Monday, January 15, 2018

CES 2018: File this Modius Health headset under 'absurd'

Yours for $499.

This weight-loss headset is more likely to give you a headache than budge the scale.  (The Verge, 1/9/2018)
The website has an entire section about “the science” behind the device, complete with impressive claims about volunteers losing a lot of weight compared to a control group. But if you take a closer look, the data isn’t nearly as strong, according to Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist and the author of Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession With Weight Loss. “I can say with confidence that they haven’t tested it carefully enough to prove that it does work,” Aamodt wrote in an email to The Verge. “If someone approached the FDA for approval of a weight-loss drug based on evidence like this, they’d be laughed out of the building.”

Related reading:
CEES 2018:  Most absurd technologies to come.  (Futurism, 1/13/2018)

Other CES 2018 posts:
The creepy underbelly of CES 2018. Robot strippers.  (1/14/2018)  
Toyota introduces e-Patette, autonomous vehicle, modular store.  (1/14/2018)
Meet AvatarMind's iPal.  (1/12/2018)
Security robot Nimbo scares away the bad guys.  (1/12/2018)
Concept robots designed to eliminate service sector jobs.  (1/5/2018)
Travelmate Robotics suitcase.  (1/5/2018)
Samsung's GoBreath.  (1/3/2018)
A robot that plays Scrabble without making a mess.  (1/1/2018)
Keratase hair coach.  (12/23/2017)
Travis the Translator.  (12/20/2017)
Pro-Protection toothbrush holder.  (12/19/2017)
PetMio smart technology.  (12/18/2017)
Rinspeed Snap concept vehicle.  (12/17/2017)
SignAll, an automated sign language translator.  (12/13/2017) 
Homni sleep solution.  (12/11/2017)
Guz 2 electronic dartboard connects you to the world.  (11/22/2017)
I assume the SureFly will also be able to carry women.  (11/21/2017)
Now you can party every day and rock all night at any age.  (11/17/2017)
Pointivo.  (11/17/2017)
Jibo, the social robot, makes the cover of TIME.  (11/17/2017)

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