Apple Watch

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...
By Aditi Pai August 31, 2015
In the second quarter of 2015, Apple shipped 3.6 million units of the Apple Watch globally, just under Fitbit's 4.4 million units, according to a report on wearable devices from the International Data Corporation (IDC). Fitbit still has the largest market share, 24.3 percent, though its share is 6 percent less than it was in the second quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, Apple, which only began shipping ...
By Aditi Pai August 27, 2015
The demand for wearable devices, which include fitness bands, smartwatches, smart glasses, and other sensor-enabled devices, has decreased after reaching a high point in January, according to an Argus Insights report compiled from approximately 328,000 consumer reviews since January 2014. Argus explained that over the last 18 months, the wearable market has grown significantly. Demand was slow at...
By Brian Dolan August 27, 2015
During a campaign stop in Iowa this week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touted the importance of telemedicine, Politico reported this morning. The entire speech is available from Clinton's campaign, but here's the relevant passage: "And we also need to do better on health care. Decades ago, I led a commission on rural health in Arkansas that worked on increasing access in remote parts...
By Jonah Comstock August 18, 2015
In a rare interview with Outside Magazine, Jay Blahnik, Apple's director of fitness for health technologies, spoke about the Apple Watch's impact on users' fitness since it launched, the importance of the Stand ring, and how integration with third-party apps will change the game. Once third party Apple Watch apps are able to integrate with the Watch's sensors, Apple still doesn't want them to...
By Aditi Pai July 22, 2015
In Apple’s second-quarter earnings call with investors, CEO Tim Cook highlighted three hospitals that were using the Apple Watch: Nebraska Medicine, Ochsner Health System, and London-based King’s College Hospital. Nebraska Medicine, which Cook said is the latest hospital to adopt the Apple Watch, has launched apps that help doctors and patients communicate. The provider’s apps also offer doctors...