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]

Fitbit Ionic smartwatch will support continuous glucose monitoring sometime next year

With the help of the "leader in continuous glucose monitoring", Fitbit could beat Apple to the punch when it comes to nonintrusive blood sugar tracking. The post Fitbit Ionic smartwatch will support continuous glucose monitoring sometime next year appeared first on Pocketnow. SOURCE: Pocketnow - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch is getting support for Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring

Fitbit has always been focussed on health and fitness, and despite their new smartwatch being an app platform, health is still the main driver of its features, including future support for relative blood oxygen levels for example. Now in a statement, Fitbit has announced that it is partnering with DexCom to support accessing data from […] Read More: Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch is getting support for Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring SOURCE: MSPoweruser - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Polar Unveils OH1 Optical Heart Rate Sensor

Polar is a company that many fitness enthusiasts might be familiar with. For those who aren’t familiar, Polar creates fitness-related products such as a fitness trackers and heart rate sensors that can be worn across the chest. However if that solution was a bit too bulky and cumbersome for you, then you might be interested in the company’s latest product.Polar has recently announced the OH1 optical heart rate sensor which has been designed to be worn on the upper or lower arm, and comes with an [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit’s next-gen smartwatch will launch with its own app platform

Fitbit desperately needs its upcoming smartwatch to be a success, so the company is planning to prop it up with a brand-new app platform at launch. ; James Park, Fitbit's CEO, confirmed that a new app ecosystem is in the works for the unnamed smartwatch's long-awaited debut in a conversation with The Verge. The app platform has been rumored since January, even before Park first teased the device after the company was forced to lay off 6 percent of its workforce. ; Park told the publication that [Read Entire Story]

Just Like Apple, Amazon Reportedly Has A Secret Health Team As Well

Amazon might be known as an online retailer for all kinds of things you can think of, but the company also has some pretty big ambitions. For example we’ve seen how they’re trying to get into our homes with devices like the Dash buttons and the Amazon Echo series of smart speakers, and now it looks like Amazon could be interested in our health as well.In a report from CNBC, word has it that Amazon has a secret health team that is dedicated to working on electronic medical records, telemedicine, [Read Entire Story]

Apple Patent Reveals AirPods With Biometric Tracking Capabilities

On the surface Apple’s AirPod headphones seem like just a pair of really clever wireless headphones, and a way for iPhone users to deal with the lack of headphone jack. However could Apple have plans to eventually turn the AirPod into more than just a pair of headphones? According to a recently discovered patent, yes they could.In a report from Patently Apple, they have discovered a patent related to the AirPod which has revealed Apple’s plans to add biometric tracking capabilities to it. We [Read Entire Story]

New Study Finds Apple Watch’s Heart Rate Tracker Is Most Accurate

There are plenty of wearables out there at the moment that come with built-in heart rate trackers, but just because there is a tracker it doesn’t mean that they’re all the same. Not all heart rate trackers were built equally and if you are looking for a fitness tracker or smartwatch, then perhaps the Apple Watch could be worth considering.This is according to a recent study conducted by Stanford University in which they found that the Apple Watch’s heart rate tracker is the most accurate out of [Read Entire Story]