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November 27, 2016

Digital mouthwash?

A new technology on the market claims it can detect and improve your bad breath. Half of Americans suffer from gum disease and poor oral health can be indicative of other, more serious, disease. Anna De Souza sat down with CEO of Mint, Charles Michael Yim, to see if this device passes the smell test! Do we smell raw onions?


Mint is a compact wireless device that works with your smartphone to help you understand and improve your oral health. Through an array of sensors, it can detect the signs that harmful bacteria leave behind and accurately report through the app.

Mint provides information to help you make better cleaning and eating choices. They’ve built a machine learning back end that combines your personal data with results and your feedback, to learn and offer up tips targeted to you. Curious to know how your latest diet is affecting your oral health or what to expect at your next dentist visit? This software leverages your personal scores, evaluates against the goals you set, and serves you information based on what you find helpful.

The Mint app captures and graphs your average daily results within a timed program to provide you with an overview of how you are tracking against your goals. Following the trends of your mouth, working to improve your cleaning habits, or simply check in for peace of mind, hopefully you won’t be needing to queue up Uber for a speedy trip to the dentist. When’s the launch of a digital Mentos?

June 13, 2016

Hi-Tech Summer Gear Must-Haves

Looking to next-level your summer with some high-tech gear? From a device that lets you dive in head-first for a refreshing dip sans the anxiety of leaving your iPhone behind, a wearable that tracks and monitors your emotions – for your happiest summer ever – and a patch that keeps an eye on your UV exposure, these are the newest launches for 2016 that you need to know about!

Beachegg, Your Personal Mobile Safe

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Photo: Beachegg

Who hasn’t stressed about heading for a quick dip. You think twice, and many times thereafter, about the keys, wallets and phones left behind in a convenient pile for beach bandits. Enter Beachegg. Shaped like an egg with the capacity of 6 liters, it allows you to place your valuables (e.g. phone, keys, small purse or wallet, medications, watches) inside and lock them up from sleuthing beach thieves. A waterproof armband allows you to wade into refreshing waters without the typical panic, and alerts you if your Beachegg is moved. The accompanying app and Bluetooth technology also checks on its position so in the event it is hauled away, so you can find it easily.

The egg is made of fiber-glass and is equipped with a stainless steel locking mechanism and a strap for easy carrying. And no need to worry about getting water inside of this safe, it’s splash-proof!

My UV Patch by La Roche-Posay

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Photo: La Roche-Posay

Indeed we’re not all following standard SPF protocol – are you really re-applying every two hours? Chances are good you’re vastly underestimating the amount of rays you’re getting.

The My UV Patch by La Roche-Posay is the first ever wearable and stretchable UV patch that allows you to measure and monitor your UV exposure in real time. This transparent adhesive contains photosensitive dyes that change color when exposed to UV rays, providing a better idea to what level of sun exposure they have experienced. Users are able to scan the patch to identify their exposure to the sun and the app will provide feedback about your level of risk along with personalized tips.

The patch will be available this summer, with thousands of giveaways starting in July.

“Feel” Happiness

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In this digital age, it’s no surprise (and quite frightening!) that we need an app to alert us to our emotions! Why we’re so busy skimming that long-form article, Tweeting and ordering dinner, we aren’t in tune to queues our bodies are sending us. Wearable Feel provides users with the opportunity to evaluate and manage their stress and improve their overall mental health, just by sitting on our wrist.

Feel recognizes and tracks human emotions throughout the day. The band has four integrated sensors on the wristband to measure and track bio signals. What exactly is it measuring? Feel zeroes in on your galvanic skin response, blood volume pulse as well as skin temperature. This enables it to measure and track bio signals throughout the day, while the mobile application visualizes the results and provides personalized recommendations to improve emotional health. What do we hope it might it find? That you need to ultimately put down the technology!

BACtrack Skyn

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Photo: BACtrack

The biosensor on BACtrack Skyn‘s inconspicuously designed wristband offers a non-invasive way to monitor TAC or Transdermal Alcohol Content in real-time. Alcohol is detected and measured with transdermal monitoring, which tracks the ethanol molecules escaping through the skin.  Samples can be taken as frequently as every second and sent from the wrist device to a smartphone. By syncing with the app on a smartphone, you get powerful and actionable data. For instance, your phone could vibrate to notify you that you’re approaching a specific blood alcohol level and remind you to slow down your drinking.

BACtrack mobile allows you to also transfer your alcohol data into Apple Health so that you are able to not only monitor your fitness data, but this data as well, that could impact long-term health and weight goals.