wearables

By Laura Lovett August 7, 2018
The pentagon is clamping down on wearable fitness devices, following a discovery in January that troop’s secret or confidential locations were revealed by a fitness heat map.   The new restriction means that military personal deployed in operational areas will not be allowed to use wearable trackers or smartphone apps, government issued or otherwise, that can identify their location.  “The...
By Dave Muoio August 2, 2018
It was a bit of a bumpy start, but it’s beginning to look like Fitbit’s push into the smartwatch market is beginning to bear fruit. While the company is still operating at a loss, yesterday’s Q2 earnings report revealed that the Fitbit’s downward revenue and device sales trend was lessened by the success of its Versa smartwatch, which the company said has outsold all Samsung, Garmin, and Fossil’s...
By Dave Muoio August 1, 2018
Wearables do well for Apple. Apple posted strong numbers in its most recent quarterly financial report. Of the $53.3 billion it generated in quarterly revenue (a 17 percent increase over last year), more than half came from international sales. Of note, the company’s wearable revenue — which includes the Apple Watch as well as AirPods and Beats headphones — has brought in more than $10 billion in...
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By Dave Muoio July 19, 2018
The US Army’s medical division has been building a mobile technology platform that will streamline triage and communications in the event of medical evacuations, and is now looking for units to pilot the technology according to a recent release from the service’s public affairs division. The Medical Hands-free Unified Broadcast, or MEDHUB, initiative looks to leverage wearable sensors,...
By Dave Muoio July 16, 2018
A new study published in npj Digital Medicine suggests that walking data collected from hip-worn accelerometers is viable for assessing the risk of falls in older women. While this specific investigation employed a medical-grade triaxial accelerometer (the ActiGraph GT3X+), the researchers noted in their writeup that the success of these sensors bode well for population-level analyses of fall...
fitbit study for patient health outcomes
By Jonah Comstock July 10, 2018
Wearable activity monitors could be useful in assessing the health of cancer patients and making predictions about mortality and adverse events, according to a study published last week in Nature's Digital Medicine partner journal. "An objective evaluation of patient performance status (PS) is difficult because patients spend the majority of their time outside of the clinic, self-report to...
Fitbit, Immersion settle lawsuit
By Dave Muoio July 9, 2018
After filing a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California roughly a year ago, San Jose-based Immersion has settled its beef with Fitbit, the former announced in a statement. The terms of the settlement and license agreement reached by the two companies were not disclosed in the announcement.   Immersion took issue with the haptic feedback technology featured in...
Withings Nokia wearables app
By Dave Muoio July 3, 2018
New data published yesterday in the journal Hypertension offers another proof of concept for how device and mobile-driven remote monitoring can help care teams manage the conditions of a large patient population. “Our study combined multiple health tracking devices to holistically assess cardiovascular risk factors outside of the clinical setting along with demographics, medication adherence and...
By Dave Muoio June 26, 2018
Dreem, a wearable sleep device maker previously known as Rhythm, has closed $35 million in funding. The round was led by strategic investor JJDC and Bpifrance. “If everyone in the world, of which 30 percent don’t sleep effectively today, were able to get better, more quality rest every night — we’d unleash opportunity like none other. Our productivity, creativity, humility as a global community...
By Dave Muoio June 7, 2018
San Francisco-based wearable tech company iBeat has announced new funding for its wearable continuous monitor, called Heart Watch. The investment comes from the life insurer funds SCOR Life & Health Ventures and Transamerica Ventures, and include strategic partnerships that will bring the Heart Watch to each insurer’s agents and policy holders. iBeat did not include the total amount of the...
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