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Babolat Play Connected Racket Raises The Game

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Babolat PlayBabolat‘s pedigree in tennis is hard to beat, going right the way back to the 19th Century, when the company helped create the first racket strings. Today, it’s pushing forwards into the 21st Century with a new connected racket based on their AeroPro Drive to help both tennis professionals and keen amateurs improve their game. Don chats with Jean-Marc Zimmermann, Babolat CIO.

The Babolat Play racket looks like an ordinary racket on the outside but with sensors integrated into the handle, players now have access to a wealth of information – power level, impact position on the racket head, type and number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, overhead smash), top spin or back spin, all provided through a smartphone app for both Apple and Android. Incredibly, there are no sensors outside of the handle, so the racket can be treated like any other racket when it comes to match preparation and re-stringing. The racket can be taken on court for six hours between charges, which is plenty for a couple of matches, and holds over 150 hours of performance information.

The Babolat Play racket will be on sale in mid-January for $349. Two further models will be on sale; one lighter for junior players ($299) and one with a larger head (if I understand correctly), also at $349.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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Living In Digital Times Expands Role At CES

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

living-in-digital-timesHealth Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic is joined by Robin Raskin from Living In Digital Times in the Tech Podcast Network live studio at CES 2015. Living in Digital Times (LIDT) produces a four-day showcase of products and conferences that look at new technology through the lens of solving real people’s problems. We are proud partners of CEA, owners and producers of the International CES in Las Vegas each January.

Jamie and Robin talk in particular about the increased rate of innovation in the Digital Health space. The pace of innovation in the Digital Health arena exceeds all other areas of tech innovation. The Digital Health Summit focuses on the intersection of technology, health and wellness. Here, you’ll see solutions for diagnosing, monitoring, and treating a variety of illnesses, from obesity to asthma, from poor vision or hearing to high blood pressure.

Make sure you follow Jamie’s picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out his shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

Zofie Aims to Personalize Your Workout Equipment Quickly and Easily

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

ZofieKeeping to a fitness routine that works can be hard; the only thing harder is starting a new routine. I never know what I should be doing, and know almost nothing about how a particular machine works, or how best to take advantage of it. That is where the Zofie system comes in.

Using fuzzy logic and Kinect sensors, the machines can recognize you and provide a workout based on you. It even takes into account your activities at any given moment, and tailors the experience accordingly. The given example, on a treadmill, the track came move faster or slower, as well as change the incline, based on your heart rate. It can even suggest alterations to your posture if you move too far out of a safe zone.

The technology is currently being implemented in fitness equipment, so expect to see it showing up in a fitness center near you.

Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Connected Cycle Keep Track of Your Bike, Whether You Are on It or Not

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

ConnectedCycleConnected Cycle is a bike pedal that connects to an existing bicycle that helps you keep track of the location of your bike. If you are riding it, it will keep track of your path and let you know things like distance traveled and calories burned. If you are not with the bike, it will alert you that the bike is in motion and allow you to keep track of where it has gone.

With a built-in internet connection, you never have to worry that it will be too far out of range to alert you of position. You can even bike without your phone and still log your route. It is especially important for keeping track of theft.

One of the really great things about the pedal is that it never needs to be externally charged. Using the motion produced by biking, the pedal is able to charge itself whenever it is in motion. The product is not yet available, but they will be launching a crowd funding campaign in the coming months.

Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Perfect Your Swing With Babolat Play

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Babolat PlayTo improve at any skill or game, it’s often practice, practice, practice but today’s technology can help point out the areas to work on. Babolat‘s rackets are world famous and used by some of the top tennis professionals and for tennis fans, Babolat have developed a connected tennis racket based on their AeroPro Drive to help them hone their game. Eva shows Todd the new racket, Babolat Play.

The Babolat Play racket looks like an ordinary racket on the outside but with sensors integrated into the handle, players now have access to a pile of information – power level, impact position on the racket head, type and number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, overhead smash), top spin or back spin, all provided through a smartphone app for both Apple and Android. The racket can be taken on court for six hours between charges and over 150 hours of performance information can be recorded between downloads, which can be either via USB or Bluetooth.

