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Sense sleep tracker analyzes room for smarter rest

Sense sleep tracker analyzes room for smarter rest

A new sleep-tracking gadget which aims to do for the bedroom what wearables like Fitbit and Jawbone have done for exercise claims it can wake you more naturally without a frustrating wristband, figuring out sleep cycles but also taking into account the state of your bedroom. While there's no shortage of products out there which will analyze how you're sleeping, new Kickstarter project Sense promises to go several steps beyond simply tracking light and deep phases of rest.

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Ginger.io startup uses smartphones to detect mental illness

Ginger.io startup uses smartphones to detect mental illness

For most smartphone users, one's life is funneled through their handset in some manner, whether through searches or messages or other activities. In the grander scheme of things, the device also gathers behavioral data, including things like one's call record and location. Using this information, startup Ginger.io envisions identifying mental illnesses and their related symptoms when they arise.

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Nike Fuelband points could end up getting you free stuff

Nike Fuelband points could end up getting you free stuff

Wearables are booming, but some still can’t find motivation to slap a wristband on. Though they (mostly) do a more than adequate job of tracking your health stats, there isn’t much else to the process. Nike has unveiled a clever way of getting folks interested in wearables, dangling the socks carrot out there for us to grab.

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New Cancer treatment uses modified cat poop parasite

New Cancer treatment uses modified cat poop parasite

While there may never be a “cure” for Cancer, identifying and treating it quickly are a major focus for scientists. Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have come across a parasite that wipes out Cancer almost entirely, at least in lab tests. How they actually arrived at the parasite, though — that we may not want to know.

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Don’t trust the calorie count on that Big Mac? Try scanning it

Don’t trust the calorie count on that Big Mac? Try scanning it

Admit it, some of you are in the calories counting game; Yes, I am guilty of it too – but does the number on food packaging really accurate? There is a startup based in Israel called Consumer Physics Inc that is developing a laser-based gear called SCIO that would scan your food and tells you the chemical compound that is in the food, it will then return details of nutrition value including calories to user’s smartphone.

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Jawbone UP 3.2 adds smart food tracking

Jawbone UP 3.2 adds smart food tracking

First steps, then sleep, and now Jawbone is taking on food tracking in the wearables's company's latest bid to quantify life. UP 3.2, the latest version of the Jawbone iOS companion app for the UP and UP24 bands, aims to do what no food logging platform has quite managed: make logging as close to automatic as possible, and then deliver personalized recommendations around things like health and weight loss.

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Google, Novartis to make smart contact lenses a reality

Google, Novartis to make smart contact lenses a reality

Perhaps you thought that Google's "smart" contact lenses was simply one of the dozens of wild ideas and research projects that it's adventurous Google X arm usually undertakes, but apparently it's serious business. In fact, healthcare company Novartis licensed this technology in the hopes turning these ocular instruments into a real commercial product.

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Suunto introduces app, wearables for connected living

Suunto introduces app, wearables for connected living

Suunto is announcing a lineup of connected devices for the active adventurer. From software to hardware, Suunto is covering their bases, bringing in a smartphone app as well as a lineup fo smartwatches and a heart-rate monitor. They app and hardware be used independently of one another, too — but work best when you link it all together.

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