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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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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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