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Truth in advertising

June 2, 2005 If you’re an average person with a fundamental understanding of the laws of physics, you’ll no doubt from time to time leap off the couch when you see the claims of a television commercial and scream “that is utter bollocks!” It seems some people agree with you, at least about Gillette’s US advertising claims about its new M3Power razor. Judge Janet C. Hall of the United States District Court, District of Connecticut, yesterday granted Schick a preliminary injunction against false advertising claims by Gillette for its M3Power razor. Judge Hall determined that Gillette's claim that the M3Power raises hair up and away from the skin is both "unsubstantiated and inaccurate." The court found that that the product demonstrations in Gillette's advertising are "greatly exaggerated" and "literally false."  Read More

Obesity vaccine enters clinical trial

May 19, 2005 – It is one of the world’s greatest ironies that while a billion of the planet’s citizens are quite literally starving, another billion are eating themselves to death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one billion people worldwide are overweight and of these at least 300 million are clinically obese. The cost of obesity in terms of morbidity, mortality and medical expenditure is enormous. WHO reports that developed countries spend 2-7% of total health care costs on obesity-related problems. Which is why the announcement this week from a small Swiss biotechnology company has such massive ramifications. The company is beginning trials of a drug which it believes will not only suppress the appetite and assist in losing weight, but keep the weight off in the long term. Immunodrug candidate CYT009-GhrQb is effectively a therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of obesity.  Read More

New wrist watch for the over 40s

May 14, 2005 With miniaturisation one of the key themes of convergence, everything seems to be getting smaller regardless of whether it’s a good idea. As anyone over the age of 40 will attest, one of the first signs of mortality is the decline of eyesight, so the ever-shrinking dials, screens and type point sizes produce massive user-interface problems for the over forties and the most voracious consumer segment in history, the baby Boomers. It was this trend that was recognised by a baby boomer and addressed with the invention of the iBEAM watch – a simple watch with a pop-up magnifying lens and built-in LED flashlight can help the tens of millions of people suffering from shrinking type syndrome.  Read More

Ovulation Tracker for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs

May 6, 2005 Whether the goal is to become pregnant or avoid pregnancy, plan a trip or avoid chemical contraceptives, Woman Calendar software offers a convenient and powerful means to efficiently manage a natural family planning lifestyle and to accurately predict fertility and period cycles. So although it’s not a gadget, we figured the porting of Woman Calendar fertility tracker to Windows Mobile PDAs was worth a shout. Interestingly, a large percentage of customers who have purchased Woman Calendar are men.  Read More

A voice from the grave,  cyber style

April 29, 2005 Australian Internet Company EVOL launched its new online messaging service this week and though the technologies employed are not new, the concept is quite interesting as the messages are primarily intended to give users a voice from the grave. The idea came when entrepreneur Andrew Chan was regularly travelling overseas and on one particular outward-bound trip, was mindful of leaving his young family behind. He had a legal will in place, and his assets and insurance policies would ensure he had provided well in the event of an accident, but he still felt there was more he could do, and in that space created by 12 plus hours of international flight, he conceived an on-line messaging system to deliver final and important audio and video messages to significant others.  Read More

New Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM enables consistent all-day vision

April 28, 2005 Disposable contact lens specialist Vistakon has announced the availability of the first silicone hydrogel daily wear contact lens for individuals with astigmatism, a common vision problem experienced by millions of children, teenagers, and adults. The Acuvue Advance For Astigmatism utilises a new stabilisation technology that harnesses the natural pressures of a blinking eye to balance the lens in place while the eye is open and quickly realign the lens if it rotates out of position, providing patients with astigmatism with consistent, all-day vision and comfort. Most currently available soft contact lenses worn by individuals with astigmatism are prone to rotating with the eyelids' movements, causing wearers to experience some blurriness or fluctuation in vision. The new lenses also feature Hydraclear, a proprietary technology that combines an oxygen-rich material with a moisture-rich wetting agent that gives the lenses a moist, smooth feel.  Read More

L'Oreal Paris Introduces the First Mass Market Men's Anti-Aging Line of cosmetics

March 10, 2005 L'Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise, the leader in technology-driven skin care treatments, has announced an April 2005 launch of the first comprehensive men's anti-aging line to hit mass market retailers nationwide across America. The announcement is significant as mens cosmetics has been a small niche market until now and L’Oreal’s lead could precipitate a general change of perception towards mens cosmetics.  Read More

UltraCane uses ultrasonic echoes to offer spatial awareness to the vision-impaired

March 9, 2005 The Ultracane is a new electronic mobility aid that might look like the old white cane for visually-impaired people but adds a remarkable array of technology to enable the person to see objects around them. It works exactly the same way that bats "see" using ultrasonic echoes to provide users with the ability to "feel" objects in their environment through the cane's vibrations. The UKP399 Ultracane is getting rave reviews from all those who try it.  Read More

Displays for user interaction can be integrated into every-day appliances like a bathroom ...

February 28, 2005 At the TEDMED conference late last year, Philips showcased MyHeart, a European project led by Philips with a budget of EUR 33 million and 33 project partners, among them Nokia, Vodafone, Medtronic and the Mayo Clinic. MyHeart is a research consortium that is studying options for smart electronic solutions and associated services that empower people to play an active role in maintaining their health. The project aims to make a significant contribution to the emerging market in products for consumer health and wellness.  Read More

AWOL releases single user machine

February 26, 2005 Alcohol WithOut Liquid (AWOL) has launched a small portable, home version of the controversial commercial AWOL machines launched last year into pubs, clubs and bars. The personal AWOL machine will be named AWOL 1 and will be priced at US$299, a significant reduction from the commercial two and four person AWOL machines, priced at US$2595 and US$2895 respectively. The price reduction has been enabled by substituting the oxygen generator used in AWOL 2 and 4 for an air compressor used in AWOL 1. Both methods deliver alcohol into the bloodstream in the same way - a method that has caused controversy on both sides of the Atlantic, though some US states seem intent on taking silliness to new extremes.  Read More

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