Google X

By Jonah Comstock July 8, 2015
At the end of 2013 MobiHealthNews published a long post called "Checking up on Dr. Google: How the search giant has tackled health and wellness" that looked at the history of Google's health moves, going all the way back to 2008 with Google Flu Trends and the failed Google Health PHR. Since we wrote that post, the company has launched nearly as many new health-related initiatives as it had in the...
By Jonah Comstock June 23, 2015
Google (specifically the life sciences team at Google X) is building a wearable health sensor for cardiac and activity tracking, but it isn't a Fitbit or Apple Watch competitor: Google's device is a clinical-grade sensor designed for investigational use. "In brief, we’ll be starting to use it in clinical studies to see if/how a continuous stream of medical-grade measurements of biological signals...
By Aditi Pai January 28, 2015
Biogen Idec used Fitbit bands in a previous study Biogen Idec has partnered with Google X, Google's business unit for long-term “moonshot” projects, to study outside factors that might contribute to the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a report from Bloomberg. Google and Biogen will use sensors, software, and data analysis tools to collect and analyze data from people who...
By Jonah Comstock January 22, 2015
A Glass-wearing doctor, from Augmedix's website. Last week, Google made a controversial announcement about Google Glass: that the Explorer program (by which consumers were able to get access to the devices) was shutting down, and Google Glass would move out of Google's experimental Google X Lab to become their own Google Team, under Nest creator Tony Fadell. As the announcement essentially...
By Jonah Comstock November 4, 2014
Andrew Conrad, the Google X researcher heading up the company's recently-announced ingestible-wearable sensor platform, has shared a good deal more information about the project in an interview with BackChannel. He said he believes the project is only a few years away from viability. Conrad said that Google has hired more than 100 people to work on the project and is working with MIT and Stanford...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2014
Google's in-progress contact lens. Google X, Google's department of long-term "moonshot" projects, has revealed another health-related undertaking. According to the AP, the tech giant announced at a Wall Street Journal event that it is developing a smart pill that could scan for cancer and send the results to a user's wearable sensor device. The AP reports that the pill, which is in the early...