Tracking Brainwaves for Fitness

Funded by Kickstarter, Emotiv Insight is a 5 channel, wireless headset that monitors brain wave activity and translates it into understandable data. The goal of EMOTIV INSIGHT according to the company is to allow you to optimize your brain fitness & performance, measure and monitor your own or your family’s cognitive health & wellbeing, and develop amazing new applications. The neuroheadset is the only device on the market to offer 5 EEG sensors and 2 reference sensors, which provides useful coverage of key sites around the cerebral cortex: frontal cortex (executive functions), parieto-temporal (auditory, spatial/co-ordination), and occipital (visual). This spatial resolution is crucial to getting high resolution EEG data that will allow you to receive more in depth information on your brain activity. Measurements: Performance: Insight measures and tracks your Attention, Focus, Engagement, Interest, Excitement, Affinity, Relaxation and Stress levels. Mental Commands: Insight interprets basic mental commands such as push, pull, levitate, rotate and even hard to visualize commands such as disappear. Facial Expressions: Insight detects facial expressions such as blink, wink, frown, surprise and smile. There is also a developer’s kit with fully specified API and drivers for application development Read more at Kickstarter...

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Rent Your Smartphone’s Lock Screen

How many times per hour do you look at your phone. What if you could get paid for looking at your phone? Locket is a new Android application that will pay you to put advertising on your lock screen. This free app puts ads for products, events, and coupons on the phone’s home screen, and allows the user to choose whether to engage with the ad, or ignore it and simply unlock their device as usual. Either way, you get paid. Each swipe earns one cent with a maximum of three cents per hour. Every friend you recruit to Locket earns $1 extra toward your app piggy bank. Once you’ve accrued a few bucks, the app allows you to cash out, apply the funds to a gift card, or even donate the money to a charity. You can earn $262.80 over the course of a year, without referrals, as long as you unlock your phone screen three times per hour, 24 hours a day. Advertisements are targeted to individual users based on geo-location data, their purchasing patterns, and mobile app usage. For now, the app is limited to eight brand partners, according to TechCrunch, but Locket will also run house ads to fill space. Locket has rejected advertisers hawking liquor and lingerie. The beta version is available in the Google Play store. Hopefully, there will be an iOS version. Source:...

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Tile: The World’s Lost and Found

Tile is a crowdfunded startup company that has a clever idea. They will sell you a small square tile and you can place it on any object that you may want to find – like on your key ring, bicycle, pocketbook, etc. You can locate it using an iOS device. The Tile app tells you how close your are or you can even have your tile give you an audible tone to locate it. What is quite interesting is that if you lost something, for example, your bicycle was stolen, you can potentially find it through the entire tile community near you. Others with tile, can relay the signal of the tile that you placed on your bike to your iOS device. Tile has almost 16,000 backers and reached 4,298% of its goal. The goal was $20,000 and with a few more days of left, it has reached a funding level of $859,562. You can pre-order tiles for $18.95 each. Read more...

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Prototype Smartwatch With Health Sensors

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry (aka Foxconn), the main manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, recently showcased a smartwatch that can be connected wirelessly to an iPhone. In addition to notifying the user of email, messages, the wearable computing device can be used to measure the user’s vital signs such as respiration and heartbeat, as well as to check phone calls and Facebook posts. The company’s wireless communications and medical research groups also plan to add new features such as fingerprint identification to the gadget in the future, to help securely record personal health data. Sources:...

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