November 24, 2014
One of the many rumors I heard prior to the HealthKit and Apple Watch reveal was that Apple was working on a new section of its iTunes store, like the AppStore, but instead of apps the company would begin selling health and fitness coaching programs or services. That never came to pass though.
Last week, however, an app launched to do just that.
Boston-based Change Collective offered up an iOS...
April 30, 2014
At startup accelerator Techstars' Boston demo day this week, three of the 12 companies showed off digital health-related products.
One startup, called Change Collective, is led by Ben Rubin, the former CTO and cofounder of defunct sleep monitor company Zeo. His new startup aims to help people make lasting, healthy changes to their lives.
"What we learned from what eventually became Change...
March 13, 2014
A new report from Frost and Sullivan on the sleep diagnostic market suggests that the makers of digital health sleep devices might have reason to be optimistic.
According to the report, the combined US and European market for clinical and ambulatory sleep disorder diagnostic devices was worth $96.5 million in 2013 and is expected to hit $125.8 million in 2017. The report doesn't include consumer-...
February 6, 2014
Apple has added yet another person working in digital health to its iWatch team, according to a report in 9to5Mac. The company recently hired Roy J.E.M. Raymann from Philips Research, where he led various sleep-related studies. Raymann was a senior scientist at Philips Research who founded the Philips Sleep Experience Laboratory, a non-clinical sleep research lab. He also led projects related to...
January 3, 2014
Ahead of CES in Las Vegas next week San Francisco-based Basis Science announced a new advanced sleep analysis feature for its wristworn, multisensor health tracker as well as a new Carbon Steel Edition of the device that it promises will fit more snuggly and look more premium than its more plastic predecessor.
The new Basis Carbon Steel Edition includes "polished chrome details and stretchable,...
October 7, 2013
Sleep-turned-fitness tracker Lark Technologies has raised $3.1 million from undisclosed investors, according to an SEC filing first spotted by TechCrunch. The filing lists Anis Uzzaman, general partner at Fenox Venture Capital, and Weili Dai, president and co-founder of the Marvell Technology Group in China as related persons on the raise. Fenox Venture Capital is a previous investor in Lark....
August 8, 2013
Saratoga, California-based Beddit, maker of sleep tracking equipment, launched an Indiegogo campaign for a consumer-priced sleep sensor. Through the campaign, consumers can pre-order the device with a 30 percent discount. So far Beddit has raised $5,000 of its $80,000 goal.
While Beddit has been making sleep trackers since 2006, this is their first consumer play: their other sleep trackers are...
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,...
May 16, 2013
By Dave Dickinson, Former CEO, Zeo
After leading Zeo for the last 5 years, I'd like to share some of the key lessons we learned as an early pioneer within the digital healthcare movement. This post includes lessons learned for those who share our mission of improving the health and wellness of mankind by leveraging the awesome power of technology. Hopefully, some thoughts will engage new ways of...
April 30, 2013
The BodyMedia Core 2 Armband, with "jewelry-like" customization.
In the biggest digital health acquisition of the year so far, San Francisco-based Jawbone is acquiring Pittsburgh-based BodyMedia, the company announced this morning. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. This is the first major consolidation in the contentious wearable activity tracker space, and the second mobile...