Smartphone Case Takes a Selfie of Your Vital Signs with Medical Grade Accuracy

If you could monitor your vital signs easily and quickly, with a device you’re probably always holding anyway, would it help you to make a difference in your health? Being able to instantly check your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and other vital signs, without having to go to a clinic or juggle multiple pieces of equipment, might become an important part of managing our health, especially if those vital signs were accessible with our ever-present smartphones. The Wello,…

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Propellant-Free Technology Could Shake Up the Aerosol Can Industry

Aerosol cans are simple to use, convenient, and dependable for dispensing everything from personal care and cleaning products to automotive and industrial chemicals. But aerosols are also responsible for releasing massive amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere, contributing to both climate change and air pollution, they’re expensive to manufacture and ship, and are limited to just one shape – a cylinder. An Israeli entrepreneur believes he has the solution, in the form of a better method of…

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Next-Gen Water Heater Smashes Crowdfunding Goal, Attracts $2M Seed Funding

Inventors and innovators can take heart from this news on the crowdfunding front. What’s being billed as the world’s first all digital water heater, said to save 40% on energy and 10% on water usage, has not only smashed its crowdfunding goal, but also attracted $2 million in seed funding from investors. The Heatworks Model 1, which was launched on Kickstarter with a $125,000 crowdfunding goal, ended up raising about $430,000 from backers, and will now be fully commercialized, thanks…

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Wearable Security System in a Hair Clip Takes Aim at Violence Against Women

In a bid to reduce violence against women, a husband and wife team has launched a personal security system in the form of a smart wearable device that also doubles as a hair clip. Arthur and Rachel Emanuele, of Scottsdale, AZ, have developed the First Sign Hair Clip, which is designed to automatically call for help and begin collecting evidence at the first sign of an emergency. This wearable security system uses an accelerometer and gyroscope to automatically detect an…

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Tiny edible batteries could be the future of biomedical gadgets

A low-cost non-toxic sodium ion battery could be swallowed like a pill and used to power biomedical sensors or other biodegradable medical gadgets. While the consumer tech industry is rallying around wearable technology such as fitness trackers, smart watches, and Google Glass, the medical industry will be getting some help from a related field – ingestable technology. And thanks to the work of two researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), future developments in biodegradable electronic medical devices could be powered…

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An Open Source DIY Smart Thermostat Built for Just $70

Spark has developed an open-source thermostat that cost just $70 to make, and it did so within a single day. That’s nothing to snub your nose at. Before I provide further details about the thermostat, it’s worth noting that the primary reason the…

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Fast, efficient, and affordable 3D printer could be a gamechanger

When a group of college students couldn’t get access to an affordable 3D printer at their schools, they didn’t let that get in their way, but instead built their own, and the resulting version ended up being faster, more efficient, and a fraction of the cost of other 3D printing options. The 3D printing device developed by Shai Schechter, Andrey Kovalev, Yasick Nemenov, and Eugene Sokolov, dubbed Deltaprintr, could be a major gamechanger in prototyping and quick fabrication, and based…

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What are the Benefits of a Home Automation System? (Infographic)

For those willing to add a little bit of technology and connectivity to their home, it’s a brave new world out there, thanks to a slew of recent innovations in home automation. By adding hardware components and software to connect them (and you) together, it’s possible to begin turning your house into a smarthome, which can save you both time and money. By allowing you to have more granular control over your home’s temperature, security system, lighting, and door locks,…

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