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Peloton apologizes, agrees to treadmill recall

Peloton today announced that it will be cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), agreeing to two voluntary treadmill recalls for the Tread+ and Tread versions of its home treadmill system. Those who have purchased the systems can contact the connected fitness company for a refund. The company has also agreed to stop selling and distributing both models in the U.S. Last month, CEO John Foley said the company was “troubled” by the CPSC’s decision to go public with its f...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Tech, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Canada, United States, Commission, Treadmill, Foley, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC, John Foley, CPSC, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton, Peloton Tread, Tread


Forerunner’s Eurie Kim and Oura’s Harpreet Rai discuss betting on consumer hardware

There’s a stark contrast between Oura’s deck and the others we pored through on Extra Crunch Live. The slides CEO Harpreet Rai brought to the event were the clear output of a more mature and confident company seeking out its Series B. It’s a company with a focus, aware of where it wants the product to go and do (and it went there, announcing a massive followup round on Tuesday). Then there’s that giant image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with the company’s smart ring adorning Harry’s right ...
Tags: Health, Wearables, Hardware, Arianna Huffington, Tech, Nba, Harry, Seth Rogen, Kim, Power Rangers, Sussex, RAI, Forerunner, ECL, Harpreet, OURA


Fitness ring maker Oura raises $100M

It’s been a wild couple of years for Oura. Last year, in particular, proved to be a major driver for the wearable fitness manufacturer. With the pandemic bringing professional sports to a screeching halt in 2020, a number of major leagues have adopted the ring, including the NBA, WNBA, UFC and NASCAR. The company has also been making a major push into health research courtesy of UCSF, which has published peer-review studies around the ring’s temperature monitor. That feature in particular has ma...
Tags: Health, Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Fitness, Funding, Tech, Nascar, UCSF, Eisai, Chernin Group, Elysian Park, The Chernin Group, OURA, Eurie Kim, Tommi Heinonen


Consumer agency warns against Peloton Tread+ use, as company pushes back

Almost exactly a month ago, Peloton CEO John Foley wrote an open letter about the the company’s treadmill. “I’m reaching out to you today because I recently learned about a tragic accident involving a child and the Tread+, resulting in, unthinkably, a death,” it begins. “While we are aware of only a small handful of incidents involving the Tread+ where children have been hurt, each one is devastating to all of us at Peloton, and our hearts go out to the families involved.” Today, the U.S. Consum...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Tech, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Foley, John Foley, CPSC, U S Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton, The Commission, Peloton Tread, CPSC CPSC


Peloton responds to concerns over Apple GymKit integration

Third-party hardware integration can be a tricky thing. Peloton this week raised some eyebrows by dropping Apple GymKit compatibility for its Bike Bootcamp program. Users were, naturally, quick to react. The situation left some wondering whether the move was a direct response to Apple’s recent entry into the home exercise market with Fitness+. A Peloton spokesperson offered the following statement to TechCrunch, “Apple GymKit is designed to work with equipment-based cardio workouts. However, Pel...
Tags: Apple, Health, Hardware, Fitness, Tech, Apple Watch, Peloton, Gymkit, However Peloton


Memic raises $96M for its robot-assisted surgery platform

Memic, a startup developing a robotic-assisted surgical platform that recently received marketing authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, today announced that it has closed a $96 million Series D funding round. The round was led by Peregrine Ventures and Ceros, with participation from OurCrowd and Accelmed. The company plans to use the new funding to commercialize its platform in the U.S. and expand its marketing and sales efforts outside of the U.S., too. The company previousl...
Tags: Health, Startups, Hardware, Medicine, Tech, United States, Surgery, Fda, Telemedicine, Ourcrowd, General Partner, U S Food and Drug Administration, CEROS, MEMIC, Peregrine Ventures, Recent Funding


