If you’re going to try to take wearable technology mass-market, is there a better model to copy than the clothes we’ve been wearing for centuries? That’s the question health and biometrics startup OMSignal put to me, on the eve of launching their first wearable device: a range of fitness shirts that spread sensors across the whole torso. Listen to Stephane Marceau, co-founder and CEO of OMSignal, and you may never look at a fitness band or smartwatch the same way again.
Garmin's latest GPS running watch, the Forerunner 15, has broken cover, blending the best of the VivoFit and the Forerunner 10 for everyday wear. Tracking both specific running workouts as well as everyday movement - and, as of this summer, sleep too - the Forerunner 15 will also give wearers a prod when they've been sitting down for too long.
This week's oddity surfaced recently on Reddit, where a user uploaded a YouTube video of her mother's eye -- specifically, of a blood vessel in the eye. In what is a seemingly very unlikely coincidence, the vein spells out the word "love" in a quite legible script, if it can be called that.
Apple is casting its net wide and vague to grab health and sensor expertise in the build-up to the iWatch and iOS 8's Healthbook, one biosignals startup has claimed, as the "leaker" behind the biometric EarPod rumor earlier this month admits it was all fake. The Cupertino firm's ambitions for its healthcare platform extends considerably beyond a wearable device or two, it's suggested, with the iWatch team said to be planning "a full health and fitness services platform."
Apple has reportedly added a wearable health expert to its ranks, with an MIT researcher with a history of ear-worn "vital signs monitor" tech said to be joining the company as it makes a push into mHealth. Long-standing rumors have suggested Apple will stage a significant play for the health wearable market with the release of iOS 8, and in fact only this week was tipped to be developing a new set of EarPods headphones that would be able to track pulse.
Oral B, a brand you likely interact with a few times a day (or at least should!), have released their Smart Series Electric Toothbrush. Claiming it’s the first of its kind, Oral B’s smart toothbrush uses Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with an accompanying smartphone app. The goal is to get us brushing smarter, or as Oral B puts it, to “improve brushing efficiency”.
Jawbone has outed three new colors for the UP24 fitness band, adding Pink Coral, Navy, and Lemon-Lime to the range over the course of April. The three new variants - which will be offered alongside the black and persimmon bands UP24 originally launched with - will work exactly the same as before, connecting to an iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth and feeding over movement and sleep tracking data.