health

Fitbit Flex takes on Jawbone UP with Bluetooth activity tracker

Fitbit Flex takes on Jawbone UP with Bluetooth activity tracker

Fitbit has revealed its latest take on the activity tracker, the Fitbit Flex, a new challenger to the Jawbone UP complete with Bluetooth 4.0 for real-time sync with a nearby iPhone, iPad, or Android device. The tracker slots neatly into a waterproof wristband, or can be removed and clipped on elsewhere, tracking steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, and even sleep, and giving at-a-glance feedback on the wearer's performance using LEDs.

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BodyMedia CORE 2 hands-on

BodyMedia CORE 2 hands-on

BodyMedia has revealed its latest health-monitoring system, the CORE 2, the company's attempt to slim down its sensor-strap to help wearers slim-down too. Smaller than Apple's iPod nano, and yet accommodating four sensors and Bluetooth Smart Ready 4.0, the CORE 2 - previewed in prototype form at CES 2013 this week - can funnel fitness stats directly to your smartphone and tablet.

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Fighting helped shape the human hand say US researchers

Fighting helped shape the human hand say US researchers

A group of researchers from the University of Utah have published a study focusing on the human hand. During the study, the researchers used instruments to measure the forces and acceleration when martial artists hit a punching bag. The study found that the structure of the fist provide support and increases the ability of the knuckles to transmit punching force when a blow is delivered.

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LUMOback team grabs $5m funding for new body sensor tech

LUMOback team grabs $5m funding for new body sensor tech

Posture tech company and Kickstarter success story LUMO Body Tech looks set to save even more people from slouching, with a new $5m round of funding promising a fresh range of body-worn sensor tech. The company - which more than doubled its $100,000 Kickstarter goal for the LUMO back strap, which tells your smartphone if your posture isn't perfect - has another $5m in the bank, including cash from Eric Schmidt's investment fund; with the first LUMOback bands shipping in November, the company says it plans to use the new money to develop a broader range of sensors.

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iSpO2 turns the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into a medical instrument

iSpO2 turns the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into a medical instrument

There are huge number of people in the United States and around the world who have medical conditions that make it difficult for their body to extract oxygen from the air we all breathe. For these people it's often critical for their health to be able to accurately track how much oxygen is in their blood at any given time. This tracking of oxygen is typically done with a small instrument called a pulse oximeter.

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Jawbone UP Review (2012)

Jawbone UP Review (2012)

Jawbone's UP is back for 2012, and like that gym membership you signed up for and only used once, it's begging you to give it a second chance. The original UP launched last year to rave reviews, but the shine quickly faded as owners struggled with batteries that refused to charge and hardware that would unexpectedly stop working. Jawbone dragged it back into the lab and returned with a new version, all-change in hardware and software, and the subject of near 3m hours of testing. The wearable tracking market hasn't stood still in the meantime, however, so can the UP regain its lost momentum? Read on for our full review.

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