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Furenexo’s SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people stay aware of their surroundings

furenexo_soundsense People with deafness have plenty of ways to navigate everyday situations as if they had no disability at all, but there are still situations that present dangers unique to them — not being able to hear a smoke alarm or gunshot, for instance. SoundSense is a small wearable device that listens for noises that might require immediate attention and alerts the user when it detects one. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 12th

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Penn engineers’ start-up XEED puts wearables to work against Parkinson’s disease

oba_muniz The internet of things, and wearables in particular, may not be quite living up to the hype, but it turns out they may be just the thing for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. A pair of engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania have started their own company to pursue the possibility. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 7th

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The Atlas Wristband 2 offers an interesting but limited spin on fitness trackers

Atlas Wearables It’s tough standing out in the increasingly overcrowded world of fitness trackers. Though, to be fair, standing out from the pack has never really been one of Atlas Wearables‘ issues. It’s a strange-looking thing. The sort of thing that, even in this enlightened age of ubiquitous wearables, people look at the Wristband 2 with slight disbelief. It’s an odd-looking thing.… Read More

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Brian Heater

July 6th

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Bioservo is bringing NASA’s real-life Power Glove down to earth

Technology behind RoboGlove, an exo-muscular device that enhances  strength and grip through leading-edge sensors, actuators and tendons that are comparable to the nerves, muscles and tendons in a human hand, is being licensed to Bioservo Technologies AB, a Swedish medical technologies company that will combine RoboGlove with its owner patented SEM glove technology, resulting in a glove that GM will purchase for testing in several of its plants next year. If you’ve ever had to hold a wrench in place for any lengthy of time exerting a decent amount of force, you know it sucks. NASA also knew it sucked, and doubly so when you’re floating in space, so they created the RoboGlove, a battery-powered force-multiplying glove that lets you add some power and longevity to your grip. Now, RoboGlove is coming to earth-bound humans thanks to… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

July 6th

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Scientists figured out how to regenerate teeth and eliminate root canals

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Root canals are always fun, right? In reality, word that you need a root canal is some of the worst news most people get at the dentist. Whenever your dentist tells you that’s the next procedure you’re going have to go through, two things are clear beyond the pain you're about to endure: One, that your throbbing will finally soon go away, and the second is that the tooth that’s getting the root canal is dead. However, researchers have come up with a new kind of biomaterial that not only encourages the natural regeneration of teeth, but also might eliminate root canal procedures for good.

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Chris Smith

July 4th

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NIH grants $2.3M to development of FeverPhone, a portable disease diagnosis kit

fever460 Quick diagnosis of bloodborne diseases can very much be a matter of life and death, but bouncing results off a hospital can take hours or days — so the NIH and Cornell University are working on a device called the FeverPhone that could cut that time to as little as 15 minutes. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 22nd

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Robot surgeons might soon replace humans for complicated procedures

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Anyone who has either gone under the knife or who has had someone close to them go under the knife can readily attest that the entire surgical process is harrowing. Even when the primary objective of an operation goes smoothly, the risk of problematic complications always looms overhead. It's no exaggeration to state that the well-being and long-term prognosis of patients on the operating table has an awful lot to do with the skills of the surgeon overseeing the given procedure. Which, of course, is why medical students wishing to become surgeons must complete a seemingly endless amount of schooling and unbelievably rigorous on-the-job training. Needless to say, being a surgeon is an incredibly taxing and demanding profession. But what if surgeons of the future aren't highly skilled and extensively trained humans? Instead, imagine a world in the not too distant future where human surgeons are replaced by robots.

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Yoni Heisler

June 22nd

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Sex toy startup LELO gives the condom a design-savvy makeover

9f9f3c06-87ec-4d25-9f88-50b802c640a0 Stylish sex toy maker LELO is introducing something to go along with its pleasure-centered machinery today – condoms. There’s already a mind-boggling amount of prophylactics readily available at your local corner store, but what’s the difference between any of them? “Zero!” says LELO founder Filip Sedic. His sex toys launched to much enthusiasm over a decade ago… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

June 13th

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Samsung’s Gear Fit2 brings welcome upgrades to the amped up fitness tracker

Samsung Gear Fit2 The first Gear Fit wasn’t a bad product. It was just one that wanted to be something for everyone, disappointing most in the process. Of course, 2014 was a few lifetimes ago. Much has happened in the world of wearables. Samsung, for its part, has made some strides in the space, as well, as is illustrated fairly well by the company’s smartwatch evolution from the Gear 2 to S2. Two… Read More

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Brian Heater

June 10th

Gadgets

Latest connected gadget to hit Apple Store shelves can detect high cholesterol & blood pressure

The latest connected gadget to go on sale in Apple Stores is the Withings Body Cardio, a scale that measures not just weight and body fat, but can also detect cardiovascular problems. Using sensors that measure Pulse Wave Velocity – how quickly blood pumps through your arteries – it can point to problems like hypertension and high cholesterol.

Body Cardio gives everyone the opportunity to follow heart health at home via the introduction of a new measurement: pulse wave velocity. Recognized by the medical community as the best stand-alone indicator to provide a reliable assessment of overall cardiovascular health, pulse wave velocity assessments from Body Cardio have the potential to revolutionize how we care for our cardiovascular health.

The scale can’t identify the reason for poor PWV readings, but the connected iPhone app will let you know if it is in the range where you should arrange a medical check-up …

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Ben Lovejoy

June 8th

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