Gears & Gadgets

Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

An Amazon Echo. Adam Bowie Amazon has patented technology that could let Alexa analyze your voice to determine whether you are sick or depressed and sell you products based on your physical or emotional condition. The patent, titled “Voice-based determination of physical and emotional characteristics of users,” was issued on Tuesday this week; Amazon filed […]


The Lyft app will now tell you the fastest way to get anywhere – even if it means taking public transit instead of a Lyft ride

Carlos Jasso/Reuters Lyft and a company called Trafi are partnering to add additional transportation methods like public transit to Lyft’s in-app routing system. Riders will be able to choose different combinations of transit – like taking a subway or bus before or after hopping in a Lyft vehicle. The move is meant to give Lyft […]

Emerging Tech

UV-tracking ‘tattoo’ will tell you when to get out of the sun

[embedded content] Regular, everyday tattoos might tell other people about yourself, but they don’t give you any additional information about your surroundings. That’s where a new programmable tattoo breaks the mold. Called LogicInk, it’s a temporary tattoo-style device which gathers information about your UV exposure, and provides you with at-a-glance information concerning whether or not you’ve […]