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Baidu developing smart chopsticks, able to tell if food is safe

Michael Hatamoto | Sep 5, 2014 at 06:31 am CDT

Chinese search giant Baidu is developing smart chopsticks that will be able to assist consumers to better protect them from food poisoning and tainted water. Dubbed the Baidu Kuaisou, the chopsticks can connect to a smartphone or PC wirelessly, and the app notifies diners whether the food is safe to consume.

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Baidu Kuaisou isn't ready for mass production quite yet, but should prove to be easy to use for customers - a light on the chopsticks display a blue or green color depending if food is safe or not.

"In the future, via Baidu Kuaisou, you'll be able to know the origin of oil and water and other foods - whether they've gone bad and what sort of nutrition they complain," said Robin Li, Baidu CEO, during a recent speech.

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Wearable tech shipments to increase over 100 percent in 2014

Tamlin Magee | Aug 18, 2014 at 07:21 pm CDT

Wearable technology shipments have been forecast to grow by almost 130 percent throughout 2014, a new report from analysts at CCS Insight has stated.

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The company believes new products will cause a boom in shipments of wearables, reaching 22 million by next year compared to 9.7 million in 2013 - and with all sales counted for the next five years, the total figure could be as high as 370 million.

Right now it's early days for wearable, but some health gadgets like FitBit have really taken off. It's fitness wearables that CCS expects will drive early adoption rates, and the group images Christmas will be a big win for the sector. However, CCS' Marina Koytcheva said for wearables, the market is still in a "chaotic stage of development" and that there's "still a huge amount of uncertainty" in general.

Google X's Baseline Study project wants to map perfect human health

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 26, 2014 at 11:22 pm CDT

Google's research and development arm, known as Google X, is working on something new: the Baseline Study project. The goal of this new adventure is to hopefully one day, better detect health risks such as heart disease earlier in a patient's life, so that the patient can take preventative measures before it is too late.

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Dr. Andrew Conrad, a molecular biologist, is the lead on the Baseline Study project, who has been credited with creating a cheap way of scanning donated blood for HIV. Conrad joined the ranks of Google in March 2013, assembling a team of 70-80 experts in the fields of biochemistry, imaging, molecular biology, optics and technology.

Google's Baseline Study began earlier in the year through an unnamed clinical testing firm, where doctors started collecting bodily fluids such as urine, blood, saliva and tears from 175 anonymous volunteers. Google will use these fluids and its mammoth computing power to hopefully find patterns called biomarkers. These biomarkets will help the search giant, and its researchers detect health issues before a person even shows symptoms of this issue. We don't know when we will hear more about this, but it's great to see Google working on something so important with its resources.

Google Fit will have Nike, Adidas, ASUS, Intel and more jump in

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 25, 2014 at 01:37 pm CDT

Google I/O 2014 - Google provided a preview of its Google Fit Platform at Google I/O, with Fit letting an app go to a single place to provide users' fitness stream.

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It's interesting to note that Nike is stepping up and helping Google, since it has its own platform with Fuel. But Nike's Fuel will be baked into the Fit stream for other apps to use, along with a bunch of other companies you can see above.

Researchers to study adolescent cognitive development among tech users

Michael Hatamoto | May 20, 2014 at 07:14 pm CDT

British researchers want to better understand any potential smartphone and tablet health ramifications on adolescent brain development. As part of the Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phone projects will focus on memory and attention, during a sensitive time in brain development, to see if tech-savvy children are at risk. The study will focus on 2,500 seventh graders in schools across London, and will take over three years of continued research.

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Research hasn't found that radio waves affect brain health, though previous studies have focused on adults and not children. Once research is completed, investigators want to find any potential negative impact on cognitive abilities in teenagers.

"Scientific evidence available to date is reassuring and shows no association between exposure to radio frequency waves from mobile phone use and brain cancer in adults in the short term - i.e., less than 10 years of use," said Paul Elliott, Director of the Center for Environmental Health at Imperial College London, in a statement. "But the evidence available regarding long-term heavy use and children's use is limited and less clear."

Google begins selling its Nest Thermostat on Google Play

Charles Gantt | Apr 22, 2014 at 02:44 pm CDT

For those of you not in the know, today is Earth Day, a crowd-sourced holiday in which everyone is supposed to pause and think about how our daily lives are affecting the earth. This week Google, Apple and other tech giants have released statements, and held events to make their consumers more Earth conscious, and today coincidentally Google began selling its Nest smart thermostat on its Google Play Store.

