Wearables (7)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:24

Smart Earpiece Translates

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real time translator ear waverly labs 4Communicating with someone speaking a foreign language requires that you understand the language, a skill many of us never acquire.  But all is not lost.  The Pilot system from Waverly Labs is a smart earpiece that is able to translate a foreign tongue in real-time.  What's more, an accompanying app lets you switch between languages allowing you to break the multi-language barrier.  The device works offline and overseas as well giving you the ability to travel abroad where you're likely to find it most useful.   When it launches in September, it will be available in three colors and comes with a companion earpiece for wireless music streaming.  You can sign up now for an Early Bird discount of 50% on the Waverly Labs website.

Friday, 13 May 2016 09:17

Action Cam Can Stream Direct

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Using built-in LTE connectivity, this action cam from LG can stream directly to sites such as YouTube Live without the aid of a smartphone.  It also offers remote access via 3G and LTE that enables it to be used for home monitoring or as a dash cam for your car. 

The LG Action CAMLTE is protected from dust, sand, and can be immersed in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.   An optional waterproof case, to be available this fall, extends the cam's usefulness to water sports like scuba diving and surfing.  If you want to use the cam on a helmet or bike, or in your car, you'll also have to purchase the optional mount.  Built in GPS, accelerometer, and gyroscope provide location and position information to go along with your footage.

The cam becomes available in South Korea in June, with a launch in North America and Europe to follow.  Price and full specs won't be available until the launch, but here are the key specs:

  • Camera: 1/2.3-inch 12.3MP / 1.55 x 1.55㎛pixels
  • Connectivity: LTE / 3G / Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / USB Type-C 2.0 / Bluetooth 4.1
  • Video Recording: UHD 30fps / FHD 60fps / HD 120fps
  • Video Live Streaming: HD 30fps
  • Memory: 2GB RAM / 4GB ROM (OS only) / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Size: 35 x 35 x 77.9mm
  • Weight: 95g
  • Battery: 1,400mAh
  • Others: IP67 / GPS / Accelerometer / Gyroscope
  • Color: Light Gray
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 14:30

Wearable Can Alter Your Mood

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Whether you need a jolt of energy or a calmer state of mind, this device from Thync claims to be able to shift the state of your mind.  It uses neurosignaling to safely stimulate the nerves on your head and face using low level electrical pulses which signal specific areas of the brain. 

The Thync module attaches to self-adhesive flexible printed electronic strips.  The strips come in energy or calming flavors.  Strips are guaranteed for single use but you may be able to use them additional times if your skin is clean and dry.  Additional strips are available in packs of five of energy or calming strips for $19.95

As no gadget is complete without an app, the Thync app is available for iOS 8 and higher with an Android version promised soon.  

Monday, 01 June 2015 10:47

This Thermometer Tracks Your Temperature

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This thermometer from TempTraq will monitor your child's temperature for up to 24 hours.  The thermometer is a skin patch containing a printed battery and a Bluetooth transmitter and antenna that sends temperature data to your phone up to  feet away.  When the device goes out of range, the free app, available for IOS and Android, notifies you of that fact.

The app will also alert you if the your child's temperature hits a set monitoring point.  It's capable of monitoring multiple children and stores temperature histories for the entire monitoring period.

The patch is made of a non-latex material, is water-resistant, and both physically secure and easy to remove.

Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:35

Watch Up Dock?

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mophieWatchDockIf you have an Apple watch you don't want to just set it on the nightstand where the cat can knock it to the floor.  No, you want a pretty charging stand where you can gaze upon the watch's elegance while drifting off to sleep, before the cat swats them both to the floor.   Now you have two new Apple Watch stand choices.

The charging stand from Nomad (pictured above) is made of military grade aluminum and is available in "Space Gray" and Silver finishes.  The watch dock entry from Mophie  (pictured left) is also made of aluminum but adds "premium leather accents" to the mix.  Both stands integrate the charging puck that comes with the watch into the stand for clutter-free appearance.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:30

Forerunner 225 Monitors Heart Rate From Wrist

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This new smart watch from Garmin is their first using Mio Heart Rate Technology to monitor heart rate at the wrist, alleviating the need for a chest strapped based sensor.  The watch's color display shows your heart rate zone and beats per minute at a glance while also keeping track of your steps, calories burned and distance traveled throughout the day.

As a Forerunner 225 owner you have exclusive access to Garmin Connect, where you can track your progress and earn virtual badges for extra motivation. You can also join online challenges and connect, compete and compare with friends and family.  Suggest price is $299.99 USD and is available now for pre-order.

Friday, 01 May 2015 07:30

Apple Watch Doesn't Like Tattoos

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Tattooed owners of the Apple Watch are reporting problems with the heart rate monitor function on social media.  It seems that the tattoo ink may interfer with the sensor.

 According to Apple's website:

"Many factors can affect the performance of the Apple Watch heart rate sensor. Skin perfusion is one....Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings."

It's possible then that people with darker skin may also experience problems, although it should be noted that the colors and composition of ink differs from skin coloring.

the Apple Watch uses technology called photoplethysmography. Here's how it works, according to Apple:

"Blood is red because it reflects red light and absorbs green light. Apple Watch uses green LED lights paired with light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through your wrist at any given moment. When your heart beats, the blood flow in your wrist — and the green light absorption — is greater. Between beats, it's less. By flashing its LED lights hundreds of times per second, Apple Watch can calculate the number of times the heart beats each minute — your heart rate."

If you rock wrist ink, you might want to try before you buy if monitoring your heart rate is your goal.