Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Tracking

Tailio slots right in under the litter box to track weight and activity, leaving kitty non...

Persik the cat was seven years old when his owner picked him up one day to discover that his pet had shed around a quarter of his body weight. Within five days, Persik passed away, falling victim to cancer. Owner and engineer Alex Treiner began to wonder how cats' health and happiness could be monitored more closely and came up with the Tailio, a monitor placed underneath a litter box, where it keeps tabs on your feline's behavior and lets you know if something is not quite right.  Read More

Elvie is a newly announced pelvic floor muscle exercise tracking device and smartphone app

Further proof that there's almost always "an app for that," Elvie is a personal fitness aid that works with an accompanying app to provide women with real-time guidance and tracking of pelvic floor exercises.  Read More

A combination of new sensors and predictive algorithms could make the Jawbon UP3 the most ...

With its new flagship device, the UP3, Jawbone introduces a new set of sensors and software features that could finally provide reliable sleep and activity tracking data, succeeding where so many others have fallen short.  Read More

The prototype Automatic Ingestion Monitor with its motion sensor visible at the bottom, in...

There are already a number of devices that allow people to keep track of what and how much they eat, in order to help themselves lose weight or maintain a better-balanced diet. Most of these gadgets, however, rely on the user to manually enter the data regarding each meal. The University of Alabama's Dr. Edward Sazonov is working at taking user error/deceitfulness out of the equation, by developing a headset-style diet-tracking device that automatically monitors what its wearer eats.  Read More

If you leave your Tzukuris sunglasses behind, the app helps you locate them

Losing your sunglasses is no fun, especially expensive ones. Tzukuri is aiming to prevent such tragedies with a range of sunglasses that allow you to track them should they go missing.  Read More

The Drivebot is a simple dongle device that plugs into the car’s On Board Diagnostic (OBD-...

For many drivers, a vehicle’s inner workings are akin to magic. When something goes wrong with the car, we take it to the mechanic and trust them to provide an accurate, honest resolution recommendation. But what if there was an app that could provide us vehicular simpletons with ongoing monitoring and recommend a non-biased solution when a problem is identified? That’s exactly what five Thai engineers thought when they set about developing the Drivebot, a device described as a Fitbit for your car.  Read More

The Blunt + Tile umbrellas feature a built-in tracking device, aimed at helping you hunt d...

An umbrella hastily snatched on the way out the door can easily become another item left behind, as the weather clears up and we continue on our merry, baggage-free way. But what if your brolly had a tracking device built-in, meaning when it is misplaced you can simply whip out your phone and hone in on its whereabouts? High-end umbrella maker Blunt has teamed up with Bluetooth-tracker specialists Tile to produce what it calls the first smart umbrella, looking to make sure you're never caught unprepared again.  Read More

The Flyeye telescope is designed to detect asteroids that pose a potential hazard to Earth...

One aggravating property of the housefly is that swatting one is harder than it looks. That’s because flies have eyes designed for avoiding such a day-ruining event by detecting motion over a wide field of vision. Since asteroids have the potential to do to Earth what rolled newspapers do to flies, ESA is developing a telescope based on a fly’s eye as a new asteroid-hunting tool that could be the basis for a new asteroid defense network.  Read More

Garmin's vivosmart blends fitness tracking with smartphone functionality (Photo: Chris Woo...

Garmin's sports monitoring efforts have typically resembled bulky wristwatches more than the inconspicuous, new age fitness trackers of the Fitbit mold. It did flag its intentions to trim some fat earlier this year with the release of its vivofit bracelet and the company's new vivosmart, which we came across at IFA last week, retains the form and function of the slender fitness bracelet, while packing real-time notifications and functionality of a smartwatch.  Read More

Nike's House of Mamba basketball court

LEDs are being phased into use everywhere from living rooms to offices to car headlights to street-lighting. Whilst these uses are practical, for something a little more exciting we can look to Nike. Its House of Mamba basketball court uses an LED surface for graphics, video and player-tracking.  Read More

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