it, Scanadu proved this week that in digital health, the combination of a hip, hyped product and a crowdfunding platform can lead to impressive results. The company raised their goal of $100,000 in just two hours, and they're now up to more than three times that. Of course, not all digital and mobile health...
May 23, 2013
Voxiva, the company that developed the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition's Text4baby free texting service for new mothers, announced a major update of Text4baby. New Text4baby messages will include links to a mobile website containing "educational content and informational videos covering topics from exercise during pregnancy to car seat safety," according to a release from the...
May 22, 2013
A team of doctors at the University of Virginia medical center has developed an app to more easily, quickly, and efficiently transmit electrocardiogram tracings from heart attack patients to doctors, enabling doctors to diagnose a particular kind of heart attack that can benefit from immediate treatment. UVA Medical Center A STEMI, or ST segment myocardial infarction, is a kind of heart attack,...
May 22, 2013
Despite 75 percent owning personal smartphones, only a quarter of nurses at acute care hospitals have a smartphone available to support their nursing work, according to a survey by Voalte, which markets a smartphone-based secure hospital communication system, and American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. Voalte told MobiHealthNews that American Nurse Today...
May 22, 2013
The updated Scanadu Scout. San Francisco-based Scanadu, which had planned to release it's tricorder-like SCOUT device by the end of 2013, is launching an Indiegogo campaign to sell the device. In an unprecedented move, the company is launching its crowdfunding campaign without FDA 510(k) clearance, with the intention of conducting the usability tests needed to get the clearance via the campaign...