iRobot Corp., a provider of robotic technology-based services, on Tuesday announced a $6 million investment and expanded partnership with InTouch Health, a provider of remote presence telemedicine services. The $6 million investment represents a minority position in the company.
The announcement expands upon the joint development and licensing agreement iRobot (Bedford, Mass., USA) announced in July 2011, which was established to explore opportunities for healthcare applications on iRobot platforms.
Last week, Delta Air Lines announced an exclusive marketing agreement with OnAsset Intelligence, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless asset tracking solutions, enabling Delta Cargo customers to view GPS location information on its web site at deltacargo.com.
On Monday, MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the fifth largest broadband mobile wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers, announced it has signed a four-year agreement with telecom equipment maker Ericsson to provide microwave backhaul equipment for its broadband mobile networks. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Telecom equipment maker Ericsson missed fourth-quarter profit forecasts, hit by lower demand from the United States and Russia, and said weak margins and cautiousness from its operator clients would continue in the short term. The company posted a fourth quarter net profit of $222 million, down 66% from $651 million in the year-ago quarter and down 61% from last quarter.
EXFO Inc. announced on Thursday the addition of burst testing functionalities to its Ethernet field-testing instruments.
UK community pharmacy chain Lloydspharmacy and Proteus Biomedical, Inc., a digital health company, have announced a strategic collaboration to commercialize and launch Helius, a digital health product that combines sensor-enabled tablets, a sensor patch for the body, and a mobile health (mHealth) application to monitor complex medication regiments and health issues.
Digi International on Tuesday introduced an enhanced version of the company’s ZigBee Smart Energy gateway. The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to an energy service provider via broadband and offers additional memory and processing power for over-the-air updates of connected Smart Energy devices.
After a live video consult with a dermatologist, almost every patient who'd previously been checked out by a primary care doctor had a change in their diagnosis or in their treatment, in a new study performed by the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento.
Researchers also found that having more "teledermatology" appointments meant it was more likely that a patient's condition would improve.
Administrative burdens and limits on reimbursement are among the obstacles keeping hospitals from choosing to implement telemedicine programs, according to a study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, C3O Medical Group, and UCLA Medical Center. The report surveyed emergency and critical care telemedicine users to determine factors that motivate and barriers that impede development of a robotic telemedicine program.
On Thursday, Sprint announced agreements with four smart grid companies who will offer Sprint wireless network connectivity in support of their automated products and services. Sprint signed agreements with Itron, Inc, Lanner Electronics, Inc., Power Insight and Silver Spring Networks.