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Forget smartwatches, Lumo smart shorts track the way you run

Forget smartwatches, Lumo smart shorts track the way you run

Fitness bands and smartwatches that can be used for tracking movement are placed on our wrists because, well, that's the most convenient, inconspicuous, and comfortable location for a more or less general purpose wearable. That doesn't mean, however, that it's the most effective spot. Or at least that's the idea that Lumo is trying to sell with its Rum smart shorts. Yes, shorts that have sensors much closer to where the action is, that is, your core, hips, and legs, to give you a more accurate readout of your running performance.

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Bosch sensor points drivers to empty parking spots

Bosch sensor points drivers to empty parking spots

Trying to find a free parking spot can be difficult, especially for those who live in large cities. Some solutions that have tried to solve this have surfaced over the years, but Bosch has a new method that seems the most practical -- it involves sensors placed in parking spots. When the spot is empty, the sensor flags the parking space as free in related software that drivers can use.

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Atmotube makes you smarter about the air you breathe

Atmotube makes you smarter about the air you breathe

These days, we have started making our houses smarter when it comes to our entertainment, security, or even power consumption, but we don't always make them smarter about our health. Sure, we now have wearables that track our hear rate and activities, but that represents only one part of our health. An equally important, and sometimes more critical, part of that is the air around us. Atmotube is an upcoming portable device that tries to make users aware of just how safe or not the air we breathe really is.

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Apple Watch heart rate monitor saves teen’s life

Apple Watch heart rate monitor saves teen’s life

For most, the heart rate sensors on our smartwatches and wearables, sometimes even on smartphones, are more of an extra feature for health enthusiasts and those with active lifestyles. For 17 year old Paul Houle Jr. of Tabor Academy in Cape Cod, it was a literal lifesaver. The heart rate monitor on his newly purchased Apple Watch alerted him to the fact that there might be something wrong with his heart rate. Luckily, instead of just attributing it to a faulty sensor, His trainer and school nurse verified the reading and then rushed the teen to the hospital, saving his life in the process.

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Implantable biosensor chip can monitor glucose and drugs in real-time

Implantable biosensor chip can monitor glucose and drugs in real-time

A team from the EPFL integrated Systems Laboratory have unveiled a new implantable sensor that is about a centimeter long that is designed to be implanted under a person's skin and gets power from a patch on the surface of the skin. The sensor is able to communicate with a mobile phone and is designed to measure the concentration of certain molecules in the body at the same time.

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Sony Tennis Sensor now available to perfect your swing

Sony Tennis Sensor now available to perfect your swing

This is how athletes will be training in the future, with almost inconspicuous sensors and smartphones. Or at least that's the future that Sony is painting. Almost a year in the making, the consumer electronics giant is finally making available its Smart Tennis Sensor. This little orange knob, which can fit in any certified racket bottom, will deliver statistics and critical information about a player's swing, force, and other aspects of a player's performance that could make or break the next Grand Slam championship match.

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Swedish airport gets the first remote air traffic tower

Swedish airport gets the first remote air traffic tower

The problem for small airports is that they don’t have much flight traffic because there often is no tower to control incoming flights. These small airports have no tower because they don’t have the traffic to warrant a tower leaving them in a chicken/egg situation. A small airport in Sweden has been installed with the world's first remote tower system.

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Tattoos could throw off Apple Watch’s sensors

Tattoos could throw off Apple Watch’s sensors

Some of the Apple Watch's features appear to be stymied by a simple wrist tattoo. Whether you have single dainty wrist tattoo or a full sleeve, you might have to switch wrists to get proper utility out of Apple Watch. If both of your wrists are tattooed you might be out of luck when it comes to getting full functionality out of Apple Watch. Reports are coming in about tattoo-caused sensor issues ranging from the inability to track heart rate and distance to being unable to unlock Apple Watch at all.

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Oomi smart home gear improves security, comfort, and entertainment

Oomi smart home gear improves security, comfort, and entertainment

You might recognize the Oomi name from a story we did on the gear back in January of this year. I'm not sure what happened on that first crowd-sourced funding campaign for the gear, presumably it didn’t raise the funds it needed. The Oomi product is back now and it offers the same promise of making your home smarter with an easy to deploy system.

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Zensors wants to make dumb stuff smart in your home

Zensors wants to make dumb stuff smart in your home

An academic paper published by a team from the Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute has outlined the idea of something the researchers call Zensors. The idea behind Zensors is to use an Android phone and some fancy programming to make the dumb items in your home smart.

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Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

While we talk a lot about fitness wearables, we don’t talk about sports sensors nearly enough. Companies like Zepp are trying to quantify your sports movements, providing contextual data in real-time to eek out maximum results. While you might get info and feedback, that only goes so far. If you’re not met with the right drills and tools once you know where you’re making errors, you’re probably doomed to be more aware of your shortcomings. To that, Zepp is launching Coaches Center, a service to provide your coach the tools they need, too.

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BKB, Hit Chip tech show how hard pro boxers really punch

BKB, Hit Chip tech show how hard pro boxers really punch

Boxing fans everywhere have an idea how hard their favorite fighter hits, at least when they see them in the ring snapping someone’s head back. There are a lot of variables with boxing, making the severity of a punch open to interpretation. Is Gennady Golovkin’s jab really than harsh? Is Ruslan Provodnikov as devastating as it seems, or is he just a suffocating brawler? New tech may answer that for us. In a recent BKB boxing match, the Rosado/Stevens title fight saw puches with as much as 600 lbs of force.

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