Wearable

By Jonah Comstock 10:29 am November 18, 2015
Campbell, California-based TuringSense has raised $3 million in seed funding. The company is currently developing a wearable sensor for tennis players, but has plans to expand int other sports and eventually into the healthcare market. Five investors contributed to the round: Angel Plus, ChinaRock Capital, Ideosource, SV Tech Ventures and Zen Water Capital, in addition to some angel investors....
By Jonah Comstock 01:38 pm September 22, 2015
Whoop, a Boston-based wearable company working on a device for athletes, announced an additional $12 million in funding as it prepares to officially launch its Whoop Strap device and performance optimization system. Two Sigma Ventures led the round. Mousse Partners, Accomplice, Promus Ventures, Valley Oak Investments, and NextView Ventures also participated. This brings the company's total...
By Jonah Comstock 04:00 am September 4, 2015
Runtastic, the Austrian fitness app company that was recently acquired by Adidas, announced its second wearable fitness tracker, the Runtastic Moment. The Moment, which has both a watch and fitness tracking capabilities, is a follow-up to the Runtastic Orbit wearable launched last summer. “Over the past few years, we have seen the majority of players in the health and fitness space – Runtastic...
By Jonah Comstock 08:57 am June 23, 2015
Google (specifically the life sciences team at Google X) is building a wearable health sensor for cardiac and activity tracking, but it isn't a Fitbit or Apple Watch competitor: Google's device is a clinical-grade sensor designed for investigational use. "In brief, we’ll be starting to use it in clinical studies to see if/how a continuous stream of medical-grade measurements of biological signals...
By Aditi Pai 09:34 am March 2, 2015
Sixty seven percent of seniors want to access healthcare service from home, although 66 percent of seniors do not think current available technology is sufficient for them to do so, according to an Accenture survey of 354 US seniors, aged 65 and over who are receiving Medicare benefits. The survey was fielded between May and June 2014. Accenture pointed out that according to data from the US...
By Jonah Comstock 08:16 am February 18, 2015
Samsung's Gear Fit. With the Apple Watch launch, and its potential to upend the wearables market, a few months away, Canalys reports that the current market leader for "smart wearable bands" -- any wristworn device that can run third-party applications -- is Samsung. Meanwhile, the "basic wearable band" market, which Canalys defines as wearables that can't run apps, is still led by Fitbit. The...
By Jonah Comstock 08:09 am January 7, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts and Milan, Italy-based Empatica is crowdfunding a new wristworn tracker device, Embrace, which brings clinically validated tracking methods to the consumer market. The technology has an initial primary focus on epilepsy, but is also usable for activity, stress and sleep tracking in healthy individuals and will gradually add use cases for other chronic conditions including...
By Jonah Comstock 07:48 am October 28, 2014
Mountain View, California-based iHealth, a subsidiary of Chinese medical device company Andon Health, announced a new device, called iHealth Edge, its second foray into the activity tracking space. While iHealth's previous activity tracker, released in May of last year, felt like something of a box-checking exercise in the company's ever-expanding portfolio, the Edge has some features that might...
By Jonah Comstock 12:22 pm September 9, 2014
Apple made its long-awaited wearable announcement today at a special event in Cupertino, as well as showing off the iPhone 6 and the new, larger iPhone 6 plus. As expected, Apple put a significant focus on fitness and wellness for the wristworn device, which is actually called Apple Watch not iWatch. The Apple Watch did not emerge as the advanced-sensing health device some envisioned. The device...
By Jonah Comstock 04:37 am August 5, 2014
Makers of EEG tracking headband devices have pitched the devices with a number of different use cases: as a biofeedback device to help the user manage stress, as a controller for gadgets, or as a quantified self device for assessing sleep. Now Philips Healthcare and Accenture have teamed up to show off the possibility of using one such device, the Emotiv Insight Brainware, to help patients with...