The Babolat Play racket will be on sale in March for $349.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Girl Scout Cookies Go Digital at CES 2015

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

mtc_thinmintHealth Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic saw many interesting things while roaming the halls at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. One of the most interesting was a booth full of Girl Scouts. Jamie had to stop and see what was up. Well the Girl Scouts have gone digital!

Consumers of the excellent classic Girl Scout Cookies can now order their cookies online for home delivery anytime. All they have to do is go to GirlScoutCookies.org and check out the selection there. There are the old classics like the shortbread Trefoil cookies or the Samoas. There are also a few new flavors like Toffeetastic or the Savannahsmiles. Whatever your favorites you’ll find them there for you to order. Visit the Girl Scout Cookies site and get your own boxes of cookies now!

Make sure you follow Jamie’s picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out his shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

Blue Maestro Brings Us a Connected Pacifier

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Pacifier-PacifiThe team at BlueMaestro.com has now come up with the connected pacifier for those parents who want to keep track of their small children in a variety of ways. The Pacifi monitors your child’s internal temperature and sends that data to the accompanying free app using low energy Bluetooth. It also acts as a tracking device alerting parents when the child wanders too far away from the parent’s smartphone or connected mobile device.

Finally it will help you find it when it is misplaced by the child or parent by pinging the smartphone to its location and making an audible alert tone when your phone is nearby. This type of connected family monitoring technology gives parents a number of tools to help them keep track of their kid’s health and whereabouts. Find more information over at BlueMaestro.com.

Make sure you follow Jamie’s picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out his shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

MobileHelp Gives Anyone a Connected Home Monitoring Safety System

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

MobileHelp-ProductsMobileHelp.com’s base station home monitoring system has been around for a while now. This personal emergency response system allows primarily senior citizens to get help when they have a personal emergency.

There’s a mobile wearable component that allows the individual to leave the home and travel about and a home base station that keeps track of the person at home. The wearable component includes an automatic fall detection sensor as well as a panic button that allows the individual to press for alert in an emergency situation other than a fall.

That would be a lot of functionality all by itself certainly. The team at MobileHelp have now added low energy Bluetooth capability to allow the base station and cloud software to communicate with other medical devices like electronic blood pressure cuffs, blood sugar glucometers, bathroom scales and more. Check out the whole system at MobileHelp.com.

Make sure you follow Jamie’s picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out his shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

ShotTracker Measures Your Basketball Performance at CES

Monday, January 26th, 2015

ShotTracker Logo

Sports such as running and cycling have been well supplied for several years with monitoring and tracking devices to record and improve performance. At CES 2015, several other sports have become connected, including tennis with the Babolat Play racket as well as basketball with the ShotTracker. Jamie and Todd chat to Davyeon Ross, Co-Founder of ShotTracker.

ShotTracker consists of 3 components: a wrist sensor, a net sensor and the ShotTracker App. The wrist sensor and net sensor work together to track shots: when a player shoots, the wrist sensor sends a signal that a shot was attempted and the net sensor sends a signal indicating if the ball made it into the basket. Both signals are sent to the mobile device via Bluetooth where the ShotTracker app keeps track of the player’s activity.

The app shows statistics (shots, makes and misses), gives workouts and helps identify on-court weaknesses. Data from multiple ShotTrackers can be aggregated into a coaching version of the app, providing an overall team view. ShotTracker is available for both iOS and Android.

The ShotTracker starter kit is on sale now for $149 from the store.

Interview by Jamie Davies of Health Tech Weekly and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

Linx IAS Monitors Sports Impacts at CES

Monday, January 19th, 2015

BlackBox logoWith concussion now an increasing concern in many sports, Todd talks to David from BlackBox Biometrics about the Linx IAS, which provides real-time feedback on concussive impacts.

The Linx IAS is small device, not too dissimilar to a thin USB memory stick, that athletes wear in a headband or skull cap to monitor the concussive forces on the head. The Linx sends data on impacts via Bluetooth to an app on a tablet or smartphone which then shows to the coach the severity and number of impacts using a simple colour-coded and numeric scale.  If a smartphone isn’t in range, the Linx will store the data until one is nearby. The MSRP is $199 and it’ll be available in Q1 of 2015.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the Tech Podcast Network.

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