I love the basic features of the new Nox Smart Sleep Light. It lulls you to sleep with calming tones and serotonin-inducing hues, and gently wake you up in the morning. I haven't gotten my arms around many of the smart features. And maybe I never will. In that way, it's like the Microsoft Word of Sleep.
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Many people buy fitness bands to offload the burden of tracking their activity. But when they load the device’s app onto their smart phone, they find activity is only one piece of the health-and-wellness equation. They still have to find a way to track their daily calorie intake, and their resulting weight.
Fortunately, there are apps to help simplify the calorie-counting task. And if you’re willing to step on a connected scale every morning, it will take care of the rest.
I've been testing an innovative new scale that's coming to the US from China, as an Xberts Pioneer. Check out my review at xbert.com HERE:
Wearables and other connected devices have been available to help treat chronic conditions like asthma and heart disease for a while now. But thus far, the nation’s 30 million diabetics largely have been ignored. They haven’t seen much to help them to improve their health or reduce the daily grind of finger pricks and needle pokes.
The $2.5 billion connected-care industry may be off to a late start in diabetes, but it’s making up for lost time. A new breed of connected glucometers, insulin pumps and smartphone apps is hitting the market that promise to make it easier for diabetics to manage the slow-progressing disease and keep them motivated with feedback and support. Startups and multinationals alike plan to showcase the technology this week in Las Vegas at the industry’s flagship health-tech show, produced by the Health Information and Management Systems Society, or HIMSS, industry group.
And in as little as two years, the industry plans to take charge of the entire uncomfortable, time-consuming routine of checking and regulating blood-sugar levels with something called an artificial pancreas. Such systems mimic the functions of a healthy pancreas by blending continuous glucose monitoring, remote-controlled insulin pumps and artificial intelligence to maintain healthy blood-sugar levels automatically.
The glitzy new phones, VR headsets and drones grabbed the headlines at Mobile World Congress 2016. But it was IoT for business that made the show.
Indeed, the home market continues to struggle to forge a path to a connected future, wading through pervasive privacy concerns and a limited selection of high-priced thermostats, light bulbs and refrigerators.
But the business of IoT for business, meanwhile, is already good business. Cities like Los Angeles and San Antonio are deploying connected street lighting to cut down on waste and make streets safer for drivers. And companies like GE and Harley-Davidson are connecting factory equipment to decrease downtime by predicting equipment failure, and to anticipate heating and cooling needs to cut costs and improve comfort.
And while we're on the subject of Mobile World, I had a few choice words for smartphone suppliers as well. Read that USA TODAY column here: