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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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Smart Hearing Aids from Siemens at CES

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Siemens Hearing Test IconAs people get older, one of the more common complaints is of hearing loss. Many of those getting older now have grown up with technology and expect more than brown lumps of plastic which simply won’t do in an Apple-designed world. Today’s hearing aids are small, discreet and smart. Todd hears about the latest products from Thomas Powers of Siemens Hearing Instruments.

Siemens’ latest assistive hearing device is the Binex, which uses signal processing to help people in traditionally difficult listening environments, especially those where there’s a high level of background noise, such as restaurants or trade shows. The aid intelligently reacts to the noise, filtering out the unwanted sound while keeping nearby voices clear.

Worn around the neck, the easyTek streams audio from a Bluetooth-connected device directly into the hearing aid so it’s great for listening to music from a smartphone or tablet. The easyTek can be controlled by the easyTek app for Android and iOS smartphones to discreetly adjust programmes and volume, listen at a preferred level without disturbing others or direct the microphone towards the next person at a restaurant.

Available now, the smart hearing aids cost around $1500-$2000 which includes assessment and fitting.

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

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