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Azoi develops health monitoring device that fits onto a smartphone

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Technology company Azoi has announced the development of Wello, a health-monitoring device that is embedded within a mobile phone case.

With a few sensors, Wello fits onto a smartphone and measures a number of key vitals, including blood pressure, electrocardiography, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, lung functions and more.

By holding it for a few moments, hidden sensors take measurements and pass on gathered information to the Wello app. Not only does it bring instantaneous results and data on your key vitals, over time it is possible to identify patterns that can help make more informed lifestyle choices, the company stated.

Wello also can connect with other health-and-fitness devices, such as pedometers, to help identify how different behaviors can affect bodily state, the company stated.

Wello is available for pre-order in the United Kingdom and across the EU. It will ship in summer 2014 at a price of £120 or €145. It also will be available for pre-order in Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and the United States.

In the United States, it will retail for $199 and will ship in fall 2014, pending FDA approval.

 

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E-Nicotine Technology to move forward with product launch

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — E-Nicotine Technology has announced details regarding its family of products aimed at helping smokers as they transition off of combustible cigarettes.

Having recently completed clinical trials in nearly 100 smokers and showing an 83% reduction in one minute and sustained smoking urge reduction, eNT is moving forward toward the launch of its family of electronic nicotine delivery products.

“We believe that our products are poised to capture a significant market share given that they can be marketed at a substantially lower cost, can be used discreetly and will help consumers rid themselves of a habit that has been shortening lives for decades,” stated Jeff Williams, CEO of eNT. “Additionally, our product platform is amendable to eventual development as a more traditional nicotine replacement therapy, which are marketed for smoking cessation by pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Pfizer. For our initial product, we will be launching commercially across Europe first.”

The eNT technology enables the development of products that do not look like cigarettes or e-cigarettes and emit no secondhand vapor. The initial launch product includes a reusable electronic controller that comes standard with an interface to proprietary mobile e-health tools, allowing each user to track their usage and help them to transition completely off of cigarettes and nicotine if they choose.

“By developing a family of electronic nicotine delivery devices that do not look like cigarettes, emit no secondhand vapor and provide a consistent dose with each inhalation, we are pursuing an important and novel approach to helping smokers,” added Michael Hufford, chief medical officer of eNT.

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Fort Knox Exchange undergoes major remodel

BY Antoinette Alexander

DALLAS  — Fort Knox Exchange has completed its first full remodel in 20 years, bringing military shoppers a modern shopping experience that includes more brands and updates stores.

The 115,000-sq.-ft. Exchange, which took seven months and $3.5 million to update, boasts three separate merchandise areas — Home, Life and Style — to appeal to military shoppers’ active lifestyle.

“You can expect to see anything here that you’ll find in any department store,” stated Col. Thomas Edwards, the Fort Knox Garrison commander. “Each day, the Fort Knox team works to make improvements here for your benefit and the community’s benefit as a whole. The Exchange is proof of this commitment.”

The Exchange’s makeover includes updated shopping sections, such as Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret. In the mall, three separate concession areas have been consolidated to accommodate more name-brand concessions, including Patriot Outfitters, which sells military tactical gear.

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