HOME FITNESS TECH = THE NEW IPHONE

On Tuesday, Best Buy announced its big move into the home fitness segment. A bunch of stores (over 100) are going to be revamped so it can start selling everything from Flywheel stationary bikes that stream live spin classes to Hydrow rowing machines featuring a water scene on the screen to NordicTrack treadmills w/interactive coaching built in. There will also be tech-driven recovery products (among them, percussion devices and fitness rollers) in-store, as well as the all-important specially trained advisers to help you understand the hardware, and answer any questions you may have (like, How do I turn this dang thing on?!). It’s all about staying relevant in the face of online shopping and is Best Buy’s latest move toward the intersection between wellness and technology. Last year, it acquired the connected health services company GreatCall, which provides medical alert devices for seniors. Best Buy also sells activity trackers and smart scales for consumers looking to live a more active lifestyle.

ALEXA, AM I HAVING A HEART ATTACK?

At the onset of a heart attack, people often have a few telltale symptoms such as pain in the chest or arm, heartburn, and shortness of breath, so I’m told by an ER doc who reads NoPo every day. But only one of these – a gasping sound known as “agonal breathing” – is immediately obvious to the outside observer, he says. Problem is, most heart attacks happen at home, often when people are on their own…or at night, when family members are sleeping. Wouldn’t it be great, then, if the devices we own (well you; not me) could listen for this critical indicator and take action if necessary? As we learned a few days ago, that’s exactly what researchers at the University of Washington are working on. They’ve figured out how to turn a smart speaker–Google Home, Amazon Echo–into a cardiac monitoring system. If this system detects that aforementioned gasping noise commonly associated with heart attacks, it will alert emergency services. Preliminary tests show that this system is nearly 100% accurate.

THE DEATH OF GLORIA VANDERBILT

Gloria Vanderbilt was a fashion designer..an artist..author..actress..heiress..icon..but to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, she was a mother, and a best friend. On Monday morning, following Vanderbilt’s passing at the age of 95, Cooper recounted her extraordinary life – full of ups and way too many downs – in what was a touching tribute. Watch the video here.

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