Augmented Reality

By Dave Muoio March 11, 2019
Rally’s new benefits platform. This weekend at SXSW, Rally Health announced the launch of a new digital, consumer-focused wellness platform. The system helps users view, access and manage their employee benefits within a single interface, while offering employers a tool to drive health engagement. “Today we’re taking our Rally platform to a new level by making traditionally disparate elements of...
By Dave Muoio February 25, 2019
In a stage event kicking off Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft pulled back the curtain on revamped versions of its enterprise-focused mixed reality headset and computer vision technology. Much like its predecessor, the HoloLens 2 headset is a self-contained device that projects messages, icons and other images on a clear glasses-like display. However, the second version of the headset...
By Dave Muoio November 14, 2018
De Novo clearance for urinary incontinence wearable. The FDA has granted De Novo clearance to Atlantic Therapeutics’ Innovo therapy device, an externally worn electrical muscle stimulator for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. The wearable is intended for adult women as a front-line or second-line therapy, and in a multi-center randomized controlled trial recorded an 87 percent rate of...

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By Jonah Comstock November 13, 2018
One promising area in which artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing is computer vision, algorithms which process images. Healthcare entrepreneurs are in the midst of turning this technology toward healthcare, where algorithms can identify rashes and lesions, measure and analyze wounds, and bring colorimetric testing into the home — all using photos or short videos snapped by our smartphones...
By Dave Muoio September 27, 2018
What happened Netherlands-based 1Minuut Innovation is launching an all-in-one mobile health communication platform that will make extensive use of augmented reality eyewear for point-of-view video sharing for telehealth purposes. Called Genzõ, the platform was developed through partnerships with Vuzix, maker of the M300 Smart Glasses used in the platform, and Deloitte Assuring Medical Apps...

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By Laura Lovett September 6, 2018
The military is now looking to augmented reality and drones as a new avenue for delivering expert care to patients in war zones.  Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new AR system consisting of an headset and a drone, which aims to let experienced doctors give more junior doctors working in the field instructions.  "The most critical challenge is to provide surgical expertise into...
By Jonah Comstock July 25, 2018
Aaptiv, a fast-growing New York-based digital fitness content-maker, has added a follow-on investment from Bose Ventures, the investment arm of technology company Bose Corporation, to its recent $22 million Series C round, bringing the total up to $23 million. “Closing our Series C was a significant milestone for Aaptiv. We are honored to now be supported by Bose, a global leader and innovator in...
By Jonah Comstock July 23, 2018
The United States Patent Office has published a patent from Apple, filed December 18 of last year and not yet granted, for a "sunscreen detector" that could be incorporated into the Apple Watch or the iPhone and could even include augmented reality functionality. "Disclosed herein is a [ultraviolet-ifrared (UV-IR)] spectrometer for mobile and/or wearable devices," Patent Application 0202927,...
By Jonah Comstock April 18, 2018
San Francisco-based PeerWell has added an augmented reality feature to its app, which helps post-surgical patients manage their recovery. The tool, called PeerWell's Trip and Fall Hazard Detector, uses the phone's camera to analyze a user's home environment and provide suggestions about how to minimize the risk of falls. “Falling is a top driver of injuries in older adults, and of special concern...
By Dave Muoio March 7, 2018
As virtual and augmented reality technologies continue to improve, researchers and entrepreneurs continue to investigate the role these tools may play in healthcare. In an educational session at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas Tuesday, presenters described the technologies’ current roadmap, highlighting persisting roadblocks and novel strategies incorporating other technologies. After describing the...