Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 22, 2014
MOCAheart is a heart scanner that is small enough to carry around either on a key fob or attached to the back of a smartphone. It uses medical grade technology and materials so is accurate and robust. It measures heart rate (bpm) and blood oxygen levels, which can be monitored via the MOCAheart smartphone app. Over time data collected via the app can establish trends and patterns.
When the first version of this product was released I was very pleased that an OEM had finally realized that a two screened smartphone was a good idea. Unfortunately, what I wanted was a two screened phone with two sims, so I could have my work and personal phone in a single device. If anyone out there's developing a smartphone like this, please let me know!
The team at Zikto have developed a fitness tracker called Arki that is able to monitor your walking pattern to prevent poor posture. It measures all aspects of gait such as swing speed, stride length, limb rotation, and angle, and combines it with other data, to improve walking habit. If it detects that the wearer is slouching or doing something that leads to poor posture such as walking while viewing a phone, the device will vibrate.
Embrace is a wearable fitness tracker, a great looking smart watch, and a sophisticated medical device that monitors sleep, heart rate, and stress levels. Although anyone can benefit from the device, it has been especially designed to help epilepsy suffers of which there are 3 million in America and 65 million world-wide.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 18, 2014
Today Virgin Media announced ‘KipstR’, a wearable wristband prototype that pauses TV as you sleep. It was created by a couple of young "Makers" called Ryan Oliver (15) and Jonathan Kingsley (14) after they were commissioned to help create it by Virgin Media, as part of an initiative between the media company and Manchester Creative Studio, called "Switched on Futures".
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 13, 2014
There's an overwhelming number of smartwatches and fitness bands available to purchase. Startups that fail to offer something unique and really useful will almost certainly fail. As far as consumers are concerned "Me too" products, no matter how good they look, just won't cut it. The Uno, not only looks good, but also offers some really useful time-saving features so it's hardly surprising that it's generated a significant amount of interest on Indiegogo.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 12, 2014
Cubic has been developed by a team of Russian developers. It understands natural language so humans can control devices, apps, and services by simply speaking to it. The Cubic look very similar to the EmoSpark, which is already on the market and can be purchase for £195 ($315).
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 11, 2014
Petsimpl have created "Pip", which is both a GPS tracker and an activity tracker. It works for both cats and dogs. There are millions of pet owners who constantly worry that either their canine will escape or that their feline may wander off and never return. The makers of Pip want to give pet owners peace of mind. Pip uses Bluetooth LE so the device is smaller than many other pet trackers currently on the market.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 9 2014
The UK is a nation of animal lovers and according to the PFMA, cats are the 4th most popular pet. Almost twenty percent of British households have a feline companion, that equates to a total of 8 million furballs. According to the Humane Society of America there are 95.6 million domestic cats in the US, of which 46% live alone with their human owners. It's impossible to know how many are not allowed to roam free but one thing's for sure, there are a lot of mooching moggies stuck indoors all day with no entertainment, which sucks if you're a cat.
Like the Chinese, the Brits love a good cuppa tea. Well this Bluetooth-enabled kettle comes with an Android and iOS app that lets you adjust the setting and customize the brewing process to your heart's content.
Not sure about the name. Perhaps UFO would have been more appropriate but either way Mars by Crazybaby, is a high fidelity waterproof Bluetooth speaker. It has an 8hr battery and can be submerged in 3ft of water. The part that looks like a flying saucer is a portable speaker and the cylinder over which it levitates is a sub-woofer. "Levitate!?" I hear you cry. Well yes...
Paper aeroplanes are so last century however, when thrown correctly they can still be fun! The creators of the Carbon Flyer decided they wanted to keep the look of the traditional paper aircraft but use carbon fibre instead, as it turns out than paper sucks when it comes to aircraft construction.
Apparently Sony is behind this concept smart watch, called the "FES". It was posted on a Japanese crowdfunding website but was intentionally unbranded to gauge genuine consumer opinion without the influence of a big name. We think this trend will continue, whereby OEMs turn to crowdfunding platforms for market research objectives, as opposed to fund raising.
Perhaps it's too early to be thinking about New Year's resolutions, as the festive season has only just begun, but if you want to get ahead of the game the Pavlok could be the ideal Christmas gift for you! That's because it's a wristband that uses a combination of vibration, sound, and electric shock, to keep the wearer on track - ideal for keeping New Year's resolutions! Unfortunately no matter how good you've been, Father Christmas won't be putting one under your tree this year, because it's not out till 2015. The shocking device can, however be pre-ordered online (use the discount code "IGGBABY").
MIPOW have successfully crowdfunded a Bluetooth colour LED smartbulb on Kickstarter that is also a speaker. Music can be streamed to it from a smartphone or tablet within a range of 30 feet.
Look out Google, there's a new kid in town! Move aside Project Ara the Finns are at it again. Although very similar in principle, you can't help thinking that what ever this Scandinavian consortium come up with, one thing's for sure - it's going to look good! As is their way, the Finnish like to place simplicity at the forefront, which in this case means fewer swappable components. The phone has only three parts; 'The Brain' (processor and camera), 'The Heart' (battery), and 'The Spine" (chassis and screen) - far less compared to Project Ara, which calls for three times as many in their current iteration.
Mono is a mini touchscreen device invented by a Danish startup, MonoLit. The device can also be used to control almost anything that's connected to the Internet. The gadget looks like a mini smartphone (about the size of a matchbox) and can be programmed to interact with most popular single-board microcontrollers such as Arduino or Rasperry Pi.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 1 2014
According to a study by the CDC in the States, sleep is becoming an increasing threat to public health. Sleep insufficiency has been linked to road accidents, industrial disasters, and many other occupational failures. In the UK, 25% of the population suffer from some form of sleep disorder, according to private healthcare providers Bupa.
Anything that can be done to improve sleep is, therefore, a very good thing! So what can be done? Sleeping pills are a drastic measure and should only be used as a last resort. They tend to make you drowsy the following day and have been linked to chronic illness and even dementia! So what can be done?
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