The Real Reason Google Is Buying Fitbit

In announcing its planned $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracking company Fitbit, Google said the deal will “help spur innovation in wearables” — at least, that’s how Senior Vice President of Devices &Services Rick Osterloh put it in a blog post. If completed, the move would spell the end of an independent Fitbit, a 12-year-old hardware firm credited with popularizing the self-quantifying phenomenon that has so many of us comparing our daily step counts against our friends and loved ones. Google has already spent big money on wearable tech — in 2019, it paid $40 million for technology and personnel from watchmaker Fossil Group’s research and development team, for instance. But the company’s products haven’t matched up to the competition, like the Apple Watch or Samsung’s Galaxy Watch. Fitbit’s technical chops could help Google come up with a wearable to take on its biggest rivals. With the revenue from smartwatch sales industry-wide set to double to $34 billion by 2023, the company’s urgency is understandable. It’s also a familiar play: Google purchased portions of smartphone maker HTC in 2017 for $1.1 billion, jumpstarting production of its Pixel smartphones. But Google already has plenty of hardware and software chops. What else does it get out of the Fitbit deal? The most obvious potential lure is the health data of millions of Fitbit customers. Fitbit devices have been tracking wearers&rsquo...
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AbstractPurpose of ReviewCommercialization of an automated epidermal harvesting device (CelluTome ™, Kinetic Concepts Inc., San Antonio, TX) in the last 6 years has led to numerous publications describing a growing number of clinical applications. The current article reviews this literature while summarizing outcomes.Recent FindingsA total of 20 published reports including 284 automated graft recipients have been published. Complete reepithelialization occurs in 50 –92% of recipient sites, often within 4–18 weeks of graft placement. Donor sites heal without scarring within 1–2 weeks.S...
Source: Current Dermatology Reports - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
I have been blogging recently about the rationale for the recent Google purchase of Fitbit (see:Google to acquire Fitbit, valuing the smartwatch maker at about $2.1 billion). At first glance, it's somewhat unusual because Google is primarily known for software and not hardware. On the other hand, the huge wellness and fitness market is an attractive target. A recent article speculated on the"real reason" for the purchase (see:The Real Reason Google Is Buying Fitbit) and below is an excerpt from the article:Google already has plenty of hardware and software chops. What else does it get out of the Fitbit d...
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AbstractBackgroundAmong burn patients, research is conflicted, but may suggest that females are at increased risk of mortality, despite the opposite being true in non-burn trauma. Our objective was to determine whether sex-based differences in burn mortality exist, and assess whether patient demographics, comorbid conditions, and injury characteristics explain said differences.MethodsAdult patients admitted with burn injury —including inhalation injury only—between 2004 and 2013 were included. Inverse probability of treatment weights (IPTW) and inverse probability of censor weights (IPCW) were calculated using ...
Source: World Journal of Surgery - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Earlier this year, Medgadget reported on the FDA’s clearance of the SEM Scanner, a device created by Los Angeles-based Bruin Biometrics (BBI). The SEM Scanner is a wireless, handheld device that detects changes in sub-epidermal moisture as an i...
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BOSTON (CNN) — Robert Chelsea just got a new face, and with it, he is the latest milestone in the burgeoning world of facial transplant surgery. He is the first African American to receive a full facial transplant, with a successful surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. A black patient in Paris received a partial face transplant in 2007. At 68 years old, he’s the oldest person to undergo the surgery as well. “It’s a great wonder,” Chelsea told CNN in a phone interview on Friday. “This whole process gave me a whole new dimension on seeing myself.” After the standa...
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Robert Chelsea turned down the first face he was offered. It was a fine face, one that could have taken him off the transplant waiting list after just a couple months. But Chelsea—severely disfigured after a catastrophic car accident five years earlier—was in no hurry. He’d gotten used to tilting his head back so food and water wouldn’t fall out of his nearly lipless mouth. He knew how to respond compassionately to children who stared in shock and fear. The face, offered in May 2018, had belonged to a man with skin that was much fairer than what remained of Chelsea’s—so light that Chelse...
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By BRYAN CARMODY Recently, I was on The Accad and Koka Report to share my opinions on USMLE Step 1 scoring policy. (If you’re interested, you can listen to the episode on the show website or iTunes.) Most of the topics we discussed were ones I’ve already dissected on this site. But there was an interesting moment in the show, right around the 37:30 mark, that raises an important point that is worthy of further analysis. __ ANISH: There’s also the fact that nobody is twisting the arms of program directors to use [USMLE Step 1] scores, correct? Even in an era when y...
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In this study, PU/SF (Antheraea mylitta) scaffolds were fabricated by blending and immobilization techniques. Effective SF dosage was determined and incorporated according to minimum inhibitory concentrations against wound associated bacterial strains while fabricating scaffold. Dermal fibroblast NIH3T3 cells were seeded on epidermal growth factor (EGF) treated and untreated PU/SF scaffolds, fabricated by blending and immobilization techniques. Fibroblast seeded PU/SF scaffolds were investigated for anti-inflammatory response in wound recovering potential comparing with ActicoatTM in third degree burn of streptozotocin ind...
Source: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: Int J Biol Macromol Source Type: research
(CNN) — Should you eat before or after exercise in the morning? The debate has raged for years. The eat-first camp says food before exercise boosts blood sugars, giving the body fuel to increase the intensity and length of a workout. It also keeps you from being fatigued or dizzy. The eat-after camp says you burn more fat if you fast before exercise. A small UK study published Friday supports the latter point of view: In 30 obese or overweight men, those who exercised before breakfast burned twice the fat as men who ate breakfast before they worked out. That’s because exercising with no fuel forces the body to ...
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Body mass index (BMI) is linked to Type 2 diabetes (T2D). Although romantic partners influence each other's health outcomes, it is unclear if partner's BMI is related to the development of T2D. PURPOSE: To test prospective, dyadic associations between BMI and the development of T2D in middle-aged and older adult couples over 8 years. METHODS: Data came from 950 couples in the Health and Retirement Study. Neither partner had diabetes at baseline (2006). The actor-partner interdependence model was used to examine dyadic associations between BMI at baseline and the development of T2D du...
Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Ann Behav Med Source Type: research
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