May 11, 2018
A new approach to smart textiles could lead to a host of new use cases and a level of durability that might make the technology much more attractive to adopt.
A team led by John Volakis, director of the ElectroScience Laboratory at The Ohio State University, and Professor Asimina Kiourti is investigating a technology that uses machine embroidery to sew electronics, including circuits and...
March 27, 2018
As wearables shipments hit 350 million in 2020 (up from 224 million in 2018), healthcare wearables are poised to bring in more revenue via subscription services than wearables in any other industry, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
The report uses AliveCor and Quell as examples of health wearables with a subscription business model, predicting that such companies will pull in $2....
June 22, 2017
For all the debate over the staying power of wearables – with some writing them off as a fad inevitably headed towards obsolescence like countless other types of consumer technology – the market doesn’t seem to line up with those concerns. According to the International Data Corporation’s last check, the demand for wearables is actually expected to grow.
In 2017, the IDC estimates vendors will...
January 6, 2017
While digital health doesn't have as big of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as other industries, there were a fair number of wearables, apps and sensor-enabled tools showcased. There were also several partnerships announced, which you can read about here. Some have already been covered in MobiHealthNews yet didn't make their official debuts til this week, but most were...
December 20, 2016
Smart clothing company Superflex, a spinoff of research and technology company SRI International, has raised $9.6 million in Series A funding in a round led by Global Brain. Seed investors Horizons Ventures and Root Ventures also participated, along with Sinovation Ventures.
The funding will be used to further develop Superflex’s powered clothing, which is lightweight apparel equipped with...
December 5, 2016
New York City-based Nanowear has received FDA clearance for SimpliECG, a "remote cardiac-monitoring undergarment". This is the first clearance for the company, which has been in talks with the FDA since 2015, according to a press release.
"This is a big milestone for our young company," Cofounder and CEO Venk Varadan said in a statement. "The FDA's decision not only positions us for commercial...
September 19, 2016
Anyone who wears a sports bra knows the invaluable support it provides. So, in addition to the physical benefits, why not make it be supportive in other ways?
That was thinking behind the OMbra, a smart sports bra from Montreal-based OMsignal, which makes smart clothing and companion apps. Now officially available online on the company’s website and in select retail stores across the US and...
July 13, 2016
Smart clothing, such as sensor-enabled running wear and thermoregulation jackets, may not be in everyone’s closets these days, but software developers and manufacturers see that future as very near. At the Wearables Technology conference this week in San Francisco, companies looking to go beyond fitness trackers say the changing landscape of the healthcare world and the consumer world is shaping...
May 2, 2016
Smart clothing and body sensor shipments will total 190 million between 2015 and 2021, according to a new prediction from Tractica. The report added that annual shipments will hit 92.7 million units at that time.
“Smart clothing and body sensors can be considered the ultimate wearables, integrating into your life as a garment, footwear, or sensor device that can track or measure a specific...
October 13, 2015
Early next year Lumo Bodytech, the company behind the Lumo Lift and Lumoback posture and activity tracking devices, will launch a new wearable, Lumo Run, a pair of running shorts or capris with a sensor embedded into the waistband to track runner-specific health metrics like cadence, bounce, ground contact time, braking, stride length, and pelvic rotation.
Lumo Run also tracks distance, time,...