Strength-training startup Tonal crosses unicorn status after raising $250M

When the pandemic unfolded last year, demand for at-home fitness equipment skyrocketed, and Tonal was no exception. The maker of a smart home fitness trainer experienced an explosive increase in sales, and now the six-year-old San Francisco-based startup is gearing up for its next stage of growth. Tonal is adding $250 million of new funding in a Series E round valuing the startup at $1.6 billion. Participants in the round include Dragoneer, Cobalt Capital, L Catterton, Sapphire Ventures, and ath...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, TC, Nordstrom, Hardware, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Taiwan, EC, James, SPAC, Johnson Johnson, Fitness Tech, Google Nest


Google’s Soli radar returns to track sleep on the new Nest Hub

Talk about surprise comebacks. This morning Google announced the arrival of the next-gen Nest Hub. In spite of rebranding from Google Home Hub back in 2019, the smart screen hasn’t seen many changes since its 2018 introduction. Today’s arrival doesn’t represent a huge upgrade from its predecessor, but it does support a familiar — and largely forgotten — face. We haven’t heard a peep from Project Soli since the technology was introduced with the Pixel in late-2019. The miniature, motion-sensing r...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, Hardware, Pokemon, Nest, Amazon Echo, Max, Project Soli, Soli, Google Assistant, Sleep Tracking, Google Home Hub, Nest Hub, Google Soli, Nest Hub Google


Desktop Metal launches a health-focused business line

Mass manufacturing may be the future of 3D printing (one hopes), but health products are very much its present. From orthodontics to prosthesis, medical needs are right in the sweet spot for additive manufacturing. Prototyping is a category with a specific ceiling, while true mass manufacturing is still at an impossible scale for most of these systems. Medical and dental present a larger market that still requires a good deal of customization. Today, Desktop Metal announced that it launched Desk...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Tech, 3d Printing, SPAC, Desktop Metal, Ric Fulop, Today Desktop Metal, Smile Direct Club, EnvisionTEC, Desktop Health, Desktop Metal Dentistry, Michael Mazen Jafar


Facebook is reportedly building a smartwatch and wants to sell it to you starting next year in exchange for your health data

Charles Platiau/Reuters Facebook is making a smartwatch it hopes to start selling in 2022, reported Friday. The watch will focus on health and messaging and work without a smartphone, according to the report. Facebook's watch could make it less dependent on Apple and Google but also raise privacy concerns. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Facebook is pushing further into the hardware space by building a smartwatch that it plans to start selling to consumers someti...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Hardware, Fitness, Smartwatch, Samsung, Trends, Starbucks, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Data Privacy, Healthtech, Reuters Facebook, Android Facebook


Ember names former Dyson head as consumer CEO, as the startup looks beyond the smart mug

Ember today announced that founder Clay Alexander will transition to Group CEO effective February 16. In his place, the Los Angeles-based smart mug company is bringing on Jim Rowan as Consumer CEO. The executive served as CEO of Dyson from 2017 to 2020, after five years as COO. It’s a big get for a relatively small company like Ember, which is best known for its smart, heated mugs. Founded in 2012, the hardware startup most recently raised a $20 million Series D in early 2019, bringing its total...
Tags: Health, Europe, Hardware, Singapore, Los Angeles, Tech, Starbucks, Dyson, KKR, Alexander, Rowan, Jim, Flextronics, PCH International, EmbeR, Personnel


Pivoting to home fitness, Aviron offers gamified rowing machines

Few tech sectors had more to gain from the events of 2020 than home fitness. Interest in the category was swift, as gyms were declared one of the bigger problem areas amid the worldwide spread of Covid-19. Suddenly home workouts were more than just luxury. For YC-backed Aviron, it was the ideal time to pivot. The Toronto-based startup had been providing gamified rowing machines for the B2B market – specifically for use in high traffic settings like hotels and apartment buildings. It’s still a sm...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Fitness, Toronto, Tech, YCombinator, Yc, ODM, Hoang, Peloton, Aviron, Peloton Of, Aivron, Andy Hoang


