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Did you know that activity trackers are the hot new thing? No? Surely you’ve heard of smart watches though. They’re close to the same thing, and are often tied into one device. If you wait long enough, every technology related company in the world will have its very own activity tracker, and will improve them over time as competition from other companies up the bar.
We’ve seen the Razer Nabu, Withings, Fitbit, Leapband, Fineck, and many, many more. One of the many out there that we haven’t seen though, is the Sony Smartband 2. I’m assuming we haven’t heard much about the Smartband 1 for reasons stated above. This can track your heart rate, movements, sleep, and how excited or calm you are. It measures your pulse and stress levels, so it can help you figure out when you need to have a free day, if you can afford to take one of those things.
There is an app called Lifelog that will let you look over all of your data from weeks, months, and years prior. This will vibrate and light up colored LEDs whenever you get a call or message. Made of silicone, it is designed to be comfortable to wear at all times, and there are colored straps so you can accessorize with your wardrobe accordingly. The battery can last for up to five days without needing a recharge, and it is IP68 waterproof. While this isn’t available just yet, don’t be surprised if it’s priced at or over $100. If it’s below the 100 point, it may be worth the money, though if you’re going to go all out, you may as well get a Sony smart watch instead.
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Being a new parent is the most difficult thing in the world. You’ve got a tiny human that doesn’t understand how to be a human, and you’ve been a homo-sapien for so long that you often don’t understand what could be scary to someone who’s just starting to learn the ropes. It’s understandable to cry if you’re soiled or hungry, but there are times where you want to rip your hair out wondering what it could possibly be.
If you want to rule out a fever, that means keeping a thermometer near a baby when it’s unhappy for an extended period of time. It’s easy to imagine why they squirm away, as you wouldn’t want people shoving things in your face when you’re not feeling well either. However, if you want to take their temperature, you need to get creative. The Summer Infant Pacifier will help you to understand your new human, and can hopefully keep it quiet in the process.
If your child does have a temperature, it will glow red and beep when things are not well. Should you be interested in keeping track of this sort of information, you’ll be happy to know that this will also show you the last reading as well. There is a protective cover for traveling purposes, and it should be easy to clean. This will cost you around $12, and if nothing else will give you some small moment of peace and quiet.
Available for purchase on Amazon
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The Summer Infant Thermometer Pacifier – for little humans that get sick
When you have a life where every minute counts, it’s hard to get a good night of sleep. You have to view your rest as a resource, and rather than making you work to feel rested, you can tailor your sleep to work for you, on your terms. While you may have tried keeping track of your fitness, eating, and sleep, this will only give you information, rather than helping you reach your goals.
If you wish you could not only track how much sleep you’re getting, but improve it without having to do anything, then you’ll want the Chrona, which will turn your pillow into a smart pillow. This memory foam insert has been created to help those with high-performance lifestyles get the most out of slumber. Instead of being a constrictive band like most trackers, this is under your head, and can tell what you’re up to while sleeping based on your head and torso movements.
While you’re snoozing, Chrona will play low frequency sounds to help you sleep even deeper than what you can accomplish on your own. Whenever you need to wake up, this will start playing high-frequency sounds to put you in a lighter state of sleep so you won’t be jolted awake by an alarm. There’s a vibration alarm that will bring you into full consciousness, and everything can be controlled and monitored by your smartphone. This is going to cost you $119 during the crowdfunding campaign, or $169 once it hits retail.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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If your child is sick, a hectic life can become even more cumbersome awfully quick. Children are not too keen on constant pain, and don’t want to stick a thermometer in their mouth. For parents, knowing whether or not your child has a fever is a must, as you need to know when you’re going to have to head to the doctor’s.
