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— Space

New study highlights the importance of understanding sleep deprivation in astronauts

By - August 12, 2014 2 Pictures
The recently-released results of a study carried out by researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, and the University of Colorado have revealed the extent of the sleep deprivation suffered by astronauts over the course of a long-term mission in Earth-orbit. This study and others like it are the result of an increasing effort undertaken by agencies around the world to study the physiological and psychological impacts of a permanent human presence in space. Read More
— Around The Home

Sense sleep tracker monitors your bedroom for signs of unrest

By - July 29, 2014 8 Pictures
It is often said that the best design solutions are invisible, but let's be honest, most things are invisible to a sleeping set of eyes. Adapt this philosophy to the development of a sleep tracker and you'll hopefully have a device that can quietly work away in the background, keeping tabs on your down time and leaving you free of uncomfortable objects beneath the sheets. Sense is a monitoring system that transmits data to an elegant sphere on your bedside table, which also takes into account the bedroom's environment before providing feedback on your sleeping behavior. Read More
— Automotive

HARKEN system monitors drivers' fatigue levels via their seat

By - July 22, 2014 2 Pictures
It was just last week that we heard about how researchers from Nottingham Trent University are looking at embedding heart rate sensors in car seats, to detect when drivers are nodding off. Well, it turns out that they're not the only ones. A consortium of European companies and institutes is developing a similar system known as HARKEN, which uses seat-located sensors to monitor both the driver's heart rate and their rate of respiration. Read More
— Wearable Electronics

Spark watch is made to keep you from nodding off

By - July 16, 2014 5 Pictures
Falling asleep at the wrong time is apparently a bigger problem than many people may realize. Along with the various systems aimed at keeping drivers awake, we've also recently seen a headset and an earpiece designed to let users know when they're inappropriately drifting off. While those devices have to be worn specifically for that purpose, the Spark takes the form of something you'd have on anyway – a watch. Read More
— Outdoors

Amok's flat-bed hammock copes with twists and turns

By - June 7, 2014 10 Pictures
For generations, the hammock has served as one of the more comfortable ways to relax and sleep outdoors. Though comfy, it's not perfect for everyone. Over the past few years, we've seen a number of tweaks and twists on the classic design, including the Exped Ergo Combi and Hammock Bliss Sky Bed. Amok Equipment presents the latest in its first product - a side-roped hammock that sleeps you flat and lets you sit up. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

Night Shift gets sleep apneans and snorers off their backs

By - May 10, 2014 5 Pictures
Sleep apnea – it’s noisy, unhealthy and dangerous, and it affects up to 24 percent of men 9 percent of women in the US. Night Shift is a new device designed to help people with sleep apnea and snoring issues. These problems are aggravated by sleeping on the back, so the device, which is worn at the back of the neck, vibrates and prompts wearers to move position. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

3D-printed mouthpiece clears the air for sleep apnea sufferers

By - May 8, 2014 3 Pictures
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from various forms of sleep apnea, a condition where the throat passage is blocked during sleep. Further to an immediate inability to breathe, if left untreated the condition can lead to more serious ailments, such as heart problems, stroke and diabetes. Current solutions can be both costly and uncomfortable, but researchers from Australia's CSIRO have developed a 3D-printed mouthpiece that can be personalized for each patient, potentially adding a more practical alternative to the mix. Read More
— Automotive

Steering wheel system could detect driver fatigue on the cheap

By - April 24, 2014 1 Picture
Driver drowsiness is a major cause of accidents, so it's not surprising that a variety of technologies have been developed for its detection. Most of these systems require the use of prominent hardware such as eye-tracking cameras, reactive testing devices, or even Google Glass. A team from Washington State University Spokane, however, has developed a system that detects drowsy drivers through inexpensive electronics that monitor movement of the steering wheel. Read More
— Wearable Electronics

Monbaby smart button monitors baby's sleeping patterns

By - March 20, 2014 6 Pictures
Wearable baby monitors certainly appear an emerging trend, with recent efforts including a bodysuit packed with sensors and a smart sock to track your baby's vital signs. Taking yet another approach is US-based inventor Arturas Vaitaitis, whose Monbaby smart button can be attached to any item of clothing to monitor and provide analysis of your baby's sleeping patterns. Read More

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