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Essence Behaviour Analysis for the Smart Home

February 2nd, 2016

Essence LogoComing from a background in home securityEssence have used their understanding of monitoring to develop a range of products for the smart home to enable independent living for those people who might otherwise have difficulty looking after themselves. Jamie and Daniel find out more from Rafi Zauer, Essence Head of Marketing.

The smart home market is exploding at the moment and there are hundreds of companies peddling hubs and sensors. What sets Essence’s SmartCare apart is a focus on unobtrusive monitoring and pattern analysis to detect when a dependent person’s daily routine changes, potentially by illness, in order to alert family members to a problem.

By using PIR motion detectors and door sensors, a pattern of behaviour is built up and deviations from the pattern can be escalated to relatives to follow-up. It’s all passive detection; there are no cameras and as such this provides an important level of privacy. Data is passed to a cloud service which in turn passes alerts to an app on a tablet or smartphone.

With an increasingly older population who want to remain in their own home, these kinds of systems will be increasingly relevant.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist.
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Dog and Bone LockSmart Padlock

February 2nd, 2016

Dog and Bone logoDog and Bone are more usually known for their protective range of Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphone cases, though here it’s a smartphone-controlled Bluetooth padlock that’s going to provided the protection. Jamie and Daniel find out more from Maria.

Dog and Bone’s LockSmart keyless Bluetooth padlock is exactly what it says: a padlock that uses Bluetooth communication from an app on a smartphone to unlock it. While that alone might be handy in some circumstances, the real trick is that with the app the owner can give unlocking privileges to other people. Say your bike’s padlocked to a railing in town and you want a friend to pick it up for you. You can give him (or her) the unlock permissions for the LockSmart, let him get the bike and once it’s returned, you can revoke the permissions. Definitely much handier than sharing keys or combinations. In addition, the app can manage multiple locks and receive notifications when locks are opened. Both iOS and Android devices are supported.

There’s a choice of two LockSmarts: on sale now is the larger version at US$89.95 with a mini version expected soon for US$69.95.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist.
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AVG Protects Devices, Data and People

February 2nd, 2016

AVG LogoAs the online war with the bad guys escalates, the target is moving away from the devices to the people who own them. Jamie and Daniel look at this tactical shift with AVG‘s Todd Simpson.

AVG’s goal is to protect devices, data and people with a portfolio of products, from anti-virus to VPNs, parental controls to reputation protection. As more and more services come online, people are becoming more aware of the risks and securing their activities. Protecting people is a much harder problem, especially with the rise of the Internet of Things and many connected devices in every home. Things that used to be physical security, such as a door lock, become digital security problems once it’s a connected door lock that can be operated by a smartphone.

AVG’s cross-platform software is available direct from AVG and from the various app stores.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist. Daniel J Lewis dares you to get started in podcasting with The Audacity to Podcast.

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Omni Pro Medical Assessment Tool Kit

February 2nd, 2016

omni pro medical assessment kitFor many doctors, nurses and even paramedics, having the patient assessment tools you need on hand at the time you must use them is a challenge. The tools are expensive and have historically been bulky and not very portable. That all changes with the Omni Pro Medical Assessment Tool Kit from HMD HK Ltd.

Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic interviews Dr. William Hasbun, the inventor of the Omni Pro. Jamie learns from the doctor about his new all-in-one toolkit at CES 2016 in the Eureka Park startup area of the international consumer electronics conference.

The Omni Pro is like a Swiss Army Knife of medical assessment tools. The kit is compact and everything attaches or folds out from the included hight quality stethoscope. The more than 20 assessment tools include:

  • Stethoscope
  • Reflex Hammer
  • Otoscope
  • Ophthalmoscope
  • Blue & White Color LED flashlight
  • ECG Calipers
  • Tuning Fork
  • Tongue Depressor Holder

The device will be available for purchase later in spring 2016 and you can contact the company HMD-HK Limited for more information.

You can contact company director Andy Hasbun by email for updated time frames and supply dates.

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Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

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IBM’s Focus for the Future is the “Cognitive Era”

February 1st, 2016

IBM logoTechnology is improving in ways that not only allow for IOT, but also makes it easier for us to talk to our devices and appliances. IBM’s focus for the future is the “Cognitive Era” – a term they’ve coined and a market that they are going after. The overall goal is to improve the natural language understanding in IOT products.

Don and Scott spoke with Aylee H. Nielsen, who is a Social Media Execution Strategist for IBM. She talked about some of the partnerships that IBM has with different companies, including Under Armour, SoftBank, and Cognitoys. Some of the new products from those companies are IBM Watson powered devices.

Don Baine is the Gadget Professor and he holds classes at TheGadgetProfessor.com.

Scott Ertz is a software developer and video producer at F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.

