September 22, 2017
Early adopters left behind on Apple Watch. The upcoming Apple watchOS 4 may be overhauling the wearable’s heart rate detection capabilities, but those who picked up the smartwatch when it first launched in 2015 will have to make due without the added health and fitness features. The Verge attributes this divide to the faster hardware and larger batteries of the Series 1, 2, and 3 watches, which...
September 13, 2017
SPR Therapeutics, the Cleveland, Ohio-based developer of a wearable pain management device, announced yesterday the completion of $25 million in Series C financing. The company’s new funding — primarily secured from Frontcourt Ventures and an unnamed family office — will support commercialization of the Sprint Peripheral Nerve Stimulation System, and investigate its applicability across...
August 15, 2017
Rumors have been kicking around regarding technology giant Samsung’s new Gear Fit2 Pro, but those rumors have taken on concrete form with a leak from Venture Beat revealing a design that builds on its predecessor, the Gear Fit2.
The wearable fitness tracker -- which could be unveiled as soon as next month -- takes much of its physical design from the Gear Fit2, including what will likely be a...
June 21, 2017
As we’ve reported regularly for the past several months, Fitbit has made increasingly targeted moves to wedge itself deeper into the healthcare ecosystem. No longer able to rely on the consumer market alone to stay financially healthy, the company has continually upped the ante to prime itself as a digital health company in its own right.
There have been many efforts as of late, including...
June 20, 2017
Across the consumer wearable landscape, many devices seem to be designed, first and foremost, for those who are already healthy and looking to get healthier. While a growing number of researchers are tapping things like fitness trackers or sophisticated sweat and heart rate monitors for use in clinical studies, the primary audience for many consumer devices remains those who want to take their...
April 18, 2017
There’s been a lot of talk about sweat-centric technology, with hopeful researchers and digital health entrepreneurs citing the potential for wearables that measure the salty substance to offer up a bevy of biometric insights ranging from athletic performance to glucose monitoring. But the latest scientific undertaking suggests sweat-sensing wearables could go much further: diagnosing disease.
April 17, 2017
Verily has debuted a new health-tracking wearable designed for use in a series of observational and longitudinal studies. With the aptly dubbed Study Watch – which is not available for consumer purchase – the Alphabet subsidiary formerly known as Google Life Sciences aims to push new boundaries in the size, scope and sophistication of wearable data-gathering.
Featuring numerous physiological and...
April 12, 2017
Wearables are at something of a crossroads right now. While companies might have previously differentiated new generations of wearables with new sensors and sleeker designs, now consumers are looking for something more: wearables that don’t just track their life, but help them improve it.
Garmin’s newest device, the vívosmart 3 activity tracker announced today, boasts a number of new features...
March 29, 2017
Utah-based Owlet Baby Care, maker of smart socks for infant health monitoring, has announced the second generation of its device as well as a new connected care platform that will roll out with the Owlet Smart Sock 2.
“From day one, our mission at Owlet has been to revolutionize the way we care for our infants, and that starts with understanding their overall health,” Owlet CEO and cofounder...
November 30, 2016
Oulu, Finland-based Ouraring has raised $5.3 million (5 million euro) to support the development of its first product, a smart ring called Oura that uses heart rate, motion, and temperature sensors to track sleep. Investors weren't disclosed but the company said that 75 percent of the investment came from the United States.
“We are passionate about helping Oura users learn how their body responds...