wearables

By Aditi Pai February 14, 2014
Sports and fitness features not only dominate the wearables market, but continue to drive adoption, according to a report from ABI Research. Activity tracking, which includes simple step counting as well as more advanced tracking of specific types of movement, was the most popular feature of wearable devices in 2013 -- 16 million wearable devices with this functionality were shipped. After...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2014
Last week MobiHealthNews reported that one of Apple's most recent hires -- assumedly for its rumored iWatch team -- Nancy Dougherty, was a former employee at high profile company Proteus Digital Health. Following that story, we received a tip that Apple has also hired Michael O'Reilly, the former chief medical officer of Masimo Corporation, which specializes in pulse oximeters. At the very end of...
By Aditi Pai January 7, 2014
Percentage of consumers interested in buying digital offerings In the United States, 43 percent of consumers are interested in buying a health monitor and another 43 percent are interested in buying a fitness monitor, according to an Accenture survey. Both numbers were around 10 percent lower than global averages -- 54 percent were interested in purchasing a health monitor and 52 percent would...
By Aditi Pai January 6, 2014
Redmond, Washington-based Heapsylon has partnered with shoe company Vivobarefoot to sell Heapsylon's Sensoria Fitness sensor-enabled "smart" socks and to further develop the product. The company says that all of the stores worldwide that currently carry Vivo's product will soon have Sensoria products in them, too. According to Vivo's website, there are nearly 500 such stores around the world. The...
By Jonah Comstock December 16, 2013
Head-worn sensors have been tried in a variety of form factors including headbands, helmets, headphones, glasses, and goggles. Now a group of Polish inventors, forming San Francisco-based IntelliClinic, are crowdfunding a new twist: a brainwave-sensing smartphone-connected sleep mask. The device, called NeuroOn, has already raised $330,000 on Kickstarter, more than three times its original goal....
By Jonah Comstock August 5, 2013
Google Glass may or may not be on its way to catching on with the consumer crowd, but, if nothing else, it shows that Google doesn't think consumers will have a problem wearing a computer on their head. As wearable health real estate goes, the head is a contentious spot for a sensor, but a number of companies are making a go for it. Brainwave sensors, like Emotiv, which has already raised $400,...
By Brian Dolan June 20, 2013
Someday soon having to remember to put on your digital health tracking device in the morning might no longer be an issue. If the latest crop of health-minded wearables companies succeed, health sensors will make their way into things we are already wearing -- like undershirts, underwear, and socks. Digital health wearables are slowly but surely making their way into clothing. One longtime digital...