How the Misfit Shine Reinvents What a Fitness Tracker Should Be
How should pet owners get started, especially if both pet owner and pet are couch potatoes? Talk to your vet. Ask him or her: ‘My dog is this weight. Is that normal?’ Find out: What is the right portion size for my pet? Am I feeding my pet the right food? What is the best exercise for my pet given the shape he’s in? Just like people, your animal can get arthritis .
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Growth of brain fitness industry prompts creation of new online memory checkup
“People are more health aware and keen to get the best information today, and of course the baby boomers are right at the front of that,” said Dr. Larry Chambers, a scientific adviser to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. “We have more people like that now than we’ve ever had in society.” However, Fernandez notes there’s a gap in the brain fitness industry. While dozens of training regimens promise to improve memory and other cognitive functions, there’s a lack of clinically tested assessment tools. That’s the hole that Cogniciti is hoping to fill. Cogniciti president Michael Meagher said the brain check-up his team is developing could help alleviate health-care costs by diverting healthy people away, while allowing those with Alzheimer’s or dementia to identify the symptoms sooner.
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At first, Misfit used a proprietary ultrasonic technology to transfer data, something like an encrypted dog whistle between the tracker and smartphones. A cool solution, but an ineffective one; the bandwidth was just too low for primetime. By drilling tiny holes in the back of the device, however, they were able to get Bluetooth working, even through the metal casing. The Misfit offers a simple design. Photo: Misfit Wearables The tracker-on-the-phone synching behavior was partly born out of necessity; with the shell shielding the Bluetooth link, the closer the two objects could be, the better. But in that funny way that limitations can sometimes yield unexpectedly compelling results, the interaction became one of Shines signature features. Vu remembered a scene in Minority Report where Tom Cruise plunked a USB drive onto a table, which automatically sensed its presence and downloaded its information, and thought it might be cool to approximate with his own product.
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