Quitbit is the clever result of a bad grad school habit -- an electric lighter that tracks cigarette smoking. The lighter heats cigs with a heating coil and tracks every time you light up, including the time of day, number of smokes, and your personal habits, with the goal of helping users cut down or quit without having to go cold turkey.
The lighter lasts a week of 20 cigarettes per day and provides suggestions on how to cut down. Quitbit’s app also calculates how much money smokers spend by the number of times they light up. The app connects users through social media for an added supporting push to throw away the pack.
Quitbit is available on pre-order for $99 and will ship in March 2015.
ReSound is re-thinking hearing aids with Bluetooth and WiFi connected devices users can control with a smartphone application. The hearing aids are equipped with a number of sensors that, after calibrated to a user’s particular hearing requirements, can auto-adapt to a situation, locale, or preference.
The hearing aids, which run between $2,000 and $3,000 and are only available through an audiologist or medical professional, aim to give wearers more autonomy and control through a smartphone app and technology that constantly monitors sound pressure, signal-to-noise radio, and bass and treble. To conduct such complex signal processing, ReSound manufactures its own chipsets and proprietary software.
The aids and app also allow wearers to customize settings for a particular place, such as a favorite restaurant, and the device will auto tune to those settings. Wearers can also pipe audio from a smartphone or tablet directly to the hearing aid over 2.4 GHz WiFi. A small hub will allow audio from a television to stream directly to the hearing aid through WiFi as well.
Pacifi-i is a smart pacifier that tracks a baby’s temperature and location, while providing an easy way to map a child’s response to medication over time. Users can set up reminders on an app to re-take a baby's temperature or administer medication, or find a missing binky with a proximity finder.
Available in February, the $38 pacifier will have a battery can operate for one year, thanks to Nordic Semiconductor's low-energy Bluetooth Smart chip, says the company. The Pacifi-i can run for 12 to 18 weeks on a single charge if the temperature sensor is not constantly engaged.
Impact-monitoring devices have increasingly popped up as knowledge of sports-related brain injuries become more common. Force Impact Technologies’ FitGuard has taken a different approach by monitoring from inside the mouth. The mouthguard is equipped with a Analog Devices ADXL377 accelerometer, a MAX21000 3-axis angular rate sensor, a TI CC2541 2.4 GHz Bluetooth Low Energy SoC, and a Seoul Semiconductor SFT825N-S RGB LED. Positioning inside the mouth gives sensors closer access to the brain, and LEDs turn on when a particular level of acceleration and impact is reached.
Force Impact hopes to build a database of impacts for a variety of sports in order to better understand what leads to injury. The mouth guards can be customized by a dentist and will be available in September for $100.
SmartMat can provide feedback on six different yoga practices with 62 poses and will be available in July for $297. The mat can function in three modes: a home mode for beginners that provides real-time feedback, a zen mode that collects data on yoga form and reports back later, and a class assist mode that allows users to quietly follow along in a group setting.