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AXA conditionne un avantage santé à un objet connecté

AXA conditionne un avantage santé à un objet connecté | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Aurez-vous encore votre liberté lorsqu'il faudra choisir entre payer cher sa mutuelle santé, ou accepter de voir son comportement scruté par des machines au service de l'assurance ? Pour le moment sous forme d'un jeu donnant droit jusqu'à 100 euros de médecine douce, AXA montre l'avenir de l'assurance santé liée aux objets connectés et à la médecine personnalisée...

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Article à mon avis un peu biaisé ex ante, et qui a mon sens omet deux enjeux que sont : la fidélité de la mesure (j'aimerais savoir de combien un Pulse, un FitBit, et une appli comme Moves divergent en moyenne) d'une part, et l'intégration de ces mesures ou non dans le champ de l'hébergement des données de santé.

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Withings Aura uses light, sound, and science to help you sleep better #CES

Withings Aura uses light, sound, and science to help you sleep better #CES | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

As for the lamp itself, it's both a sleep aid and a sleek, touch-sensitive lava lamp. The device glows a shade of red to help you get to sleep — Withings says the wavelength of light helps the body generate melatonin — and for waking it shines a glowing blue.

 

Different shades, from purple to yellow, are available at the user's choice. A standalone iPhone app lets users do things like set wake-up times and view their sleep and environmental data, though the information will also be surfaced in the standard Withings app as well for a bigger picture look at your health (Android compatibility is coming down the line, and the device will be able to connect over legacy Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, or Wi-Fi).

 

In a clever twist, the lamp portion of the device can also play music and serves as a standalone alarm clock even if you aren't using your smartphone. The lamp is sensitive to touch, and you can turn the alarm on or off with a tap, and set the time for your next alarm by sliding your finger up the side of the device.

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Combining light, sound and movement, Withings last tracking device is indeed a full system and goes way beyond the existing snoring / sleeping apps. Want to beta test one !

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Withings raises a massive $30 Million round and welcomes Bpifrance onboard

Withings raises a massive $30 Million round  and welcomes Bpifrance onboard | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Health gadget company Withings will announce in a few minutes a new funding round from Bpifrance, Idinvest Partners, 360 Capital Partners and existing investor Ventech. Out of the $30 million, $15 million comes fromBpifrance, the newly created public entity — BPI means Public Investment Bank in French. It is one of its first traditional VC deal.

Withings is perhaps best known for its series of smart scales and body analyzers (along with curious one-off devices like a baby monitor), but the company has recently decided to take a stab at creating yet another sort of fitness gadget: a wearable activity tracker. Calling that particular market crowded is putting it awfully mildly. Devices from the likes of Nike, Jawbone, and Fitbit have put an approachable face on the quantified self movement and have garnered plenty of attention from press and health-conscious consumers.

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Massive deal for this side of the pond. Totally impressed and supportive of what Eric Carreel has been achieving in starting 3 companies after his successful Inventel exit !

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Nike Has Fired Most Of Its FuelBand Team And Will Stop Making Wearable Devices

Nike Has Fired Most Of Its FuelBand Team And Will Stop Making Wearable Devices | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

As many as 55 people of the 70-person hardware team, part of the larger Digital Sport division, were let go on Thursday, according to CNET's source. 

It seems obvious that Nike would jump out of the hardware game right now, with the upcoming iWatch on its way, as well as wearable Android devices, such as Samsung's Gear Fit, flooding the market.

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Things of the Internet happening in the Internet of Things

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Fitbit raises $43 million in new funding

Fitbit raises $43 million in new funding | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Fitbit, maker of a wearable device that measures health and physical activity, has raised $43 million in new venture capital funding.

Health tracker bulks up ahead of possible competition from Apple.

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Withings, get ready!

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