Gadget Doctor

Some gadgets that your Doctor could prescribe for you, here we go:

Hello Kitty Body Composition Meter

hello-kitty-body-composition-meterGranted, you will find the Hello Kitty brand plastered on this red body composition meter device, but it is still manufactured by Toshiba and known as the SCF-20 where model numbers are concerned. The Hello Kitty Body Composition Meter is able to get a reading of the following after you stand on it properly :-

Body weight
Body fat percentage
Body moisture
Metabolic rate
Estimated amount of bone and visceral fat percentage

All that data can be transferred over to a computer via USB, where you will be able to make an analysis of your body to take the necessary steps in combating flab and other unwanted physical excess. The Hello Kitty Body Composition Meter will retail for approximately $120 and is powered by a quartet of AA batteries.

Stretchable Silicon To Make Sports Apparel Smarter

Reebok and Semiconductor company MC10 have teamed up to produce a line of garments with embedded, stretchable silicon processors. The goal of this project is to make the interface between people and their electronics disappear. Aside from being able to measure basic body metrics such as your heart rate. The technology could gather more detailed information such as pH levels, joint strain and blood pressure. The interesting thing is that the CPU won’t be stored in some ugly external box, rather it will be an unassuming part of the clothing. When all this technology becomes more popular, we’re looking for shirts that give some capabilities like Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor, and hopefully it’ll interface with us directly like this.

Concept: METIS iReach Bionic Prosthetic Arm

metis-ireach-bionic-prosthetic-armThis is still very much a concept design, but what if amputees in the future would be offered a cool bionic prosthetic, dubbed the METIS, which is able to connect to the human nervous system and have the arm function as normal, but with the added capabilities of having connectivity options such as 3G and Wi-Fi, not to mention sport a small LCD display on the forearm. Perhaps we’ll be seeing such cool bionic prosthetics in the future.

Affectiva Q Sensor medical bracelet monitors stress levels

affectiva-q-sensor-medical-braceletSomething tells us that the Affectiva Q Sensor medical bracelet might be a device that many people won’t mind having, considering how stressful life is these days. The only question would be this – how stressful is yours? That’s what the Q Sensor intends to keep track of, where it will deliver vital information to caregivers of a particular person (or even for you to monitor) before a breakdown occurs – paying homage to the adage that “prevention is better than cure”. Targeting autistic children particularly who are often unable to communicate their stress levels effectively, the Q Sensor can “detect and record physiological signs of stress and excitement by measuring slight electrical changes in the skin.” This is followed by sending signals to doctors, parents or caregivers.