Wearable

By Dave Muoio May 23, 2019
Amazon is building a wrist-worn device and accompanying app that listens to the wearer’s voice to identify their emotions, according to an anonymous source as well as internal documents acquired and reported on by Bloomberg. The system, codenamed Dylan, is intended to be used as a health and wellness product, and might be adapted to provide the wearer guidance on how they may more effectively...
By Laura Lovett March 4, 2019
Microsoft announced that come the end of May it is shutting down its Health Dashboard and offering refunds to Microsoft Band users. This news comes two and a half years after the tech giant discontinued its fitness tracker offering.  Until the end of May, users will be able to transfer their data using a Microsoft export tool; after that, all the data will be deleted. Existing Bands will still...

Verisense by Shimmer IMU (Photo courtesy Shimmer)

By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2019
Shimmer, a Dublin-based wearable sensor company, has launched a new sensor platform for clinical trials called VeriSense. At launch, the platform will work with Shimmer's IMU, or inertial measurement unit, sensor, which can measure activity and sleep from the wrist, as well as network with sensors elsewhere on the body to monitor musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. The company has been...
By Leontina Postelnicu February 6, 2019
Edinburgh-headquartered Current Health, formerly known as snap40, has received FDA Class II clearance for its remote patient monitoring solution, the Scottish start-up announced today. Current's AI-enabled wearable monitors vital signs with “ICU-level accuracy”, according to the start-up, and proprietary algorithms analyse data to offer insights into a patient’s health, alerting staff in case...
By Dave Muoio November 14, 2018
De Novo clearance for urinary incontinence wearable. The FDA has granted De Novo clearance to Atlantic Therapeutics’ Innovo therapy device, an externally worn electrical muscle stimulator for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. The wearable is intended for adult women as a front-line or second-line therapy, and in a multi-center randomized controlled trial recorded an 87 percent rate of...
By Laura Lovett November 1, 2018
Klue, a startup that uses gesture monitoring to track eating behaviors, is turning its attention to Type 1 diabetes. This afternoon the San Francisco-based startup announced that its platform will now include a reminder feature designed specifically to help people with Type 1 diabetes manage their condition around meals.  “The module will send the users a gentle nudge on their Apple Watch when...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2018
Accessing lab results on iPhones. LabCorp announced this week that it will be integrating with Apple's Health Record app, allowing patients to more easily access and manage lab test results produced by the company. These results will be viewable alongside health data provided by other healthcare services who have integrated with the app, so long as the user has a LabCorp Patient account. “Our...
By Laura Lovett October 30, 2018
Interaxon, the company best known for its “brain sensing” headband Muse that helps wearers meditate, released the second generation of the device this morning.  The latest product, called Muse 2, is worn across the user's forehead and connects to a smartphone app that providing meditation data. Like the previous version of the tool, it is able to measure brain signals through an EEG sensor,...
By Dave Muoio October 25, 2018
A new three-way partnership between device design firms and academia is looking to bring new wearables into dermatology research. The collaboration between LEO Science & Tech Hub, LEO Pharma’s R&D unit; Northwestern University’s Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics; and Wearifi Inc., a Northwestern spinout that builds tiny, battery-free wearable devices; and will explore whether it is...
Walmart patent for blockchain, wearable, biometric scanner-based EHR system
By Dave Muoio June 19, 2018
Walmart’s ongoing investigation of blockchain technologies seems to have intersected with its growing interest in joining the healthcare space, according to a patent application released earlier this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office. According to the document, which was filed in December, the retail giant is seeking to protect a method that allows a patient’s EHR to be obtained from a...