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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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Jawbone UP reborn: $130 from today

Jawbone UP reborn: $130 from today

Jawbone has resurrected its UP activity monitoring wristband, redesigning the software and hardware of the sensor-packed strap to track both your exercise and your sleep patterns. On sale from today, priced at $129.99, the new UP tracks movements as you walk, jog, and run, as well as micro-movements during sleep, and can even vibrate to prompt you to get up and be more active.

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Deo candy is edible deodorant

Deo candy is edible deodorant

My eight-year-old daughter swears up and down that Justin Bieber smells like cotton candy when he sweats. I wondered on more than one occasion where she got the story from, and I have told her that there was no way he could smell like candy when he sweats. It seems she was correct, assuming Bieber has a package of Deo Perfume Candy.

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HC1 wearable computer turns paramedics into cyborgs

HC1 wearable computer turns paramedics into cyborgs

Augmented reality wearable gizmos aren't just for finding your friends and skydiving; one of the first practical uses for the Motorola Solutions HC1 has arrived, and it hopes to keep you alive when you're on your way to hospital. Paramedic Pro runs on the headset - developed from the Kopin Golden-i platform - and allows emergency first-responders to query medical records, log vital signs, hold two-way conversations with doctors and specialists, and flag up their location, all without taking their hands off a stethoscope.

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