Treadly’s next-gen compact treadmill is ideal for small spaces and features app-based social workouts

As the global pandemic continues, having options for keeping active at home is increasingly top-of-mind. Treadly is a startup focused on building a home treadmill that’s compact and convenient, with smart connected features that boost engagement. The company recently released its second-generation product, and it’s super compact, with hardware improvements that boost the weight limit for users and add cooling benefits that extend workout times. Basics Treadly’s design is probably a lot smaller...
Tags: Reviews, Ios, Health, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Bluetooth, Fitness, Tech, Smartphone, Itunes, Computing, Bluetooth Speaker, App-store, Treadmill


5 consumer hardware VCs share their 2021 investment strategies

Consumer hardware has always been a tough market to crack, but the COVID-19 crisis made it even harder. TechCrunch surveyed five key investors who touch different aspects of the consumer electronics industry, based on our TechCrunch List of top VCs recommended by founders, along with other sources. We asked these investors the same six questions, and each provided similar thoughts, but different approaches: Hans Tung, managing partner, GGV Capital Dayna Grayson, co-founder and general partner, ...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, India, Tech, Tesla, Xiaomi, Venture Capital, Nest, Vietnam, Wearable Devices, Shasta, Ggv Capital, Consumer Electronics, Shasta Ventures, Consumer Electronics Show


Google’s Fitbit acquisition is official

Following regulatory scrutiny on both sides of the pond, Google this morning announced that it has completed its acquisition of wearables pioneer, Fitbit. Google’s use of the vast amount of user health data has long been the key sticking point of regulatory concern of the deal. After all, targeted advertising continues to be at the heart of much of what the tech giant does. As such, it’s unsurprising that both Google and Fitbit are looking to address concerns in their respective statements on th...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Startups, Hardware, Samsung, Eu, Commission, Htc, Apple Watch, Fitbit, James Park, Timex, Rick Osterloh, Fitbit Google, Google SVP of Devices


Peloton to acquire fitness equipment maker Precor in $420M bid to grow commercial business

Peloton has announced that it intends to acquire Precor, one of the world’s largest suppliers of commercial fitness equipment. You probably recognize the Precor brand name if you’ve ever spent time in a hotel or standalone commercial gym, which is exactly why Peloton making this purchase makes a ton of sense at this particular time for the hot home workout brand. The Precor acquisition will be made via a deal that’s valued at a total of $420 million, and in addition to expanding its commercia...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, Fitness, Washington, Tech, Companies, United States, President, M&a, North Carolina, Woodinville Washington, Precor, Peloton, Anta Sports, Precore


Daily Crunch: Amy Klobuchar discusses Amazon Halo concerns

We interview the senior senator from Minnesota about fitness trackers, Sony pulls “Cyberpunk 2077” from the PlayStation Store and Indian delivery startup Zomato raises a massive round. This is your Daily Crunch for December 18, 2020. The big story: Amy Klobuchar discusses Amazon Halo concerns Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar recently wrote an open letter to Alex Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services, in which she discussed Amazon’s Halo fitness tracker and expressed concern th...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Hardware, Minnesota, India, Halo, Tech, Walmart, Policy, Sony, Amy Klobuchar, Zomato, Bumble, Squarespace, Ftc, Klobuchar


Amazon’s Halo fitness tracker raises privacy concerns for Amy Klobuchar

After reading a review of Amazon’s new fitness tracker, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar penned an open letter. “Recent reports have raised concerns about the Halo’s access to this extensive personal and private health information,” the lawmaker wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “Among publicly available consumer health devices, the Halo appears to collect an unprecedented level of personal information.” The senator is far from the first critic to expre...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hardware, Minnesota, Privacy, Halo, US, Tech, Eu, Connecticut, Commission, Amnesty International, Amy Klobuchar, Fitbit


