wearables

By Dave Muoio December 15, 2017
Adidas has ended the business unit responsible for development of its fitness watches, sensor-enabled footwear, and other wearable devices, the Portland Business Journal first reported earlier this week. The decision to close the unit will affect 74 staff positions within the company, according to the reports. Among these were data scientists, experience designers, algorithm developers, and...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2017
Austin, Texas-based semiconductor producer Silicon Labs has announced a new line of optical biometric sensors that promise more fleshed out heart rate monitoring and lower power consumption for consumer-grade wearables. By combining optical heart rate monitoring alongside ECG measurements within a single unit, the company says their new Si117x and Si118x sensor modules offer an easier way for...
By Dave Muoio November 20, 2017
Just half a decade ago, Nike was among the driving forces bringing fitness wearables to the mainstream. The consumer footwear and athletic apparel company launched its FuelBand fitness tracker in 2012, and a year later stood alongside Fitbit and Jawbone as one of the only major players to hold a substantial share of the wearable retail market. Now, five years later, the wearable has been...
By Laura Lovett November 7, 2017
Wearable technology could be key to reminding smokers looking to quit to put down the cigarette, according to a new study recently published by Oxford University Press’ peer review journal “Nicotine and Tobacco Research.” The study found that Somatix’s SmokeBeat, a wearable body motion detector or BMD, correctly detected more than 80 percent of smoking episodes in a small test group. It also...
By Jonah Comstock November 3, 2017
Wearables and remote patient monitoring are being used more and more in hospitals, but barriers to their use still persist. At the Connected Health Conference in Boston last week, doctors and industry insiders went back and forth on how useful wearables are today, as well as offering a range of insights on what still needs to happen before they’re more widely deployed. Dr. James Mault, chief...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2017
Preliminary results from a large clinical trial suggest that Ava Health’s fertility detecting wearable could someday be used to detect pregnancy. The research, conducted at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, was presented this week at the annual conference of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. “We started Ava with the intention of looking at physiological parameters to detect...
By Dave Muoio October 31, 2017
Fitbit’s wearables are at the heart of recent announcements from diabetes self-management platform One Drop and the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Civic Wellbeing. The first reveals an upcoming integration that will allow users to view Fitbit device data from within the One Drop Mobile app, while the latter describes a public health initiative that will provide residents of the city with Fitbit...
By Dave Muoio September 18, 2017
New research shows users of fitness tracker wearables are more active when their fitness apps include frequent social network activity, and will take an average of 20 percent to 25 percent more steps after receiving prompts from a digital coach. According to a recent study — which was designed and conducted in joint by VSP Global, maker of the Level wearable used in the investigation, and the...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2017
One of the biggest promises of mobile health apps and wearables is the sheer amount of data they collect. As that dataset grows, a number of different stakeholders are taking an interest in it, among them patients themselves, doctors, and clinical researchers. The latter is the focus of a new report out today from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. “Under a collaborative agreement with...
By Dave Muoio September 14, 2017
Accreditation proposals target telehealth. The Joint Commission has proposed changes to its accreditation standards related to telehealth, which would apply to all accredited hospitals and organizations offering these services as well as their telehealth contractors. The proposals, Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP writes, require hospitals to confirm patients’ locations when...