A Device That Actually Confirms Whether You're Burning Fat
The pocket-sized breathalyzer uses sensors to measure and calculate acetone levels -- a key indicator of fat breakdown -- and sends data to a smartphone app within 10 seconds.
What's the Latest Development?
A group from Japan's NTT DOCOMO Research Laboratories has developed a pocket-sized, battery-operated device that, when breathed into, measures and calculates acetone levels and then sends the results to an Android smartphone app in a matter of seconds. Sensors in the lightweight device can detect acetone concentrations in the breath -- a key indicator of fat breaking down in the body -- between 0.2 and 50 parts per million. On tests with different groups of subjects with body mass indexes above the Japanese standards, the device showed significant amounts of fat loss for those who combined light daily exercise with dietary changes.
What's the Big Idea?
With all the products and techniques available that claim to burn fat, having a device that all but certifies it would appeal to many people who are watching their weight, says principal investigator Satoshi Hiyama: "Considering that the effect of dieting could be estimated from changes in breath acetone concentrations, we've shown that our prototype is a practical and alternative checker that can be used in individual dieting programmes." He also suggests that diabetics could use the device to ensure that their condition is under control, since an elevated acetone reading could signal a problem.
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.
- Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
- At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
- Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
A new study, led by psychologist Jean Twenge, points to the screen as the problem.
- In a new study, adolescents and young adults are experiencing increased rates of depression and suicide attempts.
- The data cover the years 2005–2017, tracking perfectly with the introduction of the iPhone and widespread dissemination of smartphones.
- Interestingly, the highest increase in depressive incidents was among individuals in the top income bracket.
On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.
- Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
- Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
- The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.