The next Apple Watch might double as an EKG heart monitor


The current-gen Apple Watch can already detect your heart rate, but it’s not so great at figuring out whether you’re likely to have a stroke with that data. So, for its next wearable trick, the company is reportedly baking in an EKG heart monitor. That’s according to Bloomberg’s sources, who noted that one version of a future Apple Watch requires you to squeeze the wearable’s frame with two fingers; the device will pass “an imperceptible current across the person’s chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates.” That means you’ll be able…

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Humanscale M/Connect 2 updates split-level dock with 5K monitor support, USB-C charging

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Ergonomic design firm Humanscale has updated one of its compact docks for the workplace, with the M/Connect 2 retaining the split docking station design while introducing USB-C charging and enabling the connection of higher-resolution monitors to the accessory.
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Marine biologists use connected sensors to monitor shark behaviour

Marine biologists use connected sensors to monitor shark behaviour

Marine biologists have used connected technology to monitor Oceanic Whitetip sharks and better understand their behaviour.

Oceanic Whitetip sharks move around the ocean with great efficiency, exploiting physics to maximize their energy surplus for both hunting and downtime.

In the past, tracking their movements hasn’t been easy, but thanks to an unusual collaboration between a team of marine biologists, an aerospace engineer and some statisticians, more is now known about these elusive animals. 

Over the last few years, this team has been able to generate precise calculations that shine a light on the size, swimming location, water temperatures and daily activities of whitetip sharks.

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Open water inhabitants

FIU marine scientist Yannis Papastamatiou, whose aim was to learn more about the elusive creatures, led the research. Whitetips tend to live in open water, making them much harder to study than their coastal relatives.

Papastamatiou has compared the whitetips’ habitat to a dessert: it’s a large ecosystem where there’s hardly any food available. A great deal of energy is thus expended on the hunt for prey. Papstamatiou wanted to know what behavior could maximize an animal’s energy surplus and understand if this is the way that oceanic whitetips behave.

He teamed up with aerospace engineer Gil Iosilevskii from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology to work out some calculations, based on the optimal flight performance for aircraft. These models, it was determined, could predict the optimal swim speeds for sharks, as well as the best speeds and angles for dives. 

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Utilising connected tech

The researchers carried out this project in the Bahamas, which is a populous area for whitetips. They tagged the sharks with connected sensors to explore their speed, acceleration and depth.

As well as the sensors, they also used cameras for two sharks. The scientists found that sharks tend to behave optimally, controlling their speed constantly as they ascend and descend.

One of the sharks was able to travel from 160 meters at 4 meters per second vertically, breaching the surface. Normal speed for these animals tends to range from 0.6 to 0.7 per second, so this was a remarkable finding.

“I can’t imagine this shark could see something at the surface from that depth,” said Papastamatiou. “It was going full force in a vertical ascent.” He intends to continue his studies into these large marine predators, using physics, biology and the IoT. 

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Asus aims portable ProArt PQ22UC 4K OLED monitor at on-the-move professionals

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Asus has added a new high-end display to its range of professional monitors that is made for those who work on the move, with the ProArt PQ22UC consisting of a 21.6-inch 4K OLED panel with USB Type-C connectivity that can be easily transported as a second display for a MacBook Pro.
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Motorola announces a health monitor and a keyboard Mod

Motorola has announced two new Moto Mods for compatible devices, the Lenovo Vital and the Livermorium Slider Keyboard. The Lenovo Vital is easily the more interesting of the two. It is a health monitor that can be slapped on the back of your phone and measure your heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, core body temperature and for the first time, accurate systolic and diastolic blood pressure from your finger. The other Mod isn’t remotely as interesting. It’s a slider keyboard mod that slides out from under your phone and lets you type like it’s still 2008. This Mod…

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