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Sleep apnea retrofit designed by doctors and engineers could help address ventilator shortage

The FDA has been working to adapt its policies and restrictions to respond to the growing need for unconventional solutions like shortages of medical equipment needed for treating COVID-19 patients. A group of doctors, engineers and medical researchers from UC Berkeley, UCSF and working hospitals has devised a creative solution to the ventilator shortage they’re hoping will meet FDA standards for emergency use authorization (EUA), working with readily available hardware and a stockpile of medica...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, Medicine, Tech, Fda, Biotech, Uc-berkeley, Bay Area, EUA, CPAP, Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Coronavirus, COVID-19, UC Berkeley UCSF


Apple brings its hardware microphone disconnect feature to iPads

Apple has brought its hardware microphone disconnect security feature to its latest iPads. The microphone disconnect security feature aims to make it far more difficult for hackers to use malware or a malicious app to eavesdrop on a device’s surroundings. The feature was first introduced to Macs by way of Apple’s T2 security chip last year. The security chip ensured that the microphone was physically disconnected from the device when the user shuts their MacBook lid. The idea goes that physic...
Tags: Apple, Security, Ipad, Hardware, China, Tech, Ipads, Tablet Computers, Xinjiang, iOS devices, Operating Systems, T2


Estimote launches wearables for workplace-level contact tracing for COVID-19

Bluetooth location beacon startup Estimote has adapted its technological expertise to develop a new product designed specifically at curbing the spread of COVID-19. The company created a new range of wearable devices that co-founder Steve Cheney believes can enhance workplace safety for those who have to be colocated at a physical workplace even while social distancing and physical isolation measures are in place. The devices, called simply the “Proof of Health” wearables, aim to provide contact...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Internet Of Things, Science, Technology, Hardware, Bluetooth, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Poland, World Health Organization, Gps


This adorable tiny record maker lets you cut your own 5-inch vinyl singles

Vinyl has been coming back for the last few years, but unlike MP3s, CDs, or even cassette tapes (also coming back), records aren’t easy to record on your own. This tiny toy record maker makes it easy, though you probably shouldn’t expect that famous vinyl sound quality. The Easy Record Maker was created by designer Yuri Suzuki, who has been itching to do something like this for years. “This idea has been my dream machine since I was teenager,” Suzuki told Dezeen. Digital media are easy to copy, ...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Hardware, Audio, US, Tech, Records, Kickstarter, Vinyl, Suzuki, Yuri Suzuki, Dezeen Digital


Researchers to study if startup’s wrist-worn wearable can detect early COVID-19 respiratory issues

It’s highly unlikely that the current coronavirus crisis will neatly and fully “solved” by any one endeavor or solution, which makes news studies like one involving startup WHOOP’s wrist-worn fitness and health tracking wearable all the more important. The study, conducted by the Central Queensland University Australia (CQUniversity), in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, will employ data collected WHOOP’s hardware with hundreds of volunteers who have self-identified as having contracted COV...
Tags: Travel, Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Fitness, Startup, Arizona, University Of Arizona, Biotech, Viruses, Whoop, UCSF, Cleveland Clinic, Coronavirus


Fitbit adds GPS and Spotify control for the Charge 4

Let’s be real: Now isn’t the ideal time to launch a health tracker. For a majority of us, expectations have dramatically plummeted for step counts, workout minutes and other gamified metrics. But hardware launches will, for the most part, go on. Fitbit eschewed its normal press event this time out — for increasingly good reason — instead opting to launch the Charge 4 by way of press release. The line is modest, in a wearable category that’s begun to be dominated by smartwatches, but it’s a c...
Tags: Google, Wearables, Spotify, Hardware, Tech, Who, Fitbit, Fitness Trackers, Ama


Medtronic is sharing its portable ventilator design specifications and code for free to all

Healthcare and biomedical engineering company Medtronic, which was in the news recently because Tesla CEO Elon Musk had discussions with the company about the automaker’s potential plans to build ventilator hardware in order to , but today it’s doing something potentially far more impactful. Medtronic is making the full design specifications, produce manuals, design documents, and in the future, software code for its Puritan Bennett (PB) 560 portable ventilator hardware available to anyone. T...
Tags: Health, TC, Elon Musk, Science, Hardware, Medicine, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Engineer, Devices, Healthcare, World Health Organization, Biotech, Dyson, Medtronic


FDA grants emergency authorization to system that decontaminates N95 respirator masks for re-use

