wearables

By Jonah Comstock 05:47 am May 5, 2015
Mountain View, California-based Amiigo, which makes an activity tracker that raised $580,000 on Indiegogo in 2013, has teamed up with online patient community platform Alliance Health to launch a new study looking at the combined effect of wearables and peer support on heart failure patients. “There are a lot of different questions we can begin to ask related to the value of a social networking...
By Jonah Comstock 08:51 am April 29, 2015
Aetna business unit iTriage has released data from a survey of 3,300 of its users -- a sample of individuals who, as iTriage users, have already adopted mobile health tools -- and found that only 48 percent of their iOS users use Apple Health. What's more, 27 percent have never heard of it. Google Fit fairs even worse, with only 40 percent of the iTriage Android users surveyed using it and 27...
By Jonah Comstock 08:49 am April 21, 2015
The CS Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan is launching a new telemedicine program to help reduce childhood obesity. The hospital will work with Fruit Street, a recently-formed digital wellness and telemedicine platform, to provide a program for patients that integrates video visits with monitoring via wearable devices. "Childhood obesity is a significant public health concern...
By Jonah Comstock 09:06 am January 23, 2015
When Apple announced its Apple Watch wearable last September, there was scarce mention of the device's battery life, leading to the natural conclusion that battery was posing a problem for the Apple Watch team. At MobiHealthNews, we speculated that a shorter battery life was holding the team back from introducing sleep tracking, increasingly considered a must-have feature on fitness wearables....
By Jonah Comstock 09:56 am January 21, 2015
Microsoft is increasingly moving into the world of wearables, both through conceptual moonshots like the smart scarf recently presented by Microsoft Research and through a hefty update, released last week, to the fitness tracking functionality of the Microsoft Band smartwatch. According to MIT Technology Review, the scarf was the brainchild of University of Maryland graduate student Michelle...
By Brian Dolan 04:04 am January 5, 2015
Misfit, maker of the Shine and Flash activity trackers, has partnered with Swarovski to create two new versions of the Shine that feature a crystal face and look even more like jewelry than the company's original polished aluminum device. One of the devices, the violet Swarovski Shine, uses solar charging to stay powered up -- sunlight, LEDs, or halogen lighting all keep the device up and running...
By Jonah Comstock 08:54 am October 21, 2014
Two new reports from PricewaterhouseCoopers and its Health Research Institute on the present and future of wearables, including healthcare wearables, show that Americans are optimistic about the future of wearable technology, but less enthusiastic about the technology as it exists now. Health and fitness wearables still lead the category when it comes to consumer interest, and, the data suggests...
By Jonah Comstock 09:41 am September 2, 2014
Samsung's Gear Fit. As Apple gears up to launch its much-rumored wearable device, new data shows 60 percent of likely adopters of wearable technology want to use their device for health or fitness, according to a survey of 1,000 consumers by ON World. The report also looked at shipments of wireless personal area devices, a category which includes smartwatches, smart jewelry, pet and child...
By Aditi Pai 08:40 am August 14, 2014
Intel has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), a nonprofit organization focused on Parkinson's disease research, to study symptom patterns in Parkinson's patients. During the multiphase research study, patients will monitor their symptoms with wearable devices and researchers will use a big data analytics platform to then analyze the information gathered. There is currently no...
By Aditi Pai 06:11 am July 10, 2014
Adidas has announced its latest activity tracker, just two weeks after rumors surfaced that the device might be announced sometime this year. The activity tracker, called the Adidas Fit Smart, tracks heart rate, calories, pace, distance, and stride rate and is designed to help athletes when they are running or training. Fit Smart records data while users work out and then the companion app...