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Fitbit Sense: the new smartwatch that detects stress is coming

Fitbit launches its new smartwatch. The device will be able to detect stress and atrial fibrillation signals. Let’s find out some of the features of the new Fitbit Sense.

Apple Watch may have a new rival. Fitbit has announced the launch of its new Fitbit Sense which, due to its design, has already been compared to the device of the Cupertino giant. In fact, the aesthetic characteristics favor comparison but what makes Fitbit Sense particularly interesting is the attention to the user’s health; and therefore the functions it is able to perform in this perspective.

Advanced Health Smartwatch Fitbit Sense is the innovative smartwatch

Fitbit Sense: let’s discover the functions and features of the new smartwatch!

One of the functions that is most attracting attention concerns the ability to detect electrodermal activity : it will be sufficient to place the palm of the hand for about 30 seconds on the smartwatch which will detect the electrical changes in the level of sweating of the skin. The result, together with the additional parameters measured, will offer an overview of the user’s stress condition and will provide suggestions about the various relaxation techniques to be practiced.

The device will be able to sense heart rate and monitor users’ sleep quality. In addition, it will offer the possibility to follow 20 different training plans. Fitbit Sense also introduces another particularly important innovation, it refers to its ability to detect atrial fibrillation signals.

As for what the design of the device will be, we know that it will have a 1.58-inch AMOLED panel ; and that the smartwatch will be available in three different colors.

Fitbit Sense can be purchased starting from autumn 2020 but the official date has not yet been announced. The cost of the device will be 329.95 euros.

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Athena Fit, we analyzed this intelligent and complete scale of SPC

SPC is a firm with which we are constantly collaborating to be able to test your products and obviously to make exhaustive analyzes of them and thus be able to show it to all of you. On this occasion SPC is taking an important turn towards the IoT and above all home automation, we are going there with the first of the products that we are going to analyze in the coming days.

We have in our hands the Athena Fit of SPC, a new intelligent scale with many capacities, stay to discover our in-depth analysis. As always, we will tell you the best and worst of this product so you can consider your purchase.

We have in our hands the Athena Fit of SPC, a new intelligent scale with many capacities, stay to discover our in-depth analysis

In this case we are going to judge not only its physical section, something sovereignly important in a product of continued use such as a scale, but we will also take into account the rest of the details for daily use as the integrated software of SPC that includes the same, the configuration section and absolutely everything you need to know about a product with these characteristics. We go there with the analysis so you do not miss anything, however, first we leave you THIS LINK of purchase so you can get a unit at the best price.

Design and construction materials

Well, we find a scale that is built in its upper part of tempered glass with a white layer to make it look of the aforementioned color, with rounded corners and a rather thick glass that sincerely brings peace of mind. In the lower part we have totally black plastic and four legs that are slightly adjustable, this means that thanks to these four supports the scale is going to keep in good position independently of the imperfections of the floor on which we place it, and this is quite important when using a scale accurately.

It has a total size of 300 x 300 x 26 millimeters for a total weight of 1.7 kilograms, it is not large, but rather we would say that it has the standard size for a scale, in fact it is not high considering the technology that It houses inside. It has four metal zones in charge of measuring the rest of the data and for its operation it will need three AAA batteries that are not included in the package. The packaging is quite good, the scale arrives well protected and is easy to transport thanks to its handle, so I recommend not to get rid of the package in the first days of use. It should be noted that we will be able to acquire it in both white and black, but I sincerely recommend it in white.

Measurement capabilities

It is an intelligent scale, so we can understand that it is able to take into account more parameters than usual on a scale, right? This is all we can see in the SPC IoT application once we have synchronized our Athena Fit:

Total weight
Body fat
Water content in the body
Body Mass Index
Basal metabolism
Protein in the body
Skeletal muscle
Bone mass
Volume of fat in the body
Defatted body weight
Muscle volume
Degree of fat viceral
Muscular control
Fat control
Age and body condition according to measures

With the analysis of these data and through the SPC IoT application we will be able to generate statistics and graphs of weekly, monthly and annual trends. These graphics are quite easy to understand through the application, although for my taste they give too much information, let’s be honest, most of us are just going to focus on a few of those fifteen parameters that the SPC Athena Fit is capable of measuring, right? Maybe this is when we start thinking that this scale is more than a simple weight, it is an ideal complement for people who play sports regularly.

