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Fitbit’s ventilator gets emergency FDA approval

Published on 06/04/2020 @ 1 PM EST
Fitbit has officially unveiled the Fitbit Flow, a new ventilator with FDA approval for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ventilator has been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA, meaning it can only be used to treat people during the current health crisis. Fitbit tells The Verge that it hopes to sell the Flow for around $5,000, significantly less than traditional ventilators.

Waymo’s self-driving vans will resume operations in the Bay Area streets on June 8th

Published on 06/01/2020 @ 4 AM EST
A spokesperson has confirmed a report in The Verge that Waymo’s autonomous minivans will return to San Francisco Bay Area streets on June 8th. The company isn’t carrying passengers, however. It will instead carry out “charitable delivery support to community partners,” according to the spokesperson. 

Google’s ‘Sodar’ is an AR tool for social distancing

Published on 05/30/2020 @ 4 PM EST
Introduced by the Experiments with Google account on Twitter — Sodar is an AR tool that creates a six feet or two-meter radius ring around you through your phone screen. The tool’s purpose is to give you a way to visualize how far six feet is supposed to be and adjust to the new normal as lockdowns start to ease up. 

Meditation and mindfulness apps are more popular amid pandemic

Published on 05/28/2020 @ 4 PM EST
As reported by Techcrunch, a new report from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the world’s 10 largest English-language mental wellness apps in April saw a combined 2 million more downloads during the month of April 2020 compared with January, reaching close to 10 million total downloads for the month.

New York Auto Show has been fully canceled

Published on 05/25/2020 @ 4 AM EST
Usually held in April with over 1 million attendants, the New York Auto Show was delayed until August due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But organizers are now saying they won’t be able to meet that deadline and are focused on reviving the auto show in spring 2021.

Fitbit is planning to build ventilators to help treat COVID-19 patients

Published on 05/16/2020 @ 4 PM EST
Fitbit will reportedly be shifting supply chain resources to make emergency ventilators, as told by Fitbit CEO James Park to CNBC. The ventilators will be used to help treat COVID-19 patients and could help bolster the national supply of the medical devices, which have been in need during the pandemic.