Consumer

By Dave Muoio October 11, 2017
Fitness chain Gold’s Gym has launched a digital personal training app that features pre-recorded video trainer routines and a built-in music streaming service. The service, which costs $9.99 monthly, offers members and non-members of the gym hundreds of trainer-led workouts. These workouts are spread across 10 different exercise modalities, and range from six to 60 minutes long. According to Gold...
By Dave Muoio October 10, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health is taking its asthma alert messaging to the masses, as the longtime digital respiratory health company announced today that it is releasing Air, a free and open API that provides information on local asthma conditions. Air makes asthma forecasts by pulling geographic data on humidity, wind direction, temperature, and other pollutants collected by the...
By Jonah Comstock October 10, 2017
Swiss Precision Diagnostics, a subsidiary of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble which offers the Clearblue fertility test, has released a new version of its testing device with Bluetooth connectivity and a digital app.  "There are lots of fertility apps and we know women like to use these apps," Dr. Fiona Clancy, scientific and medical affairs director at SPD, told Babyforyou.net.ua. "...
By Dave Muoio October 9, 2017
Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Hollywog, makers of wearable pain relief devices, have announced the launch of their newest smartphone-controlled product, the WiTouch Pro Bluetooth TENS Therapy device. Priced at $49.95 for over the counter consumer purchase, the WiTouch Pro adheres to the user's lower back underneath clothing to deliver stimulation pain therapy. The device is paired with the WiTouch...
By Jonah Comstock October 4, 2017
Many digital health companies focus on tracking movement and exercise, the “calories out” half of the weight loss equation. But efforts to track the other side, “calories in,” in any quantitative way, have proved elusive. But while others try everything from spectrometry to blood sugar monitoring to help people automatically monitor their eating habits, Klue, a new startup that launched today at...
By Dave Muoio October 4, 2017
San Francisco-based Amino has added a new cost ratings functionality to its online healthcare marketplace platform. Employers and employees subscribed to the paid version of Amino’s service, Amino Plus, will be able to compare the cost of treatment, surgery, and now chronic care with each nearby provider, and gauge these against the app’s previously implemented care quality ratings. “Across all 1...
By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2017
Facebook is introducing a new feature in India to help promote blood donation and connect donors with people in need of blood, the company announced in a blog post yesterday. The feature will roll out in two phases. Starting on October 1 (India's National Blood Donor Day), Facebook will begin prompting users to sign up to be blood donors, and to optionally share that they've signed up. Users can...
By Dave Muoio September 27, 2017
Garmin’s upcoming effort to woo younger customers will have the support of some big brands, as the company announced today that its vivofit jr. 2 wearable activity tracker will prominently feature Minnie Mouse, Captain America, and other Disney licensed characters. “Disney is committed to creating healthier generations, and we’ve worked with Garmin to make healthy living fun with a wearable...
By Dave Muoio September 26, 2017
Patients deciding the next step of their care may soon be doing so with the help of an AI on their phone. Today, Insightin Health — a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based company that develops a data-based clinical decision-making platform — announced that it has launched a consumer-facing version of its machine learning-based service, which presents all of a user's health data and future options via a...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2017
When we broke the news in July of the shutdown of Pact, a startup that aimed to motivate users to go to the gym with monetary carrots and sticks, we noted that the reasons for the company's demise weren't readily apparent. Now a new missive from the FTC (first spotted by Gizmodo) is shedding some additional — and, truth be told, not very flattering — light on that story. While users were promised...