Featured features

The scale has an unlimited number of users, that is, within the SPC IoT application that as you know is interconnected in the cloud with the different devices, we will be able to register different users for the scale and this is how we will save a historical data for each of the users and for each of the measurement parameters, this is very interesting, the scale will identify the user automatically and send the record that we can see in the SPC IoT application the information automatically just after weighing us, could it be easier?

The scale has a measuring range ranging from 5 to 180 Kg, but it should be noted that we will also be able to measure the result of the measurements in pounds. This scale to operate takes advantage of the typical wireless characteristics of this type of products, the Bluetooth and the WiFi network of 2.4 GHz. We have a LED panel on the front where we will be able to see mainly our weight, but also the connections of the weighing machine.

Configuration and editor’s opinion

To configure it, we will just insert the batteries in the scale and we will press the button on the bottom until the symbol of the WiFi parapadee quickly. Then we will open the SPC IoT (Android) application ( iOS ) that we download for free, select the scale and the connection will be made automatically. The scale will be unified with the rest of the SPC products that we have connected and with which we will be able to interact quickly.

Pros

The design and materials are taken care of, they look good in the bathroom
The price is moderate taking into account everything that offers
The SPC IoT application is well integrated
Gives a lot of information that is easy to read

Cons

Maybe using lithium batteries would not have been a bad idea
It is not compatible with 5 GHz networks, important to configure it
At the time of configuring it sometimes gives problems, it is solved with a reset

SPC is working hard and its strong point is the management of everything through the SPC IoT application that is getting good scores in the App Store thanks to its performance. SPC products are usually democratic in price and that shows. Few scales you will find for only 39.99 euros at home that are capable of providing such a complete service, design and materials accompany, so I have no choice but to say that if you are thinking of buying a product of these characteristics, the SPC Athena Fit is a clear competitor.

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Curious Gadgets Future Tech

MIT creates a hydraulic pump on a single chip

Engineers from MIT and Cornell University creates ‘Tree-on-a-chip‘ to Mimic Pumping Mechanism of Plants.
It is true that many companies nowadays dedicate themselves, practically full-time, to work on increasingly capable robots. Thanks to this we know the amazing creatures, for example, of Boston Dynamics. On the other hand, the truth is that there are already many companies able to offer products like this so the real challenge is to miniaturize all these elements and even to eliminate all kinds of moving parts.

Engineers from MIT and Cornell University creates 'Tree-on-a-chip' to Mimic Pumping Mechanism of Plants

The true motivation for the latter, as many engineers and researchers argue, is to develop and manufacture robots that can perform complex tasks at a price, both acquisition and maintenance, reasonable. This can only be achieved by making these creatures much smaller and, above all, getting rid of much of their moving parts, a task that is much more complex than we can imagine.

MIT creates the smallest hydraulic pump in the world.

This is where a group of researchers from MIT has been working on getting rid of moving parts and, for that, they decided to take inspiration from what they themselves have called the most effective hydraulic pumps on the planet, the trees. If we develop this idea a little more, what these scientists refer to is the way in which these living beings feed themselves, by which they can send water constantly from the base to the top of their branches.

Inside the trees there is a complex system full of conductive tissues called xylem and phloem which, thanks to a surface tension between water and the imbalance of sugar levels, produce in stable pumping. This may seem simple, at least at the theoretical level as has been demonstrated on countless occasions, unfortunately if we do it in a practical way the result is not a constant flow .

To solve this problem in the MIT have discovered that the leaves of the trees, in turn, provide this system, via photosynthesis, sugar which causes that, if your system you add an additional sugar source it offers a flow Constant without the need for moving parts or installing pumps of any kind.

