Health

  • Samsung’s CES C-Lab startups are focused on skincare and kids

    Samsung’s CES C-Lab startups are focused on skincare and kids

    Samsung’s C-Lab experiments are rarely earth-shattering, but they’re usually fairly interesting. Since last year, the electronics giant has used the Creative Lab as a way to foster innovation within its walls, including everything from a wearable 360-degree camera to smart belt with the unfortunate but rhymey name Welt. The company’s once again using its presence at a… Read More

  • Technology and today’s vast and immensely underserved mental health population Crunch Network

    Technology and today’s vast and immensely underserved mental health population

    Someone in your life is suffering from a mental disorder right now. You may not know it, but it’s there. Indeed, one in five adults suffers from a mental disorder. Society has trained us to believe mental illness is something to be ashamed of, so a majority of the afflicted hide it and go untreated. I’d like to say we’re becoming more accepting as a society, but … Read More

  • Hyundai’s future mobility plans include wearable robotic assistants

    Hyundai’s future mobility plans include wearable robotic assistants

    Hyundai has revealed some details around how it’s exploring autonomous driving, and the carmaker is also looking at other aspects of personal mobility, via robotics. This is not unique to Hyundai; for years other automakers like Toyota and Honda have been exploring how personal robotics complete the mobility picture. But Hyundai’s vision might be more achievable near-term than… Read More

  • Microsoft’s plan to use machine learning to improve eyecare in India

    Microsoft’s plan to use machine learning to improve eyecare in India

    Competition that results in better care for people suffering from visual impairments is the right kind of competition. Following a path similar to that of Google’s DeepMind, Microsoft India announced this morning that it’s launching a new research group, the Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare, to bring data-driven eyecare services to India. Whereas DeepMind’s… Read More

  • Putting data back into the hands of owners Crunch Network

    Putting data back into the hands of owners

    Ever wondered why your physician owns the information from your blood work? Or why your dentist owns your x-rays. Or some financial services company owns your credit information? Most people forget that social media companies own the messages, pictures and videos that they post everyday. The pervasiveness of this paradox is considerable. Why is this the case? Read More

  • Eaze CEO steps down

    Eaze CEO steps down

    Keith McCarty, founder of the well-funded pot delivery startup Eaze, is stepping down from his position as CEO. Instead, the startup’s chief product and technology officer Jim Patterson will take on the role and McCarty will remain on the board of directors “as a strategic advisor on company growth,” says a blog post on the site announcing the change of roles. McCarty… Read More

  • Watch Plug and Play’s winter summit demo days here

    Watch Plug and Play’s winter summit demo days here

    Plug and Play, the international corporate innovation and venture capital firm, is holding its Winter Summit Demo Day this week in Silicon Valley. At the two-day event, dozens of startups that have come through one of Plug and Play’s many accelerator programs will pitch their products and services to executives at corporations and early-stage investors who may be interested in working… Read More

  • Simple Habit launches out of Y Combinator to be the Netflix of meditation

    Simple Habit launches out of Y Combinator to be the Netflix of meditation

    Simple Habit, the Netflix for meditation and mindfulness, is today launching publicly out of Y Combinator. The company has been around since June of this year, and has since launched an Android app and a web app. Simple Habit focuses on making mindfulness as accessible as possible so that it will eventually turn into a habit. The company does this by acquiring experts in the field of… Read More

  • Doppler Labs launches hearing health campaign as Congress pushes for OTC hearing aids

    Doppler Labs launches hearing health campaign as Congress pushes for OTC hearing aids

    Doppler Labs, makers of the Here One live audio tuning system, are today announcing a new campaign in conjunction with Global Citizen to build awareness around hearing health. Today, more than 1 billion young adults are at risk of losing their hearing, according to Doppler Labs’ Director of Accessibility and Advocacy KR Liu. Doppler Labs has never designated any of its products as… Read More

  • Qualcomm’s Tricorder XPRIZE is down to two finalists

    Qualcomm’s Tricorder XPRIZE is down to two finalists

    A bit of a mutual admiration society has developed between the two finalists in Qualcomm’s $10 million Tricorder XPRIZE competition. Whatever animus might have developed in the nearly half-decade since the contest was announced at CES 2012 has seemingly taken a back seat to an appreciation for what the other team has accomplished. In fact, at one point during our meeting ahead of… Read More

  • Google Ventures-backed Clear Labs gets $13 million in Series B to nip food recalls in the bud

    Google Ventures-backed Clear Labs gets $13 million in Series B to nip food recalls in the bud

    Clear Labs, a genomic data platform hoping to stop E-coli outbreaks in your favorite burrito chain before they start, has pulled in $13 million in Series B funding to build a next-generation sequencing-based (NGS) microbiome test and grow the business. It’s often hard for food manufacturers to know the origins of an infected batch before it goes out to the public. However, Clear Labs… Read More