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January 9, 2017

Earth Alerts — What's happening on your home planet?

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There's always something.

[via my Crack®© Pittsburgh Correspondent — yo Yinz!]

January 9, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hair Coach — World's First Smart Hairbrush

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Finally.

From Slate:

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A forthcoming "smart" hairbrush, tricked out with a microphone and gyroscope, seems designed to solve a problem that doesn't exist.

This week at CES 2017, luxury hair-care line Kérastase and electronics company Withings announced plans to release a so-called "Hair Coach" later this year.

Consumers will be able to purchase a sophisticated gadget to help them micromanage a simple daily task: detangling hair.

This product promises to serve the small market niche of people who can muster the energy to care about whether the pressure and frequency of their brushing technique meets industry standards.

A normal-looking hairbrush, the Hair Coach will listen through its microphone to the sound of hair being brushed, detecting frizziness and split ends.

Multi-axis load cells, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope will gauge the number, speed, and force of brush strokes, delivering immediate warnings of overly vigorous brushing.

A conductivity sensor will sense whether hair is dry.

The data will get sent to an app that, taking into account weather reports of humidity and wind, will give users a "hair quality score."

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Coming this summer, the device will cost "under $200."

Cheap at twice the price.

January 9, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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