Google has applied for a patent on bathroom devices that monitor your health. Among them: a pressure and electrical-sensing mat, a color-sensing bathroom mirror, an ultrasonic bathtub, a pressure-sensing toilet seat, and a radar-field device.
Some monitor your body by sending out sound waves, electromagnetic waves, electrical signals, and various forms of radiation, among other techniques, the data from which could be sent to health professionals. The devices can monitor your blood pressure and various parts of your body to determine specific health issues, like an impaired knee or overworked heart.
Apple will begin selling the Tangram Smart Rope in its stores starting this week. A jump rope that displays your jump count in front of you with the magic of embedded LEDs, it also tracks your calories and features leaderboards via an app.
The extra features over the traditional $10 jump rope rope will cost you an extra $79. Worth it? Probably not, unless it really helps you to track your progress or be competitive. If so, you can pick it up at an Apple Store now or soon, or from Tangram's site anytime.
Someone has integrated an actual, working electrocardiogram onto a small business card. You heard right, a company called MobilECG has done something startlingly clever, giving the diagnostic power to everyone. And it's an open-source design that anyone can play with.
The card uses sensors built into it that measure the electrical signals created by the heart through your thumbs. It's not quite the most accurate way to do it, but as a first-line diagnostic tool when you're not quite feeling well, it might be a life-saver. A blog post from the company says that it should be accurate enough to provide cursory information from the P, Q, R, S and the T waves to prompt people to go to the hospital.
The innovation coming from different startups for integrated and smaller technology is just astounding. Just imagine where medical devices can go if something like this is just on the boundary of our imagination. At the moment, they're gauging interest in their product, and you can request one if you'd like. They'll sell you one for $29, or less if more people start showing interest.
DC Comics has been having quite the run on TV with its comic book heroes on CW, with 'Arrow' and 'The Flash' being quite successful - even up against Agents of SHIELD. But there's a new superhero show coming out in January that is shaping up damn well; 'Legends of Tomorrow'.
Legends of Tomorrow has quite a number of stars, with Brandon Routh - who played Kal-El/Superman/Clark Kent in Bryan Singer's not-so-great 'Superman Returns' starring as The Atom/Ray Palmer. Also starring are 'Prison Break' brothers Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Heat Wave, respectively.
Legends of Tomorrow sets its premise in the trailer, in 2166 "immortal DC staple villain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) rules the entire world. So time-traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) puts together a team of superheroes to traverse spacetime in order to prevent Savage from seizing total control" explains Wired.
With the underwhelming performance and reviews of Terminator: Genisys, it should come as no surprise that Paramount Pictures has put any future sequels on hold, indefinitely.
Even though the studio pulled in $440 million worldwide on a budget of $155 million, marketing costs have to be put on top of that, and I'm sure Paramount really splashed out on marketing for the new Terminator movie in hopes it would win big at the box office. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Terminator: Genisys is still losing money, even with the $440 million box office haul.
President Barack Obama recently met with officials from China to discuss the fragile relationship between two global superpowers.
After Director of National Intelligence James Clapper urged the United States to improve cybersecurity - largely because of suspected Chinese-led cyberattacks - Chinese officials want the United States to stop pointing fingers towards Beijing:
"Maintaining cybersecurity should be a point of cooperation rather than a source of friction between both China and the United States," said Hong Lei, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, while speaking to the media. "We hope that the US stops its groundless attacks against China, start dialogue based on a foundation of mutual respect, and jointly build a cyberspace that is peaceful, secure, open and cooperative."
Ras Labs has created a unique synthetic material that mimics human muscles under an electric current, which could lead to a new generation of comfortable prosthesis solutions...and lifelike skin for robots.
"Luke Skywalker's prosthetic arm in Star Wars is somewhat the ultimate goal of prosthetics," Ras Labs CEO Eric Sandberg said to TechCrunch. "It provides that lifelike motion, control, and dexterity."
The material, dubbed as Syntethic Muscle, expands and contracts just like living muscle tissue under an electric current. The "electroactive" substance can directly convert energy into motion with a highly adaptable form factor; it can be hard and firm when it needs to be, or soft to conform to various curves and shapes of body parts. While Ras Labs wants to first revolutionize prosthetic limbs, the material has infinite potential: it could even be used to give lifelike flesh to robots and pave the way for synthetic androids straight out of the Alien canon.
The Arena Football League (AFL) will continue to use Brain Sentry wearable sensors located inside of player helmets, able to collect vital information about physical impacts. As part of a subscription package, sports teams and leagues are able to receive new sensors each season, with Brain Sentry engineers improving injury prediction technologies.
The sensor is able to estimate direction, peak acceleration and duration of impacts, while also being able to track head acceleration from any point. The integrated sensor battery doesn't need to be recharged and can last an entire season, able to turn on and off after motion is detected.
"The health and safety of our players is our highest priority," said Scott Butera, AFL Commissioner. "Our partnership with Brain Sentry allows the League to be on the cutting edge of concussion research, protocol, and management."
An estimated 1.1 billion people across the world are at risk of hearing loss because of increased listening volume from smartphones, other personal audio devices, and speaker systems at entertainment venues.
Almost half of teenagers and young adults between 12 and 35 years old are "exposed to unsafe levels of sound," with 40 percent exposed to "potentially damaging" levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
"As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss," said Dr. Etienne Krug, director for the department for management of noncommunicable diseases, violence and injury prevention at WHO. "They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won't come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk."
Millions of Americans are at risk of digital eye strain, with 30 percent of adults using a digital device for nine or more hours per day, according to the Vision Council. Due to increased PC, smartphone, tablet, and other electronics usage, 61 percent of Americans suffer from dryness, blurred vision, irritation, and other vision-related problems, according to the Vision Council study.
Almost seventy percent of Millennials suffer from some type of digital eye strain, which is higher than Gen Xers (63 percent) and Baby Boomers (57 percent).
Study authors recommend tech users create a more ergonomic workspace, that reinforces proper posture, centering digital displays in front of the chair, keeping arms-length away from the screen, and minimizing screen glare. Also, it's recommended to take a 20-second break every 20 minutes, while looking at something at least 20 feet away from the screen.