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Back in 2011, Nike launched a pair of sneakers called the Nike MAG (see the photo above), which looked exactly like the pair worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II.

According to Sole Collector, 1,500 pairs were auctioned on eBay, raising a whopping $6 million for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

But although the Nike MAG sneakers looked just like the pair Marty wore in the movie, there was one thing missing: the awesome, self-tying power laces.

Well fear not Back-to-the-Future-loving, shoe-lace-hating sneaker fans, because according to Nike's top designer, Tinker Hatfield, the power laces could well be a feature on new Nike shoes sometime next year.

Sole Collector writes that at the Jordan Brand's Flight Lab space in New Orleans earlier this week, when asked about the Back to the Future shoe technology Hatfield replied:

"Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES!"

Sneaker fanatics are wondering whether the laces will be added to a new version of the Nike MAG or an entirely different shoe altogether, but all we want to know is whether Nike will provide us all with a free hoverboard with every purchase?


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We first heard about Fin back in January, when wearable tech fever was taking over the stands at CES. But, we didn't think this magical bluetooth ring, which gives the wearer control over phones, TVs and any other connected devices, would be available quite so quickly.

According to TechCrunch, Fin has already reached its goal of $100,000 on Indiegogo and is now looking for even more investment in order to put the ring on the market at a discounted price of $59 for visually impaired people.

Because that's the whole point of the ring, not to make you look like you have Professor Xavier-style powers, but to help those that have problems with their sight better control the world around them. You wear the device on your thumb and with a series of swipes, taps and other super simple gestures, Fin's sensors will then be able to send different kinds of commands to a range of connected devices.

Visit Fin's Indiegogo page.


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Apple's long-awaited iWatch is expected to have many of the features we've already seen from successful smartwatch predecessors, like Samsung's Galaxy Gear and the super slick Pebble - we're talking call, text and social notifications, as well as dedicated apps and even voice-activated commands.

But if recent rumours are true, Apple could well be planning to take a big slice of the quantified self pie by introducing a slew of health tracking features into the gadget as well.

Over the weekend The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Apple has recently hired an audio engineering expert called Tomlinson Holman.

According to sources, Holman will come on board to develop a way of measuring the noise of blood flow as it runs throughout the body. He'll then allegedly be working with the tech teams at Apple to create sensors that'll tell when the flow is interrupted by clogged up arteries.

In a nutshell, these sensors will then alert the wearer so that they'll be able to take the necessary steps to prevent a heart attack - whether that means turning to medication or dialling 999.

Although we all know rumours about Apple products are often way off base, many industry insiders are expecting health and fitness features to be built into the iWatch anyway. This is hardly surprising given the fact we're all becoming more and more accustomed to tracking our basic activities throughout the day with the help of wearable devices - like the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up - and super smart apps - like Moves and Noom Weight Loss Coach.

However, this rumoured heart attack predicting tech will certainly set the device apart from similar offerings designed to track basic activities and could instead pit the watch as a contender against more advanced gadgets from the likes of BodyMedia and Withings.

Concept image via Yanko Design.

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5 Exciting wearable tech devices / Apple files patent for what could be the new iWatch device

The Luminette lights up your life to tackle SAD

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November, when the nights are drawing in, isn't the best time of year if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but a new product called the Luminette claims to help make things better.

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The traditional SAD treatment has been to sit by a lightbox for up to 30 minutes a day - whereas the Luminette, as you wear it like a pair of glasses, is designed to be used on the move. Whether or not you want to go to work looking like Geordi La Forge I'm not so sure.

The device itself is battery operated, glare free and lightweight too. Which compares well with the traditional lightbox - which is power socket operated, heavy, and not very convenient to carry around!

So does it work? The academic literature on "light therapy" is mixed - whilst the NHS apparently recommend it as a possibility, as does the Royal College of Psychiatrists, some studies indicate there's not much difference between light therapy and traditional drug based treatments. Though this said - do check with your doctor if you're concerned, and don't take medical advice from us!

