health

Bpeer tracks your home’s air quality

Bpeer tracks your home’s air quality

Bpeer is a health tracker of a different sort, monitoring the environment around you for things like gas, pollution levels, air quality, and less health-related things like humidity and noise levels. The detector can be used both indoors and outdoors, with the design resembling an alarm clock and its app dishing up all the details. Both iOS and Android is supported, but Bpeer's integrated display also provides details for times a phone isn't convenient.

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Withings CEO apologizes for releasing Aura “too hastily”

Withings CEO apologizes for releasing Aura “too hastily”

First introduced in January of this year, Withings' Aura sleep system was ultimately launched in August, and unfortunately was soon after met with user complaints about various issues. The device is meant to track how well a user sleeps, as well as lulling the user to sleep by shining a soft light in different colors and playing gentle music. Unfortunately, it was apparently released before properly ready, and now the company's CEO has apologized to its users.

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Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Running on a treadmill in your living room or doing pushups in the bedroom can be boring. Really, really boring. A gym would be better, but it’s just not always possible. Runtastic is about to change the home workout, and is planning to introduce a version of their famous 7-minute workout for the Oculus Rift. As you might imagine, the app will give you an immersive 3D environment for your workout, but won’t be a radical departure from what you might be used to with your existing workout app.

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Official Navy SEAL training & fitness app ranks you against the elite

Official Navy SEAL training & fitness app ranks you against the elite

Thinking of joining the U.S. armed forces with the hopes of becoming a candidate for the Navy SEAL program? Or just in fit condition and looking for a new challenge? The Official Navy SEAL Training app for iPhone is probably what you're looking for then, allowing you to test yourself against the actual physical screening test that SEAL candidates must pass to even be accepted into the program.

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Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone wants to make fitness a communal goal, and to help facilitate that is its newly announced UP for Groups. As its name suggests, UP for Groups allows teams of people (ten or more individuals) to participate in healthier living together. Jawbone is specifically targeting businesses, which it says have requested ways to "support and amplify" fitness tracker usage in the workplace, but the new offering is just as applicable to schools and any other organization or collective.

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Fineck smart necklace tracks posture, neck health

Fineck smart necklace tracks posture, neck health

If you're looking for an activity tracker to keep tabs on your daily activities but don't like the idea of wearing a wristband, the folks at Veari have an alternative: Fineck, a smart necklace that tracks health metrics while worn around the neck. As with wristbands, Fineck tracks common information like distance traveled, as well as neck positions, balance, and posture, providing the information on various charts through the related smartphone app.

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Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wants you to have better posture and to breathe correctly, and so to help with these two things is its new wearable by the same name. Prana is a disk-shaped wearable that connects to one's waistband using a clip, and from that position it will use a 3-axis accelerometer to keep tabs on posture and breathing patterns. As with other wearables, the information is piped off to a connected smartphone, where the Prana iOS and Android apps present data and aid in training the user to adjust their posture and breathing patterns.

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VivaLnk’s digital tattoos are becoming thermometers

VivaLnk’s digital tattoos are becoming thermometers

Digital tattoos are cool tech in a geeky way, certainly, but there are more practical uses for skin-adhesive wireless sensors than unlocking your smartphone, VivaLnk is suggesting. The upcoming VivaLnk eSkin Thermometer sticks to your arm, just as with the Digital Tattoo from the firm we reviewed back in August, but rather than working simply as a unique identifier, it passes body temperature information to a companion smartphone app.

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Stephen Hawking’s voice gets a huge tech reboot

Stephen Hawking’s voice gets a huge tech reboot

Professor Stephen Hawking has been given a new voice, with an Intel-made communications system allowing the famed physicist to express himself more quickly, as well as opening the door to similar technology for others affected by similar diseases. Hawking, who has a motor neuron disease (MND) related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which has left him almost completely paralyzed, can now type twice as fast as before, while other tasks like web searches are up to ten times faster. Intel is releasing the new software, three years in the making, under a free open-source license.

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Victoria’s Secret silently launches heart-sensing bra

Victoria’s Secret silently launches heart-sensing bra

Wearable devices are in fashion. Don't believe it yet? Just ask Victoria's Secret. The famous lingerie retailer has just outed, albeit without much fuss or fanfare, a new bra named "Incredible" that incredibly has its own heart-rate sensor inside. Designed for athletes and women with active lifestyles, this bra will allow users to be updated of their heart's status without having to wear conspicuous or uncomfortable straps. That said, you'll still need to wear or at least attach some monitor of sorts to go with it.

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Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina is a smartphone adapter that aims to bring eye examinations anywhere they're needed, such as remotely located medical clinics that don't otherwise have access to the necessary hardware for performing eye assessments. Peek stands for Portable Eye Examination Kit, and as its name suggests the adapter is entirely portable -- small enough to fit in a pocket along with the smartphone to which it will be attached, offering both a retina camera functionality and an ophthalmoscope while leveraging the smartphone's camera.

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Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

At CES 2014, we named the Jaybird Reign our best wearable of the show. That wasn’t because it was pretty, had a flashy screen, or even had some other hardware tweak we hadn’t seen yet. Reign got our award based on their software, which promises a singular, holistic approach to your health status. With smart features and Jaybird’s great hardware history, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the Reign for quite some time. In a world with so many other fantastic fitness wearables, was it worth the wait?

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