Health

  • MIT-developed smart wheelchair does auto navigation

    MIT-developed smart wheelchair does auto navigation

    I live right pretty close to MIT and sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t even walk by any of the buildings for fear that my average brain might pollute some or all of the strange and wonderful things they’ve got cooking. Like this wheelchair, for instance. It can learn a given building’s layout and then take its occupant to a particular room or location via voice command. So… Read More

  • PureCart makes food safe again (or not)

    PureCart makes food safe again (or not)

    Did you know that there are a million germs on just one shopping cart handle? I hate to imagine how many are living and crawling on the actual inside of the cart… you know where you put your food. Never mind the fact that it’s the food itself (spinach, tomatoes, beef…) that has posed all the recent dangers. The fact that I know creepy-crawlies are on my shopping cart makes me want… Read More

  • Study shows business travelers prefer their BlackBerry to their loved ones

    Study shows business travelers prefer their BlackBerry to their loved ones


    Outside of Thanksgiving, does this scene even remotely exist anymore? How much do you love your BlackBerry? Like, say, more than you love your spouse? As crazy as that sounds, it’s not too uncommon. A recently conducted study by Sheraton suggests that, if given the choice, some 35 percent of business travelers would rather pal around with their BlackBerry than their spouse. Just as… Read More

  • Will WebMD Lose Its Stranglehold Over Health Information?

    Will WebMD Lose Its Stranglehold Over Health Information?

    Rumors are back suggesting Revolution Health is looking to merge with another company. Only this time, it’s with another health information portal: Everyday Health. And together, the companies believe they can finally supplant WebMD as the most trafficked site in that space. According to the Washington Post, the companies are still engaging in negotiations and no firm plans have… Read More

  • 911ICE.org takes ICE a step further

    911ICE.org takes ICE a step further

    Ice, In Case of Emergency is a simple idea that has some far reaching consequences. Conceived by British paramedic Bob Brotchie several years ago, the ICE initiative is simply a contact programmed into your cell phone. When first responders get to an emergency, they simply look in your cell phone for your ICE contact. Simple, easy and effective. The website 911ICE.org not only alerts your one… Read More

  • iRobot has two new Roombas for your cleaning needs: One for pets, one for offices

    iRobot has two new Roombas for your cleaning needs: One for pets, one for offices


    Sorta like this, but not really because iRobot still doesn’t have the proper photos up yet IRobot has a couple of new Roombas for you pet owners. Two, to be exact. There’s the Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot and the Professional Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot, both of which sound like a real hoot. The Pet Series has a few things that make cleaning up after your pets a little… Read More

  • Giro Sponge sops up plaque

    Giro Sponge sops up plaque

    Fabio Dabori, an industrial designer based in Brazil has softened up the toothbrush game with his new toothbrush concept, Giro Sponge. The powered toothbrush is takes the concept of using bristles and completely throws that out the door, instead replacing the ‘brush’ head with a small sponge. Made with both adults and kids in mind, Fabio imagines the toothsponge to be useful for… Read More

  • Software helps deaf ‘see’ sound

    Software helps deaf ‘see’ sound

    The University of London is currently testing software that takes sound waves and turns them into visual representations. The software is called Lumisonic, and is designed to help the deaf ad hard-of-hearing “see” sounds. There’s a video on the BBC’s Web site showing it in action. Sadly, I can’t embed it here, so you’ll have to click through. Basically, as… Read More

  • Study: Cell phone users have troublesome kids

    Study: Cell phone users have troublesome kids


    From the “Third Variable” department:
    Researchers at my alma mater, UCLA, have conducted a study that shows a strong correllation between cell phone use by a parent (pre- and post-natal) and behavior problems in their kids. Their findings: Children with both prenatal and postnatal cell phone exposure were 80 percent more likely to have abnormal or borderline scores on tests… Read More

  • Weird study of 21 people says that cell phones cause depression and poor concentration

    Weird study of 21 people says that cell phones cause depression and poor concentration

    A very thorough study (of 21 people) in Sweden found that people who use their cell phones excessively can be prone to sleep problems, fatigue, and stress, which can lead to depression and concentration issues. Hey, there’s a cat near me! I hate cats. I hate me! Where was I? Oh yeah, so Sweden. What’s up with Sweden? It’s like, we get it! You have great healthcare! Oh no… Read More

