Intel missed being the leader in mobile tech, but it doesn’t want to miss the wearables wave. So the company is investing heavily in components for wearables, and that strategy is integrated with the company’s larger mission of providing tech for the Internet of Things (IoT), or connected everyday objects.
Not only will Intel design components for wearables, but it’s also designing its own wearable devices and partnering with the fashion houses and retailers that will sell them. Those wearables will provide a stream of data to Intel’s Internet of Things infrastructure, which will analyze and make sense of the data so that you can get insight into your life, such as how much you need to exercise or sleep
Apple’s microsite for their Apple Watch was recently updated, along with the health section.
While we’ve known when the watch was announced that Apple Watch would feature the three core concepts of “Move”, “Exercise”, and “Stand” — this is a good time to review other features the watch will have.
Bryan Timlin always carries an iPhone and an Android phone.
The 57-year-old is an app and graphic designer with a Michigan company calledOptHub, but he doesn’t carry two phones for work. He carries the iPhone because that’s what he likes, and he carries the Android because it’s what he needs.
The Android phone monitors his behavior. Five years ago, Timlin was diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, a mental illness characterized by four or more manic or depressive episodes a year. Some episodes, he says, can last as long as eight weeks. “Being bipolar is like jumping out of an airplane knowing you don’t have a parachute on,” he says. “You know you’re going to be hurt, but the high is so euphoric that it’s worth the risk. You can deal with the consequences later.” With his Android phone, he hopes to deal with these moments in other ways.
For the past 18 months, according to the Tech Review, Google has been quietly rolling out a cloud computing service for DNA. Google Genomics could one day have millions of genomes on its servers, available at a click of a button to researchers. Are there legitimate privacy concerns here? Definitely, but it's not Google's grubby fingers you should worry about.
A smartphone platform to inform clinicians how frequently patients use their phones with a mix of passive and active tracking is the kind of mobile health tool that that could help inform clinicians of the emotional state of their patients. But Ginger.io‘s behavioral health platform has generated a lot of interest beyond therapists. Medical researchers want to evaluate its potential to identify when patients are depressed, since depression can play a big part in undermining medication adherence,particularly for chronic conditions.
Dr. Eddie Mukoyo, the Assistant Commissioner, Resources, at the Ministry of Health has said Uganda's remarkable fight against epidemics such as Ebola and Marburg is to a large extent down to the ministry's swift adoption of mobile health applications.
“There is no argument that whether or not we have sound sleep or not significantly affects our health,” Iwata said, “and many of us recognize through our daily lives that accumulated fatigue makes it difficult to maintain good health.”
“Fatigue and sleep are themes that are rather hard to visualize in more objective ways. At Nintendo, we believe that if we could visualize them, there would be great potential for many people,” he said.
More than a week after their existence was leaked, fitness tracker maker Fitbit has officially announced three new wearable devices. The Fitbit Charge is an update to Fitbit's previous Force fitness tracker, but the other two devices — the Charge HR and the Surge — include some powerful new technology that should allow users to get a picture of their health at all hours of the day. The Charge HR tracks a user's heart rate at all times, while Fitbit describes the $249 Surge as a "fitness super watch," built with GPS and eight sensors to track performance in multiple workouts and various sports. All three of the new devices will send data to Fitbit's tracking app so wearers can see their stats in graph form and set specific goals.
We've already taken a look at some of the features and capabilities of Google Fit, and Apple's own activity-tracking platform is now up and running too. Find out how you can use Apple's brand new app to monitor your daily exercise, improve your overall health, aggregate data from different sources and store your medical information.
Code Blue is a free mobile app designed to help young people suffering from depression or experiencing bullying through immediate support. By simply tapping the screen button, an alert is sent to pre-selected support members. The app is being developed by start-up Social Code, who help people manage their own health by providing behaviour change tools, real-time peer and professional support.
Code Blue will be a mobile support system for users, acting like a panic button for those who can’t articulate what they are feeling, yet desperately want support. People experiencing depression often find it hard to reach out for help. With Code Blue, they don’t need to worry about what to say, or how to ask for help, they can just tap the screen to let people they trust know they need them. These people can then call, text or show up in person to provide immediate support.
According to a new survey from Truven Health Analytics and NPR, 68 percent of American consumers are willing to share health information with researchers, but this group of people is more likely to be wealthy, well-educated, and young.
Truven surveyed 3,000 Americans via landlines, mobile phones, and the web, with the group filtered by generation, education level and income level. They asked questions about physician connectedness and data privacy.
Using a $500,000 federal grant, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health researchers are developing a smartphone app which allows patients to securely photograph and send images of their post-operative wounds to their doctor
Adrian Cunning’s startup, ThriveStreams, has released its first product, according to CNET.
The newly released app takes a gamified approach to mood tracking for those with conditions such as depression and bipolar disorder. Cunning was diagnosed as bipolar in 2002 and has said that his own battle with the disorder inspired him to serve others with mental health struggles.
According to Reuters, the US Federal Trade Commission is alive to the issues. It reports that the FTC is “seeking assurances from Apple that it will prevent sensitive health data collected by its upcoming smartwatch and other mobile devices from being used without owners’ consent”
Every year, the Cleveland Clinic comes up with a list of new devices or treatments that are expected to help improve our daily lives and reduce our risks of developing disease. Only time will tell whether their considerable promise pans out.
Here are the top 10 new medications, treatments, and technologies to watch for in 2015, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Today, the extremely popular fitness-tracking app, RunKeeper, received a rather beefy update via the Play Store. The upgrade brings compatibility for Google’s recently-launched ‘Fit’ application, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
“We know information is key when it comes to keeping track of and taking down your fitness goals. The Google Fit platform manages the data from all those different health apps and devices you’re using, putting them in one accessible place. We’re excited to see how your RunKeeper experience interacts with all that, so we can be even smarter about how we help you set and reach your fitness goals,” states RunKeeper on it official blog.
Microsoft has been winning generally approving headlines for its Microsoft Band fitness tracker and accompanying Microsoft Health platform, since both were revealed – seemingly unintentionally at first – on Wednesday.
One of the key points about both hardware and software is their cross-platform nature: they won’t just be restricted to people with a Windows Phone smartphone and/or a computer running the Windows OS. They’ll also support Android, iOS and Mac.
Microsoft Health is also open to other devices and apps, with Jawbone’s Up and the apps MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper the first to be announced.
Nike CEO Mark Parker sat down with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the company's brand and product strategy (via The Guardian). During the 13-minute-long "Market Makers" segment, Parker confirmed that he is bullish on Apple and the wearables market, hinting at a continued partnership between the two companies at the 9:45 mark.
Though Nike recently discontinued further development on its FuelBand fitness wearables, the sports and fitness company is not ready to abandon the wearables market, instead waiting for the market to mature beyond it current geeky status.
"I think it’s going to be a big part of the future, absolutely," said Parker. "I think the form it takes is critical. You can go from the very geeky kind of wearables today – we’ve all seen some of those – to what I think you’ll see in the future, things that are more stealth, more integrated, more stylish and more functional, yes."