February 4, 2019
Verily's prototype smart shoe. Verily is shopping for partners to develop a smart shoe with embedded sensors for movement, weight and fall monitoring, according to a CNBC report citing three anonymous sources. The company allegedly has a prototype design of the footwear that it has been showing off in private meetings, and is envisioning the shoe as a health product.
MRIs are A-OK. Senseonics’...
August 13, 2018
Bankrupting docs? Patient booking platform Zocdoc is putting providers in a sticky situation, CNBC reports. The platform, which lets patients book and cancel appointments, is changing its business model. Now instead of charging providers a flat annual rate per doctor, it proposes to charge a lower annual rate as well as a booking fee for each new customer.
Not only would this dramatically...
October 17, 2017
Opternative, a Chicago-based digital health company that offers an online refractive eye exam service to help consumers get prescriptions for glasses or contacts, is suing online glasses retailer Warby Parker in New York District Court. The suit alleges that Warby Parker's Prescription Check offering (launched in May) was based on proprietary information and technology obtained from Opternative...
May 30, 2017
In addition to recently entering the digital health world with a prescription-checking app, online glasses retailer Warby Parker has also hired a new vice president of computer vision with a digital health background. Serial entrepreneur David Rose, who joined Warby Parker in March, was the founder and CEO of Vitality, maker of connected pill bottle cap brand GlowCap. Vitality was one of the...
May 24, 2017
Online eye glasses retailer Warby Parker has launched a new app to offer online eye exams to users. While a number of companies offer ocular telehealth in various forms to users in regulatory-friendly states, and some of those companies also sell contact lenses, Warby Parker would be the first glasses retailer to venture into the space.
The FDA-registered app, called Prescription Check, is...
November 3, 2015
Sports Authority, a sporting good retailer, has launched its first fitness app, called BodyFit, which offers users access to more than 100 personal training videos.
The BodyFit app also provides users with instruction on using Sports Authority's line of BodyFit exercise equipment. The training equipment and app are split into three categories: activate, train, and recover.
“Our new BodyFit App is...
June 22, 2015
New York City-based Smart Vision Labs, which has developed a smartphone-based autorefractor for vision testing, raised $6.1 million in a round led by Techstars Ventures with participation from Heritage Group, Connectivity Capital, and Red Sea Ventures, according to TechCrunch.
National Vision, a US-based eyecare chain, is also seed investor in the company.
The device, called SVOne, consists of a...
May 4, 2015
Warby Parker, an eyeglass retailer, has announced that they are investing in technology that allows consumers to conduct smartphone-based eye exams, according to a post from Engadget.
Just last week, Warby Parker raised $100 million in a round led by T. Rowe Price -- the company is now valued at $1.2 billion.
When Warby Parker first started out, about five years ago, it offered a service that...