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Valencell is the Technology Behind our Favorite Fitness Gear

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Valencell Fitness SensorsWith all of the really cool gadgets and gizmos that we are surrounded by each year at CES, it’s nice to sometimes take a step back and get a good feel for the technology behind the products. We had the pleasure of taking a few minutes to speak with a company that provides that technology to many industry leaders.

Valencell is very instrumental to the fitness and health industries. They make the biometric sensor technology that goes into all kinds of different wearables on the market. These wearables include smartwatches, fitness bands and even earbuds. Their sensors can measure important vitals such as heart rate, heart rate variability and respiration rate. They also count steps, count calories, measure stride cadence, distance and a lot more.

The tech and sensors are constantly improving; it’s these changes, as well as consumer usage over time, that drives them to keep their sensors versatile enough to go into a wide variety of products. They provide their technology to a wide variety of different companies like Bose, LG and Sony to name just a few.

Their Biometrics Lab puts their customers’ products through a series of rigorous tests. These tests include using the sensors on a variety of different people to insure that a wide range of skin tones, body types, and age ranges report accurate information. This validates real-world accuracy for their clients and for consumers.

You can get more information about Valencell, find out how they are engaged by interested companies and see a complete list of the companies that currently use their technology by checking out valencell.com.

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Exciting New Technology from Casio that Will Blow Your Mind

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Casio Pro Trek WatchImagine having only to buy one watch for all your needs! That is what Casio is offering with their newest watch, the Casio PRO TREK. This is a smartwatch that is the ultimate in technology. This watch does practically everything. It has so many functions, only a few of which are a GPS satellite system which gives you great detail, and Mapbox, an open source mapping system which can be used online or off, and even works when you don’t have cell service. Having a PRO TREK is a wonderful way to be able to know where you are and for others to be able to locate you in the event that you get lost or stranded.

There are apps for your watch to assist in your golf game, with features such as finding local courses to play, distance between yourself and the green, par for the current hole and how other golfers have played that particular hole. Other available apps offer assistance for fishing and even for the equestrian. There is also an app for the surfer, which can be used for locating the best places to find good waves. This watch is water-resistant for up to 50 meters and shock-resistant up to 4 meters. It is built with a gap in the construction that makes it very durable and impact safe.

The watch has 13 available faces that can be personalized with different colors. There is a world-times feature and a microphone with voice control. One of the best things is an ability to “find your phone,” a problem we all have had. It also has the traditional fitness features to help track sleep and steps. This new model is available now for $500. For more information check out their website.

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Clean and Plentiful: Complete Water Independence is Now Here

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Zero Mass Water SourceWhile walking through the courtyard at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year during CES 2018, we came across an array of solar panels. We walked past them at least a few times without really thinking about it. After all, just about everything is going solar. Then the name of the business caught our eye: Zero Mass Water. And as we pondered the name, we were offered a glass of water. That also was not all that unusual, many of the companies offer you a bottle of water while you are at their booth. Before we could ask about their business, they started to ask us if we enjoyed the taste of the water and explaining how their water source could help us to eliminate the need for buying bottled water, etc. Sounded great, but where are they getting the water and what are they powering with the solar panels?

Introducing SOURCE: a Hydropanel that makes drinking water directly from sunlight and air. This is a truly renewal water source that doesn’t need infrastructure or electrical input. And you can generate up to a case of bottled water per day from just a pair of panels.

Tapped into the unlimited supply of water vapor in the air, SOURCE uses sunlight to power a renewable supply of drinking water. No more waste from bottled or filtered water. It produces pure drinking water and adds exactly the right minerals to optimize health and taste. These electrolytes make SOURCE drinking water delicious. Each SOURCE array is connected to their global network, which enables monitoring of your water production and performance in real time. You’ll also be able to see what sunshine and humidity are expected in the coming days. There’s even an active green light signal to let you know that SOURCE is keeping your water safe. And as a Water for Life member, you’ll get even more data and control over your array.

Most homes can replace all of their drinking water with a 2-panel array. The water flows into a 30 liter reservoir where it is mineralized for optimal taste, storing up to 120 standard bottles per 2-panel array. The price for the two panels and installation is approx $4,500.

This is not only an amazing product for those who want to be environmentally conscience, but imagine how sustainable, clean water will be able to help people drought stricken areas and undeveloped countries. The possibilities are truly exciting.

To get more information, please visit their website.

