New Smartphone Device Can Test Sperm Quality

A new smartphone device can analyse a man’s sperm quality and let him know in a matter of minutes whether he suffers from infertility, US researchers said Wednesday.

Infertility affects more than 45 million couples worldwide. Over 40 percent of fertility problems are due to poor quality sperm.

New Smartphone Device Can Test Sperm Quality

The technology described in the journal Science Translational Medicine aims to make it easier and cheaper for men to test their sperm at home.

“We wanted to come up with a solution to make male infertility testing as simple and affordable as home pregnancy tests,” said co-author Hadi Shafiee, a doctor in the division of engineering in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Men have to provide semen samples in these rooms at a hospital, a situation in which they often experience stress, embarrassment, pessimism and disappointment.”

The new test, however, “can analyze a video of an undiluted, unwashed semen sample in less than five seconds.”

It works by using a combination of an optical attachment that can connect to a smartphone and a disposable device for loading a semen sample, said the report.

Researchers tested the device using 350 semen specimens at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center.

The smartphone-based device detected abnormal semen samples – based on World Health Organization thresholds on sperm concentration and motility – with an accuracy of 98 percent.

The cost of the materials used to assemble it came to $4.45.

“The ability to bring point-of-care sperm testing to the consumer, or health facilities with limited resources, is a true game changer,” said co-author John Petrozza, and director of the MGH Fertility Center.

“This development will provide faster and improved access to fertility care.”

The device is not yet available to the public and is still in the prototype stage.

Researchers are planning additional tests before filing for US Food and Drug Administration approval.

Xl.i.CON iPhone 6s Backup Battery And Charger

iPhone 6s Backup Battery And Charger

iPhone 6S users that find their battery requires a little topping up to make it through the day may be interested in a new external battery and charging system called Xl.i.CON that has been designed by Andrew Lim.

The iPhone 6S battery case includes a 4,500 mAh Li-Poly Battery and uses battery management technology together with a magnetic charging connection when docked with the desktop charger.

iPhone 6s Backup Battery And Charger

 

Watch the video below to learn more. Lim explains a little more about the inspiration behind his iPhone 6S battery pack and charging system :

Imagine if you had another port on your iPhone, other than your lightning port, to sync, charge at 2X speed, and connect to other smart devices?? What would you do with 2-times the functionality of an iPhone port? Xl.i.CON is a a wireless syncing and charging magnetic dock that also acts as a portable battery for your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6 S Plus. Discover the magic of X-Link technology!

Xl.i.CON’s case shape was designed so that when you grab it, it’ll feel like you’re grabbing a caseless iPhone. The case consists of a top and bottom piece that connect towards the lower part of the phone and matches the rounded curves of the current iPhones. We definitely took size into consideration and the case only lengthens your phone by 1 cm for the USB port.

Xl.i.CON Case and Power Dock are both made with Polycarbonate and Polyurethane. Knowing that iPhone users are very protective of their phones, we chose this material because it is highly durable. Not only does Polycarbonate offer great protection from impact but also has heat-resistant properties. Polycarbonate also has non-slip properties preventing Xl.i.CON from slipping from you hand or desk.

The Xl.i.CON  project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise $30,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think Xl.i.CON  is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Xl.i.CON  become a reality.

iPhone 6s Plus Teardown Reveals Smaller Battery and More

The iPhone 6s Plus is a substantial upgrade to the iPhone 6 Plus, and at its core, it isn’t much different from its smaller-sized sibling iPhone 6s, reveals its teardown by the good folks over at iFixit. It’s heavier than its predecessor, and sports a smaller battery.

Much like the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus too comes with a heavier display assembly. iFixit noted that the display itself weighs in at 80 grams – a jump from 60 grams on the iPhone 6 Plus. The extra load is understandable as the company has fitted a new display called 3D Touch, which comes with an additional layer for gauging pressure input.

Moving on, the Taptic Engine comes with a rubber bumper presumably for additional safety. Interestingly, at 15x8x4.9mm dimension, the Taptic Engine in the iPhone 6s Plus is significantly smaller than its counterpart in iPhone 6 Plus, which measured 35x6x3.2mm.

