The Huawei TalkBand B5 is here

The smartwatch game may not be as fast-moving as in years ago but the wearable business is still thriving. Some OEMs may have already given up but there are still wearables that focus on health and fitness. The likes of Huawei knows there is a market for health trackers that is why the TalkBand line […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Microsoft Assembles A New Team Focused On Healthcare

Image credit – Dan DeLong/MicrosoftHealth and technology go hand in hand, why explains why wearables like smartwatches and fitness trackers are booming because everyone wants to know how they are doing. It is also why companies like Apple have been spending a lot of resources on developing healthcare tools and features.Microsoft definitely does not want to be left out of the loop and has recently assembled a new team that will focus on their healthcare efforts. Dubbed Microsoft Healthcare, [Read Entire Story]

ASUS VivoWatch BP: what no other smartwatch has

Smartwatch makers have eventually figured out that what they can offer isn’t just simply a smartphone in a smaller screen. They can actually harness the power and convenience of having a device on your wrist that is still connected and make people’s lives easier in the process. We’re seeing the influx of health and fitness […] SOURCE: Android Community - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

ASUS VivoWatch BP keeps track of your location and blood pressure

ASUS might have pulled out of the Android smartwatch race after the ZenWatch 3, but it's not quite done yet with wearables. At Computex, the company surprised many by unveiling the VivoWatch BP, a follow-up to the original low-power VivoWatch f... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Alphabet’s Verily Working On Noninvasive Methods Of Blood Collection

Given that our blood is inside of our bodies, the only way to extract it would be to draw it out, such as with a needle. Not surprisingly there are many who aren’t particularly comfortable having their blood drawn, but some need to do that on a daily basis for health check, such as for diabetes.This is why it is not surprising that companies such as Apple have been working on noninvasive methods of blood collection. As it turns out Apple is not alone because according to a report from CNBC (via [Read Entire Story]

Health Startup ‘Notable’ Announces Apple Watch App to Automatically Record Doctor Visits

A new health-focused startup called Notable today announced its first app for Apple Watch, which aims to automatically record and digitize visits to the doctor as well as "eliminate the vast majority of clinical administrative work." Using deep learning algorithms, AI, and natural language processing to identify voices, Notable records interactions between doctors and patients so that specific information can be revisited by physicians, healthcare providers, and patients. The company says [Read Entire Story]

This big Fitbit deal cuts Ionic, Alta HR & more for one day only

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get active, Amazon’s daily deals might have the answer, with a one-day promotion for several Fitbit fitness bands and smartwatch models. The company’s Alta, Alta HR, Charge 2, Flyer, and Ionic are all up for grabs, with up to $50 savings depending on which model you want to strap to your wrist. … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit Ionic OS 2.0 update goes live: Here’s what’s new

Fitbit may have its new Versa smartwatch to debut Fitbit OS 2.0, but owners of the wearable company’s existing products aren’t being left out. Ionic wearers should slowly begin to see Fitbit OS 2.0 roll out to their smartwatches, the company has confirmed, though right now it’s a small-scale deployment to make sure nothing goes wrong along the way. Indeed, … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

AliveCor’s Apple Watch KardiaBand Could Be Used To Detect Potassium Levels

A couple of years ago, AliveCor launched the KardiaBand which is a strap for the Apple Watch that helps detect abnormal heart rhythms and can also predict strokes. However it appears that the KardiaBand can be used for more than just that because according to the company, they discovered that the KardiaBand can also be used to detect potassium levels.This information was revealed at the American College of Cardiology conference in Florida by AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra. This is based on research [Read Entire Story]

Doctors find virus in a pond, use it to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria in man’s heart

After Yale doctors replaced a major blood vessel in a 76-year-old man's heart, his chest became infected with bacteria. ; The usual solution would be to destroy the harmful bacteria with antibiotics. But the doctors found their antibiotics wouldn't kill the microbe, P. aeruginosa, which like many bacteria in recent years, had become resistant to traditional drugs. So, doctors turned to an experimental solution, involving a bacteria-killing virus known as a bacteriophage. ; SEE ALSO: This Apple [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit Ionic: Adidas Edition adds exclusive training

Fitbit’s latest play for your wrist is the Fitbit Ionic: Adidas Edition, with an exclusive Adidas Train app that focus on cardio, strength, and flexibility training. Based on the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, the Adidas version gets custom hardware and software, including a two-tone breathable sport band in Ink Blue and Ice Gray, on a Silver Gray aluminum case. On the … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Tim Cook Thinks Apple Can Make ‘Significant Contributions’ In Health Care

