Nike’s new FuelBand SE is smarter about tracking activity, reminds you to get moving

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In its first big update since launching its activity tracker early last year, Nike is taking the wraps off its newest device, the FuelBand SE. On Tuesday, the company showed off its second-generation FuelBand, which not only comes in black with an array of colors on the inside band but includes a range of features meant to improve fitness tracking and encourage users to move more.

“Everything you know and love remains the same,” said Stefan Olander, Nike’s VP of digital sport, at a launch event in New York. “But thousands of activity hours went into refining [it], to make it smarter… to make sure you do get credit for deliberate movement and it filters out the activity that shouldn’t [get credit].”

The new device, which will retail for $149, is better able at separating actual exercise from movement meant to trick the device into registering more “Fuel” points, which…

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Researchers use Whistle’s dog activity tracker to quantify canine health

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Canine activity tracker Whistle may not have launched its first commercial device yet, but its product is already being put to use by veterinary research and pharmaceutical companies to help understand dog illness and behavior.

The San Francisco startup has designed what could only be described as a Fitbit (see disclosure) or Fuelband for dogs. The small puck worn on the dog’s collar contains a three-axis accelerometer as well as Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi radios, which can track when and with whom a pooch is walking, playing or resting. That data is the parsed in the cloud and used to paint on overall picture of the dog’s activity via a smartphone app.

But Whistle believes it can do more with that data than tell you whether you’re playing enough fetch with Fido. Whistle’s accelerometer data could be used to detect whether a dog is behaving abnormally or has fallen…

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How will wearable tech change healthcare? Qualcomm Life backs new incubator to find out

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The wearable technology trend is beginning to take off and two big health organizations want to make sure that they’re not left behind.  This week, health technology company Qualcomm Life and California health system Palomar Health announced the creation of an incubator for exploring the applications of wearable computing in medicine.

Called Glassomics, the joint program, first reported by MedCityNews, will look at both clinical and consumer applications of health-related wearable technology. Although the name is clearly a nod to Google Glass, it sounds like the incubator won’t limit itself to Google devices.

In a statement, the companies said Glassomics is intended to encourage industry partnerships in research and development efforts and would encompass a range of uses, from patient data monitoring to augmented reality-enhanced clinical applications to genomic information mapping and visualization. The incubator will be housed at Palomar and will make use of Qualcomm Life’s…

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Apple is suddenly really interested in health tech

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We know Apple CEO Tim Cook loves his Nike (s nke) FuelBand. And the fitness-tracking wristband seems to be inspiring how the company is thinking about its own wearable device: it’s begun hiring several experts in health tech.

As first reported by 9to5Mac, Apple(s AAPL) has been bringing on board experts in sensors that monitor the human body. They’re from companies like AccuVein, C8 MediSensors and Senseonics.

The report doesn’t name specific hires from AccuVein — which makes medical devices that can help detect a person’s veins from outside the body — but said Apple has recruited scientists from there.

Two specific names that were reported:

  • Ueyn Block, who left C8 MediSensors in January, was hired by Apple in March as technical lead for optical sensing, according to his LinkedIn profile.
  • Todd Whitehurst, in charge of team that developed an “implantable continuous glucose monitor” at Senseonics, was hired by Apple in…

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