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Scio Pocket Molecular Scanner

Posted in Health by Tam Yue on May 27th, 2014

Scio Molecular ScannerHow would you like your very own mass spectrometer that is small enough to fit in your pocket? Or, maybe the question we should ask is; who wouldn’t like their very own mass spectrometer?

Bring on Scio, made by the guys over at Consumer Physics, this is the first molecular scanner that can fit in the palm of your hand. Scio is a device that can scan physical objects and tell you their chemical make up. You want to know what exactly is in that medication your Dr prescribed to you, this little device can tell you just by scanning one of the pills.

Scio could also revolutionize the way we eat. It is not another fad dieting technique, it can analyze the number of calories, fat, carbohydrates, and proteins based on the estimated weight of a food you are …

Quitbit Smart Lighter

Posted in Health by Tam Yue on May 14th, 2014

Quitbit smart lighterOk, this is probably one of the coolest ways to help you quit smoking we have seen.  The Quitbit lighter is much like all the wearable fitness trackers out there, only this one keeps track of something completely different; your smoking habits.

While it does help you light up those cigarettes that you are trying to quit, it’s a constant reminder that you are trying to quit. It keeps track of how many cigarettes you’ve smoked and also tells you how long since your last one right on the device. But when paired with the Quitbit app, you can also find out how much money you’ve saved, set the number of cigarettes you want to allow for the day and it can even lock the lighter so you cannot use it. Its battery life is about 100 lights or approximately …

Aquapulse heart rate monitor ships

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Despite the fact that it took two full years to go from announced to shipped status, Finis’ Aquapulse is now finally shipping. It’s a head-mounted device that uses an Infrared sensor to monitor your heart rate via your earlobe.

You get the rate in real time through bone conduction technology. Pretty interesting technology, for the health conscious. It will even go underwater for swimmers. It will cost you $149.99. Hey it’s the hardest working muscle in your body. It’s worth it right?

Check your temperature with a mirror

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2011

NEC Avio Infrared Technologies have just released a new thermometer that can tell your temperature without you even having to touch it. No more sticking a thermometer into your mouth. The Thermo Mirror SX-01 will easily spot people who have a fever. As an example, if an office is worried about the spread of flu in the building, this device can quickly and easily check the temperature of a person before they enter the building. If they have a high temperature, they may not be allowed in, thus keeping the office healthier.

Just look into the mirror, and it will automatically measure the person’s temperature using infrared thermography. The Thermo Mirror will cost about $1,200.

VALKEE Bright Light Headset

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2011

The VALKEE Bright Light headset will help you deal with SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder. This headset offers no music, but is instead used for bright light therapy. The VALKEE Bright Light headset increases light exposure by bringing light very close to the brain through the ear canals.

This supposedly prevents depression and can affect your mood. Some recent tests with the Valkee Bright Light headset showed that about 9 out 10 of depressed patients experienced total relief of symptoms after receiving daily doses. It’s available in black or white and retails for €185 ($242). Quackery or is there something to this? You decide.

Sonamba Senior Monitoring System with Digital Picture Frame and iPhone App

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2010

Sonamba, is a well-being monitor system for seniors that has SMS messaging so that family caregivers know how their parents or relatives are doing everyday and not just in emergency situations. Sonamba features two-way messaging capabilities in addition to medication and calendar reminders, games, social networking, and a digital photo frame.

There’s also an iPhone App to update the Sonamba from a distance so that the seniors in your life are always updated with new appointments or medication schedules. It retails for $549.00 with a $39.00 a month subscription fee.

Pocket Metabolism Checker measures body fat

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2010

If you absolutely need to know exactly how much body fat you have right at this moment,(And I’m sure that situation arises everyday for you) then check out the Pocket Metabolism Checker.

All you have to do is input your weight, height, age and gender, then touch a pair of electrodes which sends a mild electrical current through your body so it can do it’s thing and calculate your body fat percentage. Share the fun with friends since 8 users can be registered on a single device.


GE Vscan pocket Ultrasound device

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2009

GE Vscan pocket Ultrasound deviceGetting an Ultrasound is the only way to spy on babies in the womb, but it involves yet another trip to the doctor’s office and you have enough on your mind preparing for this new life. That’s where this new gadget comes in handy.

