March 24, 2016
New York City-based health sensor company LifeBeam has raised $16 million in a round led by Squarepeg Capital with participation from Wellborn VC, Cerca Partners, Atomic14 VC, and Triventures VC. This brings the company’s total funding to date to $19 million.
LifeBeam, which was founded four years ago, initially developed wearable biosensing technologies for the aerospace domain, including NASA...
February 23, 2016
Wearable device vendors shipped 78.1 million units this year, more than double last year’s total, which was 28.8 units, according to IDC.
Fitbit’s shipments in 2015 reached 21 million units and accounted for 26.9 percent market share. Devices from two other wearable device vendors, Xiaomi and Apple, account for about 15 percent market share each. Xiaomi shipped 12 million units and Apple shipped...
February 2, 2016
Some 71 percent of US adults said they would use a health tracking device if it was clinically accurate, according to a survey of 1,011 US adults between December 10 and 13th last year.
The survey was commissioned by The Society for Participatory Medicine and health technology company Biotricity. It was fielded by ORC International. About 509 respondents were from a landline sample and 502 from...
February 1, 2016
Mattel, a toy manufacturing giant based in Segundo, California, acquired San Francisco-based Sproutling, which has developed a health sensing wearable device for babies. Mattel also acquired all the assets of Fuhu, which is best known for developing a suite of tablets for children and their families. Fuhu filed for bankruptcy last year after raising more than $100 million from various big name...
November 30, 2015
Goqii has raised $13.4 million in a round led by New Enterprise Associates and Cheetah Mobile with participation from Great Wall Club (GWC), DSG Consumer Partners, Ilkka Paananen, and Pravin Gandhi for its health coaching service, according to TechCrunch.
The company is headquartered in Menlo Park, California with offices in Mumbai, India and Shenzhen, China. It is developing a health coaching...
November 16, 2015
Denmark-based Cortrium has raised $1.6 million (1.5 million euros) from Myant, a division of Myant Capital Partners, for its connected health tracking device.
Cortrium is developing wearable health sensors designed for both in-patient and home health monitoring. The startup’s device, called the C3, can measure ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate, skin surface temperature, heart rate recovery, sleep...
October 13, 2015
A new survey of 1,500 consumers from Apple Watch research service Wristly has found that 83 percent of the Apple Watch owners surveyed said the device at least somewhat contributes to their overall health and fitness.
Just under 60 percent of respondents said the watch contributes to some change in their health and fitness and 24 percent said the device contributed to a lot of change.
August 25, 2015
Sunnyvale, California-based DynoSense, which has developed a mobile-enabled sensor that tracks a number of vital signs and other health biometrics, raised $9.4 million from WI Harper Group, JKOM Cloud Health Technology, Plug and Play Tech Center, Jinmao Capital, and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati.
DynoSense's device, called DynoSensor, measures ECG, EKG, pulmonary plethysmography (PPM),...
March 31, 2015
Apple's newest offering, the Apple Watch, is set to launch April 24th. When the watch launches in a few weeks, Apple will launch a new section in its app store specifically for Apple Watch apps.
The Apple Watch, which was announced September 2014, will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will extrapolate further data...