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Device to be used with the mask for monitoring vital signs

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Masks are an element that, in addition to being used by health professionals in their jobs, have also been part of some cultures for some time, although the pandemic has caused them to become widely used throughout the world, with the possibility that once it passes, this element can continue to be used in certain scenarios by a large part of the population.

With this in mind, researchers at Northwestern University have created a small electronic device to be used inside any type of mask, be it an N95, surgical or cloth, attached by a magnet, whose purpose is continuous data collection. for monitoring some aspects of one’s own health.

This piece of hardware has been baptized as facebook and called “FitBit for the face”, since the researchers understand that health monitoring currently goes far beyond the tracking that is usually done from smart watches and quantifying bracelets.

The face as a place to monitor people’s health

And it is that in recent times other connected devices have also arrived that also monitor health, such as the second-generation Nest Hub smart screen with its sleep monitoring function through the Soli chip, among others.

And taking advantage of the widespread use of masks, and their continuity in the future, they understand that their use will make it possible to monitor certain vital signs, by thinking of people’s faces as a viable place to obtain health data from the same.

For Josiah Hester, who leads the development of this device:

We wanted to design a smart face mask for healthcare professionals that doesn’t need to be inconveniently plugged in for half a shift (…) We increased battery power by harvesting power from multiple sources, which means you can use the mask for a week or two without having to charge or replace the battery

In addition to vital signs, the device is also capable of notifying when the mask is not on correctly. Currently, the device allows an autonomy of 11 days, although the researchers want to create a version without a battery, obtaining the energy to work from thermal and kinetic energy.

For now, this device will undergo more clinical trials, although the product is also offered as an open source project for those who want to dig deeper into it.

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Source: TechCrunch

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Shazam! 2 will always be more fun and action-packed

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You had a good laugh watching “Shazam! »? In this case, get ready to love the sequel! Indeed, if we are to believe the crisp revelations of Peter Safran, the producer of the film, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” will be even funnier and action-packed than its predecessor.

While promoting the “Peacemaker” series, Peter Safran took the opportunity to drop some info on the second installment of Shazam! fans are eagerly awaiting. It must be said that the first film had been very well received by the public, exploding the world box office with a total revenue of 366 million dollars.


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With “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” DC intends to raise the bar even higher with an even grander and more entertaining sequel according to Peter Safran. We tell you everything!

Peter Safran is very enthusiastic

It was in an exchange with Collider that Peter Safran gave his opinion on Shazam! 2. The information released by the producer is full of promise as to the continuation of the (my) adventures of Billy Batson and his super powerful alter ego. ” [Le second film] has more emotion, more humor, but it also has more action, bigger sets, big baddies”, said Peter Safran. He even claimed that in Shazam! 2, action and humor of the first film were multiplied by 11.

Still in terms of humor, “I love that the kids are all a bit older now, so we can have a little more fun in a more edgy way with them”, said Peter Safran. Like what, the film promises good slices of fun!

A shock casting for Shazam 2

Peter Safran also spoke about the casting of “Shazam! Fury of the Gods”. The producer is simply delighted that Rachel Zegler and Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu are part, considering that it was really “fantastic” that the three actresses are part of the adventure. If we know that Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu embody the wicked, the role of Rachel Zegler remains unclear for the moment.

For now, we don’t know more about the pitch of the film, but everything suggests that at some point, Billy and his brothers and sisters will travel to the kingdom of the gods. We will have to wait a little longer before knowing more, especially that “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is not expected before 2023. Can’t wait for the first trailer of the film to get a taste of what awaits us!

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“Perhaps something like this”: Elon Musk showed how the 140-meter “Mehazilla” will “catch” a huge Super Heavy rocket

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk has posted a couple of new videos of a giant mechanized-arm turret called the Mechazilla that will be used to “catch” the Super Heavy booster upon landing.

“Perhaps something like this”: Elon Musk showed how the 140-meter “Mehazilla” will “catch” a huge Super Heavy rocket

The first video shows the construction process of Mehazilla, which will be 140 meters high. The second video, which was recorded in a computer simulation program, demonstrates a simulation of a Super Heavy landing using the Mechazilla. The billionaire signed the video as follows: “Perhaps something like this.”

Elon Musk confirmed that in the future, the process of returning the Super Heavy launch vehicle and the Starship spacecraft to Earth will take place exclusively with the help of Mechazilla. The design itself is complex and very expensive, and if the test fails, SpaceX will lose both the rocket and the Mechazilla. Recall that SpaceX managed to successfully land the prototype of the Starship SN15 spacecraft only on its fifth launch. The previous four ended in explosions.

The first orbital launch of Super Heavy will take place no earlier than March of this year, when SpaceX receives regulatory approval.

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Apple sharply reduced the cost of Android smartphones, as well as iPads and MacBooks through the trade-in program

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Apple has drastically reduced the estimated cost of Android smartphones that are accepted under the trade-in program in exchange for new iPhones. Not only that, Apple has also reduced the cost of several older iPads and MacBooks.

On Apple’s official website, Apple lists the maximum amount a buyer can get for their used device. This price may be lower, it all depends on the specific condition of the device.

Apple sharply reduced the cost of Android smartphones, as well as iPads and MacBooks through the trade-in program

The maximum value of Android devices that are accepted under the trade-in program:

  • Samsung Galaxy S21 5G – $260 (was $325)
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G – $325 (~$435)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20+ – $205 (~$275)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 – $150 ($205)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+ – $170 ($185)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 – $150 ($160)
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e – $120 ($130)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+ – $80 ($95)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 – $65 ($75)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ – $60 (no change)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 – $50 (no change)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – $405 ($545)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – $285 ($385)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – $175 ($235)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – $120 ($130)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – $45 ($65)
  • Google Pixel 5 – $235 ($315)
  • Google Pixel 4 – $110 ($150)
  • Google Pixel 4a – $120 ($160)
  • Google Pixel 4 XL – $135 ($180)
  • Google Pixel 3 XL – $50 ($70)
  • Google Pixel 3 – $45 ($55)
  • Google Pixel 3a – $50 (no change)
  • Google Pixel 3a XL – $50 ($55)

iPad and MacBook price:

  • iPad – $200 ($205)
  • iPad Air – $335 ($345)
  • MacBook Air – $530 ($550)
  • MacBook Pro – $1,415 ($1,630)
  • MacBook (discontinued) – $325 ($340)
  • iMac – $1,260 ($1,320)
  • Mac mini – $740 ($800)

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