January 13, 2015
Digital health startup ID Guardian, formerly iDerma, raised $400,000 from London-based investors to bring its health-sensing plush bear to market, according to a post from TechCrunch.
The handmade stuffed animal, called Teddy the Guardian, is embedded with sensors that monitor a child’s health. The bear senses a child’s pulse, body temperature, and oxygen saturation when children put their finger...
November 21, 2014
As a GfK survey found earlier this year, just 6 percent of UK and US consumers currently own a wearable device, but according to mobile industry association MEF's recent survey of 15,000 consumers in 15 countries across 5 continents, about half of consumers know they exist.
"It's fair to assume most of the above users are wearing some kind of health-tracking wristband such as Fitbit," MEF...
October 15, 2014
Details and images of two upcoming Fitbit activity tracker devices, called Charge and Charge HR, have leaked, according to a report from Gizmodo.
Fitbit first mentioned their new generation of devices in February when they voluntarily recalled the Fitbit Force after just less than 2 percent of Force owners complained of somewhat mysterious bouts of skin irritation, usually...
August 18, 2014
Intel has partnered with headphone maker SMS Audio to develop biometric-sensing earbuds, which the companies plan to launch later this year. The earbuds are powered by Valencell's PerformTek technology. Rapper 50 Cent is a majority owner in SMS Audio.
"The wearable technology collaboration between SMS Audio and Intel elevates our capability to bring smart exercise to consumers," Brian M. Nohe,...
July 10, 2014
Adidas has announced its latest activity tracker, just two weeks after rumors surfaced that the device might be announced sometime this year.
The activity tracker, called the Adidas Fit Smart, tracks heart rate, calories, pace, distance, and stride rate and is designed to help athletes when they are running or training. Fit Smart records data while users work out and then the companion app...
June 12, 2014
As the makers of wearable sensors continue to push the boundaries of what those sensors can track, new research suggests that a device worn on the wrist could some day track hydration, pulse, and even blood glucose non-invasively.
In two papers published this month in Biomedical Optics Express, the journal of the Optical Society, researchers from around the world used a technique called the...
May 27, 2014
With a recent software update, Samsung has given customers a new way to use the Galaxy S5's built-in optical heart rate sensor: to detect stress. In a new update -- first reported by Samsung-focused news site SammyHub -- users can not only check their stress level, but map it out on an hourly, daily, or monthly graph.
The Galaxy S5's heart rate sensor requires the user to put their fingertip on...