It's always handy having a spare pair of glasses on hand, but paying for
a second set of prescription specs is something that most of us would
prefer not to do. Well, that's where Adlens Adjustables come in. They're
inexpensive glasses that can be focused by the user to (more or
less) match their prescription. We recently gave them a try, and can
tell you that they work ... but you probably won't want to use them as
your primary glasses.
If you're into the quantified self movement or just very serious about your fitness tracking, there's now a complete running ensemble for you. Sensoria, the company that gave us smart fitness socks a few years ago, now offers a full smart running system providing audio and visual feedback on your workout in real time.
An international study
appears to have created a test that can determine the biological age
of a patient's body. The research – undertaken by King's College
London (KCL), the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and Duke University
in the US – could have a broad range of applications, including
improving screening techniques for age-related diseases such as
Alzheimer's, allowing doctors to begin treatment earlier in the
Ohio-based healthcare startup Caring Things has joined the fledgling smart thermometer space with an ear bud-sized infrared thermometer that plugs directly into the audio jack of your smart phone – the Tympani Smart Thermometer.
While many of us may have experienced a bit of queasiness on unusually
rough flights or boat trips, some people suffer from extreme motion
sickness even under relatively calm conditions. Although medication can
help, it also causes side effects such as drowsiness. In a few years,
however, there may be a preferable alternative ... which users would
stick to their head.
Samsung has entered the sleep-tracking market, by unveiling its
SleepSense device at IFA in Berlin. Unlike some similar products, it
doesn't have to be worn on the body or laid across the bed.
Instead, it's simply placed under the mattress, where it analyzes the
user's sleep and provides suggestions if improvements are needed.
Sit-stand desks are an adjustable twist on the standing desk that allow users to switch between the two positions. The Perch is a take on the idea that cleverly combines simplicity, affordability and adaptability.
It's bad enough that the flu can make one feel pretty terrible, but the
young, the elderly, and/or those with existing health conditions tend to
experience the worst that such sicknesses have to offer. Just in time
for the US flu season, Kinsa has announced its second-generation smart
thermometer that's designed to read temperatures from the ear, track
illness symptoms, and help people take actionable steps.
An international study has found that life expectancy worldwide has jumped by more than 6 years since 1990. The comprehensive survey of data from 188 countries found that while people are living longer, even in some of the poorest countries, how healthy our extended lives will be remains a challenge.
We've seen a number of technologies that speak on behalf of paralyzed
people who are unable to do so. While some of these utilize cues as
subtle as eye movements,
the fact is that many severely paralyzed patients are unable to manage
even those. That's why researchers at Britain's Loughborough University
have created a system that speaks words based on the user's breathing.