DirectLife

By Chris Gullo 07:22 am November 4, 2011
Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone released Jawbone UP this week, a continuously-worn wristband sensor that tracks daily activity and sleep patterns. The device retails for $99.99 and is available starting November 6 at retailers including Target, Apple Stores, and Best Buy. The UP band's sensors track steps walked, pace, calories burned, and active versus inactive time. Its sleep sensor tracks...
By Brian Dolan 10:51 am April 7, 2010
Last summer we reported on GE Healthcare's proposal to the FCC that the agency dedicate about 40 MHz of spectrum for medical body area networks (MBANs). The FCC recently put out a call for comments on the proposal and received an interesting one from Philips, according to a report from ZDNet. Philips suggests that the FCC consider allocating spectrum to enable MBANs to use the spectrum inside a...
By Brian Dolan 03:39 am January 11, 2010
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Friday, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs invited onstage Dr. Eric J. Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health and chief medical officer of the West Wireless Health Institute (WWHI), to discuss the wireless health trend. (Qualcomm is a key supporter of the WWHI.) Topol's talk included mentions of a half dozen different wireless health devices including...
By Brian Dolan 06:55 am December 18, 2009
The New York Times' David Pogue and the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg both published connected health device reviews in their respective newspapers yesterday: Pogue turned in a double header review for Fitbit and Philips' DirectLife devices, while Mossberg tested Bayer's just unveiled Contour USB meter for diabetes management. Each of the devices managed to make it through the reviews with...
By Brian Dolan 12:53 pm November 4, 2009
Philips has inked a deal with the largest health insurer in the Netherlands, Achmea, for a pilot home healthcare project that could eventually become rolled out across Europe. Philips' goal is to help doctors monitor patients' health remotely but to also equip patients with respiratory diseases with products help them better manage their conditions at home. Philips estimates that the global...