December 4, 2013

May Not Work to Save Lives

1 FDA Issues Warning on Defibrillators

Some defibrillators may not work to deliver life-saving shocks in an emergency, due to an electronic product malfunction, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a safety advisory posted on its website. The defibrillators, made by Philips Medical Systems, had been previously recalled in 2012 but many of them remain in homes, schools and other public places including shopping malls. The recall affected more than 600,000 units, but because the company couldn’t notify many of its customers to alert them to the risk, the FDA issued this recent advisory and recommends that users, including first responders and consumers, contact Philips for a replacement unit. The devices were sold between 2005 and 2012 under the brand names HeartStartFRx, HeartStartHome and HeartStartOnsite.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Wireless Heart Defibrillators Could Become Reality

Tags: Defibrillators, Food and Drug Administration, Philips Medical Systems, HeartStartFRx, HeartStartHome, HeartStartOnsite

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The Bra Knows

2 Microsoft's Smart Bra Fights Overeating

Artificial intelligence meets the bra with Microsoft’s “smart bra” technology that monitors heart activity to help fight overeating. The physiological sensors inside the bra keep track of a woman’s emotional moods, and can send a signal to a smartphone to warn the wearer to steer clear of comfort foods. CNN reports that Microsoft isn’t planning on turning the tech bra into a commercial product, but the prototype represents the company’s interest in affective computing. Researchers studied four women who wore the smart bra for four days. While the bra was effective in determining emotional moods, its use is limited since the sensors would need to be recharged every three or four hours. So, bra-charging stations are out of the question?

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Microsoft Bra, Smart Bra, Fighting Overeating, New Microsoft Technology, Bra Sensing System

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