September 10, 2014
The Apple Watch, announced on-stage at an event in California yesterday, didn't live up to the rumors that it would offer advanced health sensing -- rumors that built up around the "iWatch" thanks to months of reports about Apple's growing team of medical sensor experts.
Why did Apple hire a sleep expert like Roy J.E.M. Raymann from Philips Research -- a senior scientist at Philips Research who...
September 2, 2014
Japanese electronics company Epson will launch its health sensing smartwatch, called Pulsense Watch, and fitness band, called Pulsense Band in September. Consumers can preorder the device on Epson's website until then. The company first announced the devices at CES in January.
The Pulsense Watch costs $199, while the Pulsense Band costs $129.
"The Pulsense product line will be Epson’s first smart...
September 2, 2014
Samsung's Gear Fit.
As Apple gears up to launch its much-rumored wearable device, new data shows 60 percent of likely adopters of wearable technology want to use their device for health or fitness, according to a survey of 1,000 consumers by ON World.
The report also looked at shipments of wireless personal area devices, a category which includes smartwatches, smart jewelry, pet and child...
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 "...
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...
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...
June 24, 2014
Withings has joined the growing number of companies focusing on style above all else when it comes to wearable devices. The digital health device maker announced a new wristworn activity tracker, called Withings Activite, that looks similar to a regular analog watch.
This fall Activite will be available with a black or silver face for $390 in stores and on Withings' website.
The watch, designed...
March 24, 2014
Fifteen percent of consumers who know the term "wearable" are also wearing one, according to Nielsen's Connected Life Report, which surveyed 3,956 respondents last November. Those who were surveyed are either users of "connected life technologies" or interested in them.
Of those who owned a device, 61 percent owned fitness wristbands, which were distinct from people who owned smartwatches, 45...
February 24, 2014
Samsung announced two smartwatches over the weekend, Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, which are set to launch in April. The main differences between the two devices is Samsung Gear 2 comes equipped with a camera and the Gear 2 Neo does not.
The company made some general changes to its original smartwatch Galaxy Gear, such as switching operating systems, from Google's Android to Tizen and extending...
February 18, 2014
Despite how long the smartphone has been around, it still hasn't completely replaced the pager in healthcare. Now the smartwatch is getting its chance to try to knock out the beeper. Longtime secure healthcare messaging vendor CellTrust is offering a new pager replacement software that can run at least partially on Samsung's smartwatch offering, Galaxy Gear. CellTrust's app-based solution, called...