In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, we look at a bag that goes from bicycle handlebar bag to carry all purse, a 15-year old might have changed the way we diagnose cancer and a Kotaku blogger shares how he lost 80 pounds in six months.
1. Bicycle Handlebar Bag Also Doubles as A Purse
One of the best ways to stay in shape when the weather gets nice again is to bike everywhere — to work, to the store and more. But it can be hard holding onto what you need (such as your laptop, your groceries, etc.) when biking.
To solve that problem, Freitag has created a new bag called the Freitag F60 Joan that can morph easily from a bicycle handlebar bag into a regular purse. It's made of vinyl sheen, and it's simple to attach its two straps securely to your handlebars.
In addition to being a two-for-one, the F60 also expands quite easily for larger items. Plus it's water resistant and initial reviews say it feels fairly sturdy.
Freitag is marketing the bag to both men and women, but it seems only to be a unisex item when it's strapped to the bike.
I'd love to try one out for you, readers, but unfortunately I cannot ride a bike. And it's time to admit that on the Internet. However, that may be changing. Stay tuned to this space.
Anyway, the F60 Joan retails for $210.
2. Will A Teenager And $50 Meter From Home Depot Change the Way We Diagnose?
A fifteen-year old named Jack Andraka recently accepted a $75,000 grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last month. What did he win for?
He demonstrated how, a paper test strip can use "minute changes in conductivity to detect targeted viruses or antigens faster, cheaper and more accurately than today's standard diagnostics."
It seemed too easy and almost too good to be true. Another plus: while he's incredibly bright, Andraka was able to explain the chemistry and science simply enough so it makes sense to a layman. (Like me.)
He uses a piece of filter paper that is dipped in "a solution of carbon nanotubes, which are hollow cylinders with walls the thickness of a single atom, coated with a specific antibody" tailored to attach itself to whatever virus or protein you're looking to diagnose. He then demonstrated how you can use an electrical meter to see a shift in the space between the tubes, and this shift is caused when the "antibodies on the surface of the nanotubes come in contact with a target protein."
The best part? He used a $50 meter from Home Depot to do it.
The young genius is in the process of patenting his invention and will soon submit it for publication with the American Association for Cancer Research. He's also speaking before Congress next week about the need for more funding on pancreatic cancer, as well as listening to offers from health companies such as Quest Diagnostics.
3. Kotaku Blogger Shares How He Lost 80 Pounds in 6 Months
To make a generality: bloggers, not deserving of it, are often mocked for laziness or for being overweight. That's why it was incredibly moving to learn about how one of gaming's most respected journalists, Kotaku's Mike Fahey, was not only determined to change his health around, but wanted to share it with what often can be considered a somewhat judgmental and a community that's prone to quick mocking.
In a post on Kotaku, Fahey shared how he went from being 375 pounds to losing 80 pounds in six months — just by changing his eating habits. (Adding in exercise is a near-future goal.)
Fahey, who regularly writes for a post on Kotaku called Snacktaku, decided to change his lifestyle because of the love he has for his children and the fact that he wanted to be there as late in life for them as possible.
He didn't undergo surgery, completely stop eating fast food or exercise regularly. How did he do it?
First, he saw his doctor, which prompted him to say, "The only thing worse than someone making fun of your weight is someone making sense of it." His doctor got him to start watching calories.
To count calories, he started using MyNetDiary for iOS, which lets him enter his calories or even scan the barcode to have it filled in automatically.
And finally, he just started to think of eating as "an event now, instead of an automatic process."
Mike's story has garnered a ton of positive feedback from readers and it was amazing to see someone be so completely open with the struggle, while at the same time, providing some helpful ideas for someone else who wants to make serious eating changes, but isn't sure where to start.
Fahey's full article is well worth your read.
About Healthy Tech
This is the Healthy Tech Weekly, where guest columnist Alan Danzis reports on choice healthy technology news stories. Each week you'll discover new fitness gadgets, apps and going-ons, as well as what's around the corner, with medical innovations that will one day change the way you monitor and impact your overall health and well-being.