May 17, 2020

Top 10 wearable devices to help during COVID-19

Kayleigh Shooter
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We take a look at the top ten wearable devices that could help during the COVID-19 outbreak.

1. FitBit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

The watch constantly...

We take a look at the top ten wearable devices that could help during the COVID-19 outbreak.

1. FitBit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

The watch constantly tracks your heart rate allowing you to see any spikes or abnormalities. The device also tracks your activity levels, it is important for us all to maintain health during this outbreak therefore having a device that tracks your progress towards the recommended 10,000 steps a day. 

Did you know: This device is the number one bestseller on Amazon among pedometers. 

2. Spire Mindfulness and Activity Tracker

The smartwatch has the same features as a normal smartwatch device however, it is designed for your peace of mind, the smart device tracks your stress levels through monitoring your breathing. If it senses that you are stressed it will send a notification reminding you to take a breath. During this stressful time, we could all do with a reminder to take a break.

3. Owlet Smart Sock

For parents, this device will allow you to sleep peacefully knowing that your baby is safe. The device allows you to monitor your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels without disturbing them. A lullaby alarm sounds if oxygen levels or heart rate drop or if the sock is removed.

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4. Huawei Smartwatch

This device is both informative and stylish. The band is genuine leather, stainless steel, or gold, and the watch face is covered with a sapphire crystal glass. You can take and make calls, get notifications displayed on your screen, and track your fitness with heart rate monitoring. The watch is compatible with Apple iPhones and Android phones. 

5. RE-Vibe Reminder Wristband

Having trouble getting your child to concentrate on their homeschooling? This wristband gives gentle vibrations to alert the wearer to stay on task, it even contains a special algorithm which prevents users from becoming acclimated to the vibrations. This wristband can be worn by adults with focus problems.


6. Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses

Are you bored whilst sunbathing in the garden? These innovative sunglasses will not only protect your eyes from 99% of UVA/UVB rays but they also will play music. The stylish sunglasses are available in two sizes and two colours.

7. HTC Vive Virtual Reality System

This VR headset will definitely keep the whole family entertained. Immerse yourself with the virtual reality headgear and hand controllers. The set can either be used seated or with a 12” space around you. 

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8. Atmos Faceware

Spending all day indoors is not good for our health, we need to get fresh air. The device is a stylish air filter mask that can provide up to 50 times better air quality than leading face masks on the market.

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9. Apple Watch Series 5

This revolutionary watch is above all others in the market. The stylish and sleek watch has your health at heart. With the standard features such as heart rate monitoring and activity tracking, this groundbreaking watch even alerts you when noise levels are getting too high, so you do not damage your ears.

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10. ScanWatch

Many experts have branded the ScanWatch as the "most advanced health wearable ever designed," with the ability to detect both arrhythmia and sleep apnea. The abnormality is detected through its built-in PPG sensor and the watch can even perform an electrocardiogram test on demand.

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Jul 14, 2021

Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online

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Sentropy is joining Discord to continue fighting against hate and abuse on the internet

Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.

First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.

“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”


Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse


Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”

Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.

“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.


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