Apple Watch

By Aditi Pai December 17, 2015
The global wearable device market will ship 214 million units in 2019, up from the 80 million units expected to ship this year, according to a report from research firm IDC. This growth will be driven by smartwatches. "In a short amount of time, smartwatches have evolved from being extensions of the smartphone to wearable computers capable of communications, notifications, applications, and...
By Aditi Pai December 2, 2015
Wristly, a relatively new research firm that aims to provide independent research on the Apple Watch, has released a small survey that includes data from Apple Watch owners who were dissatisfied with the product. The survey, of 330 Apple Watch owners, found that about half of users ditched their device within two weeks. A majority of those that ditched their device in this time tossed it in a...
By Brian Dolan November 24, 2015
Considering recent events, big name consumer brands are more likely than ever to move into regulated medical devices. Two weeks ago Apple CEO Tim Cook told a newspaper that while his company wouldn't put the Apple Watch through the motions of an FDA clearance process, Cook "wouldn't mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it." He said that before adding maybe that'd be an app or...
By Jonah Comstock November 18, 2015
In advance of the start of the holiday shopping season, Argus Insights has released a report on consumer perception and demand for wearables, based on the research firm's analysis of 6,000 global reviews and social media conversations. As expected, Apple Watch tops the demand for consumer smartwatches, but surprisingly Fitbit didn't top the dedicated fitness tracker category -- it came in second...
By Brian Dolan November 11, 2015
Before Apple revealed the Apple Watch, rumors circulated that because public records showed the company had met with FDA officials a few times, Apple was working on an advanced, sensor-laden wearable device with medical features that required FDA clearance. At the time, back in early 2014 I made the case that Apple was actually trying to ensure its wearable didn't trip a regulatory third rail and...
By Jonah Comstock October 22, 2015
Runkeeper has launched a new Apple Watch app with a functionality that the company's core users -- runners -- have been requesting for a long time: It lets them track their run while leaving their smartphone at home. There are pros and cons to the new app, which takes advantage of Apple's recently launched Watch OS 2 operating system. It will allow users to track heart rate with the Watch's...
By Aditi Pai October 13, 2015
A new survey of 1,500 consumers from Apple Watch research service Wristly has found that 83 percent of the Apple Watch owners surveyed said the device at least somewhat contributes to their overall health and fitness. Just under 60 percent of respondents said the watch contributes to some change in their health and fitness and 24 percent said the device contributed to a lot of change. The survey...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2015
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Valencell, which embeds its health and medical sensors in some wearable devices, most notably in sensor-equipped headphones, raised $2.6 million in a combination of debt and equity, according to an SEC filing. This round brings the company's total funding to date -- again, including some debt funding -- to $16.1 million. Its last funding round, $7 million, was led by...
By Brian Dolan September 10, 2015
The very first demo on-stage at Apple's special event yesterday was presented by AirStrip Technologies co-founders Dr. Cameron Powell and Trey Moore. Powell and Moore showed how a doctor could use her Apple Watch to remotely monitor her patients -- in this case pregnant women in labor and delivery wards who are hooked up to fetal heart and contraction monitoring equipment. AirStrip also demo'd...
By Jonah Comstock September 3, 2015
Johns Hopkins University is preparing to launch the first Apple ResearchKit study to incorporate the Apple Watch as a data collection device, according to a report from Apple Insider. Johns Hopkins declined to comment at this time. The study will be designed to help Johns Hopkins researchers learn more about epilepsy, according to the report. Johns Hopkins will work with Thread Research, who also...