Of course, a squirming child always makes temperature taking difficult. If you’d prefer to secretly do so without having to deal with any protest, then the Wishbone will allow you to do just that. This looks like a headphone splitter that plugs into your smartphone, but has a completely different and awesome function. All you need to do it place this no-contact thermometer near the child’s forehead and it will give you information within two seconds. The Y-shape will make it easier to view the screen after taking the temperature, and allow you to swivel it to your situation. That last bit is rather important, as wrangling a kid to sit still is already going to be difficult, let alone at a specific angle.
This is powered by lithium batteries that are easy to replace and are found in common stores. It will play nicely with Android and iOS devices, and can check body temperature, ambient temperature, and that of objects or food. This will cost you $33, and is currently part of a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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Very few people have good posture. We sit in front of our screens worming around for hours on end, but hardly ever sit how we’re “supposed to”. We’ve all seen the pictures of how you’re supposed to sit, with your body at the optimal height so your wrists hit the keyboard at just the right angle and your feet perfectly meet the floor. In real life, that hardly happens, and very few of us have the money to sink into chairs and desks that can accommodate us perfectly.
This all normally leads to muscle tension, very specifically in your neck and shoulders. While you can pay big money to see a massage therapist on the regular, it might be better to find a gizmo that can do the job for you. Of course, finding the one that will work right for you is the hardest part, as the type of massage varies a bit. The Neck Massager with Wireless Remote Control uses vibration, Infrared Ray heat, and low-frequency electrical impulses to relax your tired muscles.
You can choose to use all of these in various combinations or separately through the remote control, meaning you won’t have to take it off every time you want to change the settings. This will cost you $159.99, and fits neck sizes 9.6-23.8”. You’ll need to charge it for 6 hours before the first use, but will only need 2-3 hours after that to get to full power when drained. It can run for a total of 2 hours, and comes with six built-in therapy modes.
Available for purchase on Amazon
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There are numerous projects devoted to assisting wheelchair bound people to function better, to be able to do more, see more, and just generally participate in the special moments, or events, that are important to them. As an adult, I imagine the life of a child with a physical disability, and I would want to do everything I could to make sure they could be part of the action. One mother, who has a son with a disability, invented a device to help her child walk, and is now sharing her invention with the world.
Check out the Upsee, a specialized harness system that allows wheelchair bound kids the opportunity to stand upright, and walk. Debby Elnatan, a music therapist, invented the Upsee to help her son, who has cerebral palsy. The Upsee consists of a harness that attaches to an adult, and a special side-by-side shoe system, worn by both the parent and child, allowing them to take steps together.
It certainly appears that the Upsee does improve family participation and the quality of life for special needs kids, and research suggests it even has the potential to help with physical and emotional development as well. Parents that have used the Upsee with their kids couldn’t believe the delight and smiles of their kids while they walked through the park, or got to talk to their friends face -to-face for the first time.
The Upsee Kit comes in 4 sizes, and in four different colors. The kit consists of three parts: an adult hip-belt, a child harness and shared sandals. It is available now, at fireflyfriends.com for under 500 bucks. It is available worldwide, and the shipping is free.
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Ah Thanksgiving, I believe it exists not only to remind us of all the things we have to be thankful for, but also to drive home the fact that eating is a wonderful thing. Of course too-much-turkey hangover, and a 5 pound weight gain overnight …not so much. If only we could have all the pleasure of food and snacks, with none of the pesky after effects.
Now, what if you could eat a nice leafy green salad, and have your tastebuds tell you that it was a bacon double cheeseburger with fried onions and extra ketchup? Well, it could happen, in fact, Nimesha Ranasinghe, a Ph.D. research scholar at the National University of Singapore, is in the process of developing a device that actually simulates flavors directly on the tip of your tongue, using a “lollipop” consisting of a silver electrode.
In fact, Nimesha and his team are able to reproduce our most established basic tastes, like, sweet, salty, sour and bitter, and by combining these flavors, a person’s taste receptors are fooled by simply varying the alternating current from the lollipop and slight but rapid changes in temperature. Imagine being able to one day believe you are tasting real food!
