HemaApp: The App that Measures Hemoglobin with a Smartphone

University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers have come together to develop HemaApp: an application that uses a smartphone camera to estimate hemoglobin concentrations. Anemia, a blood condition exacerbated by malnutrition or parasitic disease, is a common health problem in the developing world that is often undiagnosed. Currently, in order to detect hemoglobin levels, most health care providers either use an invasive technique (i.e. a needle) or expensive machines tha...
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Micro Phone Lens Turns a Phone into a Microscope

Turn your smartphone into a microscope. The Micro Phone Lens allows you to take images at a magnification of 150X using just a smartphone or tablet. The lens attaches to these devices using an adhesive backing and in combination with the slides and sufficient, quality lighting, it allows users to take pictures at a fraction of the cost of a regular microscope. Simply press down the lens on to the camera lens, focus the device, and capture a picture or video. Its features include: 1. O...
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Activity Trackers Learn The Difference Between Fake and Real Activity

Researchers from Northwestern Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have made smartphone activity trackers smarter than ever; they have trained trackers to have the ability to detect the difference between fake and real activity. Insurance companies and health care providers base rewards to individuals who stay active and healthy on the results from wearable activity trackers, among them smartphones. They also rely on these devices to monitor a patient’s activity and determin...
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PIXELIO Transforms Your Smartphone into a 3D Scanning Planetary Arm

A new UK-based startup, Smart 3D Company, Ltd., has come out with an innovative and easy-to-use device that, combined with a smartphone, will allow users to scan small objects in 3D, as well as take pictures or shoot 360° time lapse videos. The device is not only useful for photographers or 3D printer users, but also architects, engineers, graphic designers, bloggers and many more. PIXELIO, in combination with free software installed on your smartphone (eg. Autodesk 123D Catch), will allow us...
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Pulse is a Camera Add-On That Gives You Full Control from a Smartphone.

Pulse is a new camera accessory that allows you to control things wirelessly using a smartphone. It plugs into your DSLR or mirrorless camera’s USB port, allowing you to shoot photos, time-lapses, or videos from an app on your phone. Outwardly, Pulse looks like an ultra-flat flash transmitter that sits on your camera’s hotshoe with a wired connection on the side, it has a small form factor, so it’s portable and doesn’t get in the way of your photography. Inside, it packs a Bluetooth radio with a...
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Smartphone app helps predict famine.

A new mobile phone app designed to help aid workers predict where hunger may strike and provide help in good time was launched by Austrian scientists on Thursday. The app, which is free to use, combines and analyses satellite data and information collected through crowdsourcing using mobile phones, and creates a map highlighting areas at risk of food shortages and malnutrition. Useful information includes how often people in an area eat or whether there is civil unrest that might prevent people ...
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Block the bad sounds and harness the good with Hush earplugs

A new pair of “smart earplugs” called Hush, combine sound-eliminating foam and noise-masking technology. Many wearables monitor your sleep, but they don’t provide solutions to allow for better sleep. The Hush device fits comfortably in a user’s ear, and it is surrounded in a soft silicon surface. The product helps users sleep through snoring, loud neighbors, and other noises but it doesn’t block the noises that are necessary, like alarm clocks or emergency phone calls. “Hush’s ultimate goal i...
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Haiku ceiling fan for the smart home owner

Haiku ceiling fan includes Wi-Fi connectivity and sensors that enable it to regulate temperature and kick into action when someone enters the room. With either aluminum, Moso bamboo or matrix composite airfoils, Haiku uses a built-in Wi-Fi module, infrared motion, ambient temperature and humidity sensors to help maintain the user's ideal room temperature. This means it can start up or wind down as you enter or leave a room, speed up as more people enter the room and the temperature and humidity ...
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SmartMat: The world’s first intelligent yoga mat.

SmartMat is the first intelligent yoga mat with a companion app to coach you through individual exercises and correct your positioning. It contains a number of sensors that measure pressure. You calibrate the mat by giving it information about your age, gender, height and weight, then you lay down on the mat to measure the length of your arms and legs. Once the mat is set to your unique stats, it will be able to understand exactly where your hands and feet are placed, if you’ve achieved balance ...
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Vessel – This cup tells you what it’s holding.

