wearables

By Dave Muoio December 4, 2018
De Novo rule proposal published for review. The FDA has published a new proposal for revisions to the De Novo regulatory pathway for devices without a predicate. The rule, which is currently available for public comment, aims to provide additional structure, clarity and transparency to the process, and outlines how the agency processes and gauges submitted devices. “Our goal is to make the De...
By Jonah Comstock November 27, 2018
Smart sock maker Sensoria is teaming up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and independent research group Neuroscience Research Australia to launch a 100-patient clinical trial looking at what smart textiles in socks can do for Parkinson’s disease patients. The trial, called Standing Tall-PD, is supported by a grant from MJFF. The first part of the study will test the potential for smart textiles...
By Dave Muoio November 26, 2018
Monitoring and automatically identifying the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients can be achieved using just a single soft wearable sensor placed on the back of the hand, according to an investigation recently published in NPJ Digital Medicine that sought to optimize such methods of data collection. According to the researchers — who employed 20 participants, six different sensors and...

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By Dean Koh November 19, 2018
Last week, L'Oréal announced that its La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV—the first battery-free wearable electronic to measure UV exposure is available for sale through apple.com and select U.S. Apple Store locations. La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV measures both UVA and UVB rays, and provides instant status updates while storing up to three months of data. The battery-free sensor is activated by...
By Dave Muoio November 14, 2018
Starting this month, UnitedHealthcare members enrolled in the insurer’s incentive-based “Motion” program are able track their daily activity using their personal Apple Watch, or one purchased and earned through the program. This comes roughly half a year after UnitedHealthcare first announced the availability back in March, and a few months after the July rollout planned at the time. Through the...
By Dave Muoio November 5, 2018
Fitbit’s push into the smartwatch and health space appears to have been a wise one, as the company announced during its earnings call that revenue has matched and in some cases surpassed expectations in the third quarter of 2018. The wearable maker reported 3.5 million devices sold and $394 million in revenue during the quarter, sales that the company noted came not only from fitness trackers but...
By Dave Muoio October 25, 2018
Enable Injections, maker of manual and connected adhesive wearables for subcutaneously therapeutic delivery, has raised $50 million in a Series B round led by Sanofi, the company announced today. ORI Healthcare Fund, CincyTech, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cintrifuse, Ohio Innovation Fund, Cleveland Clinic and other “key private investors” also contributed. Currently available to pharma and...
By Dave Muoio October 23, 2018
Garmin’s wearables will soon support Fitabase’s research data management platform thanks to a partnership and API integration between the two companies. Announced this morning, the move positions Garmin’s devices as another hardware option for clinical studies looking to track participants’ biometrics. In a statement, the companies noted that the connected Garmin-Fitabase platform is already...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett October 9, 2018
A peak at Withings' next device? Rumor has it Withings is creating a new fitness tracker at a lower price point. Wearable reports  that a tracker listed by the company as Pulse HR in a recent FCC filing, which could indicate that it will have a heart rate monitor. For the last two year Withings has been part of Nokia’s digital health division. But the department faced challenges from the get go...
By Laura Lovett September 25, 2018
What is happening  Neuchatel Switzerland-Based aktiia, a startup developing a wearable blood pressure monitoring device, has just announced that it raised $4.1 million (4 CHF). The round was led by TransLink Capital and Redalpin, with participation from Sparks Street Capital, Christian Wenger, and Mladen Barbaric. According to Tobias Pforr, aktiia’s chief marketing officer, the latest funding...