iWatch

By Jonah Comstock 09:20 am September 11, 2014
Apple's big wearable announcement Tuesday was met with excitement by some and disappointment by others. While health and fitness is a major selling point of the device, it's not the standout health wearable that it might have been. And with a price point starting at $349, it's a hard sell for consumers just looking for a better Fitbit. The health tracker Apple Watch most resembles is the Basis...
By Aditi Pai 10:13 am August 14, 2014
Apple has hired Divya Nag, founder of digital health accelerator StartX Med, who confirmed the new position on her LinkedIn page, according to a report from VentureBeat. A source told VentureBeat that Nag will be "leading Apple’s health care initiatives". Her LinkedIn profile also explains she will be working on special projects at Apple. StartX Med, which is run out of Stanford, incubated...
By Jonah Comstock 10:45 am July 22, 2014
Apple has been granted a patent, filed originally in July 2011, for a wrist-worn iWatch device, giving a new peek into some possible features of the much-hyped device rumored to be launching in October. However, on the subject of healthcare or wellness tracking as a focus for the device, the document is silent. AppleInsider originally spotted the document. The patent refers to the device as "...
By Aditi Pai 06:13 am July 2, 2014
Microsoft's rumored smartwatch is said to look like a thinner Nike+ FuelBand Microsoft plans to release its own smartwatch with 11 sensors as soon as October, according to tech news site Tom's Hardware. Tom's Hardware received its information from an unidentified source. The report from Tom's Hardware explains that the Microsoft smartwatch is using chips from Texas Instruments and Atmel. The...
By Brian Dolan 06:59 am January 2, 2014
Last week the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Apple a patent for a "seamlessly embedded heart rate monitor" that the company's R&D department envisions using for authentication, personalization, and other features on imagined future devices. Apple has filed for a number of digital health-related patents over the years, MobiHealthNews rounded up a few way back in 2010...
By Aditi Pai 11:12 am October 29, 2013
Ontario, Canada-based Airo Health has announced a wearable sensor poised for launch in fall of 2014. Instead of steps, Airo tracks activity using heart rate, and instead of manual entry, Airo tracks nutrition passively. Airo's nutrition tracker uses wavelengths of light to look into the bloodstream to detect metabolites, which are released during and after the user's meal. These metabolites will...
By Jonah Comstock 12:37 pm July 31, 2013
One way or another, the wrist is going to be a consumer battlefield. In the world of health and fitness tracking, smartphone connected devices like Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, and Basis Band have scoped out the wrist as the ideal place for accelerometers, pulse, and galvanic skin response sensors to give people feedback about their workouts. In the mobile computing sphere, startups like Pebble and...
By Jonah Comstock 09:39 am May 24, 2013
Research firm ON World is predicting a fitness tracking capability will be a top consumer requirement for forthcoming smartwatches. "Some sports and fitness markets will be disrupted by the emergence of new general purpose mobile sensing products such as smartwatches," Mareca Hatler, ON World's research director, said in a statement. “Also, dedicated mobile sensing sports and fitness device...