The Luminette is available now - and will set you back around £199+VAT - so about £238. (Though if you have SAD, apparently you may qualify for VAT relief). Compare this to a traditional lightbox - which costs only around £50.

backtrack-breathalyser.jpgNeed to know how much alcohol is in your body after a bit of drinking session? Well there's an app that's admittedly paired with a device for that. Firefox has unveiled the BACtrack iPhone Breathalyser . which it claims is the first Blood Alcohol Content trackers that works with a mobile phone. It basically measures how inebriated our area from a single breath and then via Bluetooth sends the details to your IPhone or iPad.

So why do you need this? Well if you are driving anywhere you really ought not to go near the sauce, but I guess if you want to monitor your alcohol consumption and the impact that it is having on your body then this is a useful system. The app apparently not only gives you an insight into your alcohol levels it stores your readings allowing you to track you BAC levels over time and to view your habits throughout one particular night, or the past few weeks.

You can also let the world know you have been drinking via Facebook and Twitter, updates that I assume your boss will find fascinating should you be drinking on a 'school night'

It is yours for £150 from here.

Nike_FuelBand_App_Update_large.jpgWant another way to brag about how busy you have been exercising? Well there's an update to the Nike+ FuelBand app will let you add photos of your workouts through the app to share with Facebook friends, with location tags and exercise achievements all attached.

The update also means you can customise your networking photo with your current NikeFuel Score and also introduces new customisable social leaderboards, using the NikeFuel score as a currency with which to challenge your pals latest fitness achievements.

And as Android fitness freaks know all too well this is an iOS-only update.

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Heres' an interesting new addition to the range of smart watches that may go on sale soon.

Smartfitty is an inexpensive-ish (it should retails for around £80) watch that its maker hope will be available in September 2013. What set it apart is that it has two key features. Firstly, unlike some rival watches, it has a responsive touch screen. This really does make watch easier to control!

Secondly it has been optimised to appeal to fitness freaks who want to track everything from steps taken though to hours slept.

So the basics then... It is a standard smart watch which can be teamed up with the iPhone or Android handsets via Bluetooth and deliver the usual stuff - notifications for calls, email, text messages, iMessges, calendar reminders, Facebook Twitter etc.

You can also customise the watch's fascia too.

But it pairs that up with a whole raft of fitness features including sleep cycle tracking, running speed, calories burned on your run etc And there are apparently a load more to come too.

Also interesting is an integrated security feature, so if you are concerned about the environment you are running in the Smartfitty has an emergency option which when activated sends an alert and your GPS location to your SOS contact list.

The company behind the watch are also encouraging tech heads to make apps for the device so if it takes off then all manner of extra features could be on board soon.

It comes in two versions- one for blokes that is brushed stainless steel casing with black leather strap and one for women that has White ceramic casing with white leather strap.

If you are ultra sporty you can also opt for a rubber strap.

The watch is currently on Indiegogo and the company are looking for funds to deliver the project. Here's hoping that it makes the cut as it looks like a stylish and smart watch.

More on smart watches and the Apple iWatch here.


As you probably already know this year's hot trend is in wearable gadgets - From the Fitbit tracker which measures your fitness and wellness to the Pebble smart watches, gizmos that are attached to your body are hot news.

But what if you think that even small strap-on devices are a tad too bulky?ed-electrodes/"> Wired is reporting that researchers at the University of Illinois, Dalian University of Technology in China, and the University of California at San Diego have invented a sensor that among other things can measure hydration, activity and temperature and yet can be placed on the skin as a temporary tattoo - like a really thin plaster.

The key thing here is that the tattoo is actually really, really skinny. It apparently has a thickness of 0.8 micrometers at the widest and is designed to be contoured to the skin in a way that makes it simple to measure key body parameters.

John Rogers, who led the study published this week in Advanced Materials said

"Although electronics, over the years, has developed into an extremely sophisticated form of technology, all existing commercial devices in electronics involve silicon wafers as the supporting substrate. Those wafers are mismatched to the body's mechanics and geometry, he says. The goal here was to develop a system that matches the body more naturally.

"By doing that, you can much more easily integrate electronics, either onto the surface of the skin, or on internal organs like the heart and the brain."

And this isn't a breakthrough that is years away. Apparently the researchers behind it aim to have the device available in the next few weeks through a spinoff company, MC10.

Interestingly too the sensor could be used as a human interface, so for example someone could control a video game based on signals from their muscles.

