VR headset restricts breathing for more accurate environment simulation

VR headset - University of Salzburg

Salzburg University researchers have developed the gadget to create more realistic scenarios. While a VR headset that restricts breathing doesn’t sound like much of a feature, it was created on purpose to help provide a more realistic experience to the wearers. The device, which is called AirRes, was developed by researchers from Salzburg University. The AirRes VR headset attachment is shaped somewhat like a snorkel. It was developed to control how much air the wearer can breathe. According to the researchers behind it, it could help to make the experience…

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Apple Watch gains weak heart pump detecting algorithm developed by Mayo Clinic

Apple Watch on person's wrist

The algorithm will help spot the condition which affects between 2 and 3 percent of people worldwide. The Mayo clinic is working on the development of an algorithm that will use the Apple Watch electrocardiogram (ECG) feature to help detect weak heart pumps affecting the wearer. The feature would help to spot a condition in which the wearer’s heart doesn’t optimally pump blood. Weak heart pump conditions impact between 2 and 3 percent of people worldwide. Among people over the age of 60 years, that figure rises to 9 percent.…

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Autocorrect creator explains why feature can be so ducking annoying

Autocorrect - Frustration

The feature’s creator Ken Kocienda admits that it can be irritating, but that there are reasons for that. If there’s anything that virtually every smartphone user can agree on, it’s that autocorrect is a feature that can be as irritating as it is helpful. The creator of the feature, Ken Kocienda, is in complete agreement but can explain it. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the creator of the autocorrect feature in smartphones said that it has become more intelligent over the years. As a result, it is…

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Wearable devices can improve sleep provided the right data is tracked

Wearable devices - Person sleeping wearing smartwatch

Fitness trackers and other gadgets record lots of figures, but it’s not all equally useful to getting rest. Wearable devices have been adding an increasing number of data types that have to do with getting sleep. That said, according to sleep experts, not all that information is equally helpful to people who are trying to get more rest at night. While users are often interested in the information tracked while they sleep, using it isn’t as obvious. Various types of wearable devices from smartwatches to fitness trackers often measure the…

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Apple to use more recycled materials with new Taz robot’s help

Recycled materials - Recycling Apple

Almost 20 percent of what is used to make the company’s products in 2021 were from recycling. With Earth Day ahead, Apple has released its 2022 Environmental Progress Report, showing its latest efforts to use recycled materials, as well as to reduce and to reuse overall. The 128-page report came with a number of announcements regarding Apple’s environmental efforts. The company used the report to introduce its new vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson. It also announced that recycled materials comprised almost 20 percent of what…

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