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    Posted on May 12th, 2014


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    Written by Denis Finnegan


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    [Gamification]

     

    LeapFrog gets kids moving with the LeapBand activity tracker

    (interesting view on devices for kids but also building in a gameification element that could work for adults too)

    http://www.gizmag.com/leapfrog-leapband-activity-tracker/31871/

     

     

    [Health and Fitness]

     

    IBM pushes Watson’s role in healthcare

    (We should look at putting a team together to work with Watson)

    http://www.techcentral.ie/ibm-pushes-watsons-role-in-healthcare/

     

    Basis Science’s sleep-tracking band gets high marks for accuracy

    (One of the most accurate tracking devices produced thus far)

    http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/01/researchers-verify-that-basis-sciences-fitness-tracker-keeps-accurate-track-of-your-sleep-hours/

     

    Sleevely turns baby bottles into smart bottles

    (potential to track even the food intake of babies)

    http://www.gizmag.com/sleevely-smartsleeve-baby-bottle/31878/

     

    Sitting all day is bad for your brain, too

    (No direct applications except the implications that excercise has on memory and intelligence and to highlight this further in our service)

    http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/03/sitting-all-day-is-bad-for-your-brain-too/

     

    Harvard researchers find protein that could reverse the aging process

    (Applications for heart conditions and even as far reaching as Alzheimer’s)

    http://www.gizmag.com/gdf11-protein-aging-mice-harvard/31929/

     

    Samsung’s Gear Fit is a striking — but empty — beauty (review)

    (Good review on one of the market leading wearable devices)

    http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/03/samsungs-gear-fit-is-a-striking-but-empty-beauty-review/

     

     

    [Technology that might be of interest]

     

    SCiO is made to analyze … everything

    (Spectrometer for analyising the nutrition in food. Potential alternative for barcode scanning, still the issue of serving though)

    http://www.gizmag.com/scio-pocket-molecular-sensor/31840/

     

    Nod Gesture Control Ring Is Designed For Continual Wear, Starts Selling Today For $149

    (Potential use for interaction with a multitude of interfaces but also possible

    http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/29/nod-bluetooth-gesture-control-ring/

     

    Logitech announces modular smartphone case system

    (Potential to more easily attached medical devices)

    www.gizmag.com/logitech-case-modular-smartphone-case/31887/

     

    GitHub’s ‘Atom’ text editor is now public, free, and fully open source

    http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/06/githubs-young-text-editor-is-now-public-free-and-fully-open-source/

     

    ASO is the new SEO as App Annie adds free app store optimization, plus ad analytics

    http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/06/aso-is-the-new-seo-as-app-annie-adds-free-app-store-optimization-plus-ad-analytics/

     

    Google Now gets smarter for real-world scenarios

    Google Now’s mobile software will tell you where it thinks you parked your car: New features on mobile make personal assistant more useful

    http://www.techcentral.ie/google-now-gets-smarter-for-real-world-scenarios/

     

    The Head Of Google X Reveals Its Anti-Technology Mission Statement

    http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/06/googlex-head-of-moonshots-astro-teller-technology-should-make-you-feel-more-human-not-less-human/

     

    On for the ladies! Mink Is A 3D Printer For Makeup

    http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/05/mink-is-a-3d-printer-for-makeup/

     

    LG launches new smart appliances featuring HomeChat

    (potential to be used along with shopping lists to see what’s already in your fridge)

    http://www.gizmag.com/lg-homechat-smart-appliances/31948/

     

    Flexible, high-performance battery could soon find its way to your smartwatch

    (Imagine if the watch or band was the battery, huge implications for wearable tech where battery life is a key limiting factor)

    http://www.gizmag.com/flexible-high-performance-battery/31830/

     

    Talking to the Toq: Qualcomm’s smartwatch now supports voice dictation

    (voice dictation, wireless charging, mirasol display, long battery life, looks like we’re approching the 2nd generation of these devices)

    http://www.gizmag.com/qualcomm-toq-voice-dictation/31914/

     

    Coin Demoes The Tech That Scored A $15.5M Round Led By Red Point

    (Another facit in the move away from plastic to electronic payment tech)

    http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/05/coin-demoes-the-tech-that-scored-a-15-5m-round-led-by-red-point/

     

    Air-purifying billboard does the work of 1,200 trees

    http://www.gizmag.com/utecs-air-purifying-billboard-installed-at-lima/31931/

     

    Lunecase harvests electromagnetic energy from iPhone to power LED alerts

    http://www.gizmag.com/lunecase-electromagnetic-power-iphone-case/31837/


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