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At Last: A Fantastic Stroke Forward to Empower Swimming Technology

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Platysens MarlinCompetitive swimmers train continually to improve their stokes and lap times. And now there is a product that can help them improve while swimming without having to stop to get the current stats. Introducing the Marlin, a small swim meter that attaches to your swim goggles providing real time stats that you can hear through the built in bone conduction headset.

This nifty little device works great while swimming in a pool as it provides lap times and stroke counts. It’s also great while swimming in open water due to the built in GPS which not only tracks your distance and speed but also helps to keep you on track. The audio feedback is perfect to give you all of the pertinent information without you having to look up out of the water or stop swimming all together.

The unit cost will be $150 and can be purchased from Platysens website where they are currently offering a preorder discount. There is also a version available online that does not include the open water option.

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Brushies is the Perfect Device for Your Kid’s Dental Health

Monday, February 6th, 2017

BrushiesNo matter how hard we try, it’s next to impossible to get your kids to brush their teeth for the proper amount of time, if at all. The folks at Brushies found a totally cool solution to this little dilemma.

Brushies is a little adapter that is attached to any toothbrush so that your kids can still use their favorite brand and characters. It has bluetooth, an accelerometer and a gyroscope built inside that interacts with an app on your tablet or phone with built in games aimed at not only teaching your kids the proper way to brush their teeth, but also have fun in process. You can start off with very simple activities with your kids to get them use to brushing and become more advanced as they grow into playing games such as races, blowing up balloons and more. They get rewarded in the app with things like gems with the goal of increasing the numbers and ultimately their streak of days in a row of proper brushing. There are even games that can be played along with friends to add a level of fun and competition to the mix. There is a separate app for the parents that provide progress reports and even notifications to let you know when they have have brushed their teeth. These results can be then shared with your dentist who can see their progress and set up a rewards program there in the office for added pride and incentive.

The company is continually updating the apps with improved and new content to assist parents and keep the kids engaged. And as the company continues to grow, they are hoping to partner with the American Dental Association to provide real-world data to them for research purposes and future guidelines.

The starting price point is $30 from their online store and that includes the app and the games that are currently available. More games and rewards will also be available soon.

Interview by Daniele Mendez of The New Product Launchpad for the Tech Podcast Network.

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Failing Energy is Ramped with Ampd Energy

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Ampd EnergyIn this modern western world we are spoiled by having a luxury of going up to a light switch and pretty much knowing it will turn on when we touch it. There are many densely populated and developing places where they do not. Ampd Energy provides that reliable energy for hospitals, airports, data and call centers and other mission-critical applications around the world in the form of the Silo.

This product is silent, energy-efficient and low maintenance. It charges and stores energy in the Silo indefinitely. It helps provide life-saving energy when the power grid fails and the Silo takes over. There are two ways for the Silo to operate, depending on the facility’s needs.

This wonderful product launched a few weeks ago and is available through distributors globally. The Silo is marketed at $8,800.

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

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Proof: the Wearable Warning System for Mind-Free Partying

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

ProofImagine a product that not only monitors your alcohol intake but also lets you know when it will wear off. Proof does just that and is packaged in a smart little bracelet that no one would suspect its function. This product is a wearable alcohol detection system. It is based on a dime-sized sensor on the back of the bracelet.

Proof is designed to be synced with your iOS and Android phone. It measures a number of chemicals coming through your skin, and is able to deduce your blood alcohol based on those readings. Once the application has that data, it will combine it with your height and weight to determine when you’ll be below the threshold you entered.

Proof will be available through crowdfunding soon at a pricepoint of $100-$150.

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

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Safe And Secure While Playing Sports with In&motion

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

In&motionEvery once in a while a product comes along that really catches your eye for a very good reason: and the reason here is safety. In&motion is a wearable airbag that is designed to keep you safe while pursuing your favorite hobby or sport such as skiing, horseback riding, or motorcycle riding. It is based on sensors that fit in and around the vest worn by the user whose purpose is to inflate the vest during times of danger but before impact.

The interesting thing about this airbag is that you can tell it if you are a novice or an experienced sportsman and what sport you are participating in. Different sports require different movements and the sensors pick up on that. There are several configurations for the airbag making it adjustable for various sports and allows it to be available for men, women and children.

This is available in parts of Europe now and will be coming to the US when the demand is high enough.

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Lynktec has a Non-Contact Smart Thermometer

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Lynktec logoParents who are caring for a sick baby who might have a fever can find it difficult to check their baby’s temperature without waking him or her from a sound sleep. Lynktec provides a simple solution to that problem with Thermo, a non-contact smart thermometer.

Daniele spoke with Marketing Specialist for Lynktec, Christa Knight, at CES 2016. Christa demonstrated how to use Thermo, their non-contact smart thermometer. She also explained the many things that the app can do.

