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Fitbit to make ‘advanced’ but low-cost ventilators for Coronavirus [Update]

Helping improve an essential supply chain

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Wearable brand Fitbit has announced it will be shifting supply chain resources to make emergency ventilators. Amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, healthcare facilities the US and many other countries are overwhelmed with patients. The virus spread too fast and authorities have had a hard time catching up.

In an interview with CNBC, James Park, CEO Fitbit, confirmed that the ventilators will be used to help treat the pandemic patients and help bolster the supply of medical devices.

The company is known for its fitness trackers that are wildly popular thanks to accuracy. However, it has near-zero experience in making ventilators. Hence, it has tapped physicians from Boston-based Massachusetts General Brigham and Portland-based Oregon Health & Science University to consult on the project before starting production.

Park added that the company will be submitting its technology to the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) in the coming days for approval and other compliances. Many other companies like GM, Ford, and Tesla have come forward and contributed manufacturing resources to make ventilators.

CNBC noted that high-end ventilators can cost anywhere from US$ 20,000 to US$ 50,000. Fitbit hasn’t given a price estimate yet but said its devices will be ‘advanced’ but at a lower price point.

E-commerce company Amazon recently announced it’ll sell affordable face shields, meaning it won’t make a profit off of them. They are expected to hit the markets soon and the price will be revealed at launch.

Update (06/09/2020): Fitbit has launched the ventilator and it’s called Fitbit Flow. It has received Emergency Use Authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use during the pandemic. The machine is simple to use and does not require professionals. Amid a pandemic, even volunteers can operate and mobilize it owing to its compact size.

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The We-Vibe Bond takes your stimulation to greater heights

Bring that foreplay to another level

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Sex toys aren’t just toys anymore. They’re infused with technology — aiming to help people in the art of self-pleasure, improve their relationship with themselves and their partners, and in some cases, aid in medical reasons.

The topic of sex, sex toys, and owning your sexuality is still a taboo in several countries — mine included — but it’s slowly turning around. This year, we’ve seen sex tech dominating the consumer technology scene. While most of them are apt for women, recently, some toys meant for men are evolving into connected wearables.

Such is the case for the We-Vibe Bond — a connected, vibrating stimulation ring (also known as cock ring), designed by We-Vibe, a brand specializing in all kinds of sex toys.

Cock ring, but make it connected

Connected cock rings like We-Vibe’s Bond can be worn discreetly and be operated and controlled remotely using an app. What sets Bond apart is a dedicated remote control that you can use when you and your partner are together.

The stimulation ring is designed in ultra-soft silicone material and comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating. Meaning, you can play with it in the shower or in your tub.

It has ten levels of intensity and ten modes of vibration, with an autonomy of up to two hours. Further customization of the intensity and vibration can be adjusted using the We-Connect app or via the remote control.

Price and availability

The We-Vibe Bond retails for US$ 129. Shop it on We-Vibe’s official website.

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Fitbit decks out Charge 5, partnership with Will Smith

Strengthen up and join Will Smith in his journey

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Fitness company Fitbit has just announced the Fitbit Charge 5 — its most advanced health and fitness tracker yet. The fifth iteration of the Charge lineup comes with new features and a thinner, sleek design built to empower you to focus on your health.

What do we have here?

First and foremost, the new Charge 5 comes with a brighter, colored touchscreen. It’s designed aerodynamically, and optimized for performance. It’s now equipped with a new AMOLED display, allowing the tracker to have an Always-On display option. Plus, it has better sunlight legibility — two-times brighter than its predecessor.

You can easily view your statistics, receive and send notifications from and to your smartphone, and choose from colorful clock faces — all with a swipe of a finger.

Like other Fitbit wearables, the Charge 5 tracks your heart rate 24/7 and constantly update you on your personal ranges. It also provides a holistic view of other wellness metrics through its Health Metrics dashboard in the Fitbit app. This includes breathing rate, skin temperature variation, and blood oxygen level (SpO2).

Furthermore, Fitbit’s industry-leading sleep tools such as Sleep Score, Sleep Stages, and SmartWake alarms are present in the new Charge 5.

So, what’s new?

Interestingly, the Fitbit Charge 5 comes with Daily Readiness Score. The new features helps you understand if your body is ready for a workout or if you need to rest. Its data is based on your fitness fatigue, heart rate variability, and recent sleep.

It also has a built-in GPS, with 20 exercise modes, and automatic exercise recognition for when you forgot to track your workout. And it has an estimate of your VO2 max, the maximum amount of oxygen you can utilize during your exercises.

Another noteworthy feature is its EDA sensor, which was first launched in the Fitbit sense. The sensor measures your body’s response to stress through tiny changes in the sweat glands on your fingers. And the Fitbit Charge 5 is the first tracker to include the sensor.

What else?

Of course, the battery still lasts up to seven days. And you can choose different bands to personalize your tracker. From lightweight silicone infinity bands, to breathable sport bands, plush nylon hook and loop bands, and even hand-crafted premium Horween leather bands.

The Charge 5 also allows you to experience in-depth analysis, guides, tips, and tricks using its features when you subscribe to Fitbit Premium.

Fitbit Premium with Will Smith

Speaking of Fitbit Premium, Fitbit recently partnered with actor, producer, and musician Will Smith. Smith is joining the Fitbit family as its newest ambassador. Premium members can join along his journey through his video sessions together with Smith’s training team.

The sessions will showcase mindfulness sessions and a wide range of workouts — from HIIT, strength, to yoga, and even meditation. The first session is launching on September 27.

Price and availability

The Fitbit Charge 5 is available online at Fitbit.com for US$ 180 (PhP 11,990), which includes a six-month Premium membership for both new and returning customers. It will also come to major retailers such as Digital Walker and Fitbit’s Official Store on Lazada and Shopee, with worldwide availability this September.

SEE ALSO: Fitbit Charge 4 review: An extra ingredient to becoming fit and healthy

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LG PuriCare VoiceOn: Price and availability in Singapore

It’s called the LG PuriCare VoiceOn

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LG PuriCare VoiceOn

LG’s futuristic face mask got an upgrade adding a built-in mic and speaker. Officially called the LG Puricare VoiceOn, the pandemic-necessary accessory is currently available in Singapore.

Wearing a face mask is mandataory but it presents a few problems. If you’re speaking to someone else, hearing their voice can prove difficult if you’re both behind masks.

LG is solving this by giving LG PuriCare VoiceOn users  access to a speaker and a built-in mic. With a voice amplifier, the mask can detect whenever the wearer is speaking and amplify it for them.

This upgraded version has a larger battery at 1000mAh compared to the first generation’s 820mAh. Charging time, LG says, will be around two hours. It also has a smaller motor that should make it easier to wear.

From filtering out the nasties in the air you breathe, reducing waste by allowing you to skip disposable face masks, and down to keeping your skin clear of maskne, it’s definitely tech’s answer to one of the biggest needs during this pandemic. Watch the video below:

Price and availability

The LG PuriCare VoiceOn comes in Creamy White and and Ocean Black and retails for SG$ 249. It’s available through official LG LazadaLG Shopee, LG KrisShop and across all authorized retailers — Best Denki and COURTS.

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