Everyday Health Awards for Innovation: You Can Help Us Decide Who Wins

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Every day we read stories about lives being saved and industries changed by advances in technology and digital health.

Everyday Health is teaming up with the Digital Health Summit to celebrate these advances at the second annual Everyday Health Awards for Innovation at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The awards honor outstanding achievement in health and wellness technology, as exemplified by last year’s amazing winners (pictured at left). Is your company or product eligible? Read on.
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A Hearing Aid for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation

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When it comes to hearing loss, the generation that grew up on loud music and inner-city decibels is in a bit of denial. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control,  an estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population has some form of hearing loss. However, a majority (80 percent) don’t do anything to address the issue. That translates to some 98 million Americans who could benefit from some sort of hearing assistance.

For some it’s not simply denial: They’re either not aware of their hearing loss, find the cost of hearing aids (which range from $1,000 to $3,000) prohibitive, or fear the psychological stigma of using a hearing aid.
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Am I Pregnant? Tech for That Time of the Month

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Adding technology to the mix does not make basal temperature any more accurate, but it does make the process a little more automated, and makes it easier to analyze the data. I caught up with Jessie Griger the creator of Daysy, a basal thermometer that you use orally each day, sending the data to your mobile phone for analysis and tracking. Daysy takes the daily temperature recordings over time and generates a simple LED message system to indicate fertile (red), ovulating (blinking red), infertile (green) and still learning about you (yellow). Think of it as your own personal Nest thermostat, learning and keeping tabs on your internal baby oven. Dasys thermometer and apps cost $375.
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With Vusay, Pop Up Videos Go Social

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You remember VH1’s Pop Up Videos, right? Little trivia tidbits, innuendos and factoids popped up on screen in little balloons. Well, Vusay is heading towards socializing that process. Their website lets you take any YouTube video and post a running dialog of commentary alongside the video—now everyone is a potential Pop Up creator!

The young website is just getting its mojo going, so many of the videos have either few or somewhat inane comments (Ed. note: still YouTube videos, after all), but the idea is pretty creative. A visit to the VuSay site reveals popular YouTube videos, from sports to car racing, Jimmy Fallon to Mental Floss. As the videos get played on VuSay, registered users can comment. These comments get stored and viewed by other visitors to the site any time that YouTube video is played from within VuSay.
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5 Digital Distractions for Kids and Their Parents

SOURCE: Mashable

Entertaining distractions for kids have come a long way since the early days of Concentration and Connect the Dots. That’s especially true if you’re an iPaduser.

Take a look at these masterpieces that highlight some game-changing graphics interaction and even how you buy them. You’ll find apps that create a full TV-like interactive channel, encourage parents and kids to build and share games, use augmented reality and are produced by animators with award-winning pedigrees, heralding a new generation of kids’ apps.

They might cost you as much as a Starbucks latte, but they are much more satisfying. What are your kids’ favorite apps?

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Battle for Your Wrist Estate Intensifies Amid Smartwatch Rumors

SOURCE: http://mashable.com/2013/03/19/battle-for-wrist-estate-smartwatch/

Technology has always been a real estate battle. First it was the battle for your desktop with dueling PCs, then it moved to the living room with game consoles and smart TVs. There’s a battle for your shoulder bag with laptops and tablets, and for your pockets with mobile phones. The next battleground: your wrists.

The good news is that the wrist is relatively under-populated territory. Except for LiveStrong bands and a few other collector’s items, wrists fell out of fashion when the mobile phone learned to tell time.

The biggest limitation of the wrist? You’ve only got two. Unlike a pocket or bag it’s harder to add an extra one. And wearing electronic bangles up and down your wrist may be just too complicated.

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Use This Technology to Tame Your Child’s Inner Brat

SOURCE: http://mashable.com/2013/03/05/technology-brat/

Over-indulgent parents and an ad-infested childhood can turn even the nicest kid into a big brat. The nag factor can kick in anytime, anywhere. Designer jeans, mobile phones, leveling up in a game, wish lists, peer pressure, and fads of the moments create consumption maniacs.

Can technology help cure a case of the “gimmes”? Apps are working to buck the trend, teaching kids to work for their incomes, save and invest, take up some chores, and even get their homework in order. Most of these techniques have been around as long as there have been parents and many of them have a Skinnerian approach to behavior modification at their core. Since kids love their tech, these apps will give parents a systematic approach to keeping track of and managing the “inner brat”.

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9 Apps Every Baby Boomer Should Know

SOURCE: Mashable 

I’m sure there are plenty of boomers who rank Angry Birds at the top of their app list, but my hunch is that for most people age 50+ this list of apps will rank higher on a best-loved scale.

Boomers tend to be practical, health and diet conscious and need a little bit of a “helping hand” every now and then.

These apps range from flashlights that help you read the menu in dark restaurants to apps that help find your car in an unfamiliar location.

Browse through the gallery above to see them all. And let us know — are there any good ones we missed?

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This Tech Will Help You Grow Old Gracefully

Source: http://mashable.com/2012/11/13/tech-to-help-with-aging/

By the year 2020, 70% of the population will find themselves on the other side of 50. And despite the fact that many optimists call 70 “the new 40,” researchers agree that once you hit 40 — “new” or “old” — it’s a downhill slope. 

Instead of throwing up our flabby arms and surrendering, we’re seeing a generation facing the slow decline of the senses with clever tech ideas to make aging more manageable and less humiliating. Whether it’s vision, hearing, memory or just driving skills that are beginning to dim — and, trust me, theywill dim — technology is coming to the rescue.

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Lessons From Sandy; Tech Tools for the Next Big Storm

SOURCE: http://mashable.com/2012/11/02/lessons-from-sandy/

Those of you who felt Hurricane Sandy this week were reminded, yet again, of nature’s ferocity. At our home, about 100 miles north of New York City, on the banks of the Hudson River, the tides and wind speeds were our biggest concern.

The Internet was our constant companion with a shout-out toWeatherUnderground for crowd-sourcing the weather to amateur weather stations and aficionados. We calculated and recalculated wind speeds, tides and barometer changes based on Internet data — in addition to grabbing sleeping bags, water and flashlights and moving the car to the top of a hill. We stayed online searching for all the latest data.

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