Dexcom partners with Fitbit for glucose-monitoring tech

Dexcom (NSDQ:DXCM) and Fitbit (NYSE:FIT) have partnered to develop and market continuous glucose monitoring technology for people with diabetes, the companies announced today. The companies plan to integrate Dexcom’s CGM data with Fitbit’s new smartwatch, the Fitbit Ionic, so CGM users on Android or iOS devices can see their activity and glucose levels on their […]

Fitness trackers versus medical devices: What’s the difference?

Recent research studies have been calling into question the accuracy of fitness trackers. So when would FDA step in and regulate them as medical devices? It all comes down to the difference between low-risk general wellness devices and medical devices – a distinction covered in an FDA guidance document last year, said Michael Drues, a Boston-based

Your fitness tracker could be misleading you

Your heart rate may be accurate on your fitness tracker, but the number of calories burned is significantly wrong, according to new research from Stanford University. Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn and Samsung Gear S2 were tested in a group of 60 people. The results showed that measuring

The key components of a well-designed wearable: Sense, analyze, act

One of the earliest uses of a wearable technology was recorded during Emperor Nero’s rule over the Roman Empire from AD 54 to 68. A brutal leader, the emperor enjoyed watching his gladiators fight  in crowded stadiums. As Nero watched his fighters battle, he was confronted with a problem – the glaring sun made it difficult

How UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm are boosting wearables

UnitedHealthcare and Qualcomm are taking employee fitness to the next level—by offering $1,500 a year to employees who participate in wellness programs and reach set daily fitness goals. Qualcomm has expanded the UnitedHealthcare Motion wellness program that gives employees activity trackers for free. It is available for self-funded employers who have 5 or more employees