February 16, 2021
Today Garmin launched a new activity tracking smartwatch dubbed Enduro, which touts a solar-charging lens and a 65-day battery life. The latest product is designed for athletic training and comes with GPS tracking.
The wearable comes with VO2 Max fitness levels, which can be adjusted based on trail conditions. Enduro also comes with a specific feature for climbing, which tracks a user’s distance...
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February 15, 2021
Facebook could soon be throwing its hat into the health and wellness wearables space. According to a Feb. 12 report from The Information citing four anonymous sources, the tech company has been working on a smartwatch that would include health and wellness and other features for consumers.
The Android-based device is said to include a cellular connection so that it can be used independent of a...
January 28, 2021
23andMe's new COVID-19 resource. Consumer genomics company 23andMe has released a new interactive tool that allows users to see how various health factors could impact the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization. The COVID-19 Severity Calculator pulls data from the company's COVID-19 study, which included 10,000 participants diagnosed with the disease and 750 who were hospitalized.
23andMe warned that...
January 27, 2021
The health and fitness wearable maker Garmin unveiled its latest smartwatch Wednesday, called Lily, which the company is pitching as a product “designed by women, for women.”
Lily is Garmin’s smallest watch yet, with a 34mm watch face and 14mm band meant to “enhance the overall feminine aesthetic,” Garmin said in the announcement.
Despite its smaller frame, the watch contains the same health and...
January 26, 2021
Samsung is moving forward with a steady rollout of blood pressure measurement and ECG monitoring on its consumer smartwatches. After securing regulatory approvals and launching the features in South Korea and the U.S. last year, the tech company announced today that both health monitoring tools will soon be released in an additional 31 countries.
The expansion follows the Samsung Health Monitor...
January 25, 2021
Apple has fleshed out its recently launched Fitness+ subscription offering with celebrity-driven audio content that encourages Apple Watch owners to take their device for regular strolls.
Called "Time to Walk," the new feature downloads weekly episodes that range from 25 to 40 minutes in length and play through paired Bluetooth headphones.
These sessions feature musicians, athletes and other...
December 17, 2020
Following months of regulatory investigation, the European Commission has officially signed off on Google's $2.1 billion purchase of health-wearable-maker Fitbit. Still, the go-ahead is contingent on a handful of commitments from the tech company that focus on its competitive practices across advertising, digital health APIs and smart device interoperability.
"We can approve the proposed...
December 14, 2020
Apple is rolling out a new low VO2 Max feature on its Apple Watches, MobiHealthNews has learned. Instead of doing an intense run or workout to capture the measurement, folks can take a walk or a stroll to find out their VO2 Max, which is a measure of overall fitness.
In order to get the measurement users must go through an onboarding process that collects their demographic data and walks them...
November 2, 2020
Symptom-based COVID-19 screening can be improved by incorporating data collected from wearable sensors into prediction algorithms, an approach that could complement ongoing testing efforts by spotting symptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals early, according to a research letter recently published in nature medicine.
The findings are part of the DETECT (Digital Engagement and Tracking for...
September 28, 2020
A new review of Apple Watch-related presentations suggests that the device's abnormal pulse detection feature may be fueling unnecessary healthcare utilization.
"The observation that new clinically actionable cardiovascular diagnoses of interest were diagnosed in only 11.4% of patients following medical evaluation as directed by the treating provider suggests a high false positive rate as a...