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Feed Engadget: DIY pervasive health monitor keeps tabs on your vitals (engadget.com)

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

If you think your heart rate-monitoring wristwatch is hot stuff, a homegrown creation from the Berkeley Institute of Design is apt to put that to shame. Dubbed the pervasive health monitoring system, this project involves a TI microcontroller, a Bluetooth interface, audio amplifier, and a trio of low power "implementation amplifiers," which creates an apparatus that can communicate wirelessly with your Windows Mobile-based handset (and PC, too). The device is rigged up to record ECG (heart rhythms), EMG (muscle tension), GSR (skin resistance), body temperature and movement information, and while we could certainly attempt to transcribe the creator, why not take a look at the informative video posted after the jump for all the data you could ever desire about this (admittedly fresh) invention.

[Via Hack-A-Day]

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Submission + - Mortgage foreclosure rescue scams growing rapidly (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning US homeowners that it has heard complaints from victims of online foreclosure rescue schemes in almost all 50 states. Not surprisingly, states with the highest foreclosure rates — such as Georgia, Colorado and Ohio — have an exceptionally high number of complaints for companies offering foreclosure rescue. An example of how fast the problem is growing: In the last three years, the Clearwater, FL BBB received 508 complaints for foreclosure services headquartered in their area. Of those complaints, 322 came within the last 12 months. The total amount of refunds requested by the complainants in the Clearwater area amounts to more than $600,000. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18726"

Feed Engadget: Bank robber tosses GPS tracker in sewer during getaway (engadget.com)

Filed under: GPS

Granted, crooks who aren't up to speed on their technology have paid dearly (and rightfully so) for their ignorance, but a comical case involving a witty bank robber proved that even master plans involving GPS can be subverted. Reportedly, a woman who made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from a People's Bank in Connecticut somehow realized that a tracking device was stuffed within one of the oh-so-valuable bags. Rather than panicking, however, she simply removed the chip, chucked it in the sewer, and went about her day. It wasn't noted whether the sly criminal was ever brought to justice, but if the fuzz eventually ran her down, it was most certainly done the old fashioned way.

[Via TGDaily, image courtesy of NYJWJ]

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