A few weeks ago, Nintendo developed a partnership with the American Heart Association. The Wii Fit is one of Nintendo's most successful product/game combinations ever. All new Wiis are now packaged with Wii Sports Resort and Wii MotionPlus, along with an approval stamp from the AHA. It seemed like the stage was perfectly set to trot back out with the Vitality Sensor Satoru Iwata unveiled at last year's E3 press conference. So, what happened? Instead of fitness, motion, and heart health, Nintendo's presser was full of retro games and the 3DS. We're not complaining; far from it. In fact, it was one of the smartest Nintendo showings in years. But beforehand, we (or at least, I) was convinced that the Vitality Sensor would be unveiled as a destressing biofeedback tool that could also measure heart rate, a perfect addition to the Wii as trendy health accessory. As for its sudden and complete absence, there could be several explanations. It wasn't ready yet. Maybe the "heart healthy" … [Read more...] about What happened to the Vitality Sensor?
The Samsung Vitality ($149.99 direct) is essentially the same phone as the Samsung Admire ($99, 3 stars) we reviewed on MetroPCS. That means it should be a decent, entry-level smartphone for users looking to save money with an inexpensive plan on Cricket Wireless. The Vitality features a 3.5-inch, 320-by-480-pixel glass capacitive touch screen, which is pretty standard resolution for lower-end smartphones. The 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7630 processor shouldn't have trouble running most of the 250,000+ apps currently available in the Android Market, and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) ensures maximum compatibility. There's a 3.2-megapixel camera, and the Vitality should work well as a media player. There's 137MB of free internal storage place, along with a 2GB microSD card, expandable to 32GB. The Vitality runs on Cricket's 3G network, which works on the 850-, 1,900-, and 1,700-MHz bands, depending upon your location. Coverage is somewhat limited, so make sure to check the maps … [Read more...] about Samsung Vitality (Cricket Wireless)
Have you been wanting to get into the phablet game, if only they weren't so expensive? Then Sprint has just the phone for you. The $99.99 Sprint Vital boasts a 5-inch, 720p display and a solid 13-megapixel camera for about half the price you'll pay for a similarly sized phone anywhere else. It's a good pick if you're looking to get the most screen for your money, but otherwise-average specs mean this phone won't stay fresh as long as most of the pricier options. Design, Call Quality, and Network It looks like Sprint and ZTE are continuing to keep their relationship on the down-low. The Vital is Sprint's third smartphone from ZTE this year not to feature any manufacturer branding. That's probably because ZTE doesn't carry the same type of cachet in the U.S. as companies like HTC and Samsung do. But if it keeps making more phones like the Vital, that could change. This is the nicest phone from ZTE that we've seen stateside yet. View all Photos in Gallery The Vital measures 5.59 by … [Read more...] about Sprint Vital
Forget bulky heart rate monitors and clunky pedometers: Chaotic Moon Studios is developing temporary "tech tattoos" that turn your body art into a health tracker. Using skin-mounted components and conductive paint, the tattoos can collect, store, send, and receive health and fitness data. Unlike other technology, which may require an implant, Chaotic Moon's "biowearable" is a conductive tattoo that lives on top of the wearer's skin. "Biowearables as we've defined them are a relatively new concept—and largely uncharted territory—and here at Chaotic Moon, we're excited to explore the incredible potential," the company said in a blog post. With an eye on the medical field, Chaotic Moon hopes to minimize people's visits to the doctor, perhaps even eliminate the annual physical. Instead, just stick the temporary tech tattoo onto your body once a year, and allow it to collect data about your vitals. This technology is also primed for the banking industry: Leave the wallet at … [Read more...] about Check Your Vitals With Tech Tattoos
Uber and Lyft are more than just a nuisance to taxi and private-hire firms: they play a vital role in reducing traffic, pollution, and energy usage. A new MIT study suggested these services could eliminate 75% of the vehicles on public roads. That one significant change will not have any impact on travel time. Professor Daniela Rus of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), led the research team behind the work and worked with them to developed an algorithm that found 3,000 four-person cars could serve 98% of taxi demand in New York City, with an average wait time of 2.7 minutes. This theory only works if people are willing to truly share their ride—not just with a stranger behind the wheel, but with strangers in the backseat. "Instead of transporting people one at a time, drivers could transport two to four people at once, results in fewer trips, in less time, to make the same amount of money," Rus said. MIT is also eyeing buses and shuttles, … [Read more...] about MIT: Uber, Lyft Vital in Reducing Congestion