Daily Crunch: Apple launches Fitness+

We review Apple Fitness+, Gmail goes down and Pornhub cracks down on unverified content. This is your Daily Crunch for December 14, 2020. The big story: Apple launches Fitness+ Brian Heater tried out Apple’s new $10-per-month subscription service for guided workouts, prompting some broader reflections on exercise during this terrible year — and on how Fitness+ might fit in. The service requires an Apple Watch to sign up, which is a hurdle if (like me) you don’t already own the device, but B...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Hardware, Fitness, Samsung, Tech, Reddit, Fda, Brian, Apple Watch, Pfizer, Pornhub, Gary Oldman, David Fincher, Cray


It won’t replace the gym, but Fitness+ will help you break a sweat

I’m glistening. My heart rate is finally slowing a bit as I type this. The slightest hints of my asthma are subsiding. I’m not going to tell you I feel “good,” as relative as that term might be in a year when everything has gone to hell somehow both gradually and all at once over the course of 12 awful months. But I certainly don’t feel “bad,” either. There is, of course, a kind of serendipity in today’s launch of Fitness+. While Apple gets points for general prescience, one assumes the compa...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Health, Apps, Hardware, Fitness, New York City, Tech, Bank Of America, Fox, Queens, Silicon Valley, Fox News, Apple Watch, Fitness Trackers, States


Amazon’s body-scanning Halo fitness band is now available to everyone in the US

Given all of the…feedback Amazon has received, it’s hard to believe the Halo wasn’t widely available until today. Announced in late-August, the product has been offered in “early access” to invited users. That changes today, however, as the product opens to everyone in the U.S. The band runs $100, a price that includes six months of membership. It was probably inevitable that the company would launch a fitness product, though Amazon’s behind the curve as far as form factors go. Smartwatches h...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Wearables, Hardware, Halo, US, Tech, Amy Klobuchar, Fitness Trackers, The Washington Post, Health And Human Services, Klobuchar


Amazon’s Echo Buds get new fitness tracking features

I wasn’t super impressed when I reviewed the Echo Buds around this time last year, but Amazon’s first shot at Alexa-powered fully wireless earbuds was passable. And while they’ve already been on the market for a while now, the company’s continuing to deliver some key updates, including today’s addition of new fitness features. Say “Alexa, start my workout” with the buds in, and they’ll begin logging steps, calories, distance, pace and duration of runs. Like many new software additions, thi...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Echo, Wearables, Hardware, Tech, Alexa, Wireless Earbuds, Echo Buds, Amazon Echo Buds


Tech’s role in the COVID-19 response: Assist, don’t reinvent

The pandemic has affected just about every business in the world, but tech has also geared up to fight back in its own way, as we found out from speakers at Disrupt 2020. But technology has opted to take a back seat to frontline workers and find ways to support them rather than attempt to “solve” the issues at hand. The founders of tech-forward healthcare startups Color and Carbon Health explained their approach in one panel, emphasizing that the startup mindset is a resilient and adaptable o...
Tags: Health, Science, Hardware, Color, Tech, Biotech, Boston Dynamics, Crispr, Jennifer Doudna, Othman Laraki, Carbon Health, Eren Bali, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Disrupt 2020, Laraki Like


Google Assistant comes to gaze-powered accessible devices

People who rely on gaze-tracking to interact with their devices on an everyday basis now have a powerful new tool in their arsenal: Google Assistant. Substituting gaze for its original voice-based interface, the Assistant’s multiple integrations and communication tools should improve the capabilities of the Tobii Dynavox devices it now works on. Assistant will now be possible to add as a tile on Tobii’s eye-tracking tablets and mobile apps, which present a large customizable grid of common...
Tags: Health, Google, Gadgets, Mobile, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Ada, Eye Tracking, Tobii, Tobii Dynavox, Google Assistant, Google Home, Gaze Tracking, Fredrik Ruben


