Wearables

Apple appears to be working on a yoga workout mode for Apple Watch

 News continues to leak out about what’s new in iPhone 8, and most of those rumors seem to be coming from a leaked iOS release related to the HomePod speaker. Something else we were tipped to in that same file: several references to yoga, including under a listing of workouts associated with the Apple Watch. Read More

Fitbit turns teens off exercising, study finds

 Fitness tracker makers would have you believe that all that stands between you and the motivation to get up off your couch and get healthy is their shiny wearable device. But a new study conducted by researchers in the UK found groups of teenager...

MIT’s ‘living jewelry’ is made up of small robot assistants

 Project Kino was inspired by ‘living jewelry,’ large bedazzled beetles and other insects worn as decoration in different parts of the world. The MIT Media lab version is much more humane, however, using palm-sized robots that cling onto clothing with magnets. The team has been demoing the work for about a year now and has come up with a wide range of functions for the little… Read More

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup crowns its 15th winner, the X.GLU smart glucose meter for kids

 Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup, a global competition of high-tech student projects, reached its culmination this week accompanied by the usual pomp at the company’s headquarters in Redmond. The winner of the $100,000 grand prize and 365 days of bragging rights is X.GLU, a Czech team that created a custom smart glucose meter for children with diabetes. Read More

Token has made one ring to rule all your passwords, payments and physical access

Token’s ring uses a combination of fingerprinting and an optical proximity sensor to ensure that a user’s credentials can’t be accessed by a third party. Using an app, Tokenites can pair the ring and their biometric information with anything from their credit cards to their car keys. Read More

This device will automatically enter how much you chew for you

 Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a solution to all those who hate manually writing in all the foods they eat throughout the day into an app – a wearable system that detects how much you chew and enters it for you. The device, created by graduate student Shengjie Bi uses two off-the-shelf sensors to detect the type of eating you do in real-time and claims an… Read More

Deep analysis of police body cam footage shows pattern of microaggressions towards black people

 Police body cameras don’t just record shootouts and other crises — they’re on all day every day, providing unprecedented detail of officers’ interactions with the public. If you can handle that volume of data, that is. Researchers at Stanford created a method to do just that, and soon found that officers in Oakland consistently used less respectful language when… Read More

Mary Meeker’s latest trends report highlights Silicon Valley’s role in the future of healthcare

 Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends Report, out today, was full of insights on how tech is shaping our future — including now in healthcare. This was the first year Meeker included healthcare in her report and it shows just how much of a role tech is going to play in improving our lives going forward. Here are a few key insights from the report. Read More

Warby Parker’s Prescription Check app lets you skip the eye doctor

 Warby Parker wants to get you the right prescription glasses without forcing you to get an in-person eye test. It’s now testing its new Prescription Test app that uses your phone and computer in tandem to adminster a 20-minute series of eye tests, which are then reviewed by a doctor who makes the final call on your prescription. This could let Warby Parker sell people prescription glasses… Read More

EEG hardware hack uses blink detection and predictive text for hands-free typing

 Hardware is hard at the best of times. But software developer Patrick Morris-Suzuki set himself the ambitious challenge of creating a blink-detecting system for hands-free typing during an overnight hackathon here at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2...