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Flexible and Healthy with Increased Mobility in the Office

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

FlexiSpot Adjustable DeskAfter getting more information and a working demo of the FlexiSpot Deskcise Pro V9, we ventured further into their booth to see more of their products. Lehong Xiang was very excited to show us how their entire line works together to provide a comprehensive package for your office space.

At Loctek, they take great pride in designing, and bringing to life ergonomic solutions that help people lead a healthier and more productive life. Their innovative Research & Development team is comprised of forward-thinking engineers who combine their ideas with the latest technology and create viable products that make productivity healthier in the all work settings.

Featured here is the arrow shaped adjustable desk. It’s smart features allow users to program in specific height settings, as well as adjust the height at any time. Adjustments are made easily with the touch pad located on the left front of the desk. Add on a dual monitor mounting system for optimum screen views at any height. You can use an ergonomic desk chair and/or one of their stand alone desk bikes, as well. This configuration allows the perfect combination of sitting, standing and pedaling for optimum health benefits.

The arrow shaped smart adjustable desk will be available soon on their website, where you can also find multiple monitor mounting systems and desk bikes. All items are prices separately to allow you to purchase all or any portion thereof. You can also add on to your system at any time.

Also, take a look at the following innovative Loctek products that are available on Amazon.

Loctek Upright Foldable Desk Bike
Loctek Monitor Arm Dual Monitor Mounts
Loctek D7DP Swivel Dual LCD Arm Desk Laptop Mount Monitor Stand

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Flexible and Healthy with Increased Mobility in the Home

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

FlexiSpot Exercise BikeEver since computers became mainstream in offices and in homes, there has been an increase in a multitude of health problems in this country. Everything from neck and back ailments to problems with circulation, weight and mobility. At Loctek, they are passionate about creating an active environment out of conventional work spaces to better support wellness and productivity. To accomplish this, they have designed a line of workstations that promote movement and flexibility. It’s no wonder they were CES Innovation Award Honorees for 2018. Their commitment to wellness at work is obvious in the design of every sit-stand workstation, height adjustable desk, exercise bike and ergonomic monitor mount that they manufacture.

In this interview, we learn that it’s not just important to stay mobile while at the office, but also while we are at home. Lehong Xiang is the CEO and head of design for Loctek. He is very excited to bring his product line, and awareness of their benefits, to as many people as possible. We spend a lot of time, everyday, on our PCs, laptops, tablets and even writing and reading. Whether at a desk, at a counter or on the couch, we tend to sit while performing all of these tasks. The more we sit, the more problems we develop. But let’s be honest, most of us aren’t going to trade in these activities to get some exercise. Well, now you can do both with the FlexiSpot Bike.

This stationary bike, turned into a workstation, is very accommodating to fit into your home and lifestyle. It can be adjusted in many configurations. You can pull the tabletop forward to have a stand up work station. And of course it is also an exercise bike, that you can set to your specific height requirements. The desktop can also be adjusted to your comfort level. They make it as easy as possible for you to get your work done, or read the newspaper comfortably, while keeping your blood flowing as you pedal.

The model presented here, the Deskcise Pro V9, is available for $499. You can get more information, as well as see the other cycles in the line on their website. Also, take a look at the following innovative Loctek products that are available on Amazon.

Loctek Upright Foldable Desk Bike
Loctek Monitor Arm Dual Monitor Mounts
Loctek D7DP Swivel Dual LCD Arm Desk Laptop Mount Monitor Stand

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The Hologram School of the Future is Here!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

HoloAnatomy HoloLens SoftwareCase Western Reserve University has been working with Microsoft HoloLens and the Cleveland Clinic to create the first software for HoloLens to be used in the medical field. The school has been developing this software to be used in their new facility that will house the medical, dental and nursing schools.

The software is called HoloAnatomy and helps teach students without the need to use cadavers and plain 2D textbooks. This application teaches in a 3D hologram style of environment. You will actually be able to walk around the image and even be able to stick your head and hands into the holographic body. Sister software is also being used to view artwork and museums of the world. You can try out this groundbreaking software for free for the HoloLens in the Microsoft Store.

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Latest Tech Delivers Important New Brain Test for Athletes

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Reflexion EdgeConcussion awareness in athletics has become an important topic of discussion in schools and professional sports teams in recent years. Reflexion Edge is an interactive diagnostic tool that is designed to detect and track the onset of these types of brain injuries as part of an athlete’s normal training.

