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Pills That Communicate With Cell Phone Apps

Robert Scoble interviewed Andrew Thompson, CEO of Proteus Biomedical, a company that makes drugs that communicate with cell phones via Bluetooth. Essentially the company develops medicine products and devices that integrate electronics, sensors, and wireless communications into pharmaceuticals like pills. It offers a monitoring system called Raisin Personal Monitor, a wireless health device for remote recording and analysis of heart rate, physical activity, body position, and patient-logged events.

When ingested, any discrete event (such as the ingestion of a specific pharmaceutical) can be recorded. However, it also records any physiologic information such as heart rate, activity, body angle and patient-logged information. The unique ingestion event and all logged information are then communicated via Bluetooth to any computerized device, such as mobile phone applications. The system is being developed as part of an integrated intelligent medicine system to track response and outcomes-based of treatments. Proteus partners are currently developing these product to treat diabetes, cardiovascular disease, psychiatric disorders, organ transplantation and infectious disease.

$1 Million For Pixelmator In Just 20 Days From The Mac App Store

Saulius Dailide, Pixelmator, co-developer wrote on the company’s blog that he was “ecstatic” and noted the apps high ratings in the US, UK and German App Stores. “Such an amazing success feels fantastic. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support.”

Currently, Pixelmator is the fourth highest grossing title in the Mac App Store, behind Aperture, iPhoto, and Pages, which are all Apple products. The developers decided to distribute its app exclusively via the new Mac App Store and slashed the price from $59.99 to $29.99. The limited time offer, which includes 2 free upgrades was done in part to encourage users to repurchase the app on the Mac App Store.

The first official Apple iPhone commercial was aired in 2007 during the Oscars / Academy Awards.

Apple App Store Surpassed 10 Billion Downloads

Apple made some big announcement today, it surpassed 10 billion downloads at its App Store and posted a big sign on it’s website for everyone to see. Marketing hype, probably, but 10 billion downloads adds up to some decent dollars even if only 10% are paid apps. Apple was offering a $10,000 iTunes gift card for the person to hit the 10′th billion download and was running a ticker as it counted towards that number.

The App Store launched in 2008 and has 20 categories including games, business, health, news, sports, reference and travel. Apple takes 30% of all apps sold thru the store and its been a money making cow so Apple also recently opened a Mac App Store to sell software for their other product lines. The app store has over 300,000 iPhone apps and more than 40,000 native iPad apps so their collection is very impressive. And mobile users have been downloading content at a rate of more than three billion apps per year.