Affectiva

By Jonah Comstock 01:30 pm May 26, 2016
Waltham, Massachusetts-based emotions analytics company Affectiva has raised $14 million in a round led by Fenox Venture Capital. The company intends to use the funding to continue to develop their Emotion AI platform and expand their operations globally. In addition to the funding, the company announced a leadership change, with former CEO and president Nicholas Langeveld becoming chairman of...
By Jonah Comstock 06:06 am November 2, 2015
One of the great but nebulous promises of wearable health trackers is that, by monitoring something 24-7 that previously was only ever monitored intermittently, it will help us discover new things about our bodies and health. MIT Professor and Empatica Chief Scientist Rosalind Picard can do one better -- a wearable device she designed helped her to make an accidental discovery that could change...
By Aditi Pai 12:26 pm September 9, 2015
Waltham, Massachusetts-based emotions analytics company Affectiva has launched a new offering, called Emotion as a Service, that allows organizations to track the emotions of people interacting with their digital product or service. Affectiva also released an updated version of its emotion-sensing SDK. Affdex Emotion as a Service can be used by designers and developers who don't want to invest in...
By Jonah Comstock 08:09 am January 7, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts and Milan, Italy-based Empatica is crowdfunding a new wristworn tracker device, Embrace, which brings clinically validated tracking methods to the consumer market. The technology has an initial primary focus on epilepsy, but is also usable for activity, stress and sleep tracking in healthy individuals and will gradually add use cases for other chronic conditions including...
By Aditi Pai 07:53 am August 21, 2014
Vitals This year, on Inc Magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies, several of the companies listed were in the digital health space. Inc created this list by measuring a private company's revenue growth between 2010 and 2013 and sorted the results by percentage. The awards mark one of the few opportunities to get a peek at a private company's revenue figures and a general...
By Jonah Comstock 09:09 am May 17, 2013
The SMART belt (Photo by: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Epilepsy is one medical condition where the constant monitoring capability of a wearable sensor could save lives, providing an early warning when a person with epilepsy has a seizure or even predicting seizures before they happen. Surprisingly, though, it hasn't been an overly popular target for mobile health entrepreneurs. For developers...
By Jonah Comstock 06:12 am March 1, 2013
The Misfit Shine is an example of a partially passive wearable sensor. The future of sensors won't be handheld devices like Star Trek's tricorder. It will be invisible sensors in your shoes, floorboards, and cars that quietly collect your health data, analyze it, and alert you, your doctor, or your loved ones only when something goes wrong. That's the prediction in "Making Sense of Sensors: How...
By Brian Dolan 02:16 am August 9, 2012
Waltham, Massachusetts-based Affectiva, which spun out of the MIT Media Lab in 2009, has raised $12 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Horizons Ventures to build out its emotion measurement technology for advertisements and for various medical research initiatives. According to various media outlets, the company has now raised more than $20 million, including grants from the National...
By Chris Gullo 06:39 am December 1, 2011
Affectiva released the second generation of its Q Sensor this week, a wearable wireless biosensor that measures emotional arousal (excitement, anxiety, and calm) via skin conductance, as well as temperature and movement. The Q Sensor 2.0 adds Bluetooth functionality and the ability for its real-time emotion data to integrate with third-party mobile apps. The Q Sensor 2.0 lists for $2,000,...
By Chris Gullo 08:21 am October 18, 2011
Social behavior analysis startup Ginger.io recently announced $1.7 million in its first round of funding. The start-up, which was born out of MIT's Media Lab, is developing software for mobile devices that aims to give pharma companies and providers detailed data on patient behavior to more effectively target new drugs and therapies. The round was led by Silicon Valley-based True Ventures and...