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Wearable Tech Goes To The Dogs: The VOYCE Dog Health & Fitness Monitoring Collar

Radar and wi-fi have been a part of wearable technology for dogs for some years now; you might even say that dogs have had a 'paw up' on wearable technology.  Of the new dog tech products being introduced at the 2014 Computer Electronics Show (CES),  I particularly like prospects for the Voyce dog-wearable collar that monitors and reports your dog's health and fitness levels 24/7.

Never Forget To Take Your Meds: Cell Phone In Your Pill Bottle

AdhereTech have released a patented pill bottle with an embedded sensor to detect when you've removed a pill, instead of simply monitoring if you have opened or closed the bottle, like GlowCaps. Their sensor hooked up to 3G means better adherence to medication, but more exciting than that - their pill bottles can integrate with other data tracking devices, like glucose monitors, so you can see how your medication is interacting with your body.

The Oculus Crystal Cove Prototype Makes VR Better Than Reality

At today's Consumer Electronics Show, Oculus unveiled a new prototype of its Rift virtual reality headset. The new device, dubbed "Crystal Cove," adds positional tracking and a new OLED display. What that basically means is that Crystal Cove blows the old Rift out of the water.

Don't Waste Time Sleeping: Fight Dragons In Your Dreams

Lucid dream masks work by flashing a series of light patterns when you are in REM sleep. The Remee Mask, the Aurora Mask, the REM Dreamer as well as apps like DreamZ, or Lucid Dreaming, claim they can make you aware you are dreaming, and have some control over the events that occur. Can we regain hours of our lives, in our imaginative worlds where anything is possible? Can we fight dragons in our dreams?

A Handheld Gym And Trainer: The Tao WellShell

More... more... more.  Hold... hold.... The words, somewhat garbled, are those of your computerized trainer in the newest invention for those who currently waste too much time social networking. Now, while you're waiting in grocery lines, traffic, or even watching TV, you can be flexing various muscle groups and having your strength measured and pushed to the rythms of more... more... more... hold... hold...instead of tweeting, googling, or facing the book. The Tao WellShell is here.  Well, almost....

 

Lenovo Announces All-in-One PCs Running Android

Apparently there's a demand for Google's Android smartphone OS on desktop systems. Like it or not, two Lenovo systems with screen sizes in excess of 19 inches have been unveiled.

Predict An Asthma Attack: Stay Out Of The ER

Chronic respiratory diseases like Asthma and COPD cause your airways to swell and narrow, making it difficult to breathe, and affect over 50 million people in the US alone. Propeller is a sensor you attach to your inhaler to help you manage your condition better, reduce your emergency room visits, and improve your quality of life.

Hangover Heaven: Las Vegas Survival Business Delivers Hangover Cures

Party buses are designed for fun and debauchery. They can be rented to help individuals celebrate virtually any event, but are especially popular for weddings and bachelor/bachelorette parties. With a party bus you get a designated driver, and a place to keep the party going without pause while en route to the next club or bar. The only problem with partying that hard is that you're going to feel it in the morning, so some smart individuals ran with the party bus concept, and made a party bus solution.

Get Paid To Lose Weight, Work Out, And Eat Veggies

Earn up to 5 dollars per week for working out or eating healthy with Pact, an awesome new smartphone app that helps you earn money for living healthy. It is designed to help you stick to your commitments to stay in shape, eat more veggies, or log your meals, perfect for those New Years Resolutions. Integrates with RunKeeper, Jawbone UP, Fitbit, Moves, MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal.

Need This New Innovation? A Buddy Bench To Ease Playground Loneliness

With all of the stories coming out of schools about shootings and bullying, it is nice to find a spot of positive news. It comes in the form of a Buddy Bench. The bench is the idea of second-grader Christian Bucks at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania and is designed to create a safe space for lonely or sad children to go to connect with other children so that they can make friends and create a larger support group around them.