April Fool's Day might be an under-rated holiday, or one that's universally dreaded. Whatever it is, there are some great businesses that will help you make a friend of yours into an April Fool to ring in the 1st of the month!
Using a special satellite, physicists in the South Pole were able to "hear" the echoes from the big bang for the first time, and take the Big Bang Theory out of immediate danger of being overturned.
At the Oppo Find 7 press conference, Oppo announced the O-Band wearable fitness device, their contribution to the host of existing wearable fitness devices on the market. Functionality includes a pedometer, a sleep monitor and an alarm clock. As well as the regular bells and whistles, the O-Band works as a phone locator, and a remote shutter so you can take photos with your phone from a distance.
Epilepsy affects over 3 million people in the US alone. Not as many as Asthma (25 million people), or Diabetes (26 million people), but more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's combined with 50,000 people dying from epilepsy causes each year. Dialog is "a concept to help people with epilepsy gain a deeper understanding of their condition and make better decisions about their care".
Samsung recently revealed two new, "hands on", videos for their upcoming products to give users an in-depth look at their newest technology. The Gear 2 and Gear Fit are the latest in wearable technology, and are crammed with so many features that it seems almost unbelievable -- while the Galaxy S5 is bringing up the rear with latest innovations in smart phone technology.
Soon you will have to buy underwear for your internal organs. A silicon sock is the first bendy implant to be invented. It covers your heart with a sheath of electronics, measuring temperature, pH, and electrical activity in different regions of the heart. It's expected to eventually replace a pacemaker, stimulating the heart to regulate the heartbeat.
Next up for health tracking is Wello, due to ship in the fall. Wello allows you to track your ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen, temperature and even lung function (Spirometry) "with clinical accuracy", while doubling as an iPhone cover. In order to take a reading, you need to place your thumbs on two points on the back of the case, triggering hidden sensors to begin testing your vital signs. The goal is to help you manage your life better over time.
I'm a procrastinator. I've even procrastinated about writing this article. I read somewhere that you only procrastinate on the things you don't want to do. But then I read somewhere else that procrastination is good for you. Who knows.
Isn't there an app for this? Of course there is. And today it's free. It's called Finish.
Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, is already changing the world and it hasn't even gone on sale yet. Here we see what happens when The Legend of Zelda is transformed from 2-D fantasy game to 3-D epic using Oculus RIft and some clever programming techniques.
Manual dexterity - the ability to open a bottle, to sign a birthday card is something we take for granted. When your sense of touch is impaired due to a stroke, diabetes or otherwise, tying your laces can become impossible. Recent research has found that wearable gloves that stimulate the nerves which communicate with the brain, can improve the tactile discrimination (quality of the sense of touch) of patients.
If your front door looks like mine, you will appreciate the Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell. I think it's one of the most ingenious pet products created in some time, and I recommend that you at least consider investing in this clever device for a few reasons: one, to keep your dogs from scratching up your doors when they want to come inside (or go outside); and two, to have some great fun training and rewarding your dogs for using it.
If you've ever tried a Paleo diet, or taken a course of antibiotics after a nasty encounter with Bolivian water, you may be curious as to what microbes live in your body, or lived until you killed them with antibiotics. Today the founder of uBiome, a startup that allows you to discover your microbiome, was named as the leader of one of Indigogo's hottest campaigns led by women. Jessica Richman raised $351,193 back in November for her world first citizen research campaign to sequence the human microbiome.