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DietSensor Makes Diet Tracking Easy



DietSensor logoThere are many people who need to keep track of what they are eating. Some use an app to help them do that. The problem is that it takes time to enter everything you eat into the app, and doing so can be a hassle. DietSensor makes diet tracking easy.

Jamie and Nick spoke with CEO & Founder of DietSensor, Remy Bonnassee, at CES 2016. DietSensor is the next generation of nutrition tracking tools. Instead of manually entering all of the foods you eat into an app, you can simply use a sensor.

Press the sensor onto your food for two seconds. The sensor has an infrared beam that interacts with the cells in the food. That information goes through your smartphone and into the cloud where it is compared with a database that contains the spectrum analysis of hundreds of foods. Then, the information goes back to your smartphone. In seconds, the app states what the food is and how many grams of carbs, fat, and protein it has.

The sensor can only be used on homogeneous foods. You cannot scan a pizza, because it is made of many different kinds of foods. Instead, consult the app which has six hundred thousand food and beverages in its database. The app will tell you how many carbs, fat, and protein is in your slice of pizza.

DataSensor will become available in the United States and Canada sometime around September of 2016.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

Nick DiMeo is an audio enginner and show host at F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.

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Smart Cooking in the Kitchen with SmartyPans



Smarty Pans logoTracking nutritional information when cooking from a recipe can be difficult as it’s not as easy as looking at the back of the packet to find out how many calories are in 100g. Aside from adding up the constituent values, the cooking process can alter the composition too. If this is a familiar problem, then the Smartpans smart skillet might be the solution. Scott finds out more from Prachi Baxi, CEO and founder of Smartypans.

The solution comprises of two parts, the smart skillet and the complementary app, which communicates with the pan via Bluetooth. The clever bit is that the pan includes temperature and weight sensors, simplifying the cooking process as weights can be measured on the fly; the chef enters the food, such as chicken, into the app as it’s being added to the pan. The pan measures the weight of chicken being added, passes that to the app which then calculates calories and other nutritional information, adding that to the total for the meal.

The cooking processes can follow two different paths. The app can guide the inexperienced pot-stirrer through the recipe, directing what and when, but for the seasoned chef, the app can follow along and help out only as necessary.

With an expected retail price of US$299, the Smartypan is currently on pre-order for $209. The interview references an Indigogo campaign but that doesn’t seem to have started at time of writing.

Scott Ertz is a software developer and video producer at F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.

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Sleep Better with Sleepace at CES



Sleepace LogoSleep is great. Not only does it refresh you for the coming day, your behaviour while asleep can provide indicators to health issues such as sleep apnea. Howard Borenstein, President of Sleepace takes Jamie through snooze system.

Sleepace compromises three components. First is the Reston, a flat band which goes under the mattress and records night-time behaviour. Second a complementary smartphone app which downloads the data via Bluetooth from the Reston and show stats about your shut-eye. The app helps you understand and improve your sleep, highlighting issues such as sleep apnea or heart rate problems. Finally the Nox light helps you get to sleep by producing red light and later gently wakes you from slumber.

This is the only non-wearable sleep tracking system I’ve seen, so if you don’t like wearing anything in bed (!), check it out. The Reston band is available now and the full Sleepace system including the Nox will be available in March or US$279.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist.

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Aurai Helps Fight Eye Fatigue at CES



Aurai LogoEye strain and eye fatigue are real problems faced by most modern people. All day long, we’re staring at computer screens, tablets, smartphones, and other displays that can be stressful to our eyes. And while we have a number of options available for treating fatigued muscles and joints, there aren’t a lot of choices when it comes to treating eye problems. Aurai is a new “eye massager” that is hoping to change that.

Eric Chu of Taiwanese manufacturer In Trust Technologies stopped by the booth to meet with Daniel and Todd. Eric came armed with a working prototype Aurai. Todd was volunteered to test out the device. Todd compared the Aurai experience to a massage chair but with much lower pressure. He said the sensation of the Aurai is cool and that he could feel it “walking back and forth” over his eyes. Aurai consists of two parts: A silicon mask that’s placed over the eyes and an external controller. Aurai’s massaging action is created with water and its temperature is controlled by a smart-chip enhanced thermal-electric cooler. In Trust Technologies will be launching a Kickstarter campaign soon to further development of its Aurai massager. The company is hoping to offer an early bird special of $119 to its Kickstarter backers. When the product goes full retail, it’s expected to sell for $239. You can register to be notified when the Kickstarter campaign goes live if you’re interested in purchasing an Aurai eye massager.

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Variowell Offers a Smart Mattress at CES



Variowell logoGetting a good night’s sleep is one of the more important things in life, and a good mattress goes a long way in getting that snooze. Variowell have a revolutionary foam for making a comfortable mattress that can dynamically change its firmness. Todd and Daniel find out more from Philipp Kirchoff.

Many of us will have encountered memory foam which softens to body temperature. Variowell have developed a dynamic foam where relatively small changes in temperature can make significant changes in density. By controlling the temperature from below the mattress, Variowell can change the firmness of the mattress during the night in response to the sleeper. As sleep gets deeper, the mattress can be softer, and then get firmer in the hour before the alarm goes off.

The relative density of the mattress can be controlled by the complementary smartphone app which communicates with the mattress via Bluetooth. The responsiveness to sleep phases is enhanced by connecting to wearable sleep trackers such as Fitbit, which can more accurately measure the sleeper’s state.