The global coronavirus pandemic has meant that there’s a widespread effort to develop and advance creative solutions to new problems, like worldwide shortages of necessary front-line medical equipment. One piece of gear that’s necessary for protecting the health of medical workers treating COVID-19 patients are N95 respirator masks, which are masks that specifically filter out very fine particles, including shed virus, with high efficacy. These are in extremely short supply, but a new FDA emerge...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Hardware, Safety, Public Health, United States, Healthcare, Microbiology, Ohio, Fda, Columbus, Filters, Duke University, EUA


We’ve come full rectangle: Polaroid is reborn out of The Impossible Project

More than a decade after announcing that it would keep Polaroid’s abandoned instant film alive, The Impossible Project has done the… improbable: It has officially become the brand it set out to save. And to commemorate the occasion there’s a new camera, the Polaroid Now. The convergence of the two brands has been in the works for years, and in fact Impossible Project products were already Polaroid-branded. But this marks a final and satisfying shift in one of the stranger relationships in startu...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Hardware, Tech, Cameras, Lady Gaga, Polaroid, Gaga, ONESTEP, FujiFilm Instax, Impossible, Impossible Project, Instant Film, Nederlanders, The Impossible Project, Polaroid Originals


Dyson and Gtech answer UK call for ventilator design and production to support COVID-19 response

Companies around the world are shifting production lines and business models to address the needs of governments and healthcare agencies in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Two companies answering that call are Dyson and Gtech, both of which are working on ventilator hardware, leveraging their experience building vacuums and other motor-driven airflow gadgets to spin up new designs and get them validated and produced as quickly as possible. Dyson, the globally recognized applianc...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, UK, Hardware, Tech, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Boris Johnson, Fda, James Dyson, Dyson, UK Government, Grey, CNC, GTECH


Prototype thrusters designed for use on the Moon undergo key hot-fire testing

NASA’s renewed efforts to return to the Moon may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but work still proceeds on a number of projects related to the effort, including a series of hot-fire test of thrusters designed by NASA and partner Frontier Aerospace. These tests, more than 60 in total performed over the course of just 10 days, were performed under conditions designed to simulate what it would be like to use them in space, and provided key information that could lead to the verification of t...
Tags: TC, Space, Hardware, Tech, Nasa, Flight, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Moon Landing, Outer Space, Peregrine, Astrobotic Technology, Astrobotic, Lunar Lander


Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 2 are a great-sounding pair of $300 earbuds

They’re doing construction in my apartment building right now. I live on the first floor and can hear the distinct sound of jackhammering on concrete coming from the basement below. There’s also the sound of a generator and a far higher-pitched drilling noise. It’s all happening with the perfect combination of frequency and randomness completely designed to drive this work-from-homer completely nuts. Honestly, I’m generally not a headphones-at-home guy, unless it’s a meeting or a podcast. Bu...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Sony, Sennheiser, Wireless Earbuds


Flexport, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others launch a fund to get supplies to front-line responders

There’s a global shortage of available protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies for use by frontline responders working to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the Frontline Responders Fund wants to channel donations to help address that shortage. The fund, which is seeking public donations via GoFundMe, will use all proceeds to cover the costs of transportation of these crucial supplies to the hospitals, clinics and public agencies that need them most. Flexport is facilitati...
Tags: Apple, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Safety, Softbank, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, Edward Norton, Philanthropy, Gofundme, Ron Conway, Flexport, Petersen


Computex delayed until late-September over continued COVID-19 concerns

Scheduled for early-June in Taipei, Computex has been one of the world’s largest technology trade shows for decades now. It was also among the last big hold outs as events all over the world have been canceled on postponed over the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, a number of manufactures sent out public flares, asking organizers to delay the event. Organizers have finally given in, announcing today via press release that 40th anniversary event will be pushed back to September 2...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Tech, Taiwan, Computex, Tca, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Taipei Computex, Walter Yeh, Enoch Du


Ford, 3M, GE and the UAW to build respirators, ventilators and faceshields for coronavirus fight

Ford announced the details of its current manufacturing efforts around building much-needed medical supplies for front-line healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients on Tuesday. Its efforts include building Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) with partner 3M, including a new design that employs existing parts from both partners to deliver effectiveness and highly-scalable production capacity. Ford says that it’s also going to be building face shields, leaning on its 3D printing capabilities...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, UK, Hardware, Ge, China, Spokesperson, Tesla, Companies, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, President, Michigan


