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Researchers prove that smartwatches know you’re sick even before you do

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Smartwatches are normally touted for their ability to track our activity, count steps, and log our heart rate during a morning run, but the devices have a hidden ability that isn't advertised: tracking illness. That might sound crazy, but a Stanford professor and his team just proved it with an extremely thorough two-year study where volunteers equipped with a variety of wearables demonstrated telltale signs of illness via biometric readings well in advance of becoming noticeably ill.

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Mike Wehner

January 18th

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Lumo opens up its backend technology to third-party providers

lumo_run_featured lumo As the fitness wearables market continues to climb, Lumo Bodytech, a startup making wearables focused on things like running and posture, has decided to further business revenue by licensing its platform. Lumo, valued at $41 million according to Pitchbook, now plans to open up its proprietary tech stack — including software, algorithms, applications, and hardware — to third… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

January 17th

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This Swiss watch would power, and be powered by, a heartbeat

clockwork_heart Swiss researchers have given a literal twist to the proverbial ticker, designing a clock-like device that could help power pacemakers by harvesting energy from the heart itself — just like an automatic watch harvests movement from the motion of the wrist. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

January 12th

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This 20-cent whirligig toy can replace a $1,000 medical centrifuge

paperfuge_hands Centrifuges are found in medical labs worldwide. But a good one could run you a couple grand and, of course, requires electricity — neither of which are things you’re likely to find in a rural clinic in an impoverished country. Stanford researchers have created an alternative that costs just a few cents and runs without a charge, based on a children’s toy with surprising… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

January 10th

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This 20-cent whirligig toy can replace a $1,000 medical centrifuge

paperfuge_hands Centrifuges are found in medical labs worldwide. But a good one could run you a couple grand and, of course, requires electricity — neither of which are things you’re likely to find in a rural clinic in an impoverished country. Stanford researchers have created an alternative that costs just a few cents and runs without a charge, based on a children’s toy with surprising… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

January 10th

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More wearable woe as Vinaya restructures and seeks pivot to b2b

vinaya 2016 had a little more woe to deliver in the wearables space as London-based high end connected device maker, Vinaya, went into administration last month. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

January 3rd

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Oh Great, Another Study Says Cured Meat Is Bad

A slimy piece of cured meat that I would like to eat (Eisenhut and Mayer Wien via Getty Images)

Another study came out today reminding us that something you probably assumed wasn’t that healthy probably isn’t that healthy: cured meat. In a word, the study concluded that cured meat and worsening asthma symptoms go hand-in-hand. But like many nutrition studies, this one’s conclusions come with some major caveats, and are already generating controversy.

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum

December 20th

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This ‘artificial iris’ is like a pair of programmable shades in contact lens form

artificial-iris Smart contact lenses have been the stuff of science fiction for a long time, but as with jetpacks and faster-than-light travel, we’re still waiting on them. Research is ongoing, though, and a project at the University of Ghent shows promise not just in advancing the technology but providing some therapeutic value as well. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

December 8th

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This ‘artificial iris’ is like a pair of programmable shades in contact lens form

artificial-iris Smart contact lenses have been the stuff of science fiction for a long time, but as with jetpacks and faster-than-light travel, we’re still waiting on them. Research is ongoing, though, and a project at the University of Ghent shows promise not just in advancing the technology but providing some therapeutic value as well. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

December 8th

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Open Bionics partners with NHS for a feasibility study to bring bionic hands to the U.K. health system

samantha-payne-open-bionics5 Open Bionics is a U.K. startup making bionic hands for patients needing prosthetics and co-founder of the company Samantha Payne came onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London to tell us about a new deal between Open Bionics and the National Health Service (NHS) to bring new technologies to amputees. The deal involves a feasibility study with the NHS through SBRI Healthcare to see if Open… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

December 6th

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