We've written lots about digital health and wearable technology over the past few years and now if a new ad from Under Armour is anything to go by, the trend could be set to take an even more interesting turn, with touchscreens actually being built into clothing. Yeah, really.

Under Armour is a company that creates pioneering wearable gadgets like the Armour39, a wristwatch style device that monitors athletic performance and tracks lots of stats, such as calories burned and heart rate.

However, despite the fact the Armour39 is one of the best in class, it's Under Armour's latest ad that's got people talking, because in it the company nods to development of a touchscreen arm device, which makes up a concept suit that allows you to visualise data directly onto fabric.

Although there's been no official word about Under Armour's future plans, PSFK believes it's definitely a nod to new areas of research and development as apposed to just a concept that may never come to fruition.

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Fitness tracking apps and gadgets have been all the rage over the past year or so, with brands from Nike to BodyMedia to Jawbone to Fitbit launching devices that keep an eye on everything you've been up to over the course of the day. However, there are plenty of apps that promise to do a similar thing with less of the hassle and we think Moves might be set to lead the pack.

The app is solely for iPhone users right now and makes use of the smart phone's accelerometer to record all running, walking and cycling activity that you do. It's smart (and different to many other devices on the market) because it doesn't need you to tell it what kind of exercise you're doing or tell it when you've stopped or started, it's able to tell straight away all by itself, which makes for much more accurate tracking.

Not only does Moves track your activity levels a little differently, but it presents the data in a much more intuitive way as well. It'll automatically create what the team call a 'storyline' of your life, which includes your activity throughout the day at specific times, along with a heat map kind of system to show how hard you were working and even your locations as well. It's this storyline feature which is what really excites us about Moves, because it makes it so easy for users to see what they've been up to, so they're more likely to change for the better. Don't get us wrong, we love gadgets like Fitbit's Zip, but to be able to see such a simple indication of what you've been doing like this makes us want to track everything because it's just so damn easy!

In its offensive against tracking gadgets, the Moves team has handily created a chart for its website that shows just what a great option it is in comparison (of course they would say that), which is certainly worth checking out if you're considering ditching your wearable devices.

Available from iTunes for free.

[Via Connected Health Store]

We knew health and fitness gadgets were going to take up a big part of our CES 2013 coverage this year, but we've really been surprised - and oh so geekily excited - by the sheer volume of cool tech coming from Las Vegas that's set to really have a huge impact on the quantified self movement over the next 12 months.

Here's our pick of the top 10 gadgets from the show so far, but expect even more quirky, useful and even potentially life-saving pieces of tech to make an appearance as the week goes on.

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One of our favourite up and coming tech brands, Fitbit, has launched a wristband tracking gadget at CES 2013 this week called Flex, which is set to add to its already impressive portfolio of fitness devices and compete with the likes of Nike's Fuelband and Jawbone's Up bracelet in the battle for your arm.

The Flex is similar to its competitors in that it collects data about how many steps you've taken, your quality of sleep, the calories you've burned and a range of other metrics, which are all then fed to a dedicated app instead of being displayed on a screen like the company's other gadgets. However, the Flex is unique in that it's able to sync data wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.0 - Nike's Fuelband uses Bluetooth 2.1 and Jawbone doesn't have Bluetooth capability at all. It's also set to be much cheaper than its other rivals as well, retailing for under $100 in the US.

The step towards a wristband-style gadget certainly makes sense for a company that's already proving to be a key player in the health and fitness tracking arena and may have been overshadowed by similar offerings in the past.

[Via Connected Health Via Venture Beat]

haip-fork.jpgEvery time we write about gadgets to monitor our eating over on our sister site Connected Health we joke that you'll still need a healthy dose of motivation whatever you start using, because no matter how clever a device is it can't knock that HUGE tub of Ben & Jerrys out of your hand. Well, that's not necessarily the case anymore, as the HAPIfork alerts you when you've eaten too much.

Using a variety of sensors the HAPIfork is able to monitor how fast you're eating and then vibrates if you're gobbling your meals down too quickly. It's then really clever as it increases the length of time between each mouthful, so you effectively eat less. Or just eat loads and ignore the vibrations - we're not too sure?!

Andrew Carton, HAPIlabs' US President, said:

"Most people eat faster than they should and do not realise that eating too fast ins't a healthy behaviour, negatively affecting things like digestion and weight control."

