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Kardia Portable EKG Goes Beyond Novelty

There are a ton of heart rate sensors on the market, from the ones that turn your smartphone’s camera into a heartbeat detector, to the chest straps that can track your rhythm during a workout. What all of those lack is the precision of the Kardia Portable EKG. In as little as 30 seconds, by simply placing your fingertips on the sensor, you can get a medical-grade EKG that could help you detect issues like Atrial Defibrillation, which could lead to a stroke. For people already suffering from possible heart disease, this $99 device could provide you with a convenient way to track any potentially life-threatening changes, and to seek medical help in a timely manner. Not only does it measure and track your data, it also stores it and can share it with your doctor.

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IllumiBowl 2.0, Now With 100% More Color

If you’re the kind of person that regularly wakes up in the middle of the night to relieve yourself, you’ll probably love a product like the Illumibowl. We first wrote about it back in 2014, but now the company is back with a 2.0 version. It’s a clip-on LED light with a motion detector that’ll turn on as soon as you enter the bathroom. It’ll cast a soft glow around the bowl and guide you through your business without blinding you or your sleeping partner. The 2.0 version lets you select any of 8 colors for the LEDs, or set it to a mode that cycles through them, as well as an improved battery and motion sensor.

Let there be light in the bathroom. Now you can add any color of LED light to your toilet bowl and see it glow. That means no more stumbling around when you have to go at night. Simply snap it onto the rim and let it shine: it will automatically turn on when someone walks into the bathroom. There are eight color possibilities and patterned illuminations, making quite the show.

– Turns on & off automatically via motion sensors
– Sets to the color of your choice or a color-rotate light mode
– Easy to clean by wiping with a cloth
– Snaps on in the perfect, splash-proof location
– Fits any toilet
– Battery powered & now w/ even better battery life
– Perfect for potty training children
– Includes a 3-stage dimmer
– Features an improved motion sensor

The best part is you’ll only have to pay $15 to own it.

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Walabot Lets You See Through Walls

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If you’ve ever done any sort of semi-serious home renovations, you might have ended up buying a stud finder. So you might be familiar with the concept of peeking behind your drywall in the hopes of figuring out what’s there. But regular stud finders are limited. Walabot is a device that connects to an Android smartphone (running 5.0 (Lollipop) and above with OTG) and lets you peek up to 4 inches deep, drawing a digital representation of what it finds, right on your screen. It detects plastic and metal pipes, electrical wires, as well as studs. You’ll see their shape an orientation, and will be able to cut through without worrying about severing something important. The $200 you’ll have to spend on this will be money well spent for anyone who takes their DIY game seriously.

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Bed Light, A Motion Activated LED Light For Your Nighttime Bathroom Breaks

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My girlfriend wakes up every darn morning around 3am, for a bathroom break. She’s kind enough not to turn any lights on, but I still hear her fumbling about in the dark, trying to make her way back to the bed. Do I feel sorry? No, sleep is important! But with the BedLight, we might find some compromise. It’s two 5ft strips of LEDs that you place underneath your bed, and that turn on as soon as they detect movement, and turn off after your 30s to 10 minute adjustable timer runs out. They come with all the mounting accessories, including clips to hide the cables, and can ship with either one or two sensors, depending on how many sides of your bed you need to outfit with the BedLight. Price is either $55 or $69, depending on your sensor requirement.

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The Breville – PolyScience Control Freak Induction Cooker Gets Temperature Right

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You may not think about this much if you’re not really into cooking, but getting the temperature exactly right with the foods you cook can make a huge difference with how they turn out. That’s why sous-vide cooking is becoming increasingly popular (read our Nomiku Immersion Cooker review here), but there are some foods that you just can’t cook that way. Perfectly poached eggs, for instance. The Control Freak is an induction cooker with precise temperature control, allowing you to poach, blanch, boil, or broil with perfect accuracy every time. A collaboration between PolyScience and Breville, the cooker uses two sensors to make sure things are set just right: there’s a through-the-glass IR sensor, and a clip-on Probe Control module. With these two, you can change settings between 86° and 482° F (30° and 250°C), with a one degree of precision. There’s even an Intensity Setting that makes it possible to decide how quickly things heat up. Of course, this kind of device doesn’t come cheap: you’ll have to part with $1,800 to get yours.