The GE Vscan is an ultrasound device that can comfortably fit in your pocket when you aren’t using it to open a window into your wife’s womb. It looks like a cheap clamshell pone and has a little display that will show you your baby.

Breathalyzer detects lung cancer

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Breathalyzer detects lung cancerBreathalyzers have done a lot of good ever since they were invented. They have taken many drunk drivers off the roads for one thing. Well, now they are ready to help out in a whole new way thanks to some scientists in Israel, who are working on a breathalyzer that they think can detect lung cancer.

Similar tests already exist, but require a pretreatment of the breath, which adds time to the procedure and money. The Israeli breathalyzer doesn’t need any pretreatments. The team conducted a study, with 56 healthy volunteers and 40 people who were known to have lung cancer. They were tested by the breathalyzer, using a sensor that consists of nine gold nanoparticle chemiresistors.

Panasonic “Nano Care” webcam-styled beauty gadget

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Panasonic "Nano Care" webcam-styled beauty gadgetLook at that gargantuan webcam. It’s not a webcam at all. It’s Panasonic’s Nano Care beauty appliance. Model numbers EH-SA42 and EH-SA41. Both devices will keep your area moist throughout the day so that your skin will be moist, not dry.

The EH-SA42 doesn’t even need any water to do it. So yes, what we have here are a pair of simple humidifiers. Who knows if it will help your skin, but at least you’ll have a honking huge webcam looking thing on your desk. Both models will arrive in Japan this November, where moistness will reign.

Wink Glasses will keep you awake

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Wink Glasses will keep you awakeWink Glasses are a clip-on device that monitors your alertness. How does it do this? By counting how often you blink. Your blink rate will tell it if you are getting tired. If it senses that you are dozing, the glass will turn opaque and supposedly, that will wake you up.

I don’t wear glasses, but if I did and I got tired, I doubt this would wake me up. Maybe the first few times. But I’m sure you get used to it and it wears off.


Baylis Slikstik led folding walking stick

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2009

Baylis Slikstik led folding walking stickYesterday we told you about the Pedomostick, a device that puts a pedometer in a cane, giving those who use a cane some much needed functionality. Well, the Baylis “Slik-Stik” LED Folding Walking Stick is a similar device, updating the walking stick with some useful features.

The Slikstik can wind up to light your way, so that you can be seen in the dark and stay safe. If that isn’t enough, it also makes noise. This one is a great idea. We aren’t sure why the walking stick is getting all kinds of upgrades, but we’re just glad it is. Walking stick users have never had so many options.

ZZZ Checker monitors your sleeping behavior

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2009

ZZZ Checker monitors your sleeping behaviorSpec Computer wants to help you sleep better, so they are offering the ZZZ Checker, which will help you analyze your sleep patterns. Lucky for you it doesn’t require you to wear anything dorky on your wrist or your head while you snooze.

It uses both audio and visual sensors to figure out when you’re tossing and turning, snoring or grinding your teeth. It will let you know if your sleep level is light, medium or deep and show you the number of hours and minutes you’ve spent in each level.

Virtual personal trainer texts obese kids

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2009

Virtual personal trainer texts obese kidsResearchers from the University of Southern California want to use cellphones to help the obese shed weight. The idea is to hook up obese kids to a “mobile body network,” consisting of a device to measure the skin’s electrical conductivity along with a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer, blood glucose reader and GPS for location, and connecting it with a battery sensor on the child’s body.

The system uses a Smartphone to send the collected behavioral data to the university’s computers, where it is then figures out what the information means. If your kid is laying around, text messages will be shot his way to get him to do get off his ass and do something.

Grossan HydroPulse Nasal Irrigator

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2009

Grossan HydroPulse Nasal IrrigatorSwine Flu got you down? This gadget may help clean your nose from harmful bacteria and other nasty stuff. The Grossan HydroPulse Nasal Irrigator shoots warm saline through your nasal cavities to flush out all the stuff which can cause problems.

Only $149.95. A clean nose is a healthy nose. Many people swear by clearing their sinuses in this way. These days with the pig/bacon/bird/swine flu you can’t be too careful.