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Apple Watch heart rate monitor saves teen’s life

Apple Watch heart rate monitor saves teen’s life

For most, the heart rate sensors on our smartwatches and wearables, sometimes even on smartphones, are more of an extra feature for health enthusiasts and those with active lifestyles. For 17 year old Paul Houle Jr. of Tabor Academy in Cape Cod, it was a literal lifesaver. The heart rate monitor on his newly purchased Apple Watch alerted him to the fact that there might be something wrong with his heart rate. Luckily, instead of just attributing it to a faulty sensor, His trainer and school nurse verified the reading and then rushed the teen to the hospital, saving his life in the process.

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DARPA’s new prosthetic limb lets paralyzed man feel objects

DARPA’s new prosthetic limb lets paralyzed man feel objects

Prosthetic limbs have become nearly science fiction-like in their sophistication, allowing the human mind to control robotic arms and hands in a way similar to how one controls their own limbs. DARPA is counted among the research entities developing this technology, and it has recently taken it a step further, using neurotechnology to enable a paralyzed individual to "feel" objects through a prosthesis. The prosthetic is sensitive enough that sensations touching each finger could be discerned individually.

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Apple Watch OS 2.0 app preview: Facebook Messenger, GoPro, more

Apple Watch OS 2.0 app preview: Facebook Messenger, GoPro, more

Apple has over 10,000 apps for Apple Watch, the company announced today, previewing some of the upcoming software that will arrive with the wearable's WatchOS 2. The milestone figure comes, impressively, before Apple Watch even supports native software, something which Apple promises will make apps load faster, perform more swiftly, and be more flexible.

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Runtastic Moment is an analog activity-tracking watch

Runtastic Moment is an analog activity-tracking watch

Runtastic, the makers of the fitness app of the same name that was just acquired by Adidas, has just launched an analog fitness tracking watch called Moment. Aimed at competing with the likes of Withings' Activite, the Runtastic Moment tracks just about all the activities you'd expect, including steps, distance, calories burned, minutes of activity, and sleep cycles, all while maintaining the form of a traditional, simple analog watch. It may not be a smartwatch, but it's definitely a watch with smarts.

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Napping with Samsung SLEEPsense

Napping with Samsung SLEEPsense

I confess, I was a little suspicious when Samsung invited me to take a nap at its IFA booth. Turns out though, it wasn't a strange casting couch experience they had in mind, but a quick test of the new Samsung SLEEPsense, a contactless sleep tracker that, rather than clamping to your wrist, slips under your mattress to monitor you wirelessly.

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“L” is for Life Sciences: smart contacts graduate from X Labs

“L” is for Life Sciences: smart contacts graduate from X Labs

Here's another one to add to the Alphabet noodle soup. We've only really heard about Google's plans to put some smarts into contact lenses last year. But according to Google co-founder and now Alphabet president Sergey Brin, they have been hard at work at it for three years under the Google X umbrella. Now, however, with the shuffling of brands and people, the smart contact lens is ready to graduate from experimental status into a new Life Sciences company of its own under the Alphabet mothership.

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Report: ‘vaping’ is 95% healthier than cigarette smoking

Report: ‘vaping’ is 95% healthier than cigarette smoking

Vaping, the term used to describe smoking electronic cigarettes, is 95 percent safer than smoking regular cigarettes, according to Public Health England. Electronic cigarettes, sometimes also calls ‘ecigs’ and e-cigarettes, are electronic portable vaporizers that vaporize a liquid solution of nicotine, flavoring, and glycerin to produce a facsimile of smoke. A lot of controversy has surrounded electronic cigarettes, but the new report is largely favorable.

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Digital pen might one day help detect brain conditions

Digital pen might one day help detect brain conditions

Brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's can have a severe impact on people later in their life, and one of the biggest problems is detecting them early enough for effective treatments to begin. One way that doctors check for early signs is through patient's drawing irregularities, i.e. distortions in shapes and how long it takes to finish a drawing. Unfortunately, these irregularities, like signs of brain diseases, can be easily overlooked due to a doctor's opinion. But MIT researchers think a digital pen with tracking software could help improve detection.

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Research suggests music might one day help with epilepsy treatments

Research suggests music might one day help with epilepsy treatments

A group of researchers from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have made a new discovery about those with epilepsy and how the brain processes music. The team, led by neurologist Christine Charyton, based their research on the fact that 80% of epileptic seizures begin in the temporal lobes, the same region of the brain as the auditory cortex, the part that processes sound and music. The discovery is that the brainwaves of those with the disorder tend to synchronize with music.

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Adidas grabs Runtastic for digital health push

Adidas grabs Runtastic for digital health push

Adidas has bought Runtastic, bringing the popular fitness tracking app in-house and promising to "unleash its knowledge of sport" on its 70m users. The deal, which values Runtastic at around $241m, sees the app join Adidas' own fitness wearables like the miCoach FIT SMART, and could give the sportswear brand a lower-cost way to engage new users via their smartphones.

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Garmin Forerunner 25 puts GPS in slimmer running watch

Garmin Forerunner 25 puts GPS in slimmer running watch

Garmin has a new GPS running watch for those who prefer their fitness wearable to look like an actual wristwatch, the Forerunner 25. Bearing a striking resemblance to Casio watches of old, the Forerunner squeezes GPS, distance and pace measurement, calorific burn count, and support for heart rate monitoring - if you're wearing the right accessory. Paired with a smartphone, meanwhile, it'll flag up notifications like calls, messages, and calendar alerts.

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Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra Running has unveiled it new Altra IQ running shoe equipped with iFit tech to gather running data. There’s a multi-sensor system embedded in the shoe that is said to be “razor-thin”. The related connectivity pipes the data from the shoes to a smartphone or smartwatch running the iFit app. As with similar apps, the data is aggregated and presented as an analysis that tracks details over time. The app includes real-time coaching when the wearer is out for a run, and offers up an interpretation of what the data means (that you’re landing too hard on one foot, as an example).

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