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Samsung's brainBAND to further understanding of concussion

Picking up on the symptoms of concussion can be tricky business at the time of the incident, and measuring its effects thereafter aren't so straightforward either. Looking to further our understanding of brain injuries and how they can be managed to avoid long-term harm, Samsung has developed an experimental brainBAND to quantify the force of impacts to the head.Read More

Wireless earphones put a microphone in your ear

Toward the end of last year, the first truly wireless earphones became available for consumers to buy and plug in. We were sent a pair of Earins to review and were impressed by both performance and build quality, though found them a little on the quiet side. Taking calls while using them was also a bit of a hassle, as they didn't feature a built-in microphone. The RippleBuds project supports hands-free calling with the inclusion of an in-ear microphone, while also promising increased play time.Read More

Toyota's guide collar for the blind and visually impaired

Autonomous vehicles promise to make it much easier for the blind and visually impaired to get around by car, but Toyota is looking to extend the advantages provided by the technology to when they get out of the car. The automaker is developing a wearable device that can take in the user's surroundings and relay information to them via audio and vibration cues.Read More

Digital pin puts animated gifs on your lapel

If you're the type of person who wears graphic pins, you probably want them to get noticed. Well, nothing attracts peoples' attention like movement. That's where Pins Collective comes in – the Swedish startup has designed a pin that displays animated gifs of the user's choice.Read More

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Review: Plugging in with the MOS Pack charging backpack

There's a growing number of bags that are designed to provide energy to devices while on the go. Many backpacks, such as the Poros Tetra, AMPL Labs backpack, and TYLT Energi+, embed a USB battery to tap into. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the MOS Pack charging backpack takes a slightly different approach by incorporating the company's power extension solution instead. We recently had the opportunity to check out what it's like to load up and plug in MOS's modern backpack.Read More

New wearable uses sound to maintain deep sleep

Multiple studies have shown the benefits of a good night's sleep relative to improved memory and cellular regeneration, yet good sleep seems to be eluding more and more people. The recent launch of Rythm and the introduction of its Dreem device adds a new approach to combat that problem, by detecting when a sleeper is in a deep sleep state and maintaining that state through the use of sound.Read More

Garmin's vivoactive HR gets heart rate monitoring and a makeover

When we reviewed the Garmin vivoactive last year, our biggest complaints were the lack of heart rate monitoring and dubious styling. It looks like Garmin was listening, as the firm has now announced the vivoactive HR, an updated model which adds heart rate monitoring, and gives the device a much-needed makeover. Garmin also announced the vivofit 3 tracker which pairs year-long battery life and a backlit display.Read More

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