The battery is smaller, going down from 2915mAh to 2750mAh. It’s worth noting that Apple assures the iPhone 6s Plus will last as long as the iPhone 6 Plus on a single charge – which is 14 hours of 3G talk time, or 10 hours of Internet use, or 10 days of standby time.

While the camera on the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s are different, the component doesn’t look very different, folks at iFixit noted. “At first glance, the iSight camera in the 6s Plus is fairly similar to the one found in the 6s. When the two cameras are laid out side-by-side though, the additional heft of the optical image stabilisation hardware in the iPhone 6s Plus camera becomes readily apparent.”

As for the juicy specifications information, the A9 chipset in the iPhone 6s Plus comes paired with a SK Hynix-made LPDDR4 RAM (instead of Samsung’s LPDDR4 RAM as in the iPhone 6s), speculated to be 2GB in size. Other features include a SK Hynix H230DG8UD1ACS 16GB NAND flash storage, a Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE Cat. 6 modem, a TriQuint TQF6405 Power Amplifier module, a Skyworks SKY77812 power amplifier module, and an Avago AFEM-8030 power amplifier module among others.

The iFixit team noted that the Lightning connector assembly has been implemented in a manner to save space within the smartphone, however, much like the iPhone 6s, damage to Lightning connector or headphone jack will require the entire assembly to be replaced. The team further said that the display assembly, as well as the battery are not hard to access, and could be easily be replaced. The Touch ID component is paired to the logic board, which complicates repairs, while the exterior features proprietary screws.

Intex PB11K 11000mAh Power Bank Launched

Intex on Tuesday launched its PB11K power bank in the Indian tech accessories market. The power bank comes with a 11000mAh Li-ion capacity and is priced at Rs. 1,099. Users can purchase the accessory via Paytm, Snapdeal, and Amazon. Intex is giving a one-year warranty with the power bank.

The PB11K power bank includes three USB 2.0 output ports with different output power – 5V/ 1A, 5V/ 2.1A, and 5V/ 2.1A. One of the 5V/ 2.1A ports is used as the input. It also comes with a USB cable. It has a small power button and four LED indicators that let users know how much juice is remaining in the power bank. Additionally, it houses an inbuilt torch as well. The mobile device measures 142x63x26mm and weighs 280 grams.

“At Intex, we always focus on consumer needs and try to meet their expectations by delivering the best of products at affordable prices. Keeping today’s young consumer in mind, we have launched our latest addition in Power Bank segment – PB11K exclusively through e-commerce portals. The device is a blend of latest technology with elegant looks, for the customers who want style with substance and that too within anyone’s budget,” said Nidhi Markanday, Business Head, Consumer Durables & IT, Intex Technologies.

The Intex PB11K power bank, based on its battery capacity and price tag, stands against the recently launched Yu Jyuice 10000mAh power bank, which was also launched at Rs. 1,099. However, with 1000mAh less capacity, the power bank from Yu Televentures features two USB 2.0 ports, one Micro-USB port and gives 5V/2.4A max output. Measuring 139x70x12.5mm, the power bank delivers a conversion rate of up to 92 percent. According to the company, the portable charger can charge the Yunique smartphone 4.6 times. The company also launched a lower priced 5000mAh power bank along side.

Upcoming ‘Peeple’ App to Let You Rate People

We judge and rate people personally and among a closed group. Now one can rate other human beings publicly, thanks to a forthcoming app.

The app, called “Peeple”, would enable the users to assign reviews and one-to-five star ratings to everyone they know: Their exes, co-workers, neighbours.

But don’t forget that others would also be rating you. And you can’t opt out. Once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it’s there unless you violate the site’s terms of service, the Washington Post reported.

Neither can you delete bad or biased reviews as that would defeat the whole purpose.

“People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions. Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?” Julia Cordray, one of the app’s founders, was quoted as saying.

To review someone, you must be 21 and have an established Facebook account and you must make reviews under your real name.

You must also affirm that you “know” the person in one of three categories: personal, professional or romantic.

To add someone to the database who has not been reviewed before, you must have that person’s cell phone number.

Positive ratings post immediately; negative ratings are queued in a private inbox for 48 hours in case of disputes.

If you haven’t registered for the site, and thus can’t contest those negative ratings, your profile only shows positive reviews.

On top of that, Peeple has outlawed a laundry list of bad behaviours, including profanity, sexism and mention of private health conditions.