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Flicks Lets You Watch Movies Outdoors

February 1st, 2016

Dashbon logo TwitterHave you ever wanted to watch movies outside during a backyard party or a camping trip? Dashbon, a start up company that makes mobile audio visual products, can turn the idea of outdoor movie watching into a reality. Flicks, the first product from Dashbon, is available now.

Marlo and Todd spoke with CEO of Dashbon, Andrew Lin, at CES 2016. Flicks is an all-in-one, Bluetooth enabled boombox that combines a high-fidelity audio system with a cutting edge 720p HD LED projector. Use it to stream your favorite tunes from your smartphone or to watch movies via HDMI from your smartphone or media devices.

Flicks comes in two models. The 140WH model has a 140Wh built-in lithium-ion battery, 4 hours of movie playtime, 28 hours of Bluetooth music playback, 28 days of standby time, and weighs 6.17 lb (2.8 Kg). The 280WH model has a 280Wh built-in lithium-ion battery, 8 hours of movie playtime, 56 hours of Bluetooth music playback, 56 days of standby time, and weighs 7.72 lb. (3.5 Kg).

Flicks 140WH is priced at $599. Flicks 280WH is priced at $699. Both are available now through Dashbon.com and also through Amazon.

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ThinOptics So You Can Read Anywhere

February 1st, 2016

thinoptics glassesThe team at ThinOptics have experience in innovation and advanced technology. They come from the biotech and silicon valley tech industries. When they started looking at a way to come up with a better set of reading glasses with a form and fit that made them easy to carry everywhere and anywhere you need them.

Health Tech Weekly host, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic stopped by the ThinOptics booth and found his new favorite reading glasses. Usually a person keeps their reading glasses in one place, their desk or next to their chair at home. That means that everywhere else they are out of luck.

Now the ThinOptics glasses can be kept with you everywhere. Jamie keeps his on the back of his smartphone case where they have a low profile but are there when he needs them.

Check out ThinOptics.com or find ThinOptics in various colors over at Amazon.com for just $24.95.

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Ventev Helps You Stay Charged

January 31st, 2016

Ventev logoWe all carry around, and rely on, our mobile devices. Will you have enough power to do what you need to do while you are out and about? Ventev has a line of mobile accessories that can ensure you won’t run out of juice.

Marlo and Todd spoke with Scott Franklin, Head of Marketing for Ventev Mobile at CES 2016. Ventev Mobile makes a line of mobile accessories, including back up batteries, wall chargers, car chargers, and a variety of different cables.

The powercell 6000c battery charger with lightning cable is a 6000mAh portable battery with built-in Apple Lightning cable and 1A USB. It has aluminum housing. It features an on/off button, LED battery indicator light, and provides 25 additional hours of talk time. The powercell 600c is priced at $69.99 and is available now.

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LifeFuels Bottle Gives Essential Nutrition

January 31st, 2016

lifefuels-bottleMaintaining adequate hydration is important. So is keeping your electrolyte levels up during exercise. The new dispenser water bottle from LifeFuels offers a unique way to keep track of these parameters, especially for active people.

Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic interviewed LifeFuels Chief Operating Officer Ethan Gill about the LifeFuels bottle. They met up at the International CES conference in Las Vegas, Nevada last month where many health technology companies were gathered to show off their products for consumers.

LifeFuels says they have the nutrition you need, when you need it, on the go. The LifeFuels water bottle provides dispenser inserts that have different nutritional liquid supplements to be dispensed into the water bottle as you need them. It ties in with a mobile application on your smartphone or tablet and allows you to track your hydration levels and the nutritional content of the LifeFuels supplements you have consumed that day.

The LifeFuels water bottle is coming soon so check in at their site LifeFuels.co.

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Motion Capture with a StretchSense Glove

January 31st, 2016

StretchSenseLogo NameThe fantastic performances of Andy Serkis as Gollum brought the concept of motion capture to a wider public audience but the filming technique usually involves dark skin-tight leotards covered in reflective balls with multiple cameras and sensors gathering data in three dimensions. Unless it’s a multi-million dollar production or a top-end athlete wanting to hone their skills, it’s a lot of effort.

StretchSense have a much easier method in mind. By using lightweight stretch sensors with gloves or other form-fitting clothing, StretchSense can get real-time tracking and motion capture without expensive equipment. Jamie Davis chats to Ben O’Brien, CEO of StretchSense.

StretchSense make the soft precise sensors that can be embedded into gloves and clothing to measure the human body’s movement. With the sensors, the movement and motion of the wearer can be tracked for animation and gaming, with other applications in sports training, physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation. Within VR, it can provide presence, positioning hands and legs within the field of view as in reality. It’s all pretty cool stuff – expect products to come to market in the new few years.

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