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New technology tracks performance and provides cues to help you improve mid-run

An aerial photo of a person running on a track. Their shadow looks like it’s running.
An aerial photo of a person running on a track. Their shadow looks like it’s running.
Photo: Westend61/Getty Images

I was zoning out halfway through a long run when I heard a tinny voice in my ear: “Your cadence is low,” it said. “Step faster!” It was almost alarming, until I remembered I had switched out my AirPods for a pair of Soul Electronics earbuds with built-in A.I. coaching technology. As a seven-time marathoner, I usually rely on coaches or friends to help me pick up the pace or adjust my form when I’m bored or burned out; these headphones promised that same feedback while running solo.


New tech promises to diagnose your skin problems with selfies and AI

Illustration: Nicole Ginelli

I have a huge pimple on my cheek when I try Olay’s skin analysis app, Skin Advisor. The app directs me to take a selfie and answer a few questions, like what worries me most about my skin — wrinkles or acne, for example — and what kinds of products I use on a daily basis.

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