Apple Watch

By Jonah Comstock February 9, 2015
Dexcom's Apple Watch app will be ready to go when the device launches in April, the company told the Wall Street Journal. The app, which will not need to seek pre-market approval from the FDA thanks to a recent reclassification, will allow the Apple Watch to serve as a secondary display device for the Dexcom G4 (and upcoming G5) continuous glucose monitor system. The primary display will remain...
By Aditi Pai January 28, 2015
The Apple Watch will ship in April, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook who discussed the watch on the company's first quarter earnings call. "Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule and we expect to begin shipping in April," Cook said. "Developers are hard at work on apps, notifications, and information summaries that we call Glances, all designed specifically for the Watch's user interface...
By Jonah Comstock January 23, 2015
When Apple announced its Apple Watch wearable last September, there was scarce mention of the device's battery life, leading to the natural conclusion that battery was posing a problem for the Apple Watch team. At MobiHealthNews, we speculated that a shorter battery life was holding the team back from introducing sleep tracking, increasingly considered a must-have feature on fitness wearables....
By Aditi Pai January 14, 2015
Leaked screenshots of Apple's companion app, published by 9to5Mac, offer a glimpse at how the Apple Watch, Apple's soon-to-be-released smartwatch, will handle activity and fitness. When it was announced in September, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that the watch will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will also...
By Aditi Pai January 12, 2015
At CES 2015, continuous glucose monitor (CGM) maker Dexcom presented a demo of what Dexcom's CGM readings would look like on the Apple Watch, according to a report from diaTribe. The app interface will look similar to the Dexcom Share app, the company's FDA-cleared app that syncs with a hub to collect glucose readings. And data sent to the Apple Watch would also be available via Apple's HealthKit...
By Jonah Comstock November 25, 2014
About 19 million wearable fitness devices are in use worldwide this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research, and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2018. Juniper predicts that market will continue to be dominated by designated fitness devices, but that smartwatches with fitness capabilities will gradually begin to eat away at the market as time goes on. Most of those...
By Aditi Pai November 21, 2014
As a GfK survey found earlier this year, just 6 percent of UK and US consumers currently own a wearable device, but according to mobile industry association MEF's recent survey of 15,000 consumers in 15 countries across 5 continents, about half of consumers know they exist. "It's fair to assume most of the above users are wearing some kind of health-tracking wristband such as Fitbit," MEF...
By Aditi Pai November 17, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached out to Apple to confirm that the health data collected by Apple's smartwatch, called Apple Watch, will not be sold to third parties, according to a report from Reuters. Reuters explains that in the past few months, Apple representatives have met with FTC officials on multiple occasions to discuss the privacy issues surrounding the Apple Watch. Apple'...
By Aditi Pai October 30, 2014
Microsoft has officially launched a fitness-focused smart watch, called Microsoft Band as well as a new health tracking platform, called Microsoft Health. This announcement came just a week after another report leaked about the device. The product has been in development since 2010 when Microsoft launched the Kinect motion sensor for Xbox, Microsoft explains in a feature post. Microsoft Band, a...
By Jonah Comstock October 27, 2014
When Nike reportedly laid off most of its Fuelband engineering team in April, it seemed like the end of Nike's independent association with wearables, despite an official statement saying they would support the device "for the foreseeable future." But many, including MobiHealthNews, predicted that Nike's next move in the wearable space would be an even stronger partnership with long-time ally...