Health & Fitness


Man implants computer in arm – taking things too far?

Body_modification_implantIf you have $500 burning a hole in your pocket, why not create a hole in your arm for a body temperature implant?

I wouldn't, that's for sure. But at least someone will – and they think the idea will take off.

Tim Cannon, a body-modifier, is raising eyebrows after he implanted a body temperature meter in his arm.

The Circadia 1.0, about the size of a smartphone, has a battery that can be charged wirelessly. It syncs to any Android smartphone.

LED status lights shine through the skin to indicate how the gadget in his body is working.

While it seems wearable technology is the next big thing – from Google Glass to the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch – this is taking the trend to a whole new level.

Cannon was showing off his latest feat at a body modification conference in Germany.

“I think that our environment should listen more accurately and more intuitively to what's happening in our body," he told Vice's Motherboard.

So in theory, his home's air conditioning could ramp up if he's feeling a little warmer after a tough day at work.

The device, although not made by any major laboratory, appears bulky underneath Cannon's arm, stitch together by a body modification surgery expert, since no certified doctor would dare do any operation like that.

But implanting technology – and chips that can communicate outside the body – seem to be an emerging trend. Some are already experimenting with implantable tattoos.

These things don't really show ink on the human skin, but they become active after someone taps there phone on the skin covering the tattoo chip.

Would you implant a piece of tech in your body? 

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets



Spending time online results in less work, sleep

Surfing eBay or scrolling through Twitter updates? Chances are you're spending less time actually working, or even worse, less time sleeping.

I know I wrote about sleep and texting last week. But this study is a little different, and a little more encompassing.

Researchers found that the more “computer leisure time” people spend online, they actually work less and spend less time getting shut-eye.

The study was conducted by the Technology Policy Institute and presented by the National Bureau of Economic Research in the States.

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Texting during the day is bad for your sleep: study

Previous studies have found that texting at night is bad for someone's sleep patterns.

Considering many teens sleep with their phones beside – or even under – the pillow, it's no suprise that researchers have found it's difficult for them to get enough rest through the night while their smartphones vibrate or light up with overnight messages from friends, friends that are also not really getting the sleep they need.

But how about the impact of texting during the day? Is it possible that sending and receiving messages during “normal” hours could be bad for your health?

A new study suggests that the more someone texts during the day, the less sleep they get at night.

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Nike celebrates 30 years of Air Pegasus with a brisk Toronto run

NikeStanding among dozens of runners assembled Wednesday evening
at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto to mark 30 years of the Nike Air Pegasus,
I couldn’t help but reflect on my very first pair of the iconic runners.

Has it really been that long?

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Group concerned Wi-Fi signals in classrooms could be bad for kids

As students head back to school this week, an advocacy group warns that they’re going back to an environment of potentially unsafe exposure to WiFi signals.

Canadians for Safe Technology, C4ST, is worried about the wireless radiation travelling through classrooms, and the exposure kids deal with.

The group’s new CEO, Frank Clegg, says they’re particularly worried about a new program from the Peel District School Board, which is encouraging students to bring their own devices to class.

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Heavy phone use by teens causing major health problems

An Ottawa chiropractor says she is seeing dramatically more teenagers suffering from neck pain due to time spent on their phones.

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New app can track how good you are at sex

SpreadsheetsA new app claims it can keep track of how you and your partner are between the sheets, putting an element of gamification into the mix of measuring your sex life.

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My adventure in barefoot running

I've been running long enough that shoe choice is hardly a consideration. Asics. Something in the 1100 series. I make the trek to the shoe store, locate my size, pay the cashier and I'm on my merry way. It's the easiest transaction either of us will have all day.

So why would I want to climb aboard the barefoot running bandwagon?

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Using your smartphone could be bad for your brain

People’s obsession with the Internet and the tech devices that keep them connected is leading to a rise in cases of ‘digital dementia.’

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Facebook could make you fat and poor: study

All that time spent stalking your friends on Facebook isn’t just creepy, it might also be making you fat and poor, according to a new study.

Researchers at Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh analyzed the behaviour of Facebook users.

For starters, what they found was that people got a positive uptick in self esteem and well-being after getting updates and sharing content with friends on Facebook.

But, according to the results of the research - previewed by Forbes - there could be a negative effect after.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.