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Apple Pushes Into Analyzing Your Sleep With Beddit Acquisition

Apple Inc. already tracks your steps and fitness levels, and now it wants to analyze your sleep.  The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has acquired Beddit, a maker of sleep-tracking hardware and software, according to a more sleep-tracking features for its line of wearables.  Even more activity tracking may be coming from Apple, which has broader ambitions to turn its HealthKit software into a diagnosis tool. Apple is testing skiing and snowboarding activity…

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This wearable can help people with Parkinson’s write again

The Emma Watch is a wrist-worn wearable that reduces constant limb tremors associated with Parkinson's.Image: screenshot: microsoft Smartwatches may not be as hot as they used to be, but that doesn’t mean wrist-worn wearables are dead altogether. Far from it, actually. Take the Emma Watch, a wrist wearable created by Microsoft Research Innovation Director Haiyan Zhang that’s designed to help reduce the hand tremors people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease live…

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The Apple Watch could help doctors spot this dangerous heart condition

That Apple Watch actually monitors more than you might guess.Image: lili sams/mashable The Apple Watch could be used to detect a heart condition that causes over 100,000 strokes every year, according to a new study. Heart health app Cardiogram and researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Cardiology Health eHeart project teamed up to take a closer look at just how effective the Watch can be at tracking…

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A slightly smarter Apple Watch could detect signs of a stroke

Researchers have now proven that the Apple Watch’sheart rate sensors are no gimmick (if that still needed proving). Combined with some advanced AI, an Apple Watch-based study was able to detectwearers with an irregular heartbeat with 97 percent accuracy. In the near future, doctors could use such asolution to catch the onset of astroke in at-risk patients. Researchers from University of California San Francisco and software engineers from the app…

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Apple could be gearing up for a world-changing Apple Watch feature

The next version of the Apple Watch might be a healthcare dynamo.Image: lili sams/mashable For people with diabetes, the Apple Watch could soon become indispensable. BGR claims to have “exclusive” information from a source “familiar with Apple’s plans” about the company’s efforts to develop groundbreaking new ways to harness the Watch’s health-tracking potential. Apple aims to introduce the first-ever method for non-invasive glucose monitoring as a feature in an upcoming…

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Garmin’s latest wearable finally brings fitness tracking into the weight room

The Garmin Vivosmart3 aims to make your weightlifting workouts even smarter.Image: lili sams/mashable Garmin is looking to solve one of the biggest issues facing wearables with its latest release, the vvosmart 3: How can an activity tracker be useful in the weight room? Just about every fitness tracker I’ve ever worn is more focused on counting steps and logging runs than anything else. I run, but as a former athlete,…

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Tim Cook reportedly seen sporting a world-changing Apple Watch prototype

Tim Cook might already have access to a next-level Apple Watch feature.Image: Jose Sanchez/AP/REX/Shutterstock Apple CEO Tim Cook will be the first to tell you he loves the Apple Watch and its health tracking capabilities. So if there’s anyone who would serve as a high-profile guinea pig for a breakthrough new feature for the device, Cook’s a top candidate. Which is why it may come as no surprise that Cook…

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