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Android Future Tech

Sony SmartWatch 2: new generation of Android watches

The Sony SmartWatch 2 was presented this morning by the Asian company in a journey that has given much of himself, as well as announcing this new generation of watches also unveiled the new Xperia Z Ultra.

The new watch is the next generation smartwatch with Android operating system which is also waterproof. This device can easily connect to your phone using NFC technology is a very simple one touch.

Thus, this multifunctional watch provides an interface for Android applications and can simultaneously perform as all in one remote control terminal and when not connected function as an independent clock.

Features of Sony SmartWatch 2

The features packed into this Sony SmartWatch 2 are first measures 41.6 x 41.1 x 9 mm and weighs 48.4 grams with silicone strap and 122.5 grams if using metal strap. The clock display is touch LCD transflective, which means perfectly suitable for viewing in both low-light environments such as extreme light-of 1.6 inches and a resolution of 220 x 176 pixels in full color. One thing to keep in mind is that it is the first Android watch with water resistant but not suitable for bathing or showering with it as it is only splash proof.

The Android version running the Sony SmartWatch 2 is the 4.0 and later. It also includes a battery whose duration varies between 5 and 6 days with a low level and using 3 to 4 days with regular use. The way is by connecting charging micro USB. Regarding the connectivity it includes Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC as discussed above.

As for the functions you can perform the SmartWatch, for call management that is laying can call, answer and reject calls and view missed calls and call log. They can also send SMS/MMS, e-mail consulting Gmail and Facebook application among other things, such as Runastic or music.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 is available in color black metallic with a strap of 24 mm, ie the standard size to combine with which you want, plus it will shortly interchangeable straps . The clock rate is not available yet but it is known that the date will reach markets worldwide, will be in September.

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Curious Gadgets Future Tech Miscellaneous

Human movement to provide energy for the Internet of Things

In The Internet of Things, it is tells of a world in which anything can be interconnected with the rest. This gigantic network that will bring Internet to every corner of our world need energy to operate, and a group of researchers asserts that energy will provide it with our own movement.

In a practical example, all packets of a post office will transmit its position, origin and destination to monitor the shipment more efficiently. And to be fed a study shows that the movement not only of people but also of doors or drawers creates an energy that could be used to feed the Internet of things.

doors or drawers creates an energy that could be used to feed the Internet of things

Maria Gorlatova and a team of researchers at Columbia University in New York have measured the energy generated by the inertia in the activity of 40 people in periods that came nine days. They placed energy collecting devices to assess how much energy could generate the movement of these people and some items that also move often, such as doors, surprisingly pencils or drawers.

Among the facts findings highlighted that the periodic motion is rich in energy generation: writing with a pen generates a remarkable electrical power (10 to 15 microwatts). It also demonstrated that humans being are passive most of the time with 95% of the energy that produce the movement generated in less than 7% of the course of a day.

Devices such as manufactured by Fitbit and other daily activity monitoring solutions may be perfect candidates to collect energy through precisely of this activity. Meanwhile, Gorlatova and his team work on designing algorithms to manage that energy harvesting and subsequent storage and use.

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Camera Future Tech

Conran concept Camera Combines Instant-On Automatic Shooting

The creative team of the British firm Conran revisits the old days of the camera consists of a darkroom. This new concept completely removes the digital display system for a return to the past in a modern design.

Conran Camera Combines Instant-On Automatic Shooting

This digital camera is different from his fellows by its retro analog system. Indeed, it brings back the day the art of photography. To do this, this gadget has no conventional lens in place is a circular hole to aim well and the picture frame to capture. This means that he lacks the screen often placed at the back which is used to adjust the pictures or watch. Capable of performing auto shooting, it has a dial and several integrated buttons for easy adjustment. Latest innovation: the pictures taken can be transferred via Bluetooth.

This unique camera is currently in prototype phase.

