Face on your face? Sure, why not. I used to do that with the Pebble watch years ago. There's now a Bitmjoji watch face for the Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic, which does exactly what you think it does: your little avatar can hop onto your watch.Fitbit says there are over 50 Bitmoji animations on the watch face that change to match goals and motivations (there's one with sleepwalking to remind you to sleep, a celebration one, a food-logging one, and they vary from day to night).Of course, having your face on your watch face means it won't be as personally emotive (Bitmoji can be 3D on your phone, and AR Emoji and Memoji are animated by your face, which can't happen on a Fitbit Versa). But it's a really interesting idea for a more immediate motivational tool on a fitness watch.The watch face connects via Snap to access the Bitmoji. I haven't had a chance to dive in and make my own face face yet, but it's another cute/weird idea in Fitbit's watch face store.It also begs the question: why … [Read more...] about Fitbit now lets you get motivated by your own Bitmoji face
Blackheads can be tricky to get rid of, no matter what type of products you use. ©Robert Kneschke/veer When it comes to acne, blackheads can be even more frustrating than pimples since they tend to cluster in hard-to-reach areas like the sides of your nose. You may be tempted to slap on a pore strip and call it a day, but there is a more effective way to clear up blackheads – washing your face! To understand how to treat blackheads, you have to understand what caused them. While they may look like dark, tiny specs, they are actually the result of an overproduction of oil. Blackheads are really open hair follicles clogged with dirt and oil, which give them their dark color. Considered the first stage of acne, they form before bacteria enter your pores and can eventually develop into a pimple [Source: Medical News Today]. Topical oils and makeup can contribute to blackheads, so to control and banish them, using the right face wash is key, says Francesca Fusco, assistant … [Read more...] about Quick Tips: Are certain face washes better at fighting blackheads?
Dogs flash silly faces more when we are looking, suggesting they're trying to communicate. Kristina Jackson/Getty Images My little beagle Daisy gets away with just about anything thanks to her big brown eyes. It's almost like she knows if she flashes me those puppy dog eyes, she's got me wrapped around her, well, fluffy dog tail. And according to new research from the University of Portsmouth's Dog Cognition Centre, dogs like Daisy deliberately make more facial expressions when we're watching them, and it could be their way to communicate with us. The study was led by Dr. Juliane Kaminski and published in the October 2017 issue of Scientific Reports. Kaminski and her research team came to their conclusion after watching 24 different dogs, all family pets of varying breeds and ages. Each dog was filmed individually in a room with a person who went through various scenarios, including looking at the dog, looking away from the dog and giving the dog food. The scientists then studied … [Read more...] about Dogs Make More Expressive Faces When Humans Are Watching
In June 2017, JetBlue gave passengers (and press) the opportunity to try out a boarding system that relied on facial recognition technology rather than boarding passes. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Image Toss out your paper boarding pass and put away your phone. JetBlue is testing a new verification process that allows travelers booked on international flights to board using only their faces. At the gate, passengers step in front of a camera kiosk and face-recognition technology confirms their identity in less time than it takes to scan a bar code. The airline company wants to increase the speed and convenience of boarding, while improving security on flights exiting the U.S. "What we're trying to do here is demonstrate a way of having biometric capture on exit, but at the same time doing it in a way that improves the passenger experience," says Sean Farrell, portfolio director for government security at SITA, a global provider of IT, communications and border … [Read more...] about When Your Face Is Your Boarding Pass
Analysis shows that the average space between a passenger's head and the next seat forward has been steadily decreasing. Image Source/Getty Images If you're feeling increasingly cramped on airline flights these days, you're not necessarily suffering from claustrophobia. In recent years, airlines have been redesigning cabin space and seats alike, in order to jam more and more passengers into planes and maintain profitability. And that means less room for your knees, as you've probably realized, but it also means less room for your upper body, face and head — especially when someone reclines the seat in front of you to take a snooze. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Airline Data Project, U.S. airlines have increased the average seat count in their single-aisle, multi-class configuration aircraft from 130 in 1995 to 142 today. In order to fit all those seats into the plane and still preserve some leg room and knee room, airlines have gone to using thinner … [Read more...] about Yes, Airlines Are Shrinking Space Between Your Face and the Next Seat Up