June 4, 2014
Sony has officially launched its Sony SmartBand, the device that was announced at the big consumer electronics event CES earlier this year as the Sony Core, in the United States. The SmartBand helps users passively track various activities throughout their day -- including walking, running, and sleep.
The device launched in Europe earlier this year and consumers were able to purchase it online,...
January 23, 2014
Proteus Digital Health
As Apple-focused publication 9to5Mac recently reported, Apple has hired two medical sensor experts away from digital health startups Sano Intelligence and Vital Connect, assumedly to build the health sensing functionality of the rumored, wristworn iWatch device.
What the publication glosses over, however, is that Nancy Dougherty, the former hardware lead at transdermal...
January 21, 2014
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed wearable sensors, made up of silver nanowires, which can measure strain, pressure, human touch and bioelectronic signals.
The technology was built on lead researcher Dr. Yong Zhu's earlier work to create elastic conductors from silver nanowires. To do this, researchers embedded insulating material between two stretchable conductors,...
January 2, 2014
MC10 raised $20 million from undisclosed investors, according to an SEC filing. The company has previously raised $40 million in first, second, and third round funding, bringing its total funding to $60 million. This latest round is the company's largest single round to date.
Previous MC10 investors include Medtronic, Aberdare Ventures, Northbridge Venture partners, Breamar Energy Ventures,...
December 17, 2013
The Symphony continuous glucose monitoring system from Echo Therapeutics.
The global market for continuous blood glucose monitoring is in for slow but steady growth, according to a new report from Allied Market Research. Though the relatively new market was valued at just $194.8 million in 2012, Allied projects it will hit $568.5 million by 2020, making for a compound annual growth rate of 14....
December 16, 2013
Head-worn sensors have been tried in a variety of form factors including headbands, helmets, headphones, glasses, and goggles. Now a group of Polish inventors, forming San Francisco-based IntelliClinic, are crowdfunding a new twist: a brainwave-sensing smartphone-connected sleep mask.
The device, called NeuroOn, has already raised $330,000 on Kickstarter, more than three times its original goal....
September 15, 2013
Flexible electronic sensors, worn like temporary tattoos on the skin, could be used to detect everything from blood flow to cognitive function, according to a new study published in Nature Materials, led by John Rogers, who is also the cofounder of wearable sensor company MC10.
Rogers, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor who has been working on flexible electronic sensors for...
August 5, 2013
Google Glass may or may not be on its way to catching on with the consumer crowd, but, if nothing else, it shows that Google doesn't think consumers will have a problem wearing a computer on their head. As wearable health real estate goes, the head is a contentious spot for a sensor, but a number of companies are making a go for it. Brainwave sensors, like Emotiv, which has already raised $400,...
July 31, 2013
One way or another, the wrist is going to be a consumer battlefield.
In the world of health and fitness tracking, smartphone connected devices like Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP, and Basis Band have scoped out the wrist as the ideal place for accelerometers, pulse, and galvanic skin response sensors to give people feedback about their workouts. In the mobile computing sphere, startups like Pebble and...
July 30, 2013
One of the mantras for the quantified self movement seems to be that no place is off-limits for a sensor. MobiHealthNews has written about sensors in clothing, belt sensors, brain wave sensors on the forehead, ingestible sensors, sensors in toothbrushes and sensors in forks. Now a team of researchers from the National Taiwan University in Taipei have found a new wearable use case -- a tiny...