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Health & Wellbeing Review

Review: Withings Body Cardio scale rides a new wave

As someone who's needed to lose 20 pounds for the last 20 years, I've never been a big fan of scales. Teller of truths, dasher of hopes, and sapper of motivation, the scale lies smug at your feet impassively displaying its readout as if to say: "What? They're just numbers." But they say so much more, don't they? Now there's a new scale from Withings that not only lets you know how much weight you didn't lose yesterday, but also measures the wave your heart makes in your arteries to make you feel extra bad about your cardiovascular health too. I tried it out and investigated Withings' claims.Read More

Health & Wellbeing Review

Review: QardioBase smart scale doesn't quite measure up

As someone who likes to stay in shape, I was looking forward to reviewing the QardioBase smart scale and body composition analyzer. The device sits alongside the QardioArm, a smart blood pressure monitor, and the QardioCore, a wearable EKG/ECG monitor, in Qardio's lineup, and was recently awarded a CES 2016 Innovation Award – the third for the company. Unfortunately, after receiving the QardioBase our enthusiasm quickly turned to frustration.


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Military

Next generation armor inspired by animal scales

We've seen scientists examine everything from the structure of sea sponges to the clubbing ability of mantis shrimps in the search for next generation lightweight armor systems. Researchers at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering believe that fish scales could hold the key to creating armor that's both impervious and lightweight. They eventually aim to combine the properties of fish, snake and butterfly scales into a single protective armor system.Read More

Experimental weigh scale also checks your heart

People being monitored for heart conditions currently have to go into a hospital or clinic on a regular basis, to have an electrocardiogram performed on them. That may be about to change, however, as researchers from Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have developed a bathroom scale that performs the procedure right in the user’s home.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

iHealth helps manage your blood pressure and weight on your iPhone

For many people, a key part of their personal health management routine involves monitoring their blood pressure and weight. Frequently going to get one’s blood pressure measured at a pharmacy or clinic, however, can be a hassle. Well, to paraphrase an advertising slogan, “there’s an app for that” – along with a device. The iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad consists of a blood pressure arm cuff wired to a portable dock, along with the free iHealth app, which users run on their chosen iDevice to keep track of their systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate. They will also soon be able to throw their weight data into the mix, with the iHealth Scale.Read More

Around The Home

Perfect Portions food scale features built-in nutrition guide

Most U.S. shoppers will be familiar with the Nutrition Facts label on foods which, amongst other things, tells consumers how much fat and salt is in their food. With the Digital Food Scale from Perfect Portions, users can obtain that information whilst weighing out their serving. Ten key nutritional elements are displayed when users type in an appropriate food code from a database of nearly 2,000 foods, empowering users to take control of their daily intake or cut down on foods that may do more harm than good. Read More

Good Thinking

Self-weighing suitcase knows exactly how heavy it is

It's happened to most of us at one time or another - you pack a suitcase before going on a trip, only to find that it's over the airline's weight restriction. Surely there has to be a better way than lifting that heavy suitcase back and forth to your bathroom scales, right? British company Expert Verdict is now selling a clever solution on their website. This self-weighing suitcase has an LCD display just underneath the handle that will tell you exactly how much the contents weigh.Read More

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