This Biometric Band Is Like A Hi-Tech Mood Ring

This Biometric Band Is Like A Hi-Tech Mood Ring

Remember mood rings? The trendy jewelry — which peaked in popularity in the ‘70s and the ‘90s — had a crystal that changed color depending on your “mood” — really, it just changed color depending on the temperature. Now, a company called Vinaya is launching a wearable version of that mood ring: Zenta, a biometric band that interprets your emotions. The wearable helps you understand your behavioral patterns and lets you share how you feel in the form of art. It will be featured at Art Basel later this year….

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Would You Wear A ‘Smart Tampon’?

Would You Wear A ‘Smart Tampon’?

Would you wear a smart tampon? A company called my.Flow thinks you should. The startup has created a product that will designed to “provide a solution to period anxiety, leakage, and TSS [Toxic Shock Syndrome] risk.” According to Gizmodo, the “smart tampon” has an extra long (6 to 12 inch) string that connects to a Bluetooth module that you wear on your waistband. Sound awkward? The original version included a Bluetooth module inside the tampon. An app on your phone charts how full the tampon is and reminds you when…

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These Wearable Tech ‘Commitment Rings’ Will Stop You From Watching ‘Game Of Thrones’ Without Your Partner

These Wearable Tech ‘Commitment Rings’ Will Stop You From Watching ‘Game Of Thrones’ Without Your Partner

Forget wedding rings — these wearable tech “commitment rings” will help you make the ultimate commitment: to not watch the next episode of your favorite series without your partner. British ice cream brand Cornetto has released an advertising campaign around these rings, with the tagline “Make your love last more than just one season.” A short video shows young couples committing “Netflix adultery” before explaining how the technology works: Couples connect the rings to their favorite streaming services and select the shows they watch together. The app blocks any streaming…

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Levi’s And Google Create A ‘Connected’ Denim Jacket

Levi’s And Google Create A ‘Connected’ Denim Jacket

Here’s an unlikely fashion collaboration: Google and Levi’s. The heritage denim brand and the tech giant have paired up to create a “connected” denim jacket, a brand new type of wearable tech. According to Ad Week, Google’s Project Jacquard, which is focused on developing touch-sensitive fabrics, and Levi’s have been working on the jacket for over a year now. Project Jacquard just released concept videos for their first product, Levi’s Commuter X Jacquard, which will go into beta this fall and hit shelves in 2017. The denim jacket features a conductive…

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The Entire State Of Idaho Is Participating In A Fitbit Step Challenge

The Entire State Of Idaho Is Participating In A Fitbit Step Challenge

Think your workplace fitness challenge is a little intense? Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) is challenging the entire state of Idaho to a Fitbit step challenge. Simpson, 65, told the Idaho Statesman that he lost 68 pounds in 18 months. He now weighs 207 pounds and is a size 40, and hopes to get down to 190 pounds — just five pounds more than he weighed when he graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1968. Simpson credits his weight loss to his Fitbit, which helped him keep track of his steps. He…

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Paralyzed Man Moves Hands, Plays Guitar Hero Thanks To Brain Prosthetic

Paralyzed Man Moves Hands, Plays Guitar Hero Thanks To Brain Prosthetic

A neuroprosthetic has allowed a paralyzed man to regain use of his hands and arms — and even play Guitar Hero. According to the Atlantic, 24-year-old Ian Burkhart — who became paralyzed after breaking his fifth cervical vertebra after a diving accident when he was a college freshman — volunteered to be a test subject for a Ohio State University research team in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The research team, led by engineer Chad Bouton and neurosurgeon Ali Rezai, designed a neuroprosthetic called Neurolife that would directly connect the…

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New Fitbit Products Are Coming Soon

New Fitbit Products Are Coming Soon

  Do you love your Fitbit? Then, good news: New Fitbit products will soon be available. According to CNet, Fitbit recently filed patents for two new fitness trackers with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The company filed trademark applications for the Fitbit Flex 2 and the Fitbit Charge 2. Both trackers are updates: the original Flex, released in May 2013, measured steps, distance, calories burned and sleep. The original Charge, released in November 2014, added an OLED display for viewing fitness data. Blogger Dave Zatz, who first spotted the…

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Wearable Tech Is Surging In Schools

Wearable Tech Is Surging In Schools

Soon, your child could be using wearable tech at school — that is, if they aren’t already. According to a report published by Research and Markets, classroom wearables are expected to grow at a rate of about 45% from 2016 through 2020. Researchers considered the sales of classroom wearable technology devices including smart glasses, smartwatches, fitness trackers, wearable cameras, and virtual reality headgear by brands including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Fitbit and others. ReadWrite.com points out that some schools are already using wearable tech, particularly Google’s Cardboard VR, thought to…

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Celebrities Attend Met Gala Dressed To ‘Manus X Machina’ Theme

Celebrities Attend Met Gala Dressed To ‘Manus X Machina’ Theme

  On May 2nd, 2016 celebrities from Beyoncé to Taylor Swift to Zayn Malik attended the Met Gala dressed in their best interpretations of the theme, “Manus X Machina: Fashion In The Age Of Technology.” The annual ball is hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and themed to tie in to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume exhibit. According to Vogue, the exhibition focuses on “the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion,” but many celebrities took the theme in different directions. The Smiths take #ManusxMachina. @willowsmith in…

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After One Year On The Market, Is The Apple Watch Trending Downward?

After One Year On The Market, Is The Apple Watch Trending Downward?

The Apple Watch turned one year old on April 24, 2016. Cue the trendpieces: Is it a success or a flop? It depends on who you ask. “Apple Watch Proves To Be Apple’s Biggest Flop In Years,” says the Inquisitr’s headline; Yahoo News’ headline says that Apple is “ruling smartwatches”; Tech Talk splits the difference and asks, “Apple Watch Is One Year Old: Hit Or Flop?” For its part, Apple is calling it a hit. Apple reported that it sold sold twice as many Apple Watches in the past year…

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This Collar Translates Your Cat’s Meows Into English

This Collar Translates Your Cat’s Meows Into English

Every cat owner has wondered what some of those meows mean. Introducing the Catterbox. British cat treats brand Temptations Cat Treats teamed up with London ad agency adam&eveDDB to premiere a series of designed-to-be-viral videos showing cats’ meows as translated by a special collar. Created by the “Temptations Lab,” a “research workstream dedicated to the future of fun times with your cat,” the “Catterbox” is supposedly a 3-D printed collar that contains a microphone, speaker, Bluetooth technology and WiFi to record your cat’s meows and translate them into English. Hilarious…

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This Temporary Tattoo Turns Your Skin Into An LED Screen

This Temporary Tattoo Turns Your Skin Into An LED Screen

  You can now wear an LED screen directly on your skin. Researchers at the University of Tokyo developed the new device using electronic skin (e-skin), a thin, stretchy and flexible material designed to mimic the human skin. As described in a study published in the journal Science Advances, the e-skin — a more flexible and longer-lasting version of previously developed e-skins  — contains organic polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) that, when hit with electrical pulses, can turn on and off and show the colors red, green and blue, just like the…

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