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New Lens Technology Helps People With Aging Eyes To See More Clearly When Looking Down

June 28, 2005 With the world’s baby boomers beginning to experience the inevitable symptoms of aging eyes, selecting the right eyeglass lenses is an issue that goes beyond trendy looks. According to recent studies, the ability to see clearly when looking down has been linked to an increased risk of slips and falls. Fortunately for boomers who want to maximise their visual ability and avoid the tell-tale aging signs of reading glasses or bifocals as a solution for aging eyes, a new breakthrough technology is available in progressive lenses, also known as no-line bifocals, which combines the benefits of a single-vision look with an expanded field of view.  Read More

The staircycle – a mobile stair climber

June 28, 2005 Combining many of the key features of a scooter, a bicycle and a stair-step exercise machine, the staircycle has just won Yahoo! Search Marketing’s Think Big contest and a bundle of publicity not to mention ten million free adverts on the Yahoo! Network. Accordingly, if you hate the idea of going nowhere while you’re exercising and prefer stepping to cycling, this’ll be just what you’ve been looking for. Priced at US$795 the Staircycle can be used indoors or outdoors as it comes with an additional mounting device to turn it into a stationary stepper machine at an extra US$200 – there’s also a childrens version at US$595.  Read More

New Spray Impacts Perception of Age - takes an average six years off a woman's age

June 15, 2005 If perception is indeed the ONLY reality, then Alan Hirsch of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation (STTRF) appears to have invented the legendary “elixir of youth” and it’s not a magical potion, and doesn’t require injections or surgery. It only works for women and it only works on men, but a few sprays of the STTRF Timeless View is all it takes to change the perception of men about a woman’s age. A preliminary clinical study has found that men perceived women who wore this formula to be an average of six years younger than their actual age. Bottles of the claimed “revolutionary fountain-of-youth mist” are selling over the web for US$29.95 for women who wish to "spray away the years."  Read More

Food Tasting Robot

June 13, 2005 One of the really scary things about NEC’s Papero robot is all the capabilities it keeps adding and what it eventually may become. We had a good look at Papero last year and we were very impressed with its English-Japanese translation capabilities in conjunction with its personality and social skills – now a new variant of Papero has been shown at EXPO 2005 in Japan and this one is a “health food adviser robot” which analyses any food you give it using infrared spectrum analysis and reports on the fat and sugar content.  Read More

Czech scientists sustain human stem cells in original 'blank' state

June 10, 2005 Czech scientists have made significant new breakthroughs in stem cell research. Dr. Petr Dvorak, scientist with the Institute of Experimental Medicine at the Czech Academy of Sciences, says his research suggests embryonic stem cells maintained in a universal or 'totipotent' status can, under certain conditions, be used to develop any type of cells in the human body, a key component to realising the full potential of stem cell therapies. The Institute has also seen several other stem cell research breakthroughs, most notably developing a procedure that uses stem cells to repair the brain and spinal cord employing nanotechnologies as a labeling-and-delivery mechanism.  Read More

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

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