sleep tracking

By Jonah Comstock July 21, 2016
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is working with Medidata to launch a small patient-generated health data trial of 40 patients with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that accumulates in the bone marrow. Patients in the trial will track their activity and sleep with wearable devices and use an app to answer survey questions about quality of life measures like fatigue and appetite. “Clinical...
By Aditi Pai May 5, 2016
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Somnoware, which offers a sleep management software system, has raised $9 million in a round led by TransLink Capital with participation from World Innovation Lab (WiL) as well as existing investors. Subath Kamalasan, Somnoware’s CEO founded the company in 2011. Before founding Somnoware, Kamalasan managed multiple sleep centers. He realized that creating a system...
By Aditi Pai April 14, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin-based EnsoData has raised $550,000 in a round led by HealthX Ventures for its sleep data analysis software. The startup has already gone through a fellowship with Y Combinator and graduated from Gener8or’s gBeta accelerator. EnsoData CEO and Cofounder Chris Fernandez told MobiHealthNews that he and Sam Rusk, EnsoData’s COO and other cofounder, met as undergraduate students at...
By Aditi Pai September 9, 2015
Jawbone has unveiled a new Yves Behar-designed band design for its UP2 tracking device and announced a new firmware update for a few of its fitness tracking devices that will enable new heart rate and sleep tracking features. The company confirmed to CNET that it would replace existing UP2 users' devices with the new one if requested because of an issue with the legacy device's clasp. For devices...
By Aditi Pai July 6, 2015
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Fatigue Science has developed a wristworn wearable that tracks a user's sleep, called the FS Readiband. The device is designed for professional sports and heavy industries, like construction and mining, according to TechCrunch. FS Readiband is waterproof up to 33 feet and offers 60-day battery life. The device, which was FDA cleared in 2011, is currently being...
By Jonah Comstock May 20, 2015
The Apple Watch had its first software update this week, and it did include some minor updates to the health tracking features. In addition, reports have surfaced of additional health features Apple might be planning to add as the company's June 8th Worldwide Developer Conference approaches. Although the exact details are elusive, yesterday's Apple Watch software update included changes to the...
By Jonah Comstock May 13, 2015
Updated below with statement from Fitbit. A California man has filed a class action suit against Fitbit, alleging that the company's sleep tracking is inaccurate and constitutes false advertising. The timing of the suit, just days after the announcement of Fitbit's plans for an IPO, is suspect, but the premise of the case is important. James Brickman, who bought a Fitbit Flex in 2013, doesn't...
By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2015
The VA Boston Healthcare System will launch a pilot using the Basis Peak wearable. The wristworn device will be used to evaluate the effect of a drug on veterans' sleep habits. San Francisco-based Basis, which was acquired by Intel last year, is donating 1,000 Basis devices to the Boston VA, some of which will be used for the sleep study, and others of which will be used for the VA's Move! weight...
By Jonah Comstock January 20, 2015
EarlySense, an Israeli company which makes a passive and contactless bedside monitor that continuously measures respiration rate, heart rate, and motion, has raised $20 million, with $10 million constituting a strategic investment from Samsung. Welch Allyn, which licenses EarlySense's sensor, also contributed, as did other existing investors Pitango Venture Capital, JK&B, Proseed and Noaber...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts and Milan, Italy-based Empatica is crowdfunding a new wristworn tracker device, Embrace, which brings clinically validated tracking methods to the consumer market. The technology has an initial primary focus on epilepsy, but is also usable for activity, stress and sleep tracking in healthy individuals and will gradually add use cases for other chronic conditions including...