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FYI Watches Give Bluetooth Connected Wearable Technology

Monday, January 27th, 2014
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FYI Connected Watches

The gang at FYI Watches have looked at the other wearable technologies out there including the so-called smart watches. They noticed something missing – style and purpose. They took that observation and the knowledge of what we really wanted and needed in a connected wristwatch and came up with the FYI Watches. Chris Montera, the Geekymedic and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic from Health Tech Weekly chatted with Brian Pemberton from FYIwatches.com about these innovative designer watches from Geneva Watch Group, one of the largest designers of wristwatches in the world.

The FYI Watches are able to connect to your iOS iPhone or Android devices giving you all the alerts you’re looking for, without the additional wasted space or extraneous information, with just a glance at your wrist. No more embarrassing moments digging in your pocket or purse for your phone to check on a call. You’ll know who called or texted from your wrist and you can then make a determination on whether you want to bring out your phone to respond. There’s also a proximity alarm so you don’t walk off without your mobile phone, making sure you’re connected to your home and work all the time without worrying about losing your phone.

You can pick up one of these fabulous connected watches in a month or so at FYIWatches.com for around $69.00 or in a local retailer near you in the next three to six months.

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Follow-up with more segments from CES 2014 here at TPN.tv and over at the Health Tech Weekly Podcast with host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

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Fleksy Replaces Android Keyboard with Eyes Free Keyboard

Friday, January 24th, 2014
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Fleksy

Ionnis Verdelis of Fleksy joined Don and I on the TPN CES Livestream action. Fleksy is a software keyboard technology to enable eyes free keyboard for mobile and wearable devices. Fleksy replaces the stock keyboard and although it doesn’t have swipe technology, it does see how you press the screen. Fleksy technology has a predictive correction technology to correct errors.

If you need larger letters, or a specialized keyboard, this will help people with sight issues. The app is available on Android and iOS devices with a 30 day trial ($3.99 after).

To check out Fleksy, goto Fleksy.com

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Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Don Baine of The Gadget Professor

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Sphero Releases Sharky the Beaver Mixed Reality App

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Sphero LogoGNC first saw Sphero at CES last year and it’s a really cool toy: a rugged waterproof ball controlled from a smartphone or tablet. So what has Sphero been up to in the past year…Todd and Don find out from Ian Bernstein, CTO Founder.

While the  hardware is unchanged from last year, Sphero has grown the number and type of companion apps from around 5 apps to over 20 with several produced by third parties. New on the scene is a mixed reality app which uses the tablet or smartphone’s camera to track Sphero and overlay Sharky the Beaver on the device’s screen. It’s particularly fun as the real-world interaction with Sphero creates a relationship with the cartoon character which makes it that bit more believable.

Sphero works with both iOS and Android devices, and retails for around $130. Lots of fun and there’s an SDK if you feel like rolling your own (sorry!)

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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New Generation of OLPC: One Laptop Per Child

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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The One Laptop Per Child Foundation has been pursuing dreams on behalf of millions of children around the world, while keeping pace with the changes in technology and wireless connectivity. This new UI is built around the idea that children’s dreams and hero’s are a good way to group applications and opportunity. The UI is built with full parental controls, with up to three profiles available for age appropriate access to internet assets.

The built in camera is designed for experimentation and applications encourage the child to get out and explore their world with the camera and creativity.

This is the fifth generation of  technology that OLPC has implemented. It is an Android based system, with many apps programmed in Python. The first US based retailer to get the unit will be Walmart, but the price point has not yet been set.  More info at XOLearning.org and Laptop.org

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Smart Fridge – Android Powered

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

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Hisense Offers Ideas to the US Market

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LCD control panels have been around four years – so don’t be confused by the fully capable Android tablet on the HiSense Smart Refrigerator, which integrates a general purpose Android tablet with full internet capabilities and some present day technology into a modern refrigerator concept. The concept includes a bar code scanner that enables real-time inventory awareness,  andthe tablet can communicate shopping lists directly to smart phones and keep track of the freshness status of the items in the fridge.

The tablet allows you to leave notes, take photos, and communicate to smartphones. Recipe favorites can be incorporated into the inventory planning, as well as keeping track of specific diets and nutrition.

This unit is being introduced into China, and should be in the US in the next 12-18 months.
TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews.com

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Aftershokz Bluez: Bluetooth Bone Conductive Headphones at Last Gadget Standing 2013

Monday, December 10th, 2012
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Aftershokz Bluez

Last year at CES we learned about Aftershokz – a company that was working on bone conductive technology so you can listen to music and still hear around you. Jamie and I interviewed Aftershokz last year. I have been using the headphones from time-to-time during the year and they really work well when I need to keep my ears open for other things.

Aftershokz at Last Gadget Standing 2013

Aftershokz will be part of Last Gadget Standing 2013. They will be debuting their Aftershokz Bluez -a new wireless Bluetooth headset. This will be perfect for iPhone or Android since there are no wires. It’s even been speculated that Apple TV will be turning on the Bluetooth option in the 2nd and 3rd gen set top box. This means you could connect the Aftershokz to the Apple TV and listen without having the TV blare across the room.

Aftershokz Bluez will be $89.95 when available. Check out the company at www.aftershokz.com