November 30, 2015
Food tracking is one area where digital health still hasn't meaningfully surpassed the status quo. Sure, it's easier to log your food in an app than it is with pen or paper, but unlike step counts, heart rate, blood pressure, and more, there's no connected device that automatically knows what you've eaten and how many calories you've consumed. It's something of a holy grail for consumer tracking...
July 9, 2014
Mock up of a calorie counting device
GE Research has developed a prototype of a microwave that could someday measure calories in the foods that a user warms up, according to a report from MIT Technology Review. This first prototype is only capable of measuring the caloric content of some liquids.
GE Global Research Senior Scientist Matt Webster invented the device when he was looking for a way...
April 9, 2014
April 1st is come and gone, but the mobile health jokes are sticking around. Just this week, we saw a cutting Indiegogo satire of suspect health trackers like HealBe and the premiere of HBO's "Silicon Valley," which hit us with a pretty good riff on physician-entrepreneurs.
Started by someone calling themselves "Shane White", the Indiegogo page lasted about two days before being taken down by the...
March 12, 2014
Last October Waterloo, Ontario-based Airo Health, a small startup founded by recent graduates, began taking preorders for a passive nutrition-tracking, wristworn device on its website, only to refund its backers a few weeks later after admitting it should have tested and validated the device further before putting it up for sale. Last week Healbe, a company with offices in San Francisco and...
January 24, 2014
MobiHealthNews started rounding up calorie counter and nutrition tracking apps as early as 2009, and as recently as last August, when Weight Watchers told its investors that free apps were probably eating away at its profit margin.
Most of the healthy eating apps MobiHealthNews has tracked have relied on manual entry, giving users a space to enter information about every meal, although exactly...
October 31, 2013
Over the years MobiHealthNews has reported on a number of health and medical sensors that seemed incredible upon first read.
Back in 2009 we first wrote about an ingestible sensor from Redwood City, California-based Proteus Digital Health (then called Proteus Biomedical) that could wirelessly transmit a signal to a bodyworn patch when a person's stomach acid broke it down -- a bite-sized...
October 29, 2013
Ontario, Canada-based Airo Health has announced a wearable sensor poised for launch in fall of 2014. Instead of steps, Airo tracks activity using heart rate, and instead of manual entry, Airo tracks nutrition passively.
Airo's nutrition tracker uses wavelengths of light to look into the bloodstream to detect metabolites, which are released during and after the user's meal. These metabolites will...