Vessel can identify the drink that is in it, along with the dietary content sugar, calories, protein, fat, caffeine and takes all the data and synchronizes it in your smartphone. The Vessyl mug created by Justin Lee has been designed to serve as a chic lifestyle product that is fashionable as well as functional, and it has a spill–proof lid, a non-stick interior, and comes with a charging coaster that provides enough power for the cup to work for a week with just one hour of charge time. It come...
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Lully helps prevent a child’s night terrors.

The Lully Sleep Guardian is a Bluetooth-enabled pod that pairs with an iPhone app, to prevent a child from entering an "unhealthy state of sleep," when night terrors typically occur. The pod uses gentle, timed vibrations. A good night's sleep for a child typically means the same for a parent. But night terrors can make middle-of-the-night wakings more frequent and can leave parents feeling helpless. This new device wants to fend off night terrors by rousing a child into a lighter sleep stage. ...
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Smart Bed for kids with a “monster detector.”

Smart bed for kids monitors their snoozing cycles and determines if diet, stress and other daily activities are impacting the quality of their sleep. The bed, which is equipped with tiny hidden sensors, uses digital-signal capture within the mattress and processing techniques to pick up on motion and pressure. It tracks a child's breathing and heart-rate throughout the night too, and blends that data with other factors to determine a SleepIQ score in the morning. The higher the number (based fro...
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Samsung Flexible Smartphone

Samsung promises that flexible and foldable screens are coming to devices soon. The company’s latest patent, which was spotted by Patently Mobile, is for a flexible phone that morphs into a smart bangle you can strap onto your wrist. It’s an entirely bizarre and futuristic idea that certainly puts more focus on accessibility than style, but it sure sounds awesome. The patent features a flexible OLED screen that’s so flexible you can curl it into a bracelet and wear it on your wrist as a smart...
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Sleep Number’s x12 smart bed monitors your sleeping habits.

Sleep Number just announced the x12, which packs a variety of sensors to monitor your sleeping habits, movement, heart rate and breathing rate. The bed has two sections, each of which are independently adjustable, so that once the bed knows your sleeping patterns, it can suggest ways you might want to change, say, the head incline. Additionally and this is perhaps our favorite feature a Partner Snore feature allows you raise your partner's headrest to help ease snoring. Having a lumpy mattres...
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Egg Minder tray uses WiFi to keep tabs on your eggs.

The Egg Minder, which was launched by GE and Quirky, is a high-tech, white tray with a Wi-Fi chip that connects it to the Internet. It synchs with an app on your phone and will let you know how many eggs you have left in your fridge. The Egg Minder is effectively an egg tray that stores up to 14 eggs at any given time.  But what separates it from the pact is that it not only boasts built-in WiFi, but a sensor in each egg holder.  Each sensor can detect when an egg is present, in addition to w...
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Bluesmart Carry-on smart suitcase knows its location and weighs itself.

Bluesmart, the world's first smart, connected carry-On, is a suitcase that includes proximity tracking to alert you if you walk away from your luggage, a TSA-approved lock that's controlled by your smartphone and a built-in battery to charge your gadgets along with a host of other features. There's also a scale integrated into the handle that will tell you how much your bag weighs just by lifting it off the ground, and a quick-access compartment for storing your laptop. With an abundance of sens...
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ScanMarker – The incredible digital highlighter.

Scanmarker is a pen-shaped digital highlighter. Just slide it across any printed text, and it instantly transfers the text into any application on your computer. The pen tip is clear and relatively slim, allowing the user to see what he/she is scanning. It feels similar to a pen in your hand, but as you move over sentences on the page, it will scan them and type them onto your computer. It can retype text 30 times faster than manual typing, and your computer will read out loud what you have scan...
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iCPooch, a device to make your lonely pet happier.

The innovative app iCPooch combines video chat with a treat dispenser which could be remotely activated for pets which are alone at home. iCPooch comes with tiny plastic dishes where you can stack the treats within a sleeve of the device. You can video chat with your pet. The device works both ways, it lets the dog see humans and hear their voices, and it lets the owner look in on their dog while they are far away. Military personnel, college students and any pet owner who lives away from the...
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