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The Cloud Connected Car – Viper’s Smart-Start

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

ViperLogoJust in time for the winter season, Viper’s new Smart-Start brings smartphone power to the rescue ! Remote car starting systems are now tied in with an iPhone app, allowing you to have that car warm and toasty (or air conditioned as needed). Of course, being cloud based, it can control vehicles that are located anywhere within GSM wireless range. Dual systems can provide control of different makes of automobiles, from the same app and account. You can also monitor driving habits of teen drivers, interacting with the GPS system in the unit or clearly show the location of the vehicle if it is stolen. You can program ‘hot spots’ that report if your teenager leaves town or goes into a zone that parents have on their list of concerns. If you return from a flight to a snow covered vehicle, you can start remotely and get vectored directly to the vehicle Fees are $3 per month per vehicle for the basic plan, with units beginning at $300.  TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Daniel J. Lewis, The Audacity To Podcast.

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Withings Smart Body Analyzer

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
Withings Smart Body Analyzer Scale

Withings Smart Body Analyzer Scale

At CES Unveiled, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic got a chance to talk to the folks at Withings about their Smart Body Analyzer scale. According to Alexis it’s not just your ordinary bathroom scale.

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This new home scale was awarded a CES 2013 Innovations Award. This scale measures not just your weight, BMI and body fat but also your heart rate and home air quality (carbon dioxide levels) and temperature. The device also connects wirelessly via WiFi or Bluetooth with an app on your mobile device to track all the data.

Home Air Quality Monitoring

Because it monitors air quality in your home, Alexis at Withings recommends you place the scale in your bedroom so you can test the carbon dioxide levels and temperature in your room while you sleep. With today’s homes sealed tight against the weather, it’s important to make sure you can vent air to the outside often enough to ensure high enough oxygen to carbon dioxide levels.

The Withings Smart Body Analyzer will be available for purchase by the end of March and is expected to be priced at $149.00

Video by Jamie Davis, the Podmedic from Health Tech Weekly (HTWeekly.com).