Fitness bands that won’t break the bank

By: Jeff Bertolucci

Whether you want to lose weight or simply stay fit, electronic fitness trackers may be able to help. Fitness bands, often worn around the wrist like bracelets, are designed to keep track of your progress and keep you motivated.Many of them are used to set fitness goals, track the amount of calories burned, and the distance walked or run. They can even monitor your heart rate and sleep... READ MORE

Smart mirrors help boost clothing sales

By: Anne D’Innocenzio

Imagine a fitting room with a “smart’’ mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress.A handful of primarily upscale retailers, including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, are testing... READ MORE

Man controls robotic arm with his thoughts

By: Alicia Chang

A man paralyzed by gunshot more than a decade ago can shake hands, drink beer, and play “rock, paper, scissors’’ by controlling a robotic arm with his thoughts, researchers reported.Two years ago, doctors in California implanted a pair of tiny chips into the brain of Erik Sorto that decoded his thoughts to move the free-standing robotic arm. The 34-year-old has been... READ MORE

Auto safety technology is cool, but costly

By: Dee-Ann Durbin

Drivers want more collision-prevention technology in their cars, but there is a limit to how much they will pay.Blind spot detection, night vision and collision avoidance systems — which automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t react in time — are the top three technologies drivers want on their next cars, according to a study released recently by the... READ MORE

Data breaches threaten patient records

By: Lindsey Tanner

Your private medical information is under threat. That’s according to a study that found almost 30 million health records nationwide were involved in criminal theft, malicious hacking or other data breaches over four years. The incidents seem to be increasing.Compromised information included patients’ names, home addresses, ages, illnesses, test results or Social Security... READ MORE

Financial apps to help you trim spending

By: Alex Veiga

Joshua Levinson was about to splurge on some exercise equipment, but a personal finance app on his smartphone gave him a friendly reminder: He’d just recently dropped $150 for Valentine’s Day.“When I looked at that, I was like ‘OK, this has been an expensive week,’” said the 22-year-old college student.That notification, flashed by the Mint Personal... READ MORE