July 17, 2019
Withings announced this morning that it is updating its connected blood pressure cuff product line with two new offerings: a revamped version of its existing at-home cuff, and a premium cardiac monitor with onboard ECG functionality.
The former device is the Withings BPM Connect ($99.95/€99.95/£89.95), an FDA-cleared and CE-compliant consumer product for monitoring systolic pressure, diastolic...
September 25, 2018
What is happening
Neuchatel Switzerland-Based aktiia, a startup developing a wearable blood pressure monitoring device, has just announced that it raised $4.1 million (4 CHF). The round was led by TransLink Capital and Redalpin, with participation from Sparks Street Capital, Christian Wenger, and Mladen Barbaric. According to Tobias Pforr, aktiia’s chief marketing officer, the latest funding...
January 30, 2018
A matter of national security. Heatmap data released this weekend by fitness app Strava appears to betray the locations of US military bases and patrol routes, according to an analyst with the Institute for United Conflict Analysts. Further, WIRED UK reported this morning that Strava’s current API allows anyone to de-anonymize user-shared data to reveal a recorded user’s name, speed, and even...
September 7, 2016
Not all blood pressure monitors are created equal, it seems. New research from Italy suggests that at-home, wrist blood pressure cuffs can be inaccurate if not done exactly right, leading to false reports of elevated blood pressure at home when compared to measurements taken in a doctor’s office.
The problem, it seems, may be in patient’s ability to get just the right positioning of the wrist,...
August 1, 2016
Philips Healthcare announced the global availability of a suite of "clinically-validated" health monitoring devices, including a health watch, connected scale, blood pressure monitor and thermometer. The devices connect to a companion app designed for people who are at-risk of developing chronic conditions with an eye on helping them make healthier decisions.
Developed with doctors and...
September 8, 2015
Philips is launching a new suite of personal connected health devices, the company announced at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin last week. The announcement included not just the devices, but "health programs" encompassing the device, an app-based personalized program, and secure data analysis in the cloud.
"Imagine a future where individuals are enabled to measure multiple vital signs...
June 18, 2015
The prototype of ToSense's floor pad device, which is about twice the size of a normal weight scale
La Jolla, California-based toSense, the connected vitals signs monitoring device company formerly known as Perminova, has two more multifunction digital health devices in the pipeline to follow up its recently FDA-cleared CoVa Monitoring System. At the BIO event in Philadelphia, cofounder Matt...
April 1, 2014
Withings has secured FDA 510(k) clearance for its previously announced Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and it has launched the device in the United States.
As announced at CES 2014 in January, the blood pressure cuff is similar to the one Withings released in 2011, but adds Bluetooth connectivity and Android support (the previous device was iOS-only and had to be plugged into the Apple device)....
January 16, 2014
Alere Connect, formerly known as MedApps before it was acquired by Alere, announced FDA clearance this week for its latest home health hub, HomeLink. The clearance rounds out Alere Connect's portfolio of hub devices to three main options: HomeLink, MobileLink, and HealthPAL. While each of the hub devices uses a cellular radio for backhaul -- no need to connect it via ethernet or your home WiFi...
December 13, 2012
The smartphone is often seen as a big driver of the trend toward self-tracking and self-monitoring. But not everyone has a smartphone. While some people who track without smartphones do so in their heads -- what Pew's Susannah Fox described as "skinny jeans trackers" -- others could benefit from lower-tech monitoring solutions. And some of the people who most need to monitor health data like...