May 8, 2017
As the saying goes, we are what we eat. But studying exactly how people consume, use and burn calories – and which foods impact them and how – has been historically difficult due to many simple reasons, including everything from inaccurate calorie counting to plain old forgetfulness or even dishonest reporting. Accordingly, a number of startups have risen up to develop wearable devices that do...
May 3, 2017
San Francisco-based ReThink Medical raised $3 million to develop a medical wearable to predict and prevent heart failure. The round was led by Emergent Medical with additional funding from Norwich Ventures and Launch Capital. The company is also operating with a previously-awarded NIH grant as well as a strategic partnership with Japanese medical device company Terumo Corporation, which includes...
November 6, 2014
London-based Chiaro has launched a device, called Elvie, that aims to help consumers accurately do kegel exercises.
Up to one in three women will experience pelvic floor muscle problems at some point in their life, the company explains, but strengthening these muscles through kegel exercises could lead to better core strength and improved back and abdominal strength. Some reasons the pelvic floor...
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...
October 10, 2013
Fitbit officially announced its new device, Fitbit Force, which was leaked last week. It will be available from "select retailers" in three to four weeks at $129.95.
As part of a future update, for iPhones 4S and higher that are running on iOS 7, users can choose to receive incoming call notifications on their Fitbit Force device if the phone is nearby, a feature common on smartwatches.
June 21, 2013
Last week, Withings commercially launched Pulse, an activity tracker, which the company first announced at CES in January. The tracker is available for pre-order at $99.95 from the company's website.
Pulse is unique among activity trackers in that it can auto-detect when you start running and as the name suggests it can measure your pulse. Nike+ FuelBand is rumored to get a similar pulse...