Wearable Tech

Fitbit Is Now Officially Profiting From Users’ Health Data

Does my boss get to set that up for me, too? (image via Fitbit)

We saw this day coming, and we tried to warn you.

Fitbit has started to sell its trackers by the thousands to employers along with “sophisticated tracking software,” says a new report from Forbes. With employees’ permission, employers can then track their workers’ health, see how active individual employees are and foster a little healthy competition.

Wiring up companies so that employers can monitor workers’ health is becoming “one of the fastest growing parts of Fitbit’s business,” Fitbit CEO James Park told Forbes. Read More

Fitness 2.0

‘World’s Heaviest iPhone Case’ Turns Your Phone Into a Dumbbell For Some Reason

We're so sure that woman owes her fit physique entirely to her ToneFone. (DesirableBody)

Think twice about hitting the gym tonight, because a new product billed as the “World’s Heaviest iPhone Case” will apparently turn your iPhone into a “weight loss device.” Okay.

The product is aptly called the ToneFone, and it’s a chunky iPhone 5 case that basically transforms your phone into a really light dumbbell. It comes in 1kg (2.2 lbs) and 1.5kg (3.3 lbs) varieties, and is made from “100% British steel” coated with “soft, durable and grippy rubber.” Depending on which weight option you choose, the ToneFone goes for £22.90 or £25.40, which comes out to around $38 or $42, respectively. Read More

Planet Google

Google Goes Deeper Into Your Head With Smart Contact Lenses

Just pop this lil' guy in your eye and you're all set! (Youtube)

At first, we were excited to hear that Google was finally developing a smart contact lens. At last, we thought, we’ll be able to get all the benefits of Google Glass without looking like a complete and utter ass hat. 

But sadly, you won’t be able to use Google’s new lenses for finding the nearest Jewish deli or detecting your whiny girlfriend’s emotions. They’re actually only meant for people with diabetes, and are designed to read the user’s blood sugar by measuring the glucose levels in their tears. Read More

The Third Degree

Across Time Zones with DrChrono’s Daniel Kivatinos

drchrono team

Drchrono is a dynamic medical company that provides the core electronic health recordplatform, scheduling, patient reminders and billing system that every practice needs,” the site says. In short, the Silicon Valley start-up founded in New York 2 1/1 years ago is building technology for doctors that takes advantage of the mobility and efficiency of the iPad. Founder Daniel Kivatinos answered some questions for Betabeat about the medical industry and the Y Combinator accelerator program. Read More