July 18, 2017
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January 18, 2017
A new kind of doctor’s office opened in San Francisco this week: Forward, a membership-based healthcare startup founded by former Googler Adrian Aoun that infuses a brick-and-mortar office with data-driven technology and artificial intelligence.
For $149 per month, Forward members can come to the flagship office that features six examination rooms – equipped with interactive personalized...
September 19, 2016
Anyone who wears a sports bra knows the invaluable support it provides. So, in addition to the physical benefits, why not make it be supportive in other ways?
That was thinking behind the OMbra, a smart sports bra from Montreal-based OMsignal, which makes smart clothing and companion apps. Now officially available online on the company’s website and in select retail stores across the US and...
August 3, 2016
German automaker Audi AG is now developing “automotive health,” which is dedicated to enhancing someone's health and fitness while they drive a car. As a founding partner in Berlin’s Flying Health Incubator, which supports startups that develop digital innovations in the healthcare sector, Audi is working to develop Audi Fit Driver, a system that would integrate wearable technology with the car’s...
April 20, 2015
Just a few days before the first units start shipping, Apple has posted some support documents that pull back the curtain on some of the technical details of its heart rate monitor, and also give some insight into steps Apple has taken to head off potential skin irritation issues. Apple blog 9to5Mac first spotted the two new pages.
According to the new heart rate page, Apple Watch monitors the...
August 27, 2014
This week the New York Times broke the news of a surprising new entrant in the wearable activity tracker space: Ralph Lauren, the fashion label known for their polo shirts and ties. At the US Open, the Times reports, the clothier equipped ball boys with form fitting black tee-shirts, emblazoned with the Ralph Lauren logo, that track users' biometrics. Ralph Lauren has teamed with OMsignal to make...
March 11, 2014
Lead Researcher Dr. Paul Porter dons Google Glass in a video from RI Hospital's website.
Rhode Island Hospital has begun a feasability study using Google Glass to provide dermatology consultations to patients in the emergency room. For six months, emergency room patients who require a dermatology consult and consent to the study will be examined by ER physicians wearing a stripped-down version...
October 30, 2013
Dartmouth computer scientist David Kotz
Taking the position that smartphones should not be the focal point of body-area networks, researchers at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and Clemson University in South Carolina are creating what they call "computational jewelry," wearable technology to serve as the hub for managing health conditions.
Helped by a three-year, $1.5 million grant from...
October 4, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Consumer wearable devices -- including fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smart watches -- will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, according to a new report from Berg Insight. That's up from 8.3 million in 2012 and 3.1 million in 2011, a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent.
Berg predicts smartwatches will eclipse fitness...