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NutriRay3D laser and app scans food, estimates the calories

NutriRay3D laser and app scans food, estimates the calories

The University of Washington has unveiled the prototype of a device called the NutriRay3D, a hand-held nutrition scanner not unlike something out of classic sci-fi movies. The NutriRay3D prototype aims to take the guess work out of calorie counting, keeping track of how many calories as person is consuming simply by scanning the dish and analyzing the calories.

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You stress too much, but this Halo headband can retrain you

You stress too much, but this Halo headband can retrain you

Forget tracking steps, the next big thing in wearable health metrics could be counting frowns. BioTrak claims to do for compulsive stress-heads, TMJ sufferers, and migraine victims what Fitbit did for couch potatoes: train them up into a more functional version of themselves by making previously subconscious things conscious.

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Solos peddles furiously away from bad Google Glass memories

Solos peddles furiously away from bad Google Glass memories

Google Glass may have proved too goofy for everyday wear, but the ride to connected eyewear might prove to be on two wheels. Solos is pitching its smart sunglasses as the ideal accessory for dedicated cyclists, a head-up-display which floats performance data like speed, power, pace, and more in the line-of-sight, courtesy of a connection to a nearby smartphone.

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Welt hands-on: The smart belt that watches your waistband

Welt hands-on: The smart belt that watches your waistband

If there's anything that's going to know exactly how your waistline is changing, it's your belt, so it's about time the humble pants-gripper got a smart upgrade. Welt, the perhaps ill-named handiwork of a team from Samsung Creative Lab, focuses on the belt buckle in particular for its connectivity.

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Withings Go hands-on: dabbling with e-ink displays

Withings Go hands-on: dabbling with e-ink displays

Withings is known for its wide range of health and fitness devices, which include analog watch fitnesss trackers, digital scales, and, just this week, a thermometer. With the new Withings Go, the company is back to its tracker roots but with a twist. Just like any tracker, this handy gadget does keep an eye on your steps, activities, and even your sleep. But unlike most trackers that either use LCD screens or none at all, the Go uses a battery friendly e ink display to show you your stats, all that time and even in bright ambient light.

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LEVL hands-on: measuring fat loss with your breath [UPDATE]

LEVL hands-on: measuring fat loss with your breath [UPDATE]

People, not to mention device makers, are quickly turning to technology to make health and fitness more accessible, more understandable, and more portable. But it's one thing to know how many steps your took or how fast your hear is beating. It's a whole different case when trying to measure how much fat your body is burning. LEVL thinks it finally has a solution to that ever elusive problem. And all it will take is a single breath. It's like taking an breathalyzer test but, instead of measuring alcohol levels, you'll be on the lookout for acetone.

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HTC, Under Armour’s HealthBox: a kit for fitness buffs

HTC, Under Armour’s HealthBox: a kit for fitness buffs

What do you do when your first ever fitness product has been delayed indefinitely? Why, make three more! That seems to be the almost crazy thinking inside HTC, whose Grip wearable will never see the light of day. Or will it? HTC and Under Armor are announcing the UA HealthBox, which is basically a kit made up of a smart scale, a heart rate monitor, and, of course, a fitness band. They say that good things come in threes, and this HealthBox package might indeed be the break that HTC has been looking for in the fitness market.

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Samsung Creative Lab to demo three concepts at CES 2016

Samsung Creative Lab to demo three concepts at CES 2016

Some of the world's best products are conceived not by the top brass but by employees who are given some amount of freedom to let their creative juices flow. That is why many tech companies, most notably Google, allow for some time or space to let their employees toy around with ideas that can be turned into products. For Samsung, that is the role of the Creative Lab, founded in 2012, which will be showcasing three of their ongoing projects at CES 2016 to gauge their viability and reception, as well as gather feedback and maybe even some wild new ideas.

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Samsung launches Bio-Processor for health-centric wearables

Samsung launches Bio-Processor for health-centric wearables

There has been a lot of focus of late on smartphones and wearables with capabilities to measure certain health factors, mostly heart rates and sometimes even blood oxygen levels. Trying to capitalize on that still growing market, Samsung has announced what is billed to be the industry's first all-in-one health chip solution that combines all the relevant sensors as well as processors in a single chip small enough to be placed inside a fitness band.

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Pivotal Living Smart Scale Review

Pivotal Living Smart Scale Review

Of all the times Pivotal Living could've launched its body-fat measuring Smart Scale, the gluttonous period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is probably the most painful. Still, minimal sticker shock does at least temper some of the discomfort of seeing the results of your excess writ large across your smartphone display.

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New Japanese muscle suit capable of lifting 30kg, weighs only 5.5kg

New Japanese muscle suit capable of lifting 30kg, weighs only 5.5kg

Japanese company Innophys has unveiled a new wearable exoskeletal-like harness that can reduce the weight something being lifted by as much as 30 kilograms (66 pounds). Dubbed the Muscle Suit, the harness features hydraulically controlled attachments that pair with a wearer's arms and legs, essentially adding artificial muscles that provide additional strength when lifting heavy loads. It doesn't actually lift objects on its own, but it does make them seem much lighter than they are.

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E-cigarette liquid ingredient can cause ‘popcorn lung’ disease

E-cigarette liquid ingredient can cause ‘popcorn lung’ disease

A new Harvard study has found that many e-cigarette liquids contain an ingredient linked to ‘popcorn lung,’ a serious lung disease that got its name after popcorn plant workers developed the disease from exposure to artificial butter fumes. The chemical in question is diacetyl, and Harvard researchers found that more than 75-percent of the liquids and ecigs they tested contained the ingredient.

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