We’re not sure how much of it was intentional, but the Apple Watch is starting to prove to become an invaluable tool for people looking to better manage their health. It has been used to help detect potential heart problems, diabetes, and so on, and there are even rumors suggesting that future Apple Watches could even sport non-invasive glucose monitoring.During Apple’s annual shareholders meeting, the company’s CEO Tim Cook stated that he believes that Apple could make a “significant [Read Entire Story]

Fitness startup Studio is bringing its audio running classes to Life Fitness treadmills

Studio, a startup that delivers coaching, music and competition to treadmill runners’ smartphones and smartwatches, is getting a boost from treadmill maker Life Fitness. Studio founder and CEO Jason Baptiste explained that through this partnership, Studio’s classes will be available on Life Fitness treadmills in gyms, starting with the ones equipped with the company’s… Read More SOURCE: TechCrunch - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit is having a bad day

Fitbit is, again, not having a good day after spending the year in mostly middling status as it looks to prove there’s a market for fitness trackers and its own smartwatch. The culprit today: a Wall Street firm slapped a “sell” rating on the company’s stock, which often results in a rejection of its potential and sparks a sharp drop-off in the company’s share value. Read More SOURCE: TechCrunch - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

This new FDA-approved Apple Watch band measures the electricity in your heart

The Federal Drug Administration just cleared a new band for the Apple Watch that monitors the electrical rhythms in your heart. ; After a two-year process to satisfy the FDA's stringent requirements, AliveCor announced today that the Kardia Band is now available for purchase for $199. It's a mobile electrocardiogram (EKG), which measures a heart's electrical activity and has traditionally been used by doctors to identify abnormal cardiac rhythms. ; "It’s a regulated measure of physiology [Read Entire Story]

AliveCor ‘Kardia Band’ Medical Grade EKG Analyzer for Apple Watch Receives FDA Approval

Medical smartphone accessory company AliveCor this week received FDA-approval for its EKG Kardia Band, the first medical-grade accessory for Apple Watch. The band has been available in Europe for some months, but the product's clearance by the FDA means it can now be sold in the United States. The Kardia Band for Apple Watch has an integrated metallic sensor in the strap that enables it to communicate with the company's app to take EKG readings, where it can detect abnormal heart rhythm and [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch can now sync up with your gym equipment during a workout

Want the exact same workout results on your smartwatch as your treadmill? The Apple Watch's new feature, GymKit, allows users to connect their workouts with gym equipment, for more accurate data. SEE ALSO: A fitness tracker designed to help runners perfect their stride Apple's now rolling out the feature as part of the watchOS 4 update, first announced in June 2017 at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference. Launching on Thursday, GymKit allows Apple Watch wearers the ability to pair their [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch Can Be Used To Detect Sleep Apnea & Hypertension

The Apple Watch, when launched, was initially marketed as a device that was sort of an extension of the iPhone, where users could send/receive emails, messages, receive notifications from news apps, play music, and also use it as a fitness device thanks to its built-in heart rate sensor.However in recent years it seems that the Apple Watch has evolved, perhaps unintentionally, where it can now be used for medical/health purposes, such as being able to detect heart diseases. Now according to a [Read Entire Story]

Researchers Develop Smart Tattoo That Can Track Your Health

Devices like smartwatches, fitness trackers, and heart rate chest straps are designed to collect biometric data on the user, like their heart rate, distance traveled, calories burnt, and so on. However the problem with current wearables is that they need to be worn 24/7 if you want to monitor your vitals all the time, and given that battery life isn’t infinite, it isn’t ideal just yet.However that might be a problem that researchers at Harvard could have solved as they have developed a smart [Read Entire Story]

Smart tattoos turn your skin into a health tracker

There's a common problem with health-tracking devices like smartwatches: they're not really attached to you, which leaves you relying on a short-lived battery and a wireless connection. Even a self-powered patch has its limits. That's where Harvard... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Apple’s fitness-focused watchOS 4 is available for download

As you might have guessed, iOS 11 isn't the only treat Apple has in store for its mobile device owners. The tech giant has also released watchOS 4, a major update to the Apple Watch that focuses on the health-conscious crowd. It includes many more wo... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch might soon be able to detect heart problems

Makers of fitness trackers or any device with health-related sensors are often careful to remind their customers that these gadgets, advanced as they may be, shouldn’t be considered as conclusive medical data or replace professional opinion. Apple, however, might be going in a different direction and might soon advertise the Apple Watch as a potential medical aid. Sources close to … Continue reading SOURCE: SlashGear - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]