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Future Tech Samsung Devices Smartphone

Galaxy S IV With Wireless Charging, Floating Touch And Green PHOLED

More news and rumors are spreading about the imminent Samsung Galaxy S4, which according to recent reports, include Green PHOLED AMOLED display with floating touch system and an increasingly popular system of wireless charging kit.

In line with rumors of two versions of the device to Europe and America equipped with processors Snapdragon 600 and Exynos Octa, Samsung would manufacture two models.

Samsung Galaxy S IV With Wireless Charging, Floating Touch And Green PHOLED Display

The first of them would have an LCD screen and would be the “option” Qualcomm. The remaining, with Exynos, presume AMOLED screen, classic component in the South Korean firm, which was rumored a few weeks ago and left for this new flagship.

Another innovation that has come to light by this time indicates that the Galaxy S IV would have a floating touch system (that has been used by Sony inside the XPERIA Sola), that is, use the screen without touching. This technology makes use of detection of electric fields in the finger, obtaining, through sensors incorporated into the screen, take the correct position of your finger.

The latest news indicates that Samsung would use the system Qi wireless charging standard developed by the Wireless Power Company. According to reports, the South Korean company could either sell the dock (charging system) in a separate package or include it in the ‘core’ package of the smartphone.

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Accessories Curious Gadgets Future Tech Storage

Swyp allows you to transfer files using gestures

You already have the bluetooth, infrared and WiFi, also means more storage capacity and smaller size. However, sometimes to transfer data from one device to another is a cumbersome task. The sci-fi film has made known a type of data transfer more fun and fast: with the hand gesture simply. Therefore, it has created Swyp, a tool from MIT Media Lab, which recognizes the movement provides a link and transfer from one device to another, without using any additional hardware.

Swyp allows you to transfer files using gestures

Swyp allows you to transfer files using gestures

It is very simple, just touch the file on your computer (for example) and slide your finger to the panel on the tablet or smartphone where you want to copy. While touch screens should be to achieve, it is an excellent choice to stop using pen drives, storage facilities in the cloud or email.

The technology so far discovered allows to move files by moving the finger and more, as a matter of time that can develop such complex gadgets. Alexander List and Nathan Linder have come together to create Swyp, designed to enable the transfer of files across a device and an application using simple gestures sweep. Simply place a device next to each other and make the movement of transfer. While it is totally not polished yet, soon you can use your iPhones or iPads, Iron Man style.

This invention is still in testing phase, so you will have to wait a few months to see it in action.

Source: Neo Teo

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Future Tech Research & Analysis Rumours & News

The Sony bio-battery generates electricity from paper

Who needs polluting fossil fuels when we can get energy from the paper? Sony has just introduced a battery that is capable of generating electricity from paper.

 

It uses an enzyme to break down into glucose which paper is used to generate energy. This method can produce 18Wh of energy from an A4 sheet and certainly seems a great way to recharge devices like mobile phones and portable media players, among others.

 

It’s a very good invention, but remember to make paper, trees must be cut so that after all this is another innovation that degrades the environment.

The Sony bio-battery generates electricity from paper

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Future Tech HTC Rumours & News

HTC Edge to preview all the features and photos of the first quad-core smartphone

Today we show you a preview of the features and the photo of the HTC Edge, the first smartphone with Quad Core processor.
HTC Edge to preview all the features and photos of the first quad-core smartphone
Just the processor Tegra 3 Quad Core 1.5 GHz frequency will surely create high performance also seen to be well supported by 1 GB of RAM.
In addition to the processor all the other features are top as the 4.7-inch touchscreen display with HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Two cameras on board: the back with a resolution of 8.0 megapixel with LED flash, autofocus and can shoot video in full HD up to 1080p resolution while the front 2.0 megapixels allow you to make video calls.
Excellent presence of Beats Audio technology which offers high quality sound.
IPs will be as many as 32 GB to store files such as music, video, images, applications and games.
Obviously, as in all smarrtphone Android has rich connectivity: HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.
No details about the official presentation that will surely still a few weeks.