wearables

By Dave Muoio 04:22 pm April 1, 2020
Belgium-based FibriCheck, the maker of apps that monitor a user's heart rhythm, announced yesterday that it has developed a new version of its smartwatch offering that is capable of scanning for atrial fibrillation while the wearer is asleep. FibriCheck said in a release that the updated app is currently nearing the end of user testing, and that it will be available for smartwatch manufacturers...
By Dave Muoio 10:57 am March 31, 2020
Fitbit has announced the latest member of its fitness tracker lineup, the Fitbit Charge 4, alongside new fitness-minded features and new content for Fitbit Premium. The new device's standout feature is onboard GPS to enable features like an exercise heat map, which helps users review where in a running or biking route they were working the hardest. It returns with the Sp02 sensor of its...
By Dave Muoio 04:04 pm March 27, 2020
Two medical research organizations have kicked off new efforts this week that seek to use consumer-health wearables to identify or event predict the onset of disease. The first is the DETECT (Digital Engagement & Tracking for Early Control & Treatment) Study, headed by the Scripps Research Translational Institute. It combines heart-rate, activity and sleep data collected through a range...
By Dave Muoio 01:10 pm March 17, 2020
Oura, maker of a health-monitoring smart ring for consumers, has raised $28 million in a new Series B funding round, CEO Harpreet Singh Rai announced today in a medium.com post. Forerunner Ventures, Square and Google's Gradient Ventures participated in the raise. The first two groups will be rewarded with spots on Oura's board of directors, while Gradient Ventures Founder and Managing Partner...
By Dave Muoio 01:21 pm March 16, 2020
Element Science, a San Francisco startup developing a wearable personal defibrillator, brought in $145.6 million in Series C funding earlier this month. Led by Deerfield Healthcare and Qiming Venture Partners USA, the raise also included new backers Cormorant Asset Management and Invus Opportunities, as well as prior supporters Third Rock Ventures and Google Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Headed by CEO,...
By Dave Muoio 04:08 pm February 11, 2020
The accuracy of wearables employing photoplethysmography (PPG)-based heart rate sensors may vary significantly between specific devices and activity types, but these sensors’ performances do not appear to be significantly affected by the skin tone of the wearer, according to a new study published in NPJ Digital Medicine. The investigation, conducted by Duke University researchers among 53...
By Dave Muoio 03:23 pm January 23, 2020
A handful of fitness and workout chains will begin doling out monetary rewards to members who have connected their Apple Watches or other Apple-branded services to the partner company’s digital ecosystem, according to the Cupertino tech company. As part of the newly unveiled Apple Watch Connected program, Crunch Fitness, Orangetheory, YMCA and Basecamp have kicked off incentive programs with...
By Dave Muoio 11:13 am January 22, 2020
Editor's note: This story has been updated with information from Verily's announcement of the clearance.  Verily, the life sciences research subsidiary of Alphabet, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for an augmented version of its prescription Study Watch wearable that includes some form of arrhythmia monitoring. The Study Watch With Irregular Pulse Monitor is classified by the FDA as a “...
By Dave Muoio 02:46 pm January 16, 2020
Data and digital health tech were the focus of Stanford Medicine’s 2020 Health Trends Report. Released late last week, the research survey of more than 700 physicians, residents and medical students found that many of these respondents are looking forward to incorporating these new tools into their practice. “We found that current and future physicians are not only open to new technologies but...
By Laura Lovett 01:27 pm January 16, 2020
Fitbit users were surprised with an added feature on their wearable this week — the ability to check the variability of oxygen levels in their bloodstream.  Users with any of Fitbit’s Sp02-enabled devices can now access an Estimated Oxygen Variation graph. The Sp2 devices include the Charge 3, Ionic, Versa, Versa Lite and Versa 2, according to Fitbit officials.  The update, which was confirmed to...