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Cefaly Electric Headband Zaps Away Your Migraines

Cefaly Migraine Zapping Headgear

Headaches are a pain, both literally and figuratively. Much as you’d like to work, exercise, or even just watch a TV show, oftentimes a headache will compel you to either rest or sleep because it makes doing whatever become a huge challenge. But how awesome would it be to have an instant cure to headaches without having to pop any pills?

That’s what Cefaly is here for. It was recently approved by the FDA and it’s basically a battery-powered plastic headband that sends electric pulses to one of your nerves (specifically, the trigeminal nerve). A randomized study reported that participants experienced fewer headaches with such electrical stimulation–about 71%, which is an impressive figure.

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CES 2014: Movea G-Series Fitness Tracker

Movea G-Series

If you still haven’t made up your mind on the fitness trackers that are currently available in the market, then you might want to check out the latest offering from Movea. The G-Series is a sleek and minimalist wristband that monitors the distance and number of steps you’ve walked or run, as well as the calories you’ve burned for a particular workout. Unlike most trackers, though, it also takes note of your vitals during “non-activities” like when you’re sitting or sleeping.

Movea boasts that the G-Series has the lowest error rates when it comes to counting steps of 1.7%, which is substantially lower than the error rates of competing devices. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t provided any details on its pricing or availability yet.

VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

CES 2014: Wellograph Fitness Watch is Perfect For Fitness Buffs

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Wellograph takes fitness to a totally different level with their new fitness watch. Called the Wellograph, it’s an activity tracker, heart rate monitor, and running watch in one. It’s got a built-in accelerometer and sensor on the underside that does all the tracking while you’ve got it on. It looks fancy and better than most other smart watches, so you’ll actually want to wear it all the time (which is good, because you’ll be able to get the most out of it if you keep it on 24/7).

When you want to check out how you’re doing, the Wellograph brings up your stats and displays them in easy-to-process graphs on its 1.26-inch monochrome display.

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Car Mechanic Invents Device For Dramatically Safer Births

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Proving that ingenuity can spring from anywhere, a 59 year old Argentinian car mechanic has invented a device that can dramatically reduce the incidence of childbirth complications. It’s called the Odón Device (named after the inventor, Jorge Odón) and consists of a plastic bag within a lubricated plastic sleeve, which is then fitted around the baby’s head while it is still in the womb. After it’s inflated and has gripped the head, the handles can be used to safely pull the baby out. There’s no need to use hard instruments, which can often injure a child. As a matter of fact, current options kind of suck; you either have to use forceps (medspeak for ‘pliers’) or a suction cup that attaches to the head. Either of these in untrained hands can be disastrous, so the Odón Device provides a safer-to-use alternative.

And this is not just a quirky human-interest story that’s been picked up by the media. Jorge’s invention has been enthusiastically endorsed by the World Health Organisation as a “low cost instrument for assisted vaginal delivery”. Currently still undergoing testing, the Odón Device could be manufactured for as little as $50.

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[ NYTimes ] VIA [ MedGadget ]

BrdsNBz is a Texting Service Where Teens Can Ask About the Birds and the Bees

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It’s unfortunate, but not all kids feel comfortable enough with their parents to bring up the birds and the bees when the time to talk about it rolls around. The same goes with some parents trying to initiate the old sex ed talk. Addressing the matter to make sure teens stay safe and informed is BrdsNBz. It’s a texting service that’s geared towards teens and parents that lets them send in sexual health questions. The service promises that the asker will receive a response from a health expert within 24 hours.

The service is being offered by New Mexico and North Carolina. California has a similar program called HookUp 365247, which sends weekly sex ed tips and information on nearby reproductive health clinics to those who signed up.

VIA [ C|NET ]

Liftware Spoon Lets Parkinson’s Patients Feed Themselves

Liftware Spoon

People with Parkinson’s often have a difficult time feeding themselves due to the tremors associated with the disease. In most cases, someone else has to feed them because it might cause injury or result in a mess. However, this might all soon change thanks to Lift Labs’ innovator Liftware Spoon that automatically tracks and compensates for shaking motions and tremors.

The spoon is equipped with sensors that have a high degree of sensitivity, so they can detect even the slightest tremor that’s made. It then moves in the other direction to cancel that tremor out. During testing, the Liftware was found to cancel out over 70 percent of these tremors, which is enough to allow those with Parkinson’s to feed themselves once more.

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‘Halved’ Dinnerware Set Forces You to Cut Your Meals in Half

Halved Dinnerware Set

It’s easy to start going on a diet–after all, all you need to do is to decide that you’ll go on one–but it’s hard to follow through. If you find yourself questioning your motivations halfway through it, then you might need some extra help. What better way to control your portions by using dinnerware that’s literally been halved?

That’s the idea behind the ‘Halved’ dinnerware set by Jo Djauhari, Fajar Kurnia and Jeremy Chia. The set is made up of a halved bowl, a halved plate, and a halved mug that can hold only half the normal capacity of most similar types of dinnerware. You can try to heap more food onto the bowl and plate all you want, but it definitely won’t hold the normal amount you’re probably used to eating.Continue Reading

Thanks to MIT, Phone Cameras Can Now Be Used to Monitor People’s Heart Rates

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Have you noticed how your head moves back and forth a little when you’re sitting still? That motion is a result of your blood rushing up to your brain and throughout your body with every beat of your heart. It’s an interesting phenomenon, and it also happens to the basis of an algorithm that researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab came up with.

Basically, this slight back-and-forth movement is monitored on video. The person’s skin color changes are analyzed to determine his pulse and heart rate. It is also used to identify any erratic activity, which is especially useful when diagnosing heart issues.

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The Forever Alone Back Massager

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Vibrating, ball-toting devices that are meant to be used on your back are wonderful for relieving aches and pains. But they require an extra accessory that doesn’t come in the packaging: a second person to roll them around on your back. Not so if you buy the above Ergonomical Back Massager. It features a long, curved handle that allows you to keep your hands at waist level while rolling a plastic ball around on your own back. An oscillating motor provides vibrations in the 4,500 to 5,500-rpm range, while one of three interchangeable heads make for different types of massage: “[There's] a “point” [head] for precise trigger point release, [a] “knuckle” [head] for multiple knots in the same area, and a “palm” [head] to help promote circulation.”

Scratching, or rather, massaging your own back isn’t exactly the cheapest of options, at $100. But it’s perhaps a small price to pay for someone with a knotted dorsal area, and no one around to smoothe those knots out.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]