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Ditto: universal wearable notifier

Ditto, wearable notifier, by Simple Matters
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Ditto is a tiny and affordable smartphone wearable notification device that allows users to customize how they stay connected. Ditto allows users to filter their calls, texts and messages, and get other alerts, all in a personalized and discreet way, via a free iOS or Android app mobile app. Ditto can be clipped near the skin in a jean pocket, on a strap, or on a band and works for everyday life.

Ditto doesn’t require charging, it doesn’t have buttons, lights or switches. It runs on a battery, and notifies the user within the app when it needs to be replaced. Ditto is also waterproof and users can swim with it or use it in wet environments.

Ditto also integrates with other leading mobile apps, including Uber, so users know when their car has arrived, as well as messaging apps including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, WeChat, Snapchat and Instagram. More apps will be integrated with Ditto in the near future.

Ditto provides the key functions of a smartwatch at a fraction of the price, without being a gadget that needs to be taken care of every night. Notifications are the most important aspects of smartwatches and are indispensable to effective smartphone use. Being able to filter so that a user can personally decide what is important to them at the time and to do so at an affordable price creates even more value for the Ditto consumer.

Considered one of the best new gadgets from CES 2016, Ditto helps ease the mind of the users in the hard of hearing community by assuring them through custom vibrations that they won’t miss any important calls/messages. It also alerts users if they are about to leave their smartphone behind, and can serve as a morning alarm—also through custom vibration.

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'Contact lens' for the ear project on cusp of clinical testing
'Contact lens' for the ear project on cusp of clinical testing

Innovation

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A "completely new alternative to a normal hearing device"—an eardrum-hugging disc using a piezoelectric transducer and labelled by its inventors a "contact lens" for the ear—now has the home straight of its development in sight.

EUHA 2019: Watch the trailer and save the date!
EUHA 2019: Watch the trailer and save the date!

Congress

The 64th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians and Trade Exhibition will take place 16-18 October 2019 in Nürnberg.

Are patients with psoriatic arthritis at risk for hearing loss?
Are patients with psoriatic arthritis at risk for hearing loss?

comorbidity

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A first-ever multicentred study to evaluate hearing in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) suggests clinicians should be aware that patients with this skin condition may be at risk of developing hearing loss.

NICE criteria review means 70% more NHS cochlear implants annually in UK by 2024
NICE criteria review means 70% more NHS cochlear implants annually in UK by 2024

CI

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A significant rise in the number of UK NHS patients receiving cochlear implants (CIs) will follow a long-overdue criteria revision by the standards-setting body NICE.

New regional ENT plan for the Pacific
New regional ENT plan for the Pacific

Public health

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Australian and New Zealand ENT and Audiology experts have been meeting this spring with their counterparts from 6 Pacific Islands to help develop a plan to tackle an alarming regional shortage in hearing health equipment and workforce.

To be, or not to be … together?
To be, or not to be … together?

Joint conference

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The second collaborative conference with the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) and British Society of Audiology (BSA) and the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA) – Hearing: A Sense of Purpose – took place in Bristol on 25 March.

Auditory nerve implant research wins $9.7m US health grant
Auditory nerve implant research wins $9.7m US health grant

ANI

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A sizeable research grant from the US National Institutes for Health (NIH) has set up the University of Minnesota to lead a global project into developing a different kind of implant to the cochlear variety, one that can restore normal hearing.

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Auditdata: tools to excel in businessAuditdata: tools to excel in business

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Oticon launches groundbreaking Oticon Opn SOticon launches groundbreaking Oticon Opn S

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Oticon Opn S takes the open sound experience and the unique benefits of BrainHearing™ to the next level, and features the world’s first system to [ ... ]

Oticon Opn Play™ Premium a breakthrough in paediatric hearing care Oticon Opn Play™ Premium a breakthrough in paediatric hearing care

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Oticon Opn Play™ breaks with conventional hearing technology by opening up a new world of sound for children and ensures  [ ... ]