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Beagle sensors monitor a home’s health quality

Beagle sensors monitor a home’s health quality

Sensors that monitor the inside of one’s home or office are nothing new, but most of them focus on security, not health. While there are indoor health monitoring devices, they usually come as a single device, which needs to be placed in a centralized region in the building or house. Beagle is different, serving as a home quality system composed of a base station and various sensors that can be added on to it.

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Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic has introduced a new fitness app called “Runtastic Results”, and it is designed for anyone interested in fitness. This particular app is a personalized training tool, providing a 12-week plan for users that has been customized to their particular needs. It presents body weight workouts that range from 15 to 45 minutes long, and they’re accompanied by more than 120 high-definition instructional videos for each type of exercise.

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Microsoft Band 2 Review

Microsoft Band 2 Review

It's fair to say that Microsoft's original Band was never the most ergonomically satisfying of wearables. In fact, it looked more like a prototype that skipped the final design stage and just went straight out to customers. Now, with the Microsoft Band 2, not only is the aesthetic sleeker but the whole thing is smarter, but is that enough to legitimately compete with rivals like the Apple Watch and more?

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Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Researchers turn snake venom into potentially life-saving gel

Venomous snakes have claimed countless lives, but one team of researchers from Rice University have managed to turn that venom into a life-saving gel. On Monday, the university announced that a nano fiber hydrogel infused with venom from pit vipers has been developed that quickly stops bleeding, something that could be used in situations ranging from emergencies to operating rooms.

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Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Living, the Seattle company behind the Pivotal fitness tracker (check out our review), has introduced a new product, the Pivotal Smart Scale. One of Pivotal’s biggest hooks is affordability — it offers its fitness tracker for $12, and now it is launching its smart scale for $39.95 USD, undercutting just about every competitor. As with other smart scales, this model is designed to work alongside a mobile app, making it more useful than an ordinary “dumb” scale.

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23andMe will resume (limited) testing for health issues

23andMe will resume (limited) testing for health issues

23andMe, the company that benefited greatly with some favor from Google, suffered a massive setback when the FDA stepped in and shutdown its genetic health screening service. At the time, users could pay $99 to spit in a vial and, some time later, access their genetic data parsed to include details about their personal health. Those details included things like risks for certain diseases and cancers, how they respond to different types of medication and diets, and more.

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Report: brain regions sleep while you’re awake

Report: brain regions sleep while you’re awake

Did you know dolphins can sleep half their brain at a time? It’s an enviable skill, one that humans, it turns out, can somewhat achieve themselves. According to MIT researchers, the human brain has a mechanism by which small regions of the brain can go to sleep while the rest of the brain is alert and active…meaning you’re awake, but you’re not all there, so to speak.

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Ancestry in talks with FDA to launch medical DNA testing

Ancestry in talks with FDA to launch medical DNA testing

23andMe ran into trouble with the FDA over its DNA testing, which included results of a medical nature — info about disease risks and such. It ultimately had to shut that part of its service down, but another company may take over in its place. Ancestry.com is in talks with the FDA about launching a DNA testing kit that will be used to provide possible health information about a person — details about things like one’s reaction to medication and more based on their genetic details.

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Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

In an effort to combat both childhood obesity and childhood malnourishment, UNICEF and Target have partnered to offer a kid-friendly fitness band designed specifically for children. The bracelets will be sold in the United States, and they will have a bonus effect on top of the general fitness purposes — wearers will be able to earn points, which are then used to send food packets through UNICEF to children in developing nations.

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A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

I probably shouldn't have been surprised to find a Microsoft Band fan at the company's big Windows 10 device launch, but the wearable has kept a low profile over the past twelve months. Launched to no small fanfare last October, the chunky fitness wearable proved polarizing: lovers praised its fitness routine tutorials and Cortana integration, while haters slammed its prototype-like looks and patchy biometric sensors.

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