Oura partners with UCSF to determine if its smart ring can help detect COVID-19 early

Startups continue to find new ways to contribute to ongoing efforts to fight the global spread of COVID-19 during the current global coronavirus pandemic, and personal health hardware-maker Oura is no exception. The smart ring startup is working with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on a new study to see if its device can help detect early physiological signs that might indicate the onset of COVID-19. This study will include two parts: Around 2,000 frontline healthcare professi...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, California, Tech, Finland, Frontline, University Of California, UCSF, University of California San Francisco UCSF, OURA, Ashley Mason, Coronavirus


Oura partners with UCSF to determine if its smart ring can hep detect COVID-19 early

Startups continue to find new ways to contribute to ongoing efforts to fight the global spread of COVID-19 during the current global coronavirus pandemic, and personal health hardware-maker Oura is no exception. The smart ring startup is working with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on a new study to see if its device can help detect early physiological sings that might indicate the onset of COVID-19. This study will include two parts: Around 2,000 frontline healthcare professi...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, California, Tech, Finland, Frontline, University Of California, UCSF, University of California San Francisco UCSF, OURA, Ashley Mason, Coronavirus


Kinsa’s fever map could show just how crucial it is to stay home to stop COVID-19 spread

Smart thermometer maker Kinsa has been working on building accurate, predictive models of how seasonal illnesses like the flu travel in and among communities — and its fever map is finding new utility as the novel coronavirus pandemic grows globally. While Kinsa’s US Health Weather Map has no way of tracking the spread of COVID-19 specifically, as it looks only at fevers tied to geographic data, it could provide easy-to-grasp early indicators of the positive effects of social distancing and i...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, US, Tech, Model, United States, New York Times, Dalziel, Miami, Influenza, Kinsa, Ben


This Week in Apps: Coronavirus special coverage, Apple tries to save AR with lidar and more

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 20...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Hardware, Tech, Developers, App Stores, App Annie, Extra Crunch, This Week In Apps, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Hospital droid Diligent Robotics raises $10M to assist nurses

28% of a nurse’s time is wasted on low-skilled tasks like fetching medical tools. We need them focused on the complex and compassionate work of treating patients, especially amid the coronavirus outbreak. Diligent Robotics wants to give them a helper droid that can run errands for them around the hospital. The startup’s bot Moxi is equipped with a flexible arm, gripper hand, and full mobility so it can hunt down lightweight medical resources, navigate a clinic’s hallways, and drop them off fo...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Hospital, Robots, Robotics, True Ventures, Cto, Georgia Tech, National Science Foundation, Johnson Johnson, Dallas TX


Apple MacBook Air review

Let’s address the elephant in the room. There’s an undeniable irony reviewing an ultraportable laptop when you’re not allowed to leave your house. Of course, Apple didn’t see this coming. None of us did, with the possible exception of Bill Gates, I suppose. I bring this up not as a reminder of everything that’s wrong with the world at the present moment — you certainly didn’t need a reminder of that. Instead, I just figured it was important to note here that the testing situation is less tha...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Spotify, Hardware, New York City, Samsung, Barack Obama, Tech, Intel, Macbook, Bill Gates, Air, MacBook Air, Retina, Intel Core, Apple MacBook Air


Scanwell aims to launch at-home 15-minute coronavirus test, but it still needs FDA approval

At-home diagnostics startup Scanwell, which produces smartphone-based testing for UTIs, is working on getting at-home testing for the novel coronavirus into the hands of U.S. residents. The technology, which was developed by Chinese diagnostic technology company INNOVITA and has already been approved by China’s equivalent of the FDA and used by “millions” in China, can be taken at home in 15 minutes with the guidance of a medical professional via telehealth, and produces results in just hours. S...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, New York, Hardware, California, Washington, China, Articles, Smartphone, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Biotechnology, Amplifiers, Washington California


NVIDIA makes its GPU-powered genome sequencing tool available free to those studying COVID-19

NVIDIA is making its Parabricks tool available for free for 90 days (with the possibility of extension, depending on needs) to any researcher currently working on any effort to combat the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and spread of COVID-19. The tool is a GPU-accelerated genome analysis toolkit, which leveraged graphics processing power to take a process that previously took days, but that through its use can be accomplished in just a matter of hours. Researchers will still need access t...
Tags: TC, Science, Hardware, Biology, Tech, Nvidia, Illness, Viruses, Gpu, Gene Sequencing, DNA sequencing, Parabricks, Server Farm, Coronavirus, COVID-19