When used as part of daily/weekly performance training, it offers concussion screening and vestibular rehabilitation. Athletes can also use the system to train their cognitive performance on a weekly basis as part of their practice routines. Reflexion Edge searches for concussions that may occur from smaller hits and also the results of mild impacts over time from repeated tackles and checks that would normally go undiagnosed. It is also to be used after each game when the majority of the hits and tackles occur. Unchecked, these injuries could lead to more serious brain injuries later in life.

This tool also increases the athlete’s performance through neurocognitive training over time. They can then look at the leader boards to see how they stack up to their friends and others in their leagues.

Reflexion is currently partnered with two Pennsylvania high schools while ramping up for a launch in May of this year. For more information, please visit their website.

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Your Special Herbal Blends to Help You Relax and Enjoy Life More

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Oblend botanical extracts and essential oilsSo many of us are trying to live a more pure and healthy lifestyle. Homeopathic cures and remedies can play a big part in this. And although it is very appealing to cure what ails us with an all natural approach, it’s not always easy to find the right blend of ingredients to fit our own individual needs. Oblend allows you to make a variety of health products, right at home, using plant-based materials, such as botanical extracts and essential oils.

Botanical extracts and essential oils have long been touted as being able to help with everything from headaches to sleeplessness to inflammation and everything in between. But everybody is different and getting the right blend for maximum benefits can be quite difficult and expensive. This is where Oblend comes in. With the help of their mobile app, you are able to identify your specific need and get recipe combinations. And you can choose the best way to deliver the results. You can create vapes, tinctures, culinary oils, massage oils, lotions, drinks, aromatherapies and supplements from legal herbal extracts and essential oils. And that’s just the beginning.

Still in the prototype stage, Oblend will go on resale in March and is expected to begin shipping in July. Pricing is expected to be at about $949. They are currently offering a CES special of 50% off of the March preorders when you sign up for their email list on their website.

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See What Happens When You Increase Productivity with Mindset

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Mindset focused headphonesThe world and our daily lives are filled with distractions. It’s getting more and more difficult to stay focused on the task at hand. The team at Mindset have seen the transformative power of EEG and, with the overall goal in mind of bringing it to everybody, they have developed the Mindset Headphones.

These over-ear headphones have EEG sensors embedded to measure the electrical activity in the brain and parse it out to measure how focused you are while working, studying, completing tasks, etc. This technology is used to improve concentration. While wearing the headphones, when you get distracted, they will send you a signal to make you aware. Over time, this trains your subconscious to better recognize those things that distract you so you can tune them out.

It comes with a customizable app that allows you to choose how you receive the cues. You also use the app to track your progress. It’s like a fitness tracker for your brain. You can track how often your are distracted, your best hours for concentration, and figure out which habits are affecting your focus throughout the day.

The headphones themselves are made by Onkyo and deliver great sound. They were designed to give an experience that was built for work with Bluetooth and active noise cancelling. They can be worn comfortably all day with a battery life of 8-10 hours.

The price point for these headphones will be $350 when they launch. You can preorder your pair here with a 25% discount. Preorders will ship in April 2018.

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Sproutel is a Wonderful Amazing Companion to Soothe Children with Cancer

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Sproutel Aflac duckSproutel is a company that works with industry leaders to bring awareness to health but also help patients in a therapeutic way. This year at CES 2018, Sproutel is highlighting a partnership collaboration with Aflac and the outcome is the cutest little robot called My Special Aflac Duck. This small duck is adorable and cuddly, and can interact with child cancer patients to help them cope through their cancer treatment. My Special Aflac Duck has three major motor controls: he waddles, bobs his head and quacks. There’s even a soothing heartbeat for a wonderful calming affect.

To the kids, it feels like a stuffed animal, but it is also a robot with built-in sensors that can react to their touch. There’s a built-in microphone and also a light sensor to understand the environment around it, which allows it to actually change behavior depending upon the mood and surroundings.

Also, the kids can communicate their feelings by tapping a “feelings chip” to the duck’s chest. They can also have their cuddly buddy get chemo therapy right along with them. The companion app included augmented reality where you can feed and bathe your duck and also explore the world together.

My Special Aflac Duck will be available in the winter of 2019 and will be donated at no cost to children with cancer. We look forward to future developments from Sproutel. For more information, please visit their website.

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