[Via Connected Health Via Telegraph]

withings-smart-tracker.jpgOur sister site Connected Health has been poised for a whole load of exciting health and fitness tech announcements from CES 2013 this year and even though the show hasn't officially kicked off for the public yet, the specialists at Withings have revealed a Smart Activity Tracker to add to its ecosystem of its other apps and devices.

The compact little gadget is set to directly compete with the likes of the Fitbit One, Nike+ Fuelband and Basis offerings, as it's packing tech to track a number of performance-based metrics, like a sleep monitor and pedometer, as well as being able to read your pulse too - a feature a lot of the other gadgets on the market aren't capable of doing quite yet.

The device is tiny at 8.3mm thick and a length of 43.3mm, which means you'll be able to attach it to a belt loop or throw it into your pocket.

It's also rechargeable via a micro-USB port and can be connected via bluetooth straight to your phone, enabling users to power up the dedicated Withings app and get a more detailed look at their daily stats.

Cedric Hutchings, Withings' CEO and co-founder said:

"Understanding how to analyse your fitness is the first step to improving it,

"The amount of technology that we've packed into this tiny sized and easy to use new-generation personal trainer will take us further into a new dimension of connected health and well-being where device, user and services are closely and permanently linked."

We don't have any official news about when the tracker will be available, but you can sign up for email updates depending on which country you live in over on the Withings website.

[Via Connected Health Via Trusted Reviews]

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The health and fitness tech market is growing rapidly, from wearable tracking devices like the Fitbit to more obscure medical gadgets that could have a big impact on those living with disabilities.

Each week we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best from Connected Health, our sister site that's dedicated to the world of health tech, fitness gadgets and awesome apps:

Blip aims to be the world's first wi-fi blood pressure monitor

A new start-up is hoping to bring those who are concerned with tracking their blood pressure a new way of taking readings, which requires even less extra equipment or technical knowledge. Blip is the world's first wi-fi blood pressure monitoring gadget, which means it can be used to keep track of someone's blood pressure regardless of whether they've got a smart phone.

Yog connects you up with other runners to stay motivated

Although fancy gyms and over-priced personal trainers are a tempting option to get fit and lose weight, we really don't think you can ever beat a good run outside to get your heart beating and body moving. However, one of the main problems when it comes to running solo is that it's hard to stay motivated and keep going, especially when it's really cold outside. Well a new app called Yog aims to make your workouts a lot more enjoyable by helping runners of all levels connect with each other and organise fun jogs together.

Fitbug set to launch Wow scale to accompany Air gadget

We first heard about Fitbug earlier in the year, when the tracking company started (fairly quietly compared to its competitors) introducing its tracking device, the Fitbug Air, into the health and fitness tech market. Well now Fitbug is taking steps to conquer an even bigger bit of the quantified self pie, as this week it was announced that it'll be launching a Bluetooth Smart Ready Scale, called the Wow.

Microsoft Kinect could be used to heal wounded veterans

The Kinect is obviously a super popular gaming device, but over the past few years many researchers, hackers and even regular people have realised its huge potential for doing other things, but this week it seems the "Kinect Effect" could play a valuable role in helping out with physical therapy for those in the Armed Forces.

Lumoback team raise $5M funding: Whats next for the body sensor company?

The company behind Lumoback, a clever gadget and app that ensures you're not slouching and ruining your back, has received more than $5 million in its first round of funding.

Our sister site Connected Health has been exploring the fascinating world of health and fitness tech over the past year and we've seen some great sport gadgets and accessories that really can make a difference to your training (check out our gift guide for fitness and sports gifts).

Today we've collected together some of our favourite health and wellbeing tech products from the past year that we think would make great presents this Christmas, including wake-up lights to lift your mood, gadgets that monitor your sleep and a pair of Wi-Fi scales.

Related: CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: The 10 best fitness gadgets, apps & accessories

tinke-health-gadget.jpgThe health and fitness tech market is growing rapidly, from wearable tracking devices like the Fitbit to more obscure medical gadgets that could have a big impact on those living with disabilities.

Each week we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best from Connected Health, our sister site that's dedicated to the world of health tech, fitness gadgets and awesome apps:

MappyHealth analyses Twitter data for health trends

Admittedly we spend far too much time tweeting about absolute rubbish on Twitter, but data mining company MappyHealth hopes to weed through the useless stuff and find out important information about health trends across the globe.