  • Despite record profits, Apple stock slides over Jobs' health fears

    Despite record profits, Apple stock slides over Jobs' health fears

    Those rumors of Steve Jobs being in ill health aren’t doing the company any favors. Apple’s stock dropped some 11 percent overnight, despite the fact that the company pulled in $9 billion in profits, primarily fueled by record Mac sales. That Steve Jobs himself wasn’t present at the conference call raised investors’ suspicions. The company’s CFO called… Read More

  • EA doesn't want new UK rating system since it'll delay game releases

    EA doesn't want new UK rating system since it'll delay game releases

    Oh, EA. Do you even have a public relations company, or someone to put your statements through a “common sense” filter? The Byron Report in the UK recommended an overhaul of the British video game rating system. Dr. Tanya Byron, who wrote the report, says the current rating system is inadequate, and for the sake of health and safety, sound morals, etc. the system should be shaken up. Read More

  • Top psychiatrist wants Internet addiction officially recognized

    Top psychiatrist wants Internet addiction officially recognized

    Internet addiction is real, is a clinical disorder and should be recognized by the community as such. So says a a prominent psychiatrist in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The symptoms of internet addiction are similar to those of other addictions. In using the Internet nonstop, addicts can forget to tend to their vitals (eating and sleeping), need more an more advanced technology to… Read More

  • Two children being treated for cellphone addiction

    Two children being treated for cellphone addiction


    Flickr’d “Talking, texting or playing games,” for six hours a day. Does that sound like addiction to you? Well, apparently it is. Two kids in Spain, aged 12 and 13, were recently admitted to a mental health center to treat their addiction to cellphones. Their relatives were concerned that they were unable to function without their cellphone. So, to the loony bin with… Read More

  • Oh Puh-lease: Steve Jobs is too skinny now?

    Oh Puh-lease: Steve Jobs is too skinny now?

    There have been some murmurs going ‘round the interconnected web-like network of worldwide computers that Steve Jobs looked a little too skinny on Monday, and that he might be sick. Apple spokespeople have now said that Jobs had been a little ill with a “common bug” over the past few weeks but that he was on antibiotics and didn’t want to miss the WWDC conference. Sure… Read More

  • Vibering watch warns deaf of possible danger

    Vibering watch warns deaf of possible danger

    Look at this watch. Biggs sees it, and drools just a little; he drools a lot, though, so it might be unrelated. Known as “Vibering,” it’s a watch designed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and warns the wearer of incoming danger—an onrushing car, a reckless delivery guy on a bicycle, and so on. Two rings go around the wearer’s wrist, and “listen,” so… Read More

  • Taser may have affected man's heartbeat, which they're not supposed to do

    Taser may have affected man's heartbeat, which they're not supposed to do

    Sure, we all get a laugh at someone else’s expense when watching taser videos on YouTube, but did you know that the device may affect your heartbeat? That’s not cool, especially since Taser, Inc. says its devices are totally safe and in no way affect your biological functions. It all stems from a recent incident where a man was running from police and hid in a lake (?!) to… Read More

  • Pregnant women, beware: Cellphones linked childhood behavioral problems

    Pregnant women, beware: Cellphones linked childhood behavioral problems

    A new study has found links between cellphone use during pregnancy and behavioral problems in children later in life. Just the type of news the cellphone industry wants to hear, I’m sure. The study, conducted by UCLA and a Danish university, sampled some 13,000 kids. It found that children whose mothers had used a cellphone “two or three” times a day had increased likelihoods… Read More

  • Solar-powered hearing aids help poor deaf folk

    Solar-powered hearing aids help poor deaf folk

    Did you know that there’s 250 million people around the world who are hearing-impaired? Even worse, two-thirds of them live in the developing world. Odds are, these people don’t have the type of money needed to buy conventional hearing aids, primarily because their expensive batteries last only about a week. What if you could design an affordable hearing aid for the… Read More

  • Necklace reminds you to take your medicine

    Necklace reminds you to take your medicine

    There’s an experimental necklace developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology that reminds you to take your medicine. Users must first ingest a special pill, along with your other pills, that contains a small magnet, which then activates the necklace. The necklace then records when, exactly, you swallowed the pills. That way, your nurse or caregiver can know when, or if… Read More