A small device that has a sensor can be connected to your smartphone. That device can be gently placed against a baby’s forehead to check his or her temperature. The baby can continue taking a nap. The device sends data to the app on your smartphone. You can immediately see if the baby is running a fever.

In addition, the app keeps track of the baby’s temperature on a chart. That information can easily be sent to doctor. The app will also show you local hospitals and pharmacies and use Google Maps to tell you the route that will get you there the quickest.

Thermo can also be used to take object and ambient temperatures. It gives parents an easy way to check how hot the baby’s formula is, and to make sure that bath water is at the perfect temperature. It can also be used to find out the temperature of a room.

Thermo is in production and will be available in quarter 2 on the Lynktec.com website. It will be priced at $59.00.

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TikTeck Sells Direct to Consumer

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

tikteckTikTeck are coming to market with the sole purpose of bringing affordable products direct to the consumer and cutting out the middleman. With only a few gadgets available, Daniel chats with Rex Chen, VP Product Development of TikTeck to find out what’s in store.

In the first wave of products, there’s a Bluetooth-controlled smart LED bulb displaying 16 million colours for only US$9.99. You don’t need me to tell you what a bargain that price is. The companion smartphone app runs on both iOS and Android, providing group controls and timers, much like some of the market leading apps. Available for pre-order now with delivery expected end of February.

TikTeck RoverCombining both security and fun, the next product is a wireless camera rover. It’s a digital video camera on a remote controlled buggy which can be steered and monitored by wifi from a smartphone. US$69.99 when it goes on sale. I want one – the black version in the interview looks positively menacing.

Finally, TikTeck have a smart finger ring that measures heart rate and tracks activity and sends the data back to the smartphone by Bluetooth. It looks far more like a man’s ring than it does a fitness tracker. Price not finalised but likely to be in the $50-$100 range.

Daniel J. Lewis is the host of the award-winning podcast about podcasting, The Audacity to Podcast. Daniel helps others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their passions and finding success.

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Aurai Helps Fight Eye Fatigue at CES

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Aurai LogoEye strain and eye fatigue are real problems faced by most modern people. All day long, we’re staring at computer screens, tablets, smartphones, and other displays that can be stressful to our eyes. And while we have a number of options available for treating fatigued muscles and joints, there aren’t a lot of choices when it comes to treating eye problems. Aurai is a new “eye massager” that is hoping to change that.

Eric Chu of Taiwanese manufacturer In Trust Technologies stopped by the booth to meet with Daniel and Todd. Eric came armed with a working prototype Aurai. Todd was volunteered to test out the device. Todd compared the Aurai experience to a massage chair but with much lower pressure. He said the sensation of the Aurai is cool and that he could feel it “walking back and forth” over his eyes. Aurai consists of two parts: A silicon mask that’s placed over the eyes and an external controller. Aurai’s massaging action is created with water and its temperature is controlled by a smart-chip enhanced thermal-electric cooler. In Trust Technologies will be launching a Kickstarter campaign soon to further development of its Aurai massager. The company is hoping to offer an early bird special of $119 to its Kickstarter backers. When the product goes full retail, it’s expected to sell for $239. You can register to be notified when the Kickstarter campaign goes live if you’re interested in purchasing an Aurai eye massager.

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Kuai Waterproof Fitness Workout Earbuds

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

kuai waterproof earbudsKuai Multisport Biometric Headphones are the perfect training tool for serious athletes and fitness buffs. The Kuai earbuds are waterproof, Bluetooth connected earphones that can play your music. But you can also directly load a playlist into them and couple that with a voice track of a top athlete in your sport. The voice coaches you and encourages you during your workout.

Health Tech Weekly host, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic interviewed KuaiWear CEO and founder Carlos Marco Rider about the new fitness audio devices. They were at the CES 2016 conference in Las Vegas last month showing off the new workout tools for athletes and fitness buffs at all levels of competition.

Visit KuaiWear.com for more information on this device. It is set for public consumer release later this spring.

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Sleepace Monitors and Improves Sleep Habits

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

sleepaceSleepace RestOn sleep monitoring device helps you sleep more effectively, improving rest and overall health. Besides monitoring real-time heart rate and respiratory rate, RestOn can also keep a comprehensive score of your sleep. Sleep time and duration, number of times waking up and/or turning over and leaving the bed as well as breathing and heart rate are analyzed to determine the actual sleep quality.

With this data, you can take steps to improve your sleep cycles. The data can be exported using the Sleepace mobile app. You can use that data and information to start a conversation with you health care provider should you be concerned about medical problems like sleep apnea.

The accompanying mobile app provides scientific evaluation and smart analysis of individual sleep report and status of each person. The app provides sleep consultation, tips and suggestions for exercise, diets, sleep habits, etc. to help users create their perfect personal sleep plan and improve their sleep quality. The Sleepace App is also connected to a family cloud account in which you can check and compare your family members’ sleep reports and status wherever you are.

The Sleepace RestOn is available now at Amazon for $149.00.

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