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By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2016
The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has extended its deadline and tweaked the requirements for its seven remaining finalists, the group announced last month. Launched in 2013, the Tricorder X Prize is a $10 million competition to build a self-contained, handheld device for consumers that can diagnose a number of diseases and check several vital signs. “The accomplishments the teams have made so far in...
By Jonah Comstock October 12, 2015
Belfast, Northern Ireland-based Intelesens has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its wearable vital signs monitor, called zensor, designed for monitoring patients outside the hospital. “This is a significant milestone for Intelesens and zensor," Intelesens Commercial Manager Stephen Henderson said in a statement. "...Not only does FDA clearance give the company access to the world’s biggest...
By Jonah Comstock April 27, 2015
Scanadu has raised $35 million from Fosun International and Tencent Holdings Limited, with participation from China Broadband Capital and iGlobe Partners of Singapore. Previous investors including Relay Ventures, Redmile Group, Ame Cloud Ventures and Three Leaf Ventures, an affiliate of The Broe Group, also participated. The Moffet's Field, California-based company is designing a multi-function...
By Jonah Comstock April 15, 2015
Intelesens's Zensor device. Scanadu and Intelesens (makers of the Zensor device), two of the ten finalists for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, have merged their teams into one as the competition enters the home stretch. It wraps up in 2016. "Intelesens and Scanadu have been working together informally for a while," Shannon Wolf Montague, Commercial Manager at Intelesense, told MobiHealthNews...
By Jonah Comstock October 14, 2014
There seems to be a pattern emerging among health and fitness devices that do well on crowdfunding platforms: Break a record with your campaign, then ship your device several months late. Pebble broke Kickstarter's funding record, then took more than a year to ship all its backer devices. Misfit Shine raised $100,000 in less than 10 hours on Indiegogo, then delayed its ship date from spring to...
By Jonah Comstock August 27, 2014
The finalists have been announced for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, lowering the field from 22 companies that had not yet dropped out to just 10 that will compete for the $10 million prize in a series of hands-on trials of their handheld, smartphone-connected diagnostic devices designed for consumer use. “This is an extremely hard competition,” Dr. Erik Viirre, technical and medical director...
By Jonah Comstock June 4, 2014
Kickstarter has made a big change to its submission rules, opening the gates for a lot more projects in previously prohibited categories like cosmetics, pet supplies, and automotive products. Yet in the area of health, Kickstarter remains resolute, with a new, even more specific prohibition then it had before. Kickstarter now prohibits any project that is "heavily regulated" and "any item...
By Jonah Comstock May 7, 2014
Nanobiosym's GENE-Radar device It's been six months since the final 34 teams for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize were announced. The prize is being offered to the team that can create a handheld medical sensor with a user-friendly interface that can diagnose a list of common diseases and read a list of common vital signs. That list of 34 last year was for teams that had not only...
By Brian Dolan April 7, 2014
Over the weekend Mountain View, California-based Scanadu, a well-financed startup building a suite of smartphone-connected medical diagnostic tools for home use, told its Indiegogo supporters that it would delay shipments of its premier Scout device by as long as two or three months. The company began shipping its first set of devices to its earliest backers last week but in the meantime...
By Neil Versel January 10, 2014
One goal of mobile healthcare technology is to move care outside the walls of traditional settings such as hospitals and physician offices. The shift certainly has begun, but it is far from complete. "Point of care is not everywhere right now," said Dr. Joseph Kvedar, director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare in Boston. He moderated a session called "Point-of-Care,...

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