NYC mayor pleads with Elon Musk to start producing ventilators

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a direct plea to Elon Musk, asking the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX to produce ventilators to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-19. Updated below with comment from mayor’s office.  The mayor’s tweet came out of a discussion on Twitter that began Wednesday evening between Musk and Nate Silver, the author and editor-in-chief of @FiveThirtyEight. Musk, who has in the past downplayed COVID-19 in emails to employees and on s...
Tags: Health, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hardware, White House, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Ford, Gm, Bill De Blasio, De Blasio, Cnbc, Musk, Honeywell, Mike Pence


Open-source project spins up 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype in just one week

In a great example of what can happen when smart, technically-oriented people come together in a time of need, an open-source hardware project started by a group including Irish entrepreneur Colin Keogh and Breeze Automation CEO and co-founder Gui Calavanti has produced a prototype ventilator using 3D-printed parts and readily available, inexpensive material. The ventilator prototype was designed and produced in just seven days, after the project spun up on Facebook and attracted participation f...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Hardware, Medicine, White House, Entrepreneur, Tesla, United States, Ireland, Ford, President, Health Care, GUI


Trump invokes the Defense Production Act to address the coronavirus pandemic

During a White House press briefing on Wednesday, President Trump opened remarks by confirming that he has invoked the Defense Production Act, a move that many have called for him to take to help fight the coronavirus pandemic since at least earlier this week. The Act, which was originally enacted in 1950 as a measure during the Cold War, authorizes the President to require that businesses agree to contracts or orders in service of national defense, as well as permitting the President broad powe...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, White House, Tech, United States, President, San Diego, Vice President, Mask, Donald Trump, Reporter, Trump, Mike Pence, Army Corps Of Engineers, Vp


Daily Crunch: Apple unveils new iPad Pro and MacBook Air

Apple has new hardware coming, the U.S. government may use cell phone data to track the spread of COVID-19 and Fox acquires a streaming company. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 18, 2020. 1. Apple announces new iPad Pro The new iPad Pro looks more-or-less like the existing iPad Pro, but with better specifications, plus a new Magic Keyboard with backlit keys, a trackpad and a hinge that allows you to move the iPad freely. Apple also announced a new MacBook Air that’s getting that same Magi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spacex, Hardware, Washington Post, Disney, US, Tech, Fox, Macbook, Airbnb, MacBook Air, Usa Today, 21st Century Fox, Ipad Pro


Sony finally unveils PlayStation 5 details

The PlayStation 5 warranted little more than a mention when it was introduced at CES back in January. Sony was planning a much bigger reveal in a few weeks at GDC in SF, but, well, COVID-19 happened. So here we are with a live-streamed version of the event, offering far and away the deepest dive into the next-gen console. Lead system architect Mark Cerny kicked off a low key presentation to a small gathering of people — a direct response to on-going social distancing concerns. The event did, ...
Tags: Gaming, Hardware, Tech, Playstation, Sony, Amd, Gpu, GDC, Cerny, AMD GPU, Mark Cerny, PSVR, PlayStation 5


The MacBook Air gets an updated keyboard and souped-up specs, starting at $999

Apple just offered up a new version of the the MacBook Air with some souped up internals, including a 10th-generation Intel processor and double the storage. Honestly, the big news here for many is probably the updated keyboard, doing away with a couple of generations of misfires on that front. Starting at $999 (or $899 for education users), the latest version of Apple’s perennial favorite thin and light promises up to double the performance, from Apple’s numbers, courtesy of the new silicon...
Tags: Apple, Hardware, Tech, Intel, Macbook, MacBook Air, Intel Core, Intel Iris Plus Graphics


iPads become more laptop-like with the arrival of full mouse and trackpad support

Apple just dumped a bunch of hardware news online via press release. That’s just the world we live in right now. We’ll probably be seeing a whole lot of this in the coming weeks and months, as companies adjust to the new online reality. Along with with a new MacBook Air and update to the Mac Mini, the company’s creative pro-focused iPad Pro got a couple of key new features. A number of the additions, including the $299/$349 (depending on model) Magic Keyboard are aimed at the company’s longt...
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Hardware, Tech, MacBook Air, Trackpad, Ipad Pro, iPadOS