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These 7 New Gadgets Might Actually Help You Sleep Better


Research conducted by Seniors shows that health is an area that we are embracing with technology, with 85.5% of recipients surveyed saying that technology empowers us to manage our health. With that in mind, we’ve researched the exciting new tech gadgets on the market that have been proven to help make better sleep possible, and therefore improve our overall health too.

Could a simple tool from the latest batch of high-tech sleep aids send you peacefully off to dreamland? Take a look.
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This Is The World’s Ugliest Color, Find Out Why We Use It

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The color you see above is called ‘Opaque Couché’, also known as Pantone 448 C. It is now officially, at least according to a study conducted by an agency hired by the Australian government, the world’s ugliest color. You might be wondering why the Australian government would go to the effort of hiring an external agency to determine this, and it’s simple: it is hoping that slapping this color on cigarette packagings will discourage smokers. This, along with already-present graphic warnings, definitely makes cigarette packs look fugly… but is it enough? We don’t know what sort of impact this research and effort might have on future sales, but American, Irish, and French governments seems to think it’s worth a shot, as they’re following suit and doing something similar.

[ Time.com ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

This Fruit-Flavoured Cup Tricks Your Brain Into Thinking Your Water Is Sweet

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Obesity is rampant, and sugary drinks play a huge part in this epidemic. You can replace sugar with artificial sweeteners, but some people will tell you they’re bad for you (we don’t believe this), or maybe you don’t like the way they make your liquids taste. Well, there’s another option. The Right Cup is a regular drinking vessel that’s had fruit flavours baked right into the material its made of. This way you can drink plain water while smelling sweet aromas, and trick your brain into thinking you’re drinking something sweet; 80% of what you taste comes through your nose anyway, which is why you don’t taste a thing when your nose is blocked. Considering it’s a $25 pledge for one, and the smell will allegedly last up to 6 months, we say it’s a worthwhile purchase.

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The Xtensor Hand Exerciser Is The Reverse Of One Of Those Hand Grip Strengthener… Things

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There’s all kinds of ways to isolate and work out just the muscle groups you want. Over the years, we’ve seen them all, but it’s the first time we realize a neglected exercise: the hand extensors. You’re likely familiar with those Hand Grip Strengtheners, which rely on you squeezing to develop the muscles of the forearms. But the opposite of squeezing, extending your fingers, seems to go largely ignored. That’s what the Xtensor Hand Exerciser is all about. Insert fingertips in rubber rings, and gain some strength with the resistance provided. We can’t really tell you why you would want to develop that particular set of muscles, aside from maybe being better at flinging stuff off your finger tips. Or maybe relieving ostheo-arthritis symptoms, as the makers suggest. It’s $30.

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Worry Dolls Worry For You So You Don’t Have To

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The more you worry, the shorter your lifespan gets. Some people are born worriers, and if you happen to be one, then you might find these Worry Dolls helpful. These small woven dolls come packed in a pouch that’s as colorful as their outfits, and you can hold on to several at a time if you’re bogged down with more problems than you can handle.

Legend has it that kids used to make colorful dolls for each of their worries. So the next time you’ve got something heavy weighing on your mind, grab one of these dolls and let it do the worrying for you. It’s all in the mind, and if a miniature doll is what it takes to have peace of mind, then why not?

You won’t have to make your own worry dolls, as you can easily get a bunch of these for five bucks.

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This Device Can Diagnose Hundreds Of Diseases With One Drop Of Blood

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The new fad in the tech industry is health. You can see this with Apple’s Health app, as well as a seemingly endless ecosystem of activity trackers like the FitBit or Nike Fuel band. But for all their focus on health, they’re really only scratching the surface; if you’re actually sick, they won’t do much to tell you what’s wrong. For serious illnesses, you still have to make your way to a doctor and often subject yourself to blood extractions. But if the xHEALTH X1 takes off, you may not even need to do that.

It’s a device being developed by Dr. Eugene Chan and his colleagues at the DNA Medical Institute (DMI), with grants from “NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Monday, the team received yet another nod (and more funding) as the winners of this year’s Nokia Sensing XChallenge, one of several competitions run by the moonshot-seeking XPrize Foundation.” With a single drop of blood it would be able to tell you if you have anything from HIV, to Pneumonia, or even Ebola within minutes.

One small drop of blood is dropped into a small receptacle, where nanostrips and reagents react to the blood’s contents. The whole cocktail then goes through a spiral micro-mixer and is streamed past lasers that use variations in light intensity and scattering to come up with a diagnosis,

The xHEALTH X1 is still under development, so it’s not quite ready for public consumtion just yet. There is no timeframe on that, but the work being done is well under way and should result in a viable product in the near future.

[ Wired ]

Zenytime: Breathe to Play and Relax

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How you’re breathing– the pace, the deepness, how long you’re holding your breath– says a lot about how you’re currently feeling. Notice how you take short, shallow breaths when you’re anxious or panicky? And notice how much calmer you get after pausing and then taking a few, deep breaths?

Breathing right can do wonders for your well-being, and that’s what Zenytime is all about. The app pairs with a puck-like dongle via Bluetooth that monitors the users breathing, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels. The app then shows you your stats, as well as provide tips and rewards depending on your results.Continue Reading

Beacon Yoga Mat Helps You Get Those Positions Right

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A lot of people post photos of themselves doing all sorts of yoga poses all the time, making it look oh-so-easy and effortless in their shots, but it isn’t as easy as it looks. If you’ve tried it (especially one of those headstand poses), then you know what I mean.There’s a lot of emphasis placed on getting the position right, because holding a pose when you’re doing it all wrong might cause an injury.

If you can’t do yoga with a friend or in a class where others will be able to help you out, then the next best thing is the Beacon yoga mat. It’s an interactive mat embedded with LEDs and a pressure sensor that lets you know when your hands or feet aren’t where they should be.

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Some Day, Microwaves Will Count Calories For You

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Whether you’re trying to get fit by counting calories, or you’re just curious about what the damage will be from that home-made double-dipped deep-fried triple bacon burger, there are a number of tools on the market to come to your aid. But none of these will directly measure the amount of calories present in your food; they instead rely on databases of known values in oder to estimate the caloric content of your meal. GE, however, is working on a microwave that will be able to analyze the specific portion it heats, measuring the caloric content exactly.

Matt Webster, the senior scientist in diagnostic imaging and biomedical technologies at GE Research determined that it’s possible to get an accurate calorie estimate using just three pieces of data—fat content, water content, and weight. The calories from all the other constituents of food—such as sugar, fiber, and protein—can be approximated by subtracting the water and fat weight from the total weight.

In this fashion your oven could determine the caloric content of your food as it heats and send that information to your smartphone for tracking. The tech currently only works with blended foods, though the company is trying to develop their technique to work on everything. If successful, it would be more accurate than some other similar products recently introduced into the market that only analyze the surface of a dish, a method that works great with an apple but not so much with something like a burrito. There’s no word on when or even if this will ever see the light of day.

[ MIT Tech Review ] VIA [ Engadget ]