The Feelbelt adds surround haptic feedback to music, movies and games

Haptic feedback is becoming a bigger part of entertainment, with most game controllers for the past 20 years having some form of vibration built in. Now, a German startup is launching the Feelbelt, which adds the element of touch to games, music, movie… Continue reading The Feelbelt adds surround haptic feedback to music, movies and games

ECG-packin’ necklace made for fast and easy heart-checks

An abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation is one of the leading causes of strokes, yet it’s also often symptomless, so it frequently goes undetected. An experimental new necklace, however, could make checking for it a quick and simple proce… Continue reading ECG-packin’ necklace made for fast and easy heart-checks

Safety system tracks firefighters by their strides

If you were heading into a burning, smoke-filled building, you’d probably want someone else to know your location within it at all times. German scientists have developed a system that’s claimed to serve that very purpose, for use by firefighters and o… Continue reading Safety system tracks firefighters by their strides

Reliability Check: Consumer and Research-Grade Wrist-Worn Heart Rate Monitors

Wearables are ubiquitous in today’s society. Such devices have evolved in their capabilities from step counters to devices that measure calories burnt, sleep, and heart rate. It’s pretty common to meet people using a wearable or two to track their fitness goals. However, a big question remains unanswered. How accurate …read more

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Stanford’s ankle exoskeleton boosts running speed by 10 percent

Engineers at Stanford have developed motorized exoskeletons that can be strapped to a user’s legs to make running easier. In its current form it might not be something you’d wear down to the park for a jog, but it could eventually find use as a form of… Continue reading Stanford’s ankle exoskeleton boosts running speed by 10 percent

Google and Adidas launch smart insoles for tracking your soccer skills

You may remember the smart jacket that Google and Levi’s launched under the Project Jacquard umbrella – an initiative to add extra smarts to clothing. Now there’s a new Jacquard product on sale in the form of smart insoles developed with Adidas.Continu… Continue reading Google and Adidas launch smart insoles for tracking your soccer skills