Consumer

By Jonah Comstock November 28, 2017
Facebook is ramping up both its human response efforts for suicide threats or high-risk postings, and its use of artificial intelligence to identify such risks, the company wrote in a new blog post yesterday. "Over the last month, we’ve worked with first responders on over 100 wellness checks based on reports we received via our proactive detection efforts," VP of Product Management Guy Rosen...
By Laura Lovett November 28, 2017
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) is warning consumers to think before they buy mail-order DNA testing services this holiday season.  Schumer cautions that these test kits put consumer privacy at risk because DNA firms could potentially sell personal and genetic information. Now Schumer is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and ensure that the privacy policies are clear,...
By Jonah Comstock November 27, 2017
Online mail-order lab testing startup EverlyWell showed off its wares on ABC’s Shark Tank last night, securing a $1 million line of credit from host Lori Greiner. CEO and founder Julia Cheek appeared on the long-running reality TV show, in which entrepreneurs pitch a panel of high-profile investors. “I think it’s an incredible milestone to have a company like EverlyWell — it’s incredible for the...
By Laura Lovett November 24, 2017
Eating healthily is a major issue for many Americans, especially during the holiday season. Only one in 10 adults meets the federal fruit and vegetable requirement, according to a study published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. More than one-third of adults in the United States have obesity, which can cause heart disease, stroke and...
By Laura Lovett November 22, 2017
Veterans struggling with speech or cognitive disorders will now be able to access therapy through Constant Therapy, a mobile app that provides supplemental coaching and motivation to patients.  Veterans eligible for speech or cognitive therapy through the US Department of Veterans Affairs will now be able to use the app for free.  The app is part of the Newton, Massachusetts-based company The...
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 Dave Muoio November 16, 2017
San Francisco-based Spire is looking to take the work out of wearables. Instead of a device that needs to be regularly removed, recharged, or otherwise adjusted, the company’s newly announced sensor can remain unobtrusively attached to any article of clothing with no need to worry about battery life or the laundry machine. “In our view, the fundamental user experience problem that wearables face...
By Laura Lovett November 14, 2017
A new study showed that Cardiogram’s deep neural network technology, called DeepHeart, can detect hypertension and sleep apnea. The study was recently presented at the American Heart Association.  “Those are important conditions because they affect more than a billion people,” cofounder of Cardiogram Brandon Ballinger told Babyforyou.net.ua. “Hypertension affects one in three people in the developed...
By Dave Muoio November 10, 2017
SleepScore Labs — a joint venture between ResMed, Dr. Oz Media, and Pegasus Capital Advisors — has announced a new non- sleep improvement device available for consumer purchase. From the user’s bedside, the SleepScore Max ($149.99) measures a number of different sleep-affecting variables including respiration, body movement, duration, and environmental qualities such as temperature and...
By Laura Lovett November 9, 2017
Electronic muscle stimulation has been a well-known practice in athletic circles for years but it's typically only available on bulky machines. But workout enthusiasts will soon have access to a new electronic muscle stimulation device that connects to an app on Apple and Android phones. Powerdot recently announced the launch of its product that uses EMS, or e-stim, which aims to enhance...