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Fitbit launches Ionic device to rival Apple Watch

Wearable tech company Fitbit has launched a new device named Ionic, which aims to bridge the gap between fitness trackers and the smartwatches currently on the market. Ionic, launched at this year’s IFA consumer electronics conference in Berlin, is Fitbit’s second foray into smartwatch design – following the Blaze device it launched last year. As with other devices on the market, Ionic

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10 ways drones are changing the world

Here, we take a look at 10 innovative ways drones will change the world. Shopping Assistants by Walmart Customers of supermarket giant Walmart may soon be able to summon assistance from unmanned aerial vehicles using mobile electronic devices. The vehicles will help locate products in store and advise on prices by crosscheck information stored on the store’s

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BleepBleeps launches smart musical toothbrush that tracks brushing habits

Connected devices brand BleepBleeps and industrial designers MAP have released a smart musical toothbrush to encourage children to brush their teeth. Launched on Kickstarter, the cone-shaped Benjamin Brush toothbrush was designed to help users remember to brush their teeth twice a day and for the recommended two minutes at a time. “As a parent I know it’s difficult to get kids

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Walmart files patent for drone shopping assistants

US supermarket giant Walmart has filed a patent to create a system of drones that can help customers with price verification and locate products in the store. The patent, which was published on 22 March 2018, but filed on 19 September 2017, details methods to assist shoppers using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). In the system outlined,

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Yves Béhar’s Aura Power Clothing helps the elderly with mobility

These responsive garments by Yves Béhar’s studio Fuseproject feature “electric muscles” that assist elderly wearers to walk, stand up and climb stairs. The Aura Powered Clothing collection was designed in collaboration with robotics company Superflex. It was unveiled yesterday at the New Old exhibition at London’s Design Museum, which explores how designers can enhance people’s day-to-day experiences in later

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