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Again, unless you have been living under a rock, you will recognize the Nest Thermostat as one of the early entries into the Internet of Things, and one of the first so-called intelligent thermostats to hit the market. Nest learns your heating and cooling schedule, and automatically adjust things to keep your home at the perfect temperature when you are home. Nest Thermostat owners can also make adjustments from their smartphone or tablet anywhere that has an internet connection. This allows users to turn the HVAC off while away and to turn it on before arriving home, and that saves a lot of money and lessens the owners carbon footprint.

Resound LiNX is a made for iPhone hearing aid controlled with an app

Shane McGlaun | Feb 25, 2014 at 11:07 am CST

There are alls sorts of gadgets and accessories that go along with the iPhone and iPad. You can find an accessory for just about anything you might need. If you are one of the many who have hearing loss, you can even get a made for iPhone hearing aid now.

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That hearing aid is the ReSound LiNX and it is now available to purchase. It is also offered as the Beltone First with the same exact features. The LiNX uses an app that runs on the iPhone or iPad and allows the user direct control lover the hearing aid and its settings.

Users can control the treble and bass settings as well as the volume from that app. One of the coolest features is that the app supports geotagging. With geotagging, you can choose settings that are specific to certain locations and they will change automatically when you get to that location.

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MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D-printed heart saves 14-month old boy's life

Anthony Garreffa | Feb 22, 2014 at 05:26 pm CST

3D printers are really going to change the world, with the technology being used more and more in the healthcare industry. 3D printed human tissue, prosthetics and much more are being printed, but now 3D printers have saved a young boy's life.

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14-month-old Roland Lian Cung Bawi, son of two Burmese immigrants living in Owensboro, Kentucky, had major defects to his heart. The defects included a hole in his heart, as well as misaligned aorta and pulmonary arteries, and if left untreated, he would have died not long after. Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Erle Austin, stepped in, taking 2D images of Roland's heart, which he then showed to his fellow surgeons, as he attempted to correct Roland's young heart.

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The 2D scans were not precise enough, which left surgeons offering alternative solutions on how to fix his heart. Austin turned to the School of Engineering at Louisville, where they used a Makerbot Replicator 2X to create a 3D-printed model of Roland's heart, with all of the defects. The 3D-printed heart was printed in three separate pieces so that the surgeons could take it apart and look inside.

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Oral-B Bluetooth toothbrush syncs with smartphone app

Shane McGlaun | Feb 21, 2014 at 10:06 am CST

Many people out there are still using normal toothbrushes to keep their teeth clean. There are also a number of folks that have adopted high-tech toothbrushes to help keep their mouths even cleaner. Oral-B is one of the biggest names in electric toothbrushes and the company has announced that it will be showing off its most tech packed toothbrush yet at MWC 2014.

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The toothbrush is the first to feature Bluetooth 4.0 technology inside. The Bluetooth tech inside the toothbrush interfaces with an app that runs on your smartphone. The idea is that the app can be programmed with the help of a dentist to help you concentrate on part so the mouth that need it.

The app also gives you feedback on how well you brush. That feedback includes how long you brushed and if you used too much pressure among other things. The toothbrush can be programmed with personal brush settings for target session length and preferred brushing modes.

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RumorTT: iOS8 to feature Healthbook, other health tracking features

Trace Hagan | Jan 31, 2014 at 06:11 pm CST

The upcoming iOS 8, Apple's latest mobile operating system due to be delivered later this year, is rumored to be health-centric. The headlining feature of the new operating system is said to be "Healthbook", an app that will function similar to how Passbook functions, but will be all about tracking a user's health-related data.

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It's likely that the Healthbook app is being designed to interface with the long-rumored iWatch that Apple is reportedly developing. The Healthbook app will reportedly be able to track numerous different aspects of a person's health, in addition to the usual steps walked and calories burned. The iWatch/Healthbook combo is rumored to be able to track blood pressure, hydration levels, heart rate, and possibly several other blood-related data points. Users can also enter information about medications and the software will remind users to take medication at appropriate times.

Of course, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. The source also warns that health integration could be removed for the final cut of iOS8. However, it's fairly likely that the iWatch will make a debut sometime in 2014.