SmartWatch

By Dave Muoio 03:00 am July 28, 2020
Withings, a maker of several consumer and B2B connected health devices once owned by Nokia, has announced the close of a $60 million Series B round. The raise was co-headed by Gilde Healthcare, Idinvest Partners and Bpifrance. BNP Paribas Développement, ODDO BHF Private Equity and Adelie Capital also participated. The company has also appointed a new global medical advisory board that includes Dr...
By Dave Muoio 04:22 pm April 1, 2020
Belgium-based FibriCheck, the maker of apps that monitor a user's heart rhythm, announced yesterday that it has developed a new version of its smartwatch offering that is capable of scanning for atrial fibrillation while the wearer is asleep. FibriCheck said in a release that the updated app is currently nearing the end of user testing, and that it will be available for smartwatch manufacturers...
By Dave Muoio 01:57 pm March 10, 2020
The past few days have seen 9to5Mac publish a torrent of new features it has spotted within the leaked code of Apple’s next firmware update, iOS 14. While the majority of these details have to do with interface customization, parental controls and the like, two new functionalities will be of particular interest to competitors already offering digital wellness tools. The first is blood oxygen-...
By Dave Muoio 03:23 pm January 23, 2020
A handful of fitness and workout chains will begin doling out monetary rewards to members who have connected their Apple Watches or other Apple-branded services to the partner company’s digital ecosystem, according to the Cupertino tech company. As part of the newly unveiled Apple Watch Connected program, Crunch Fitness, Orangetheory, YMCA and Basecamp have kicked off incentive programs with...
By Laura Lovett 01:27 pm January 16, 2020
Fitbit users were surprised with an added feature on their wearable this week — the ability to check the variability of oxygen levels in their bloodstream.  Users with any of Fitbit’s Sp02-enabled devices can now access an Estimated Oxygen Variation graph. The Sp2 devices include the Charge 3, Ionic, Versa, Versa Lite and Versa 2, according to Fitbit officials.  The update, which was confirmed to...
By Laura Lovett 07:31 am January 6, 2020
French digital health company Withings has unveiled its latest smartwatch dubbed ScanWatch, which will include an ECG and Sp02 sensor.  The watch comes with a PPG sensor, which will continuously monitor the user's heart rate and alert users if there is an irregularity. If any issues are detected, the watch will prompt the user to take an ECG reading. Watch wearers can read the ECG on the screen...
By Dave Muoio 04:18 pm November 22, 2019
There are few clinical areas more in need of innovation than heart disease. It’s the leading killer among men and women in the US, accounting for one in every four deaths by the CDC’s numbers, and yet it’s also a body of health conditions that could be substantially mitigated through a number of lifestyle and behavior changes. So of course it’s little surprise that cardiovascular health and care...
By Dave Muoio 12:20 pm October 16, 2019
Electronics juggernaut Sony is planning to launch a B2B device platform early next year that will help digital health companies incorporate a straightforward wearable sensor into their existing remote monitoring services. The mSafety platform — which Sony is previewing today at the Connected Health Conference in Boston — doesn’t look to focus on the apps, color displays or other features that...
By Dave Muoio 03:43 pm September 24, 2019
Fitbit and Belgium-based FibriCheck announced today that device owners living in certain UK countries now have access to a smartwatch app that uses photoplethysmography (PPG) to detect heart rhythm irregularities such as atrial fibrillation. Available in Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands and Ireland, the CE-marked tool is similar to FibriCheck’s smartphone app in that it uses light and sensors to...

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By Laura Lovett 04:01 pm September 5, 2019
Health and fitness tracking features are front and center in Garmin’s new series of watches, released this morning. The wearable giant's premier launch was the Venu, a GPS smartwatch with an AMOLED display. It comes with 24-7 fitness monitoring including advanced sleep with a pulse oximeter, respiration tracking, abnormal heart rate alerts, menstrual cycle tracking, stress tracking with...