Consumer

Apple Watch with ECG feature
By Jonah Comstock September 12, 2018
Well, we finally know what cardiac project Apple was talking with the FDA about two years ago. Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams announced today at Apple's special event in Cupertino that the company has received FDA clearance for both an atrial fibrillation-detecting algorithm and an ECG that will be built into the company's Series 4 Apple Watch, due to start shipping September 21. ...

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By Laura Lovett September 11, 2018
The British royal family is now turning its attention to online resources as a means of promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace. Earlier this week Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, launched Mental Health at Work, which aims to help link employers and employees to information and resources about mental health. The platform is supported by the Royal Foundation, a charity run by the junior...
By Laura Lovett September 10, 2018
From ancestry to wine pallet preferences, consumer genomics have fueled both popular curiosity and public discourse. Now MyVytalics, a relative newcomer in the space that focuses on healthy aging, is teaming up with major player in the consumer genomics space Helix to release a new personal genomics app that will look at how genes play in to sleep patterns and nutrition. In the future, the two...
By Jonah Comstock September 10, 2018
San Francisco-based Nima Labs (formerly known as 6Sensor Labs) has launched the Nima Peanut Sensor, the second in a planned line of connected devices that can scan foods for evidence of a particular allergen. Users can put a small amount of food in a canister and run it through the small, triangular hardware device to obtain a reading of "peanut" or "no peanut." “Millions of people with peanut...
By Dave Muoio September 7, 2018
Online refractive eye exam company Opternative has launched a voice-activated, smartphone-only version of its digital eye exam. The product is a complement to the company’s existing exam, which requires both a smartphone and a separate computer. “To build upon our vision of making eye care available to anyone, anywhere, anytime, we built the first web-based, conversational test that can be taken...
By Dave Muoio September 7, 2018
Yesterday marked the launch of Driver, a mobile app designed to link cancer patients to appropriate treatment or relevant clinical trials. The app boasts a network of more than 30 global cancer centers, including the US National Cancer Institute, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Chinese National Cancer Center. "In a world of Amazon, Airbnb, and other technology platforms that have revolutionized our...
By Dave Muoio September 6, 2018
Mirror, a New York City-based fitness platform company, today announced the launch of its in-home virtual workout product for consumers. The device streams workout videos and music on demand through its large LCD panel, which also serves as a full-length mirror when not in use. In addition to the launch, Mirror also announced the closure of $25 million in funding from Spark Capital. This news...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2018
Fresh off the news of its acquisition by Best Buy, aging in place tech company GreatCall has announced the Jitterbug Smart2, the first update since 2016 to its line of smartphones for seniors. It was the original Jitterbug flip phone for seniors that first launched the company in 2006. Since then the company has grown to include a senior care call center and a line of personal emergency response...
By Dave Muoio August 29, 2018
This week virtual care provider Teladoc Health was busy, releasing news about a new product launch and a separate good will initiative. First was yesterday’s launch of Partners HealthCare On Demand, a virtual urgent care service collaboration between the telehealth company and Partners HealthCare. Delivered through web and mobile devices, the video-based service is first being rolled out to the...
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Source: Natural Cycles

By Leontina Postelnicu August 29, 2018
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has found a Facebook ad describing Natural Cycles as a "highly accurate contraceptive app" and a "clinically tested alternative to birth control methods" to be misleading after receiving three complaints about the paid-for post. The Swedish company said it removed the ad, which ran for approximately four weeks in mid-2017, as soon as it was notified...