wearables

By  Dave Muoio 10:21 am March 6, 2019
Fitbit has pulled back the curtain on its latest collection of health and fitness wearables. Chief among these is a scaled back take on the company’s popular Versa smartwatch called the Fitbit Versa Lite. Other new device announcements include a second version of the kid-focused Fitbit Ace, as well as wider consumer availability of the previously revealed Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR. In...
By  Dave Muoio 05:04 pm March 4, 2019
The fourth quarter of 2018 was a good one for Fitbit, with CEO James Park sharing news last week of the the device maker’s first year-over-year increase in sold devices since 2016. The company’s latest investor call touched upon many familiar themes, such as the shift from fitness trackers to smartwatches, but also suggests that Fitbit is viewing its health-focused services as an increasingly...
By  Dave Muoio 10:49 am March 4, 2019
San Jose-based mobile healthcare device maker Vocera Communications has shipped the first order of its updated wearable for clinicians, the Vocera Smartbadge, to a nearly 700-bed Georgia hospital. The company’s prior device, the Vocera Badge, has long offered secure, hands-free, wireless communications support to practitioners. The newer Smartbadge will offer Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital many...

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By  Jonah Comstock 07:07 am February 27, 2019
Researchers who use Fitabase to capture data from Fitbit and Garmin devices will soon be able to capture a new kind of data: continuous glucose monitoring data from Dexcom products. The ability to capture glucose values, as well as calibrations, syncs, and alerts, from Dexcom CGMs will allow researchers to study the interplay between blood glucose and the activity, heart rate, and sleep — the...
By  Dave Muoio 02:43 pm February 22, 2019
AT&T and mobile healthcare software maker OneLife Technologies have developed a medical-grade smartwatch with LTE-M certification, allowing the monitoring device to stay connected for up to five days. Along with its onboard movement, sleep, heart rate, location, and fall tracking capabilities, the OnePulse smartwatch can connect to and collect data from medical devices like blood pressure...
By  Dave Muoio 04:13 pm February 20, 2019
Today’s Samsung Unpack 2019 event was headlined by a number of new reveals, including its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S10 and the flexible Galaxy Fold; its new in-ear, Bluetooth Galaxy Buds; and the company’s first 5G smartphone, the S10 5G. However, the latter half of the show also hosted news of the electronics maker’s new fitness-focused wearables: the Galaxy Watch Active, a sportier take...
By  Dave Muoio 03:30 pm February 5, 2019
A study recently published in JAMA Network Open that employs Fitbit activity trackers found additional recorded steps were directly correlated to shorter hospital stays following an inpatient surgical procedure. Conducted at Cedars-Sinai, the investigation also attributed the monitors with improved accuracy when assessing a patient’s daily step count. “We’re operationalizing this pop culture tech...
By  Laura Lovett 10:24 am January 30, 2019
This morning Cardiogram, maker of a smartwatch app that uses a deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, launched two new features “Family Mode” and “Share with Doctor”, which let users share data across platforms with loved ones or a provider. The new features, which are available on Cardiogram premium, are interoperable between Apple Watches, Garmins and devices running...
By  Leontina Postelnicu 09:58 am January 30, 2019
England's Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Hospital at Home team has reduced the number of home visits by 22 percent after deploying the AI-enabled wearable from Scottish start-up Current, formerly known as snap40, to monitor patients remotely after they are discharged from hospital. Current said the trust’s team, including nurses and physiotherapists, was trained to use the solution in less than...
By  Dave Muoio 04:10 pm January 21, 2019
Fitbit has discreetly launched a new pair of wearable activity trackers well away from the public eye. Called the Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR, the devices are designed specifically for health plans, wellness plans, health systems and other enterprise partners — so much so that  the two are completely unavailable for consumer purchase. "Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR are the first...