Despite slowdowns, pandemic accelerates shifts in hardware manufacturing

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t hit every factory in China at once. The initial impact to China’s electronics industry arrived around the time the nation was celebrating its new year. Two weeks after announcing 59 known cases of a new form of coronavirus, the national government put Wuhan — a city of 11 million — under strict lockdown. As with most of the rest of the word, the manufacturing sector was caught somewhat flat-footed. according to Anker founder and CEO Steven Yang . “Nobody had a g...
Tags: Health, Y Combinator, Asia, Hardware, China, Tech, Robotics, Anker, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Eric Migicovsky, Yang, Kate Whitcomb, Sonny Vu, Steven Yang, Rob Playter


Connected fitness startup Tonal raises another $110 million

Connected home fitness startup Tonal announced today that it has raised an additional $110 million. The latest round of funding includes existing investor L Catterton and new names, including Delta-v Capital, Amazon’s Alexa Fund and Mousse Partners, along with athletes Stephen Curry, Paul George, Michelle Wie and Bobby Wagner. The round brings the Bay Area-based company’s total funding up to $200 million. Image Credits: Tonal It’s a pretty massive round for the strength training company, es...
Tags: Health, Startups, Hardware, Fitness, Tech, Delta, Mirror, Mayo Clinic, Bay Area, Lululemon, Bobby Wagner, Catterton, L Catterton, Tonal, Mousse Partners, Recent Funding


Researchers ready world-first vision restoration device for human clinical trials

Over a decade’s worth of work by scientists working at Melbourne, Australia’s Monash University has produced a first-of-its-kind device that can restore vision to the blind, using a combination of smartphone-style electronics and brain-implanted micro electrodes. The system has already been shown to work in preclinical studies and non-human trials on sheep, and researchers are now preparing for a first human clinical trial to take place in Melbourne. This new technology would be able to bypas...
Tags: Health, TC, Elon Musk, Technology, Hardware, Australia, Articles, Tech, Smartphone, Manufacturing, Melbourne, Biotech, Science and Technology, Emerging-technologies, Musk, Bypass


Formlabs announces a large-format medical and dental 3D printer

Formlabs was one of a few desktop 3D printing companies to weather the massive tech bubble a few years back. The Somerville, Massachusetts-based company set itself apart by bringing advanced industrial 3D-printing technologies to the consumer space. In recent years, the tech has also positioned the startup ahead of the competition when it comes to expanding into different manufacturing aspects. Medical and dental have been two key targets. Products like prosthetics and retainers are two prime...
Tags: Health, Startups, Hardware, 3d Printing, 3d Printer, Formlabs, Somerville Massachusetts


Elon Musk says Tesla will ‘one day’ produce ‘super efficient home HVAC’ with HEPA filtering

Elon Musk has previously touted the ‘Bioweapon Defense Mode’ boasted by Tesla’s vehicles, which are designed to provide excellent air quality inside the car even in the face of disastrous conditions without, thanks in part to high-efficiency HEPA air filtration. Now, Musk has said on Twitter that he hopes to one day provide similar air filtration along with home HVAC systems. Tesla, while primarily an automaker, is also already in the business of home energy and power generation, thanks to...
Tags: Health, TC, Elon Musk, Hardware, California, China, Articles, Tech, Tesla, United States, West Coast, Solarcity, GreenTech, Central Valley, Tesla Model S, Musk


Peloton launches new Bike+ and Tread smart home gym equipment, both at $2,495

Peloton has launched two new products for its home smart gym lineup, the Bike+ ($2,495) and the Tread ($2,495). While both carry the same price tag, the new exercise bike joins as the premium version of Peloton’s original stationary cycle, which will remain on sale at $1,895, and the Tread is the new entry-level Peloton treadmill product, with the original becoming the Tread+ at $4,295. Both products were leaked by Bloomberg last week prior to their official unveiling on Tuesday. The new Pelo...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, Gadgets, UK, Hardware, Germany, Tech, Bloomberg, Companies, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Treadmill, Peloton, Peloton Bike



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