The first smart mattresses are expected to come onto the market in May with prices from US$1700 depending on size.

Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com.
Daniel J. Lewis is the host of the award-winning podcast about podcasting, The Audacity to Podcast. Daniel helps others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their passions and finding success.

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Spün’s Smart Spoon Counts Calories at CES



SpunIt seems like everyone’s counting calories these days but much of the time it’s not convenient or accurate. My calorie book says that banana has 102 calories but what size banana is that? Anyway, to help with this first world problem is Spün Utensils – that’s Spün as in “spoon” – and Scott finds out more from founder, Umar Bakhsh.

Spün uses a combination of technologies to count those calories. First, you take a picture of your plate loaded with food with the Spün app. The app identifies the individual portions of food – ham, eggs, potatoes – and gets you to confirm that it’s got it right. You then use the Spün smart utensil and as you eat from the plate, it works out the calories consumed. After so many mouthfuls, the app will let you know how many calories you’ve chomped, along with a breakdown of the food types.

The utensil itself is stylishly designed with interchangeable heads – there’s a fork and two sizes of spoon. No knife as everyone knows you don’t eat from knives!

Expected price is US$75 with general availability in June 2016. Pre-orders are being taken on the web site here, though at the moment it looks like it’s only registering interest.

Scott Ertz is a software developer and video producer at F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.

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OmniPro has a High-Tech Multitool for Medical Professionals



OmniPro LogoOne of the greatest advantages of modern technology is its ability to often do multiple things. In the past, it was necessary for professionals across a wide range of fields to carry around kits full of different items. Each piece in those kits served one purpose and one purpose only. Fortunately, as technology has become more compact and efficient, it’s become easier to engineer single products that can do multiple tasks.

Jamie stopped by the OmniPro booth and spoke with Dr. William Hasbun, the company’s founder and CEO. Dr. Hasbun demonstrated the new OmniPro multitool for medical professionals. This clever device replicates a number of other devices often used by doctors, nurses, EMT’s, and other practitioners. The OmniPro device is the first ever of its kind. It’s portable and easily rechargeable via micro USB. The device will be available by April of 2016 in the U.S. and it should be available earlier in Europe and Asia. The OmniPro multitool is expected to retail for around $399. It’s a bargain considering it replaces about $1000 worth of other medical gear.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

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Healbe GoBe Wearable Calorie Counter



Healbe LogoImagine being able to calculate your calorific intake without all the measuring, the weights, the kilo-this and calorie that. Healbe reckons they can do it automatically with their GoBe, a wrist-worn tracking device. Jamie checks it out with George Mikaberydze, Co-founder at CES Unveiled.

Healbe GoBeOn first inspection the GoBe looks like a bigger than average strap mounted fitness tracker but turning the device over shows that it perhaps does a little bit more. The GoBe uses Healbe’s patented FLOW Technology to measure calorie intake through the skin by reading the glucose in your cells. The changes in glucose lets the device accurately estimate the calories consumed at each meal. As you’d expect from any fitness tracker, the GoBe measures activity, heart rate, sleep, hydration and stress.

The GoBe and the FLOW technology is not without its critics but there’s an interesting article at the BBC where the writers conduct a supportive though unscientific experiment.

The GoBe is available now for US$249.99 from Healbe.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist.

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LifeFuels Measures Your Drinking



LifeFuelsGetting an accurate handle on how much fluid you’re drinking requires an attention to detail that most of us don’t have. LifeFuels smart nutrition bottle could be the solution for those of us who can’t be bothered so Jamie finds out more from Ethan Gill, COO of LifeFuels at CES Unveiled.

At it’s simplest, the LifeFuels bottle can keep track of your fluid intake for you and passes the information on to your smartphone for the record. At the next level, nutritional supplements, such as vitamins, are stored in the lid of the bottle as “FuelPods” and dispensed into the water below. The smartphone app (iOS and Android) can then track the consumption of the. The lid can hold five different FuelPods with over twenty different Pods to choose from vitamins to supplements and water enhancers.

The LifeFuel bottle comes with ten FuelPods for US$199 and the initial order is already sold out. The second drop of bottles is expected towards the end of Q1, so register your interest at www.lifefuels.co if you want one.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist.

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The Aira Jacket Gives You a Massage On-Demand



TWare logoAt the end of a tough work day, it is not unusual to end up with a tired and aching body. Whether you are lugging around equipment, or hunched over a keyboard, work can cause you to need a massage. AiraWear has the perfect solution to this problem – and you can wear it while you work!

Daniel spoke with Product Manager of TWare,Tan Juan Yuan at CES 2016. TWare is a wearable tech company that creates devices that you can wear on your body. Their first product was a TJacket that inflates, wraps around the body, and gives the wearer a hug. It was designed for autistic children and can help them calm down when they are feeling agitated.

TWare’s newest product is part of a brand called AiraWear. The Aira massage jacket provides massage on-demand. Aira is connected via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. Use the app to control the intensity of the massage. The Aira provides a massage to a person’s shoulders, middle back, and lower back.

The Aira is very quiet and will not be heard at all (unless the room is extremely silent). It has a battery that lasts for 3 hours of intensive usage. The battery can be recharged via a USB port, and extended by using a power bank. The retail price of the Aira massage jacket is $249. Tware will be setting up a crowdfunding campaign for it in early March of 2016.

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