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.
3D-printing can do the most amazing things, you guys — like in the Netherlands, where doctors just successfully implanted a 3D-printed skull into a woman’s head.
The leaked screenshots from Apple of the project codenamed “HealthBook” have whipped up excited talk about possible wearables from Apple in the near future. But when enough people are generating larger and more sophisticated sets of personal health data, the question isn’t if, but when marketers will arrive to begin buying and selling Read More
9to5Mac leaked screenshots on Monday of the Healthbook, a long rumored project by Apple. Healthbook is a fitness and health tracker, but the screenshots suggest that counting calories and monitoring your heart rate are just scratching the surface of what this app is capable of.
The app tracks vital Read More
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.
The Third Degree
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.
“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.