Where could this technology take us? I can think of a vast market for such a device. From dieters to diabetics being able to experience foods that shouldn’t be on the menu, to advertisers being able to offer up sample tastes of their next delicious offerings, to entertainment venues like movie theaters, where you would be able to taste what you see on screen. Yup, it could be huge… but for the time being, I’m sticking with my turkey and gravy – and then I’m going to take a nap.
I would like to take a quick poll here – how many of you out there actually have the fear of needles, and hate going to the doctor to get your shot? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you would be in good company with a number of children too, who happen to share the same fear as you. There is something quite unnerving about having a really large needle inserted into your body, although thinking about it as some form of acupuncture might help a wee bit. Here is one device that has definitely proven itself in trials and tests – the Buzzy.
Just what the heck is the Buzzy, you ask? Well, the Buzzy happens to be a unique and new device which is capable of relieving the stinging pain of shots, and it is currently assisting children and adults around the world by offering them an instant pain management solution. It was invented by a mom/pediatric ER physician, where it is reusable to boot, blocking pain using the natural method by merging a therapeutic massager and an ice pack. Kids as well as parents are indebted to this vibrating bee, where it would go a long way in helping out with needle phobia, injection pain, and burning. Not only that, a fair number of parents also use Buzzy when it comes to scrapes, itching, bee stings, and splinters.
Buzzy is effective in its nature because of the physiology called Gate Control. Larger cold and vibration nerves will crowd out smaller pain nerve sensations whenever both are felt simultaneously, and if you want a more natural example, imagine running a burn under cold water, and you’ve got the picture. Buzzy will make use of low tech components in order to address the issue of needle pain and needle phobia in an efficient manner. If you are interested, the palm-sized Buzzy will retail for $39.95 a pop.
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Buzzy device makes injections less painful, especially for kids
Glasses could turn into the next big tech thing. First you’ve got Google starting to tout their upcoming Google Glass product. Many of the functions of our smartphones will be included in their “smart spectacles” – which will attempt to eliminate the awkward fumbling that inevitably occurs when we need our phone. Next up in the world of glasses? A conceptual gadget from Johns Hopkins University looks to include a literal lifesaver on a pair of specs.
The recently announced Stroke Detector looks like a pair of swim goggles or Rec Specs. Included within are an infrared video camera and connection for a laptop. Together they measure and record eye movements. Strokes that occur in the back of the brain present symptoms of dizziness and vertigo which can also be present with simple inner ear issues. The key to understanding if it really is a stroke are their eye movements which are undetectable to a human. Four million people a year visit US emergency rooms with stroke-like symptoms and only 5% actually do prove true. Most of these 4 million people go through a costly MRI which – in the case of those actually having a stroke – causes a delay in diagnosis. Time is of the essence when a stroke sets in. The Stroke Detector looks to save those valuable minutes, save lives and maybe even money.
One of the scariest health epidemics of my generation was HIV. I remember quite clearly its emergence on the scene, the graphic news footage of those first infected, people slowly dying from something so misunderstood and scary. It doesn’t seem to be big news anymore, but it’s still killing people all over the world.
Well, OraSure, the company that brought us the first healthcare administered oral specimen HIV test available all the way back in 1994, have now developed OraQuick, a simple at-home test that allows people to test themselves in the privacy of their own homes for the virus that causes AIDS. Imagine, an FDA approved, over-the-counter HIV test that requires only a simple mouth swab and 20-40 minutes of your time.
It is estimated that there are over a quarter of a million Americans that are completely unaware that they have been infected with HIV, testing yourself can help protect your health and, it will certainly help to curtail the rampant spread of HIV. The OraQuick In-Home Oral HIV Test is a private, confidential way to test yourself and get your results in only around 20 minutes.
The OraQuick test will be available this month at many retail outlets in the USA including Walmart, or at Oraquick.com for only around $39.99. The testing kit comes in a durable plastic case with step by step instructions and a pre and post test information booklets. Remember that there is always a slight risk of a false negative or positive result, so please follow-up with a medical professional.
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