By: Jennifer Devitt on January 3rd, 2017
Weight loss with AI, multi-factor biometric fusion, smart hairbrushes, pet collars, showers and telemedicine in tech news.
1. Weight loss app with AI? Enter the app Noom which uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to sort thru a user's logs of calories and exercise to make personalized suggestions. 79% of users of Noom report having achieved weight loss and 25% of users reported losing more than 10% of their body weight.
2. Multi-factor biometric fusion. That's a mouthful, isn't it? Manufacturer Synaptics has created a chip to setup secure logins by using several forms of biometric data. For instance, a user can use a finger print coupled with facial recognition to access devices or software/apps.
3. L'Oreal Smart Hairbrush. Yep, you read that right, a smart hairbrush. L'Oreal created the brush to analyze grooming habits. The brush has a microphone that can detect the sound of brushing frizzy or dry damaged hair. The brush works with a smartphone app and retails for $200. The brush will make product recommendations and offer tips to help improve the health of the user's hair.
4. Smart Pet Collar. Meet KYON, the smart pet tracker. The collar incorporates microphones, speakers, and a GPS. This collar can tell you if your dog is wet or cold, barking or sleeping and help you find him if he is lost.
5. Moen U Connected Shower. Never stand around waiting for your shower to warm up again. If you visit the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, you can start your shower from the comfort of your soft, warm bed! If you are thinking of rehabbing your bathroom or building a new house the kit from Moen will run you about $1,160.
6. Smart ring fitness tracker. If you have no interest in sporting a Fitbit or Apple Watch but are looking for a fitness tracker, maybe the Motiv fitness ring will suit your needs better. The ring is titanium and has a heart rate sensor but no displays. The Motive is water proof and available for preorder for $199 and will be available for iOS in the spring and Andriod this summer.
7. Schools use telemedicine to help keep kids in school. If you have a child who is afflicted with certain medical conditions that could cause them to miss more school than the average child telemedicine could be ideal. Nurses in some schools have been using digital stethoscopes coupled with video and audio links to local emergency rooms to assist with diagnosing such symptoms as asthma attacks. Schools obtain prior permission from parents of children with chronic illnesses for use of the systems in case a parent cant be reached or get to school quick enough.
What kind of new and exciting tech news have you read to start off 2017? I'm looking forward to the rest of the week at CES for some new exciting products. Do any of these products give you ideas for creating something new for the future that would aid consumers or take your business to the next level? Talk with a qualified software engineer today to see what it takes to get your product idea to the market.