FDA approval granted for DIY home sperm-counting tech

Load. Spin. Read. Those are the simple instructions for a portable centrifuge for home sperm counting which received FDA approval last month, as reported by The Verge. If you need to know your sperm count but don’t feature going to a doctor’s office or clinic to get it done, starting this fall you’ll be able to do it yourself in the privacy of your own home. The Trak home sperm count system, developed by Sandstone Diagnostic, has just received FDA approval for sale and will be available in October 2016 for $160.

Fertility questions are often directed to women first, but sperm production is a factor for many of the couples who have difficulty conceiving. With Trak, men can run multiple sperm counts with the portable centrifuge and supplied materials. There is also a smartphone app (the company CEO has decided to call it “a tool”) that records your sperm count and suggests lifestyle changes that can increase sperm count and health.

Embracing its masculine side, the company has given its informational website the name Don’t Cook Your Balls, and it bills the site as “A Light-Hearted Guide to Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health.” It features articles about fertility, men’s health, sexuality, and dangers and threats to man parts.

At the 2015 Health 2.0 Conference Sandstone Diagnostic’s CEO Greg Sommer presented Trak and even recounted his personal transformation story. When he was trying to lose some weight he decided to see how that would affect his sperm count. In 100 days Sommer lost 15 pounds, and in the process doubled his sperm count. He further mentioned that he and his wife are now expecting their second child, to  the applause of those in attendance.

Sandstone Diagnostics’ materials provide some laughs, but fertility concerns are a serious and important matter. If the Trak system can help you improve your sperm count or discover that you have an issue that might require a doctor’s office visit after all, it’s worth the investment.

Social Media

Facebook may soon let you watch live TV with friends in Watch Party

Facebook Watch Party is designed to allow friends to watch together, even when they can't be in the same physical space. Now, that feature could be expanding to include live TV. Facebook announced a test of the feature, starting with live…
Computing

Don't take your provider's word for it. Here's how to test your internet speed

If you're worried that you aren't getting the most from your internet package, speed tests are a great way to find out what your real connection is capable of. Here are the best internet speed tests available today.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (March 2019)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Photography

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 is sharp enough to handle futuristic 90-megapixel cameras

Lens launches come with a lot of hype and marketing speak but a recent test confirmed some of the initial claims around the Sony FE 135 f/1.8. A rental company says that the Sony 135mm is the sharpest lens that it has ever tested.
Deals

Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and get a free wireless charging pad

The awesome new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is now available for pre-order, and if you order yours from Walmart by Thursday, March 7, then you can score a free wireless charging pad -- a $60 value -- totally free.
Wearables

Fitbit drops the price, splashes on the color for spring 2019 lineup

Fitbit's spring 2019 lineup includes a new Versa Lite Edition, an affordable everyday smartwatch, as well as the stylish and sleek Inspire and Inspire HR fitness trackers. There's also the Ace 2, a swimproof tracker for kids ages 6 and up.
Outdoors

This ebike is so good it won a prestigious design award

The Gazelle Arroyo C8 Elite ebike picked up a prestigious IF Design Award, scoring high marks for its comfort and balance, while also looking good and offering excellent range at an affordable pice.
Wearables

Fitbit Versa Lite versus Fitbit Versa: How are they different?

Fitbit took the best of its popular Versa smartwatch and removed some elements to create the new Versa Lite, an even more affordable entry-level smartwatch. How does the Versa Lite differ from the original Versa? Read on to find out.
Health & Fitness

AncestryDNA price drop makes it more affordable to discover your family origins

In step with St. Patrick's Day's emphasis on roots, AncestryDNA cut its price for a DNA-based ancestry search by $40. Send in a saliva sample to receive an estimated ethnicity breakdown, locations of origin, and possible living relatives.
Deals

Bowflex’s spring sale has limited-time deals on treadmills, home gyms, and more

Gyms membership are expensive which is home gyms are a great alternative. When it comes to home gyms, Bowflex designs great fitness training equipment for your home so you can get the full gym experience. Right now Bowflex is offering huge…
Deals

This Bowflex promo code will save you up to $1,000 on training equipment

The Bowflex HVT machine is designed to fit anyone's needs. Whether you're getting back into shape or you train every day, Bowflex's HVT, which stands for hybrid velocity training, combines both cardio and working out in one machine. Now you…
Gaming

Sony could use a robot to turn your PlayStation into a fitness machine

Sony submitted a patent application for a robotic device equipped with a camera to assist in your workout. The images included suggest that the device will work with your PlayStation console.
Deals

Stay fit and save cash with our top 10 affordable Fitbit alternatives

As much as we love Fitbits, they're rather expensive. If all you want is a simple activity tracker, however, then check out these great cheap Fitbit alternatives. With offerings from brands like Garmin, you don't need to pay full price.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!