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NHS tests patient-monitoring Wi-Fi patches

First we told you about smart bandages, now plasters get their turn to show off. The NHS is about to trial a small, wireless patch designed to monitor patients’ health. Made by Oxford-based firm Sensium Healthcare, the plaster-sized patch is battery-powered and stuck on just above the heart, where it collects information on pulse, breathing and body temperature. This data …

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Diane ShipleyNHS tests patient-monitoring Wi-Fi patches
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Online conversation analysis reveals wearables are more popular with women

Women are much more positive about wearable technology than their male counterparts, a social media monitoring platform has found. Brandwatch partnered with Brilliant Noise to gather and analyse more than eight million online conversations about wearable technology between the months of January 2013 and July 2014. While it found that men dominated the conversation (65%), female authors were 42% more positive when giving an …

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Sadie HaleOnline conversation analysis reveals wearables are more popular with women
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New bandages could monitor your recovery

We love wearables here at shinyshiny, but they’re not all about tracking your fitness or giving you supersonic hearing. In future, they could help hospital patients to receive personalised care. The National Taiwan University in Taipei is now working on a project called Bioscope, developing bandages that can monitor patients’ temperature, heart rate, movement, and other vital stats, wirelessly transmitting …

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Diane ShipleyNew bandages could monitor your recovery
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Wearable robotic fingers are now a reality

You know how people joke about needing an extra set of hands to get everything done? Well, that’s not on the horizon quite yet, but researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have just invented a pair of wearable robotic fingers. Graduate student Faye Wu unveiled details of the device this week at the Robotics: Science and Systems conference …

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Diane ShipleyWearable robotic fingers are now a reality
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Say goodbye to touch pads and mouses, with Myo

Wearables are becoming a daily part of peoples lives slowly but surely, from smart-watches, health monitors to Google Glass, and most all tend to be doing the same thing, from quick access to your notifications to reading your heart rate. Now, there is a new boy on the scene, called the Myo, brought to us by ThalmicLabs. The Myo itself …

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Craig FoxSay goodbye to touch pads and mouses, with Myo
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Tory Burch has released VERY stylish Fitbit Flex accessories

Fitbit Flex has received a stylish makeover today, as designer Tory Burch has officially launched her high-end accessory collection for the wearable fitness tracker. Although fitness trackers are becoming rapidly more and more popular, the bands just don’t seem to be focused on looks, and do tend to stand out when you’re out dressed up to the nines, but your …

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Hayley MinnTory Burch has released VERY stylish Fitbit Flex accessories
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Apple iWatch pushed back till November due to its super advanced tech

We’d all been collectively crossing our fingers for Apple’s iWatch to be launched in October, but now a top (and often accurate) analyst has suggested that production may not even begin until late November. Urgh come on already Apple! Today the tech press is full of KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions that the Apple iWatch won’t be made until November. In a …

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Becca CaddyApple iWatch pushed back till November due to its super advanced tech
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New virtual reality system lets you control someone else’s movements

An out of body experience isn’t just a metaphor or something you have to drink a lot of ayahuasca to have anymore. Yifei Chai, a student at Imperial College London, has designed a virtual reality system to give users the surreal feeling of being in (and able to control) someone else’s body. One person wears an Oculus Rift virtual reality …

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Diane ShipleyNew virtual reality system lets you control someone else’s movements
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Could Microsoft’s new wearable be a wristband, not a watch?

We’ve known for a while now that Microsoft was gearing up to launch a wearable device, but the watch we were expecting might not be a watch at all. Instead of competing with Google and (we expect) Apple on that front, well-connected blogger Paul Thurrot’s sources say that Microsoft’s wearable will be a fitness-tracking wristband. It will monitor steps taken, …

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Diane ShipleyCould Microsoft’s new wearable be a wristband, not a watch?
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Researchers are closer to making wearable smartphones a reality

Forget about losing your phone ever again: the next step in wearable tech could be having electronics integrated into our clothes. (Take that, iWatch.) After extensive testing, engineers from Stanford University in the US have discovered a thin material that is not only flexible but can be switched on or off, toggling between conductive and non-conductive structures – so our …

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Diane ShipleyResearchers are closer to making wearable smartphones a reality
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TAKE OUR QUIZ – Which fitness tracker should you buy?