Nike+ Accelerator launches to drive digital fitness innovations

Nike is taking its commitment to digital health and fitness tracking a step further by launching an accelerator programme to encourage developers and fledgling companies to make awesome products and services using the Nike+ platform.

Google Now app gets a pedometer: The first step in Google's fitness tracking mission?

The Google Now application now has a way of tracking miles that have been walked and cycled, which may seem a bit "so what" to those without an Android phone, but could well be Google's first step into the world of mobile health and fitness tracking.

Tinke: The next must-have gadget in health and wellness tracking?

So we've seen a range of health and fitness tracking gadgets launch this year, but Tinke is set to become big in 2013 because it's not bothered about the steps you've taken or other trivial data like that, it wants to know your heart is performing well and it wants to allow you to find out in the simplest of ways.

Tactio's apps help teens lose weight and get fit

Health app company Tactio are producing a lot of products to track weight, BMI and other health metrics, but we're particularly interested in its niche products aimed at teens.

Over the past year the worlds of fitness and tech have merged to bring us some great gadgets, apps and workout accessories that really can make a difference to your training, enabling you to perform better, achieve more and just generally become more fit and awesome.

We've collected together some of our favourite fitness tech products from the past year with the help of our sister site, Connected Health, that we think would make great presents this Christmas whether you're buying for a fitness fanatic or someone who's been reluctant to get out the door and work up a sweat.

re-tiner-gadget-copy-949x1024.jpgThe health and fitness tech market is growing rapidly, from wearable tracking devices like the Fitbit to more obscure medical gadgets that could have a big impact on those living with disabilities.

Each week we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best from Connected Health, our sister site that's dedicated to the world of health tech, fitness gadgets and awesome apps:

New glasses stop jet-lag and reset your body clock

The Re-Timer is a lightweight gadget that uses its magic to "reset" your body clock with some carefully selected lighting effects.

Your car could soon be equipped to take your pulse

According to The Wall Street Journal this week, a number of large car manufacturers are working on ways to work biometric sensors into their vehicles to keep tabs on drivers' heart rates, breathing patterns and much more.

Heart rate monitor sock keeps an eye on your baby's breathing

Researchers in the US have developed a tracking device that straps to a baby's foot and ensures they're still breathing while they sleep.

MyHealthTeams creates social networks for those with chronic conditions

MyHealthTeams is working on building bespoke social networks for those living with chronic conditions and for loved ones to chat to those in similar situations.

Scanadu Scout is a real life sci-fi medical scanning device

Just like a gadget from a sci-fi movie, the Scanadu Scout reads all of your vital signs then sends the data directly to your mobile phone for analysis and safe keeping.

fitbug-air-big.jpegThe health and fitness tech market is growing rapidly, from wearable tracking devices like the Fitbit to more obscure medical gadgets that could have a big impact on those living with disabilities.

Each week we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best from Connected Health, our sister site that's dedicated to the world of health tech, fitness gadgets and awesome apps:

The Fitbug Air is another new Bluetooth self-tracking gadget

A new self-tracking device called the Fitbug Air has launched this month, which monitors the steps you take, the calories you burn and the distance you cover. Yep it sounds the same as every other Fuelband or Fitbit or Up bracelet out there, but its practical design and wireless syncing means it could prove to be a real contender in this space.

LightSleeper will project soothing lights onto your ceiling to lull you to sleep

Most light gadgets are designed to wake you up with a fake sunrise or simulate bright sunshine during the day, but this one hypnotises you into dozing off.

RunKeeper's Android app gets an update: Leaderboards, Facebook, in-app messaging

Runkeeper's popular Android app has had an upgrade this week bringing it up to speed with the iOS version with features like deeper Facebook integration and leaderboards.

Wahoo takes on Withings, launches Bluetooth scale

Wahoo has recently launched the Wahoo Balance, a Bluetooth scale that's set to give Withings' offerings a run for their money.

Eye implant allows the blind to see Braille on their retinas

Researchers in the US have been working on a new way to help blind people read Braille that sounds like it's straight out of a sci-fi movie, by streaming it directly to their retinas.

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