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Fitness tracker offers real-time granular data for bodybuilders
The market has been flooded with fitness trackers for all kinds of activities in the last few years — including weightlifting — and there’s even been devices such as the Tao Wellshell that lets office workers build muscle on the job. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, Italy’s Beast is a sensor and app that accurately track users’ multiple bodybuilding exercises on a rep-by-rep basis. READ MORE…
SmartWalk projects real-time subway info onto the sidewalk
Printed posters offering public information and transport schedules feel almost unreliable in an age where apps can offer details of up-to-the-minute changes and alerts. We’ve already seen Points embed dynamic displays into street signposts, and now TransitScreen has created SmartWalk, a projected display system that lets cities display the latest transport information on any surface. READ MORE…
Service lets web users earn money from selling their data
Most people are uneasy about companies making money from the personal data they make available online, but are happy to turn a blind eye if it means they can continue using services such as Facebook for free. Aiming to give web users more control over what they share, Datacoup is a marketplace that lets anyone sell their personal information direct to advertisers. READ MORE…
Samsung is getting smartphones to cure cancer while owners sleep
Considering how useful smartphones are, there’s still plenty of untapped potential. Locket has already gone some way to earn smartphone owners cash by turning their lock screens into ad space, and now a new app called Power Sleep harnesses the computational power of the devices to crunch data at a time when they’re otherwise not in use. READ MORE…
Electronic tags deliver real time patient data to responders during disasters
During emergency relief efforts, a common tactic among responders is the practice of triage, which involves placing color-coded tags onto patients to determine the severity of their injury and allow medical help to be distributed more efficiently. Now the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology has developed eTriage, a digital wristband system that lets emergency services track injured citizens on the ground. READ MORE…
Sensor kit tracks any aspects of users’ lives and displays them as a storybook
The rise of the quantified self movement and personal fitness trackers have shown that tools for analyzing life data aren’t just for scientists and oddballs, and we’ve seen a few emotion-tracking apps aimed at consumers in the past. France’s Sense Mother is now hoping to help consumers choose the metrics they want to track through a range of multi-purpose sensors and an iPad app that displays the data as a news board. READ MORE…
Russian supermarket brings Amazon-style personalized product recommendations in-store
Online consumers are by now used to getting suggestions of items they might like based on complicated algorithms that take into account their previous purchase histories, browsing data and the buying patterns of other customers, but this technology is lacking from brick and mortar stores. However, Russia’s premium LAND supermarket has now introduced a loyalty scheme initiative that harnesses data analytics to offer customers personalized shopping suggestions, coupons and recipes when they first walk into the store. READ MORE…
Browser plugin tracks kids’ online activity — and whether it’s good for their mental health
Children growing up with the internet can spend much more time using it than their parents, and are often able to navigate their way around it more easily — whether that’s a good or bad thing. Designed for parents who want more control over their children’s internet usage, Mevoked is a new platform that gives parents greater insight into the types of content their kids are looking at, as well as how it’s affecting their state of mind. READ MORE…
Israel’s Greenbox brings digital tech into the garden
Hydroponic systems have become a popular way for city-dwellers to take up urban gardening, and the difficulty of the process has led to the developments of smart technologies such as Bitponics to help users keep on top of their indoor plants. Now Israel’s Greenbox platform is using data from the cloud to offer advice and automate tasks for those with outdoor gardens. READ MORE…
Face-recognizing displays reveal who’s interacting with offline ads
Supermarkets are becoming smarter. We’ve already written about Synqera — the Russian platform that senses shoppers’ moods and offers relevant deals. Now a new system called OptimEyes, set to roll out across the UK, is using facial recognition to deliver detailed analytics to marketers to show the audiences engaged with their campaigns. READ MORE…
Smart thermometer keeps track of the whole family’s health
Even if parents own a thermometer at home, they can only make basic assumptions about their kids’ or their own health from the result without consulting a doctor. The Kinsa smart thermometer aims to change that, enabling families to track their health, analyze their symptoms and learn about illnesses going round in their neighborhood. READ MORE…
Edible barcodes set to tackle pharma fraud
How do patients know the medication they receive is the real deal? We’ve already seen the MedSnap ID app offer one way to quickly identify unlabeled pills, and now TruTag is providing another option, through a nano-scale, encoded compound that is edible and can be used to attach data to pills and foodstuff. READ MORE…
Vending machine offers free samples, provides rich user data to retailers
Free samples are a common way for retailers to promote new products, but supermarkets often use staff to hand them out and don’t collect data about the success those campaigns. New startup Freeosk has now created a vending machine that automatically dispenses samples to loyalty card holders. READ MORE…
Device quantifies extreme sports performance
Equipment enabling athletes to quantify their performance have already been developed for swimming, ball games and cycling, so it was only a matter of time before more extreme sports got in on the act. The Trace is a device designed for skaters, surfers, skiiers and snowboarders that tracks their progress and shares it with friends. READ MORE…
Startup rents out satellites to enable businesses to glean data from space
The ArduSat has already opened up space exploration to the masses, offering anyone to book time and run their own programs on the mini satellites. Now Skybox Imaging wants to do the same for businesses, with the aim of turning real-time images of the Earth’s surface into useful data to gain a larger perspective of human activity. READ MORE…