StorkStand turns any office chair into a standing desk

Working in an office all day is damaging our health, according to experts who are now suggesting that sitting is the new smoking. While ideas such as the Stir Kinetic Desk — which gently rises to ensure workers stand up at regular intervals — offer a rather pricey solution, StorkStand is an affordable add-on for any office chair that enables users to quickly create a sturdy standing desk. READ MORE…

In Australia, restaurant makes soup out of waste

Half of all edible food gets sent to landfill instead of being eaten — that’s about 2 billion tonnes. We recently wrote about France’s Intermarché supermarket, which is turning ugly fruits and vegetables into sellable soups and juices. Now Brothl is going one step further by using food commonly considered as organic waste on its menu. READ MORE…

Intelligent yoga mat could replace your instructor

Technology is changing the way we exercise — whether it’s wearable fitness trackers or apps such as FitStar, which acts as a digital personal trainer that reacts to users’ workout performance. Bringing these capabilities to yoga, the SmartMat uses sensors to intelligently measure users’ posture and balance to deliver personalized advice and help improve their practice. READ MORE…

E-bike kit is controlled by cyclists’ heartbeat

Every now and then, a company tries to re-invent the wheel. It’s now common to see bikes equipped with electronic assistance, or add-ons such as the The Copenhagen Wheel that turn any bike into an e-bike. Many use the technology to help them climb hills that they’re not fit enough to do with simple pedalling. However, this assistance does take away some agency from the rider. Falco e-motors has now created a e-bike kit for any bike that responds to the user’s heartrate and delivers personalized assistance. READ MORE…

Waterproof smart band lets lifeguards know your emergency information

Lifeguards will be well aware that in the case of an emergency on the beach or by the pool, time is of the essence. Lives could be saved more frequently if responders had access to the right information to allow them to act more quickly. With this in mind, Safe Mate is a wristband for swimmers and surfers that stores medical and emergency data in case they need assistance. READ MORE…

Smart power adaptors track seniors’ daily routines to make sure they’re ok

The population of the elderly is growing, and along with it the strain on nursing homes. Even if some seniors value the independence of living in their own home, they can still worry about the lack of help if an accident happens. We’ve previously written about Amulyte, a wearable emergency assistance button that helps seniors let family and caregivers know if they’re in trouble, wherever they are. While this could help the elderly lead more active lives, it comes with the price of having to wear it constantly. Evermind is a new system which tracks the seniors’ use of home devices so that relatives can be alerted to breaks in routine. READ MORE…

For premature babies, haptic mattress helps them feel their mother’s heartbeat

Around 15 million premature babies are born every year, and many of those need to spend at least the first weeks of their lives in isolation before they can go home with their parents. However, during this time they lose the vital physical and emotional connection with their mother, who is often limited to one hour of holding time a day. Platforms such as BabyTime, which uses Apple’s FaceTime system to visually connect mothers with their newborns, have previously tried to tackle this disconnection. Now, Babybe is a system that translates mothers’ heartbeats into haptic feedback for the baby inside the ICU. READ MORE…

This color-changing nail polish could prevent sexual assaults

Online dating has made it easier for complete strangers with shared interests to find each other, but a lack of quality control can mean the services are unfortunately used by criminals, facilitating date rapes. Innovations such as pd.id — the personal drug detection kit — have already aimed to arm women with the ability to detect date rape substances in their drinks. Now Undercover Colors is a startup that’s aiming to develop a nail polish that changes color when it comes into contact with known date rape drugs. READ MORE…

System could stop parents accidentally leaving their child in the car

Parents typically do their best to look after their children, but one moment of neglect can lead to tragedy. The sheer number of news articles about infant deaths from being left inside hot cars reflects how commonplace such accidents can be. While devices such as the Sync Smartband enable moms and dads to keep their children within visual range and locate them if they get lost, a new system called Starfish is tackling car deaths by alerting drivers when they’ve left their baby behind. READ MORE…

From China, smart chopsticks alert diners if their food is unsafe to eat

Food poisoning is never a nice experience, but those dining out at restaurants often have no way of knowing how their meal was prepared before they eat it. While devices such as Peres have offered a way for professional chefs and home cooks to see if their ingredients are safe to eat, a Chinese tech giant has now created smart chopsticks, which detect contamination in food and use a red light to indicate to diners that they should think twice about finishing their meal. READ MORE…

MoodHacker helps employees track depression, as well as overcome it

Feeling out of control of mood swings is a bad thing for both personal health and overall happiness, but it can also lead to a drop in productivity, in which case it can also affect businesses. According to Mental Health America, mental illness and substance abuse directly cost employers an estimated USD 80 to 100 billion each year. While devices such as the Melon EEG headband are already helping to track mood fluctuations to help individuals work better, MoodHacker is an app designed for companies to improve the wellbeing of their workforce, by giving employees tips to de-stress at the right moments. READ MORE…

In NYC, gym classes free for those who lend a helping hand

Gym classes can be prohibitively expensive, meaning many people who would like to keep fit have to find other ways to work out or are even encouraged to forgo exercise altogether. In the past, we’ve seen schemes such as Fitmob, whose community sessions cost less the more often members keep fit, but now several New York gyms are offering work-trade programs, enabling cash-strapped customers to exchange volunteer work for workout classes. READ MORE…

Micro meal recommendations help drop calories and fight national hunger

Many people in the US are looking for ways in which they can lose weight at the same time that others struggle to get access to or afford food. Schemes such as Halfsieshave already joined the two together with half-size restaurant portions matched with donations to charity. Now FoodTweeks is an app that gives users small suggestions to tweak their diet, with each calorie cut rewarded with support for local food banks. READ MORE…

QR code badges could help lost seniors find their way home

QR codes are proving to be an enduring method for easily attaching digital information to physical objects, and we’ve seen them used in a variety of ways. Australia’s StrayHat has made it easier for parents to find their kids’ lost stuff with QR code labels, and now a local authority in China has now issued QR code badges to elderly people, enabling passersby to help them back to their home if they get lost. READ MORE…

Raising nearly USD 2m on Kickstarter, Sense could be the ultimate sleeping monitor

Apps and devices that monitor users’ sleep are nothing new, and we’ve even seen smart lamps that activate gradually according to the sleep phases of those in the room. Now Sense enables owners to track their entire sleeping environment to help them get better quality shut-eye. READ MORE…