New Fitness Band is Free! [video]

GOQii

There’s a new fitness band on the market from GOQii. It looks like many other fitness bands, with one important difference; it’s free. You get one at no charge when you sign up for the health and fitness services that help you make the most of the device. The product and service is currently only available in India and is now rolling out in the United Arab Emirates, but a yearly subscription in India costs less than US $200.

The wrist band has an OLED touch screen display, and is designed to run for three or four days between charges. It communicates wirelessly via Bluetooth LE to your smartphone, and the data is relayed to the cloud where it is accessed and analyzed by company nutritionists and health experts. You are assigned a coach who helps you set goals and encourages you to achieve them. This is intended to help users maintain their use of the system, which has been a problem with some of the fitness bands to this point. If you achieve your goal, your coach can send you a “high five” that will display on the band. And since the band displays time and date, you won’t need a separate watch.

You can even earn “karma” points as you improve your lifestyle through diet and exercise. You can then choose to donate those points to various charities, so that you can do good for others at the same time that you are doing good for yourself.

Report Finds Consumers Want Wearable Health Tech [video]

PwC Wearable Report

  A new consumer survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) asked about attitudes and expectations for wearable technology. One interesting finding was that 80% of those surveyed are interested in wearables if they can help deliver “healthy living and medical care access.” This seems to agree with the growing number of reports that indicate consumers want to […]

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New Company Launches Fabric Sensor Systems

Bebop sensors

BeBop Sensors is a new company that could play a role in a variety of wearable Health Tech devices and applications. A spin-off from a business that already has made more than a million sensors for musical applications, the company has launched its BeBop Wearable Smart Fabric Sensor. This technology provides real-time reporting of a variety […]

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Money Flooding into Health Tech Ventures

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The management consulting firm Oliver Wyman recently published  a report on “The Patient-to-Consumer Revolution: How High Tech, Transparent Marketplaces and Consumer Power Are Transforming U.S. Healthcare.” According to the company, Health Tech ventures have received more than $2 billion in new funding from venture capitalists during the first half of 2014 alone. The analysts foresee […]

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Sounds Like Power Transfer

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One problem with embedded sensors for health and medical applications is getting power to the devices. Physical wires brought to the skin can be difficult to embed and pose a risk as an entry point for infection. Wireless power transfer is one possibility, but some methods such as radio frequency (RF) transmissions could pose a […]

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Flexible Battery Could Be Game Changer

Prologium FCB

Better battery technology continues to be the linchpin for the creation of new mobile and wearable devices. Designers are looking for battery technologies that are thinner, lighter, and pack more power storage capacity into the space and weight required by the battery. Oh, and flexibility and durability would be nice to have, too. It appears […]

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Got a Great Health Tech Idea?

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It’s not enough to have a better mousetrap. It takes a lot of work to launch a new product of any sort, but especially when it’s a technology product, and if it involves health or medicine, well, the challenges can be enormous. That’s why Dr. Charles Platkin founded The Health Lab, a new high-tech incubator […]

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Unlocking the Secrets of Sweat

Sweat sensor

An article in IEEE Spectrum describes work by researchers at the University of Cincinnati and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories. They started with the fact that signs of over-exertion and dehydration can be detected in a person’s sweat before the problem manifests itself in more severe symptoms, such as cramping muscles. This is important for […]

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Another Multi-Function Monitor on the Way

Rejiva

Measuring steps and heart rate is so “last year.” With the significant portion of projected wearable Health Tech revenues forecast to come from health and medical applications, new devices must collect much more information — and with clinical grade accuracy — in order to properly guide the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of diseases and chronic […]

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Textiles to Pull Electricity from Thin Air

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The concept of a body network is an intriguing one. Autonomous sensors communicate wirelessly with each other and a central controller, collecting and relaying data on a variety of health and fitness metrics, watching for markers that might indicate injury or disease, and even administering treatments automatically as needed. Meanwhile, the data is transmitted to […]

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