Vacationers, Let Your Smart Home House-Sit Itself

Everyone loves long weekends and lengthy vacations, but there’s always something unsettling about leaving our homes unattended. There’s good reason for the concern: Burst pipes and other sources of water damage are among the most common and expensive disasters affecting residences across the United States, costing homeowners and renters billions every year, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Continue reading “Vacationers, Let Your Smart Home House-Sit Itself”

Wireless sensors and flying robots: A way to monitor deteriorating bridges

As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, Tufts University engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities monitor the condition of bridges in real time. Continue reading “Wireless sensors and flying robots: A way to monitor deteriorating bridges”

FreeWavz wireless earphones use medical-style sensors to record heart rate data

The Freewavz earphones can track your heart rate and share your exercise data via a synthesized voice just like the LG Heart Rate Earphones I reviewed earlier this month. But unlike LG’s product, this new Kickstarter project does away with messy wires and uses a pulse oximeter sensor to divine heart rate and blood oxygen saturation data. Continue reading “FreeWavz wireless earphones use medical-style sensors to record heart rate data”