Soon, your phone will know more about your health history and fitness goals than your doctor does. And according RunKeeper founder Jason Jacobs, when this plays out at scale, it will change the dynamic between you, your doctor and the traditional healthcare system.
Tired of running with a smartphone, I dropped $199 for a MotoActv last week. Yet, I’ve unexpectedly found myself wearing it every minute of the day since I bought it. Why? It’s essentially equal parts FitBit health tracker, iPod Nano(s aapl) and exercise tracking app.
Affectiva, a Massachusetts start-up spun out of the MIT Media Lab, has nabbed $5.7 million in Series B funding to help it pursue technology which helps recognize and measure human emotions. The company sees big opportunities in helping companies understand and gauge how people are feeling.
The Bluetooth standards body today added support for two specific data types in the Bluetooth 4.0 specification: the Health Thermometer Profile and the Heart Rate Profile. Both could help fuel a rise in the number of health-monitoring gadgets, expected to be a $9.3 billion industry by 2014.