Something seems to be wrong with HealthKit. This morning, several Developers noted that Apple had unceremoniously removed their offerings from the App Store, just hours ahead of the launch of iOS 8. Among them are apps from major portals, with one Developer reporting it’s a problem on Apple’s end.
It’s time Apple had a true test of wills in a real hospital setting with its HealthKit software. Woefully behind the times, most hospitals still rely on phone and fax to forward test results to patients. Apple hopes to assist with this as well as the reading of test results in-house.
True to its promise, Jawbone today is expanding its UP app beyond the confines of its own fitness band, turning the personal digital coach into a platform of its own. The timing is perfect, too, since the new UP will also tie in with Apple's own ecosystem via the new M8 motion coprocessor on the new iPhone 6 and the newly unveiled Apple Watch.
Jawbone is expected to open up its platform to the movement sensors in devices other than its own UP24 fitness band, with new apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Android Wear expected over the next month. The move, which could be announced as early as tomorrow we're told, will see Jawbone's fitness platform pull in data from smartphones and wearables - including Pebble - along with seamlessly integrating with Apple's HealthKit, so that data gathered by the iWatch should also be supported.
When it comes to wearable technology, the segment is a crowded one. At every turn, it seems another new wrist-strap is in play. With Garmin’s new vivosmart, you’ll find a lot of similar attributes to other bands of its kind. Where vivosmart separates itself is its ability to be smart, stylish, and subdued — all in the same package.
Yes, you read that right. Epson, famous for its printers more than anything else, is getting into the wearables market. And it isn't holding back on its first venture. Both the Epson Pulsense and the Epson Runsense have multiple variants, giving buyers a rather dizzying selection of six different models and functionality to choose from.
Looks like HERE Maps isn't the only company Samsung is cozying up to with the launch of the Gear S smartwatch, with a new deal with Nike bringing a custom Tizen version of the Nike+ Running App to the wearable. Preloaded on the watch, the app will support standalone run tracking as well as music playback, thanks to the Gear S' own A-GPS receiver.
Vital Connect's newest wearable, the HealthPatch MD, is a health-centric device different than most medical wearables we've seen. Unlike wristbands and such, the HealthPatch MD is targeted more towards doctors and newly-released patients, and as such it takes its job seriously: the device, among other things, encrypts the wearer's health data to HIPPA standards.
Spinal injuries are often life-changing, and the solutions are decidedly archaic, sometimes involving surgical cement and screws. The future is finally upon us, however, and with it comes the first implanted 3D printed vertebra. Using 3D printing, the vertebra is designed to match the patient's spine.