Here at shinyshiny we’re dedicated to bringing you news, reviews and tips about the coolest tech, lifestyle products and must-have apps on the market. But no matter how clued up you are, sometimes figuring out which gadget, product or service is right for you can still be confusing –  especially when there’s so much to choose from. Well now we’re here …

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Becca CaddyTAKE OUR QUIZ – Which fitness tracker should you buy?
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INSIGHT – The 10 things I want to see from Apple’s iWatch: female focus, awesome design, best in class tracking

The Apple iWatch is quickly becoming the Loch Ness monster of the tech world. I’ve heard rumours about its existence for as far back as I can remember (okay a year), but as of yet we’ve had no concrete evidence that it’s going to be an actual, real life thing anytime soon. Of course a number of ‘unnamed sources’, who …

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Becca CaddyINSIGHT – The 10 things I want to see from Apple’s iWatch: female focus, awesome design, best in class tracking

Feast your eyes on the beautiful Moto 360 in this new video from Motorola

It’s the wearable EVERYONE’S talking about, because it’s the first gadget of its kind we’d actually wear. The Moto 360 caused a huge stir at the Google I/O developer conference earlier this week because it’s done away with the bulky, square-shaped face in favour of something circular and attractive (but unfortunately it was the only gadget to be running on Android Wear …

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Becca CaddyFeast your eyes on the beautiful Moto 360 in this new video from Motorola

Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: great for tracking, not so great for motivating

This week we’re back with a wearable review of the new Sony SmartBand SWR10. But this time it’s got a twist. Instead of me talking about what I do and don’t like about today’s gadget, our staff writer Hayley asks those all important questions when it comes to splashing the cash on a wearable, like what does it track? How …

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Becca CaddySony SmartBand SWR10 review: great for tracking, not so great for motivating
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Scoop: This new wearable wants you to listen smarter

When I saw that there’s a new hearing aid for people who could already hear, I thought it sounded a little tasteless, to say the least. But then I learned it wasn’t some sick joke but a wearable gadget designed to make it easier to communicate in loud places or different parts of the house. I thought about how nice …

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Diane ShipleyScoop: This new wearable wants you to listen smarter
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These students designed a waistcoat to restart hearts

A team of students has designed a waistcoat to restart people’s hearts (and if it helps them to look a little more like Benedict Cumberbatch in the process, so much the better.) The aim is to replace standard portable defibrillators, which are given to patients who have had a heart attack and are waiting for surgery to install a pacemaker. …

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Diane ShipleyThese students designed a waistcoat to restart hearts
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June is the UV-monitoring bracelet that wants to keep you safe in the sun

When the weather finally heats up in the UK, it’s such a surprise that most of us can barely remember to slap on last year’s sunblock before running out to soak up a few rays. But if we’re not careful, we end up spending the next day woefully rubbing aloe into our shoulders. Sure, technically we know that SPF 30 …

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Diane ShipleyJune is the UV-monitoring bracelet that wants to keep you safe in the sun
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Health and fitness apps are growing faster than all the others, according to new stats

As apps get smarter, quicker and more useful, it’s no surprise the market is booming. However, brand new stats from Flurry Analytics prove that although the overall market is growing, the health & fitness app category is accelerating faster than any. A whole 87% faster, to be exact. According to detailed analysis from the team at Flurry, over the past …

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Becca CaddyHealth and fitness apps are growing faster than all the others, according to new stats
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The Mindreader helmet wants to ease your cycling stress

What’s your bike helmet done for you lately? Protected your head from smashing into the pavement? Sure, I guess that’s useful. But if it’s not also tuned into how you’re feeling then it’s pretty basic compared to one company’s design for the helmet of the future. The MindReader helmet is a Kickstarter project that aims to make cycling a more …

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Diane ShipleyThe Mindreader helmet wants to ease your cycling stress
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Want some new jewellery and to keep safe? Safelet is here!

It’s normal to feel a bit scared when a random guy approaches you on the street when you’re alone, but it shouldn’t be that way. Safelet is a bracelet that connects to your smartphone and allows you to send out an emergency alert to friends, family and the police with just one click. Designed to offer women a better chance …

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Hayley MinnWant some new jewellery and to keep safe? Safelet is here!