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Connected Health Newsletter: Archives December 2015


Fitbit still top but Xiaomi battles Apple for number two in wearables
China is the fastest growing wearables market and Chinese vendors are now challenging for the top positions, according to IDC. A quarter after Apple debuted as the number two wearables vendor worldwide, Chinese vendor Xiaomi finished the third quarter of 2015 as a strong contender for this position.
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Toshiba picks Kii cloud for wearable health trackers
Japanese company Toshiba is using the Kii IoT cloud platform for a range of wearable health trackers, including the Silmee W Series, Actiband, and Silmee Healthcare mobile app.
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NEC clinical display calibrates itself and detects when a human is present
A clinical review display with a built-in calibration timer so technicians can schedule calibrations of displays during off hours is available from Japanese company NEC Display.
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California researchers explore how mhealth can prevent childhood asthma attacks
Researchers at two California universities have been awarded $6m by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering to develop technology that will enable users’ smartphones and smart watches to identify triggers for childhood asthma attacks.
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FDA approves Android-based blood glucose monitor
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved clearance for the Gmate Smart blood glucose monitoring system and app for Android from Korean company Philosys. This diabetes management technology is for use on smartphones.
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UK university develops urine-powered wearables
A pair of socks embedded with miniaturised microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and fuelled with urine pumped by the wearer's footsteps has powered a wireless transmitter to send a signal to a PC. This is claimed to be the first self-sufficient system powered by a wearable energy generator based on MFC technology.
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SocialWellth and Hitlab partner to assess mhealth apps
At this month’s Hitlab Innovators Summit, Las Vegas based SocialWellth announced that it has formed a partnership with Hitlab, an innovation and teaching lab at Columbia University, to expand mhealth app curation capabilities and certification standards.
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Infosys invests $3m in Whoop activity tracker start-up
India-based technology company Infosys has invested US$3m in Whoop, an US-based start-up company that makes wearable activity trackers for elite professional sports teams.
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Remotely monitored patient numbers hit 4.9m, says Berg
The number of remotely monitored patients worldwide grew by 51 per cent to 4.9 million in 2015 as the market entered a growth phase fuelled by rising market acceptance in several key verticals, according to Berg Insights.
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Fitbit updates software to improve exercise tracking
Connected health and fitness company Fitbit has added features to its platform globally that make exercise tracking smarter and easier than ever.
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Wearables exhibit to be three times larger at CES
The wearables marketplace and related lifestyle exhibit areas at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas have more than tripled in size since last year. This is a reflection of the wearable tech industry’s projected growth of 64 per cent over the next three years.
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Scripps tests if wearable sensors can help prevent strokes
Researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) have launched a home-based clinical trial that uses wearable sensor technology to identify people with asymptomatic atrial fibrillation (AFib).
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AIA and Konica Minolta launch digital health accelerator in Singapore
Asian insurance group AIA and Japan-based Konica Minolta have jointly launched a digital health accelerator in Singapore. The 12 week programme is designed to support entrepreneurs and businesses to deliver innovative services through integrating data to healthcare delivery.
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USDA spends $23m funding rural telemedicine projects
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last month $23.4m investment in 75 projects across 31 states and the western Pacific to expand distance learning and telemedicine opportunities in rural areas.
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Goqii raises $13.4m to develop IoT-based fitness tracker
Indian start-up Goqii has raised US$13.4m in series A round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Chinese company Cheetah Mobile to develop further its IoT-based wearable fitness tracking devices.
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TuringSense funding serves to develop tennis wearable
TuringSense, a Silicon Valley pioneer of wearable sports technology, has completed a $3m round of seed funding to develop its wearable technology for tennis players.
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NQ Mobile sells mobile health business for $40m
NQ Mobile is to sell 100 per cent of the equity interest in Beijing Tianya, which operates Beijing-based NQ Mobile's mobile health applications related business, to Tack Fiori International Group, a Cayman Islands company listed in Hong Kong, for US$40m.
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Health tracking necklace and wearable soap win Unicef and ARM design challenge
A necklace that stores electronic health data to track child immunisation and a wearable soap that helps limit the spread of infectious viruses by encouraging hand washing have won theWearables for Good competition, run jointly by Unicef, ARM and product design company Frog.
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