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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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Pain killer patch releases ibuprofen over 12 hours

Pain killer patch releases ibuprofen over 12 hours

Ibuprofen can be seen as one of the most useful medications available today; just two to four pills of the pain killer can help treat headaches to muscle pain. But researchers may have just improved its effectiveness by developing the world's first ibuprofen patch capable of releasing the drug over a 12 hour period once applied to the skin. That sounds much better than having to remember to take the pills every four hours or so.

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Alphabet spins Google life sciences into Verily

Alphabet spins Google life sciences into Verily

Google's smart contact lens has been given a company of its own, with Alphabet announcing Verily, its life sciences arm. The new company will take the reins of former Google[x] projects like the glucose-measuring contact lens, attempting to understand and predict diseases using the power of big data, and developing bio-molecular nanotechnology.

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Bio-ink used to print ‘living’ blood vessels

Bio-ink used to print ‘living’ blood vessels

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have 3D printed living blood vessels using a “bio-ink” — that is, a mash of materials that the human body finds agreeable. Using this ink, principal investigator Monica Moya and team have printed blood vessels that lead to further growth of capillaries. Said Moya, "This technology can take biology from the traditional petri dish to a 3D physiologically relevant tissue patch with functional vasculature."

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Humai wants people to live forever, but experts are doubtful

Humai wants people to live forever, but experts are doubtful

Over the weekend, you may have caught wind about a new startup and its not-so-new idea to bring people back to life using a mixture of cryonics and other science. Some immediately called it a hoax, but others have been kind enough to entertain it as a maybe-they’re-serious proposal. For those in the latter camp, take note: experts have already surfaced who, to put it mildly, are doubtful about the company's claims.

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Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Tech tattoos put a working circuit board on your skin

Technology-imbued tattoos have been discussed many a times over the last year, but now, Chaotic Moon Studios, a creative technology start-up, has taken another step towards making them feasible. Dubbed "Tech Tats," the temporary tattoos use LED lights, a micro-controller, and conductive inks to create a circuit board on the surface of the skin. While they certainly look cool, Chaotic Moon imagines Tech Tats as being much more than cosmetic, from serving as a new form of wearable to playing a part in medical applications.

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