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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Monkey Keyless Entry

Monkey is smart keyless entry device that works similarly to a lot of other smart locks, only it’s for your whole apartment building. You (or, more likely, your landlord) wire up the Wi-Fi-enabled chip to your existing intercom, then you and your fellow tenants download the Android or iOS app. You’ll sync it up with your phone, and you’ll get a notification when someone rings your intercom. You can then let someone in, whether you’re home or on the go. There are three ways to gain access. The Mo...
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ShiftWear wants to turn your sneakers into a canvas for your favorite images.

Startup ShiftWear, has come up with a concept that promises wearers the ability to art-direct their footwear via a mobile app with an endless stream of HD-quality images and animations. Powered by the wearer’s movements via a “walk and charge” system, the shoes, which are still in the prototype phase, use HD color-flexible e-paper displays and Bluetooth-enabled software that allows them to communicate with the ShiftWear mobile app, the founders say. The idea seems novel, but it’s part of a large...
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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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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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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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Seizure-symptom app is latest Apple health research tool

Johns Hopkins researchers today introduced EpiWatch, an app designed to collect data from patients with epilepsy before, during, and after their seizures. The app, which runs on Apple Watch and iPhone, uses the open source ResearchKit framework designed by Apple. The data gathered for the study by the app, including physiological changes, altered responsiveness, and other characteristics of recurrent seizures, will be used by researchers to better understand epilepsy, to develop new methods f...
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Kinsa’s Smart Ear wireless thermometer tells you what to do when you are sick.

Kinsa's new, second-generation Smart Ear Thermometer is a wireless thermometer designed to take accurate, instantaneous temperature readings from the ear without the hassles of an attached smartphone or keeping a probe under the tongue. It is designed to read temperatures from the ear, track illness symptoms, and help people take actionable steps Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer features one-button activation and a screen that displays temperature, battery life, connectivity, and smiley/ frowny faces...
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