Wearable

By Heather Mack 05:46 pm 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. In...
By Heather Mack 04:43 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 02:22 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 04:42 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 01:34 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 02:29 pm October 12, 2016
When BlackRock invested $300 million in Jawbone to keep it afloat, Bloomberg News called it "a loan and a leash". Now, according to a new report in Fortune, the beleaguered tech company is tugging on that leash. Fortune reported this week that Blackrock is pressuring the company to sell, but CEO Hossain Rahman believes the company has the funds to stay afloat.  "I believe everyone knows one of...
By Jonah Comstock 03:49 pm September 7, 2016
At CES in January, Samsung showed off a concept for a smart belt called Welt (a portmanteau of wellness and belt). At the beginning of the summer, the company announced that the Welt team had spun off into its own startup. Now Welt has brought its device to crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where it proved an overnight success, raising $64,485 over the long weekend.  Welt comes from Samsung...
By Jonah Comstock 03:50 pm August 30, 2016
King's Health Partners, an academic science center, and health wearable company Buddi, both UK-based, are testing a combination of a wearable device and a mobile app to help keep at-risk patients from developing Type 2 diabetes. The randomized control trial, which starts next month, will follow 200 patients with prediabetes over the course of a year in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark...
By Jonah Comstock 11:35 am May 31, 2016
Jawbone is selling its speaker business and may also be halting sales of its wearable tracker line, according to various reports. Another report says these efforts will be followed up by the launch of a device in a new category: a clinical-grade health wearable. (Updated below with a statement from Jawbone.) Fortune reported on the sale of the speaker business on Friday. According to Fortune,...
By Jonah Comstock 11:05 am November 23, 2015
Fitbit Surge Fitbit has added a new functionality to its Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge trackers that will enable the device to readily distinguish between different kinds of movement, and has also upgraded the heart rate sensors in the trackers. The automatic exercise recognition feature, called SmartTrack, will be automatically pushed out to current users of the two devices in an update. ...