Consumer

By Dave Muoio November 27, 2018
Keyto, a startup building a connected breath sensor and companion app to support users following a ketogenic diet, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by Craft Ventures, and also included additional support from Floodgate Fund, Abstract Ventures and Hydra Ventures alongside Eventbrite cofounders Julia and Kevin Hartz. According to a statement, this investment will be used...
By Dave Muoio November 21, 2018
Ascensia Diabetes Care’s Contour Diabetes app — a mobile tool to monitor trends in blood glucose levels that connects to the Contour Next One glucometer — has received yet another update. As of Monday, iPhone users can transfer blood glucose and carbohydrate data from their app to records kept within the Apple Health platform. After opting in, data collected through Ascensia’s app will...

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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 19, 2018
Peerfit has unveiled a direct-to-consumer version of its digital platform for fitness benefits. Rather than offering employees redeemable fitness class credits through a paying employer, users can now choose the number of class credits they would like to receive through a pay-as-you-go subscription service. Access to the platform will run consumers $8.95 per month and then will require additional...
By Laura Lovett November 14, 2018
This morning Withings announced the latest addition to its product line: the Pulse HR, a connected wearable that can track a user's heart rate using photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors that can measure pulse in 10-minute intervals while offering continuous heart rate measurements for each workout session. This comes only months after Withings was bought back from Nokia by its original cofounder...
By Dave Muoio November 12, 2018
Driver, the pricey mobile app designed to link cancer patients to appropriate treatment or relevant clinical trials, appears to have bitten off a bit more than it could chew. This morning STAT reported that the service, which only launched in September, ran out of funds and released its entire 85-employee staff in mid-October, effectively shuttering the business. Driver CEO and cofounder Dr....
By Dave Muoio November 7, 2018
Editor's note: The headline and body of this article has been edited to clarify that Samsung's integration with the Omnipod Dash have not yet been implemented. Samsung Galaxy smartphones will be serving as the controlling device for Billerica, Massachusetts-based Insulet Corporation’s tubeless insulin pump devices, the two companies announced today. Insulet’s recently FDA-cleared Omnipod Dash...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2018
Apple’s healthcare patent update. A new Hong Kong and European trademark updates the classification of Apple’s AirPods to include health, fitness, exercise and wellness sensors (kudos to Patently Apple, which spotted the update). The updated classification also includes language concerning the transmission of biometric data, heart rate, body movement and burned calories. Despite this and other...
By Dave Muoio November 5, 2018
Hims, an online mail-order men’s health company that incorporates remote consultations for prescription products, is looking to double its potential customer base with the launch of a similar product line and service targeting women. “Hers” will offer a range of hair, skin and sexual health products for online order and delivery. Much like its male counterpart, ordering a product that requires a...
By Dave Muoio November 1, 2018
Clinical lab and life science services company LabCorp has signaled its latest consumer-focused shift with the announcement of a self-administered wellness test and online results portal. Called Pixel by LabCorp, the testing platform is ordered online by consumers, reviewed by a board-certified physician and then delivered to the consumer within a few days. After collecting a blood sample using...