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Londoners: Wanna Know How Safe The Air Is To Breathe? These Pigeons Will Tell You

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In an effort to raise awareness about air pollution, Twitter put on a contest where ones of the winners was a team composed of PR agency DigitasLBi and tech startup Plume Labs. Their project involves strapping tiny air sensors to the back of domesticated racing pigeons (which return home to roost every night) and have them fly around the city. You’re then free to Tweet your location to any of the 10 birds in the project, and they’ll send you back info about ozone, nitrogen dioxide and volatile compound levels. In other words, the birds will tell you how safe it is to even breathe the air around you. Granted with only 10 birds you won’t get a very complete snapshot of the city’s pollution levels, but again, this is more about raising awareness than it is about creating an accurate network. The bird squad is known as the Pigeon Air Patrol, and they’ll fly the skies for only 3 days.

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Deal Of The Day: 15% Off On IllumiBowl Toilet Night Light

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If you’re a remotely considerate person, you’ll be careful when you get up in the middle of the night not to wake your partner up. This may mean keeping the lights off to go to the restroom, which in turn means some fumbling around and possibly some pee on the floor. Not good. But with the IllumiBowl Toilet Night Light, a motion detector senses your presence and lights up the bowl for your convenience.

Let there be light in the bathroom. Now you can add any color of LED light to your toilet bowl and see it glow. That means no more stumbling around when you have to go at night. Simply snap it onto the rim and let it shine: it will automatically turn on when someone walks into the bathroom. There are eight color possibilities and patterned illuminations, making quite the show.

– Turns on & off automatically via motion sensors
– Sets to the color of your choice or a color-rotate light mode
– Easy to clean by wiping with a cloth
– Snaps on in the perfect, splash-proof location
– Fits any toilet
– Battery powered
– Perfect for potty training children

Normally $20, it’s $16.99 after today’s deal.

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Self-Driving Isn’t Just For Cars: The Smartbe Stroller Brings High Tech Innovations To An Age-Old Product

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We have sensors. We have batteries and brushless electric motors. We have Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. We have the tiniest of microprocessors… Wouldn’t it make sense to cram a bunch of these into a baby stroller, and give it the kinds of features we’ve come to expect in all our products in 2016? The Smartbe Stroller is as high-tech of a stroller as we’ve ever seen. It comes with three driving modes, from full manual, to power-assist (where you’re still pushing, but with minimal effort), to completely self-driving. In this last mode, the stroller always stays ahead of the parent, within arm’s reach, whether you’re walking or even jogging. Additional features are almost too numerous to name: built-in rocker, wireless Bluetooth speakers to play your music to your baby, electric bottle warmer, “climate/temperature-controlled bassinet keeps your baby comfortable no matter the weather, and air filters can protect against pollution and allergens.”

If this project ever manages to see light of day (and that’s a big “if”, considering the ambitiousness of the project, and the fact that it’s far from fully-funded on IndieGogo, and that all they have at the moment is a bunch of CG renders…), the Smartbe Intelligent Stroller promises to be Tesla of strollers. Completely connected, fully-automated, and as high-tech as any early enthusiast would want their infant carrier to be. Prices start at $900 for the basic non self-propelled model, and go all the way up to $3,199, with shipping in April 2017 (further re-inforcing the impression that we’re looking at vapourware).

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Fever Scout Tracks Your Baby’s Fever Continuously

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Like many physical illnesses, fevers are best treated if caught early. Especially for a toddler or a baby, being able to provide him with the right medical attention at the right time can make the difference between a speedy recovery and a few days of crying and worrying. Fever Scout is a soft flexible patch that your kid wears on his chest at all times. It continuously monitors his temperature and sends it to your smartphone; if ever it goes beyond some preset range, it’ll notify you immediately. It’ll also generate a graph of his temperature over time, letting you see what’s effective and what’s not. It’s not meant to be worn for months at a time, only a few days when necessary, and the kit comes with 10 medical grade adhesive patches. It’s $60 and available early 2016.

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