A Singapore-based startup is turning to Indiegogo to fund the development of Juvo, a sleep tracker that will fit under your mattress and track each breath and heartbeat without relying on uncomfortable wrist-worn bands. Through a comprehensive array of sensors, the tracker will offer helpful insights, lull you to sleep with a white noise machine, and wake you up at the right time through smart lights and thermostat integration.
Heart disease and high blood pressure are the world's leading killers and one way to combat them is to track key health indicators, such as blood pressure and heart rate. The problem is that even with the introduction of digital technology, it's often difficult for people to regularly take readings and interpret the results. One alternative to traditional sphygmometers and stethoscopes is Mocacare's Mocaheart cardiovascular health monitor, which we put through its paces.
Life in many of today's big cities unfortunately brings with it exposure to dense particle pollution. As a result, urban residents from Beijing, China to Santiago, Chile face serious health risks, such as heart and lung disease and premature death. A new US-based startup has developed a pocket-sized pollution monitor it hopes will serve as a warning system, by constantly assessing the environment while the user is on the go and alerting them when air quality drops to unacceptable levels.
Researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California have tested an experimental drug on rapidly-aging mice, with the treatment designed to combat aspects of aging closely associated with Alzheimer's. The results were very positive, with treated mice exhibiting better memory, cognition and more.
The Dario Meter is a pocket-sized, smartphone-connected monitor for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It's cheap and easy to use, logs blood sugar levels and other important stats via a dedicated app, while automatically keeping loved ones and caregivers in the loop.
Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is a reasonably common disorder affecting around two or three percent of children that can lead to serious loss of vision in the long term. The two most common methods of early treatment are eye patches and eye drops, but both require a disciplined approach and are uncomfortable in their own ways. Researchers have now developed electronic glasses that can be programmed to automatically build the brain's reliance on the weaker eye, with the initial trials suggesting they might be as effective as traditional methods of treatment.
A solid night's sleep isn't always achievable for everyone and research has suggested that our increasing tendency to stare into LED screens isn't helping our cause, with the blue light emitted by our devices impacting our body's natural melatonin production. British inventor Richard Mills says he has come up with a way to counter some of the inherent difficulties in winding down. His SleepCogni bedside device places a small rectangular frame over the head of the user that's designed to entice them into relaxation mode with gentle sequences of light, sound and even vibration.
Cholesterol in the body serves an important role by producing vitamin D, hormones and other molecules that help in our food digestion. But when the protein known as PCSK9, which dictates its levels in our blood, retains too much of it, arteries begin to clog up and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers have now developed a vaccine that inhibits the activity of this particular protein, which reduces cholesterol levels in animals and suggests a cheap and effective way to prevent dangerously high levels in humans mightn't be so far away.
Falls can be devastating for the elderly, which is why Orthotic Holdings Inc (OHI) first created the Moore Balance Brace. It's a foot and ankle support, which is designed to improve the balance and stability of its wearers – as long as they use it correctly, that is. With that in mind, OHI has partnered with wearable fitness tech firm Sensoria Fitness to create the internet-connected Smart Moore Balance Brace.
The latest of many standing desk solutions, Levit8 takes a simple approach to getting office workers on their feet. Currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the product is priced low and comes in a unique, convenient form factor.