Digital water tester [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) GETTING clean drinking water here is generally not a problem, although the water filter business has really soared in the past few years as more and more people ensure they get clean water to drink and use. If you are paranoid about water quality, you may want to check out the eXact iDip.
This smartphone-connected digital water tester can deliver accurate results with just a few drops which interact with the water test strips pre-inserted into the iDip device. Breaking the bounds of conventional water testers and other digital water tester technology, the eXact iDip works in tandem with a free app. This app is only available to iPhone users at the moment, so Android device owners will have to wait a while.
All information gathered will be stashed in the smartphone, including test date and time for record keeping purposes, so that you have an idea on how your water quality works out across some time. The photometer software also receives new updates in the future to open up additional features and capabilities, making this a future-proof water testing solution.
Health activity monitor
RISING affluence has led to a more sedentary lifestyle, not to mention a higher intake of processed foods and sugary snacks. We are becoming an obese nation at high risk of heart attack, diabetes and stroke. But if you have a mind to get into shape, or would like to take your fitness regime to the next level, here's an activity monitor for your exercise sessions.
Salutron has just announced its LifeTrak Core C210 activity monitor which tracks your every movement round the clock and your heart rate. Data collected includes sleep, calories burned, steps taken and distance travelled, so that you have a better idea on how to be more active, in order to lose weight and sleep better. The LifeTrak Core C210 claims to be able to deliver truly automatic sleep detection and monitoring, which means you need not remember to prompt the device whenever you are about to head off to dreamland. With an easy-to-read display, the LifeTrak Core C210 keeps track of weekly and hourly records so that you can check out the entire week's worth of results, and throughout the day as well via a 24- hour chart. The battery is said to last up to a year. The device is fully submersible up to 30m, so you can wear it and swim. swim. Priced at US$69 (RM222). This makes the LifeTrak Core C210 activity tracker an attractive proposition.
Smell your message
THE way we communicate with one another has certainly moved by leaps and bounds over the years as we move from an ordinary phone call to text messaging and video call.
What's next? Can we also incorporate smell into our messages to deliver a more realistic sense and feel? The answer is yes. And this is made possible thanks to the oSnap iPhone app which allows users to tag photographs with more than 300,000 unique scents. These scent- tagged images, known as oNotes, can then be sent and received over email, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, in select hotspots installed with the oPhone hardware. All of these work in tandem so that you will be able to smell what the sender intends you to in the first place. To create a scent digitally, you scroll through a window with up to 32 scents. Users can pick from one to eight, which results in a possible combination of more than 300,000 scents. From there, you name the scent-tagged image and send it electronically. Those who receive the oNote, tap on the oNote icon and are directed to onotes.com where they can then see the corresponding image and associated scents. Assuming your Bluetooth connection is turned on and you are within proximity of an oPhone, you can download the received message and smell the aroma. www.onotes.com
Sync and charge
MANY smartphones charge via a micro USB port, while those who groove to iOS-powered devices, settle for a Lightning port instead. When you travel as a family, however, I am quite sure you will have a mix of iOS- and Android-powered devices, which would mean having to carry different kinds of chargers. Here's a gizmo that offers you the best of both worlds. The Scosche smartBox with 2-in-1 retractable sync & charge cable, can be used for both Lightning and micro USB powered devices. Its compact and portable form factor makes it ideal for when you are on the move. This particular cable will be able to extend up to one metre and has a sliding adapter for users to make the switch between Lighting and micro USB devices. To retract, simply pull both ends, while the charging adapter remains magnetically held in place when it is closed. As it has a slim barrel design, users will be able to plug in either connector into their handset without having to remove a case for that added touch of convenience. Priced at US$24.99.
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