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10 Technologies That Know You Better Than Yourself

Technology is getting intuitive. Really, really intuitive. This tech collects data from you and your surroundings to make your life easier every step of the way.

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1. A car that predicts red lights for you.

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Recently demoed in Las Vegas at CES, the Smart City Traffic Light Assistance system by Audi uses Wi-Fi to predict traffic lights for you based on patterns and timing in your area. Pretty nifty.

2. Shoes that can coach you.

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The Nike Hyperdunk+ is a revolutionary shoe that uses sensors to coach the way you run and play basketball. It collects data based on your game to improve your game. Bring your trainer wherever you go! Pretty cool.

3. A toothbrush that challenges you to keep the healthiest of teeth.

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The Beam Toothbrush connects to your phone via Bluetooth and tracks how and when you brush your teeth, keeping track of your dental habits. It rewards you for taking extra care of your mouth, so it's actually pretty fun.

4. A social network for helper robots.

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RoboEarth is a network in which robots can learn from each other's behaviors and environments, just like people! The more people involved in RoboEarth, the bigger the robot's scope of knowledge will be and the more different things they'll be able to help you with.

5. Playlists designed around your heart rate.


Spotify is currently working on technology that will create a playlist for you based on your heart rate! Sitting at home? How about some folk music. Running? You're going to need some jams.

6. A headset that will translate what your dog is saying.

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This headset is so smart that it learns from you and your dog's relationship, decrypting your pup's language and relaying the message on to you.

7. A cancer-detecting bra.

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Reno, Nevada-based First Warning Systems Smart Bra aims to detect breast cancer in younger women who typically don't have mammograms. The product is designed to look like a sports bra, but is embedded with 16 small temperature sensors that take deep-tissue temperature readings of the breast during a 24-hour testing period.

10. Fabrics with sensors built in.

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These flexible sensors can be woven into clothes or even mounted onto human skin. The main hope for these sensors is that they will aid in the development of prosthetics that can respond to human movement directly. They could also potentially be used to create robots that can "feel" their environments, to track motion or monitor an individual's health.

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