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MWC: New breathing monitor works through Wi-Fi

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At Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona this week, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) unveiled a new intelligent breathing monitor that works through a home Wi-Fi network. The device is able to recognise a patient’s breathing, measure it and store it in its system so that it is available through any mobile device. In this way, both doctors and family members can access the patient’s breathing data in real time.

The measurement of respiration is an important indicator for the assessment of a person’s health. Nowadays, most measuring instruments require physical contact, which means that patients do not use them all the time due to the inconvenience of having to wear them over 24 hours. However, this device uses Channel State Information (CSI) technology, which allows the measurement of changes in the person’s breathing using a non-contact method.

The user only has to connect the monitor to the home Wi-Fi network so that the physiological signal of the patient begins to be measured. Through a mechanism of signal analysis and signal processing, the device is able to recognise and process the patient’s breathing in real time and process it.

“Channel State Information (CSI) is one of the areas in which ITRI has been working on recently,” says Dr Sheng-Lin Chou, Deputy General Director of Information and Communications Laboratories at ITRI. “The analysis and processing of signals make non-contact breathing measurements possible. It can not only be applicable to smart healthcare, for instance, it could also be used in vehicles to detect driver’s status.”

In recent years, ITRI has also transformed its research domain from hardware-driven to software centric, and further expand on using ICT in different domains. This year, ITRI joins the IDB-led Taiwan Pavilion for the third time to showcase its newest development in the framework of IoT (Internet of Things).

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Nintendo announces Stranger Things 3 game

The Netflix Original show is set to launch a retro-style game on the Nintendo Switch.

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In collaboration with Netflix, developer BonusXP has created Stranger Things 3: The Game. It is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. The game and latest season are expected to launch on US Independence Day, the 4th of July, a date that will, of course, stick in American gamers’ memories.

This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style, reminiscent of games from the time when the series was set. It is claimed to have modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Players will be able to experience their favourite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.

Just ad in the show, teamwork is at the heart of Stranger Things 3: The Game. Players can team up in a two-player local co-operative, or in single player mode alongside an AI partner. Players can choose to play as one of twelve characters from the show, each with different abilities and attributes. Together, they’ll play through familiar events from the series, while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things as well as for those familiar with the series.

Key Features:

  • Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what’s seen in Season 3.
  • Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: gameplay mechanics that allow players from beginner to advanced skill levels to get in on the fun.
  • Take your game to a higher level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.
  • Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of “buddy commands” to control both characters and still experience all the fun.
  • Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.

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New AirPods and iMac in iStore this weekend

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iStore has announced availability of the new second generation AirPods and iMac, unveiled this week, in store this weekend.

The AirPods are priced from R2 899 and the new iMac from R23 499. Customers can also order these new products from iStore’s website.

“AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love,” said iStore in its announcement. “The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free ‘Hey Siri’.”

AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case that works with Qi standard chargers. The wireless charging case can be ordered for R3 699. The case can be used with the first or second generation AirPods.

The iMac line now has up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance. The new iMac is faster for everyday tasks, up to demanding pro workloads. It includes retina display, all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave.

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