Updated Apple Watch May Miss a Beat

There’s a saying in software development that the smallest code changes are often the most expensive; a little change can have unintended consequences elsewhere. It appears that Apple may have provided another demonstration of this lesson with its first upgrade for the Apple Watch.

According to a story reported by Tech Times, Apple released version 1.0.1 of their Watch OS, which was designed to fix some security issues and improve Siri. According to the article, however, many Watch users started to post complaints on the Apple support forums and the MacRumors site. They said that instead of taking a pulse reading every 10 minutes as it had originally, some watches were taking an hour to take the next reading. The heart rate readings still work during workouts, and the Glance feature can be set to manually check the user’s pulse.

However, this is another stumbling block in Apple’s search for credibility with the broader medical and scientific communities. With their emphasis on the Research Kit’s value to medical research, a balky feature as simple as checking heart rate at regular intervals may lead researchers to question Apple’s commitment to the accuracy and reliability required to produce valid scientific results. It’s not as if Apple can’t afford to pay for thorough testing; some might choose to believe that the corporate culture favors form over function, and is more concerned about speed to market than getting it right the first time.

Bounty for Chronic Care Management

Oculus Health CCM

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s the idea behind Medicare’s reimbursement for chronic care management (CCM), including non face-to-face services. The concept is that improved patient adherence to treatment instructions and monitoring of patient health can avoid complications that require more expensive intervention such as hospitalization. Oculus Health has launched a […]

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Robotic Arm Controlled by Thoughts [video]

Caltech robotic arm

When patients suffer a spinal cord injury, they often become paralyzed as their brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles in their body. Robotics hold the promise of replacing the functions of a person’s limbs, but the problem of controlling artificial limbs remains a challenge. Researchers have been able to implant sensors […]

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Challenge: Wearable Health Tech for the Rest of the World

Jodhpur India - January 2 2015: Portrait of Indian child in a village in Jodhpur india. Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan with over 1 million habitants.

Wearable Health Tech devices have the potential to improve the lives of millions, cut healthcare costs, and make treatments more effective. Unfortunately, the majority of people in the world cannot afford $300 smartwatches and the even more expensive smartphones that these require. A group of organizations are banding together to address the problem of bringing […]

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Smile! Your Wearable Is Sending Your Expression

Oculus USC avatar

Virtual reality (VR) devices can provide you with an immersive experience that is different from your immediate surroundings. One problem is to find ways to interact with others, especially within a world that is computer generated. Researchers at the University of Southern California and Oculus (the VR goggle maker recently acquired by Facebook) are working […]

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Super-Thin Super-Caps to Power Wearables

Cap-xx supercap

A battery can hold a relatively large amount of power, but it releases it slowly and can take a long time to recharge. A capacitor can’t hold as much power, but it can recharge very quickly and can also provide a large amount of power in a short time if needed. Then there’s a new […]

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Smartphones Help Atrial-Fib Awareness

AliveCor ECG smartphone

Atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) is a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat rhythm. The irregular beats can cause decreased blood flow, and raises the chance of blood clots forming. Patients with AFib are at increased risk for a variety of other complications, including stroke and heart failure. The patients can switch back and forth between […]

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Wearable Medical Device Market Growing Rapidly

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As the story goes, when the notorious Willy Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he replied “Because that’s where the money is!” In the wearable Health Tech market, the mainstream media pays a lot of attention to the fitness bands and smart watches, but it may well be that some real money is someplace else. […]

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New Wearable Tech Podcast Posted

Looks like we’ve got a Thing going: the third episode of the Wearable Tech Insider podcast is live. This week’s edition includes chatter about Jawbone’s funding, Basis Peak, and the Apple Watch; HealthTech stories include one about how 3D printed splints save babies’ lives. And who doesn’t love babies? You can listen to it through […]

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Low-Cost Graphene Antenna

Manchester graphene antenna

A little smudge of carbon could make a huge difference in wireless Health Tech devices. Researchers at the University of Manchester in England have developed a way to print graphene antennas that could lead to low-cost, flexible antennas for everything from RFID tags to wearable devices. In a paper published Applied Physics Letters, they present […]

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