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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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Pitch perception is why we don't monkey around with sound, study finds
Pitch perception is why we don't monkey around with sound, study finds

 

perception

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New US brain research has shown that humans are more sensitive to pitch differences in sound than certain apes, suggesting possible links between the musicality of human speech and our evolutionary development.

Sex for the hearing (im)paired is enhanced by eroticising your limitations
Sex for the hearing (im)paired is enhanced by eroticising your limitations

 

sex

Some engaging and certainly not premature advice on sex for persons with hearing loss is going viral among audiology tweeters after sex writer Anna Pulley addressed the ins and outs of the matter online in the Canadian-American magazine VICE.

Quito, the mapping of a noise inferno
Quito, the mapping of a noise inferno

 

noise

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Noise levels in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, have been mapped by students from the private Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA), revealing many areas with day and night levels way above limits recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Headline: Summer soccer solstice start for Sonova inclusive club
Headline: Summer soccer solstice start for Sonova inclusive club

 

awareness

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A new inclusive soccer club will be officially unveiled this June 21 by the Swiss hearing solutions provider Sonova, in league with deaf SV Pullach pro centre forward Simon Ollert, who plays his football wearing hearing aids.

Will listening in noise be solved by this "brain-reading" hearing aid?
Will listening in noise be solved by this

 

intelligibility

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The long-unsolved "cocktail party" problem of how to listen to a specific speaker in noisy surroundings may have a neuroengineered solution: a brain-controlled AI hearing aid developed in a Columbia University lab.

The blind bit of difference in the sharper hearing of the visually-impaired
The blind bit of difference in the sharper hearing of the visually-impaired

 

Brain

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The greater hearing acuity of blind people is a mystery that science is closer to understanding thanks to two newly published studies led by the University of Washington (UW).

Deaf Kenya rugby team dreams of try on world stage
Deaf Kenya rugby team dreams of try on world stage

 

sport

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Kenya's first deaf rugby team has its sights set on making an international impact, despite training without funding, with just the one ball for practices, and only mismatched pre-loved shirts to wear.

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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 [ ... ]