NeckSense, a new technology, can detect in the real world when people are eating, how fast they chew, how many bites they take and how many times their hands head to their mouths, according to a study of Northwestern University (NU).
The data, along with other information like heart rate, will help scientists understand what leads to binging or troublesome eating behaviors and how to intervene to stop those behaviors in real time, said the study posted on the website of NU on Wednesday.
The data also will include self-reported physical details such as and how hungry or satiated you feel or psychological details such as how depressed or how anxious you are. The user also will upload photos of their food via a smartphone app.
The technology includes wearing a tiny camera pendant to validate what the necklace is sensing. Eventually the camera will be removed.
A Northwestern Medicine study with 20 participants has validated the technology.
"The arsenal of the dietician has been upgraded," said lead study author Nabil Alshurafa, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at NU Feinberg School of Medicine. "The ability to easily record dietary intake patterns allows dieticians or even laypeople making use of our tech to deliver timely digital interventions that occur as eating is happening to prevent overeating."
"The beauty of this is that it requires almost no effort on the part of the wearer," he said.
Measuring people's eating patterns allows scientists to begin to understand how these variables are associated with overeating, providing them with new ways to intervene.
Currently, dieticians must rely on self-reporting based on 24-hour recall by the patient, a notoriously unreliable method because people forget what they ate or fabricate their diet. Another method, journaling food/drink consumption as it occurs, is subject to error because it is burdensome and disruptive to day-to-day routine.
In the next step, the researchers will test NeckSense along with several other wearable devices with 60 participants who have obesity and validate the device against standard 24-hour recall, and will tweak the necklace to make it more fashionable and test the feasibility of real-time interventions.
NeckSense is part of a broader study called SenseWhy, which will assess if wearing sensors will help us understand people's problematic eating behaviors in real time.
The technology has been published in the Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies.
Laying emphasis on the need for digital transformation of education from primary school to higher education, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar said that digital devices and the Internet are vital tools for students.
“In this case, it is not the cost but the right investment to create skilled human resources,” said the minister while speaking as the chief guest at the online seminar on 'Digital Education for Better Bangladesh' and 'Northern Digital Campaign 2020' organised by Northern University Bangladesh in the capital on Wednesday.
Building a prosperous Bangladesh will never be hampered if artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, IoT, etc can spread digital technology education in educational institutions, said Jabbar.
Aiming to achieve this goal, he emphasised on the need for digital transformation of education from primary school to higher education.
The minister said 65 percent of the total population of the country is young. There are 40 to 50 million students among them. In order to accelerate the ongoing progress of building the golden Bengal of Bangabandhu's dream, the students must be developed as useful digital human resources.
Bangladeshi handset maker Walton has released its new smartphone ‘Primo N4’, featuring a large screen with triple rear cameras.
The handset is available in two versions of 4GB RAM-64GB ROM and 3GB RAM-32GB ROM, the company said in a press release on Wednesday.
The prices of the two versions of the phone have respectively set at Tk 13,199 and Tk 11,699.
Customers who will order the phone online from E-Plaza (https://bit.ly/primoN4) will get 6 percent discount and the prices will be Tk 12,497 and Tk 10,997 respectively, said the press release.
‘Primo N4’ features a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS notch display with 1600X720 pixel resolutions. The attractively designed device has come in two different colors of Rainbow Black and Sea Green.
The smartphone has many advanced features including dual SIM 4G network support, full HD video recording and playback, picture in picture, smart control, ambient display, face unlock, fingerprint, OTG etc.
Customers will enjoy 30-day instant replacement for the phone along with 1-year regular warranty.
A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights records found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network’s progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias, reports AP.
Facebook hired the audit’s leader, former American Civil Liberties Union executive Laura Murphy, in May 2018 to assess its performance on vital social issues.
Its 100-page report released Wednesday outlines a “seesaw of progress and setbacks” at the company on everything from bias in Facebook’s algorithms to its content moderation, advertising practices and treatment of voter suppression.
The audit recommends that Facebook build a “civil rights infrastructure” into every aspect of the company, as well as a “stronger interpretation” of existing voter suppression policies and more concrete action on algorithmic bias.
“While the audit process has been meaningful, and has led to some significant improvements in the platform, we have also watched the company make painful decisions over the last nine months with real world consequences that are serious setbacks for civil rights,” the audit report states.
Those include Facebook’s decision to exempt politicians from fact-checking, even when President Donald Trump posted false information about voting by mail.
Last month, Facebook announced it would begin labeling rule-breaking posts even from politicians going forward. But it is not clear if Trump’s previous controversial posts would have gotten the alert. The problem, critics have long said, is not so much about Facebook’s rules as how it enforces them.
More than 900 companies have joined an advertising boycott of Facebook to protest its handling of hate speech and misinformation.
Civil rights leaders who met virtually with Zuckerberg and other Facebook leaders Tuesday expressed skepticism that recommendations from the audit would ever be implemented, noting that past suggestions in previous reports had gone overlooked.
Chaithwai Aoung Marma, a poultry farmer from Kawkhali Upazila in Rangamati, has become millionaire after he purchased a Walton refrigerator.
Walton has been providing the facilities to its customers under the ongoing ‘Digital Campaign Season-7.’ The Marma youth now intends to invest this money in expansion of his business, said a press release.
On Saturday, a cheque of Tk 10 lakh was officially handed over to Chaithwai Aoung Marma at Walton Plaza in Raozan Upazila of Chattogram.
Walton is conducting the ‘Digital Campaign’ across the country to accelerate the initiative of building customer database for delivering online based swift and best after sales service.
Under Season-7, a customers is likely to get Tk.1 million (10 lakh) through purchasing any model of fridge, washing machine or microwave oven from Walton plaza, distributor outlet and E-Plaza across the country. Besides, customers will get sure cashvouchers worth of maximum Tk 1 lakh. Customers will enjoy the benefits until Eid-ul-Azha.
Earlier, Wazed Ali, a tailor from Gazipur and Solaiman Haque, a towel vendor from Naogaon also became millionaires after purchasing Walton refrigerators.
Chaithwai Aoung Marma, purchased a refrigerator worth of Tk 32,500 from the Raozan Plaza and received a SMS in his mobile phone from Walton with the notification of getting Tk 10 lakh cash on registration of the fridge.
Thanking Walton for providing such facilities, he said, “I got totally surprised when I got 10 lakh taka! I will spend some of this money in expansion of my business and the rest will be deposited for daughters.’
Walton provides a one-year replacement facility for fridgesalong with 12-year guarantee for compressors.
There are 74 service centers across the country to provide fast and best after-sales service.
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