June 3, 2015
Meal Snap app
Google has unveiled a new project, called Im2Calories, which will use deep learning algorithms to estimate how many calories are in food, based on a photo of the meal, according to a report from Popular Science.
The algorithm will estimate calories in a meal, which could be, for example, eggs, pancakes, and bacon, based on the size of the individual items compared to the size of...
April 21, 2014
Less than 3 percent of early users of The Eatery, the first app from app maker Massive Health, which was acquired by Jawbone in February 2013, used it often enough to be considered active users, and of those, only about 10 percent showed an improvement in the healthiness rating of their meals, according to a new study in JMIR.
This is an especially interesting finding, as the company's unique...
February 7, 2013
Health gamification app developers, you may have met your match. You probably already knew the couch potato was your biggest challenge. But now the stakes have been raised.
The other night, I was watching TV and this commercial came on: (Watch here).
That's right, there's an app, called Viggle, that rewards people for sitting on their rear ends and "checking in" to their favorite shows. Users get...
February 4, 2013
San Francisco-based Jawbone, a company best known for fashion-minded Bluetooth headsets and iPod speakers, has acquired mobile health startup Massive Health and design firm Visere for an undisclosed sum to help it refine and improve its own wearable health device, UP. GigaOM Founder Om Malik first broke the news of the acquisition.
"Massive Health was a company born from a passion to make...
December 18, 2012
Followers of mHealth should have learned by now not to be surprised by what health function your smartphone will serve next. Still and all, two new technologies are presenting a somewhat novel use case: scanning your food before you eat it. A recent proof-of-concept from UCLA turns your smartphone into a mobile lab that can test your food for a number of allergens, while a new commercial product...
December 12, 2011
Health games have the difficult task ahead of them to be fun, yet taken seriously by physicians, according to a panel held at the mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C. last week. The panel, "The Evolution of Gaming and its Effect on Prevention and Wellness," included Dr Ravi Komatireddy (West Wireless Health Institute), Iana Simeonov (University of California, San Francisco), Debra Lieberman (...
November 3, 2011
Every day dozens of new health-related apps make their way into the AppStore. This week we noticed about a half dozen health apps that we felt were worth highlighting, including the quiet launch of a video consultation app that has made a lot of noise pre-launch (more on that below).
MobiHealthNews continues to track the growing number of apps available to both medical professionals and consumers...