Why wearing a Fitbit can change your life, not just your fitness

Measure your caloric intake and your hydration. Set the alarm. Get alerts for texts and phone calls. Track your sleep patterns

 

 

Fitness trackers have come a long way since the pedometer, the original step counter. They’re no longer just for health nuts and those who simply want to get fit. The latest models include many practical applications no matter what you’re doing to help you get you through your day.

Even better, they’re no longer big, clunky and odd shaped – in fact, they’re downright stylish. And they’re now affordable. To top it all off, they’re app-enabled and can easily connect wirelessly to over 200 devices like iOS, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets for even greater functionality.  Read more at Troy Media or below. [Read more…]

Is your home killing you?

It lurks in your home but you can’t see or smell it. And it may just be putting your life at risk.

No, it’s not carbon monoxide – it’s radon gas. According to Health Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Smokers are at even a higher risk.

Radon is everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live – a new house or a century old – every home has some level of radon and that level determines the health hazard. [Read more…]

AquaGenie world’s smartest water bottle – fully funded

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There’s an app that reminds me to drink water but I have to manually record the amount of water I actually consume.  Wouldn’t it be nice, if there were a clever smart water bottle that helps you keep healthy, by automatically tracking how much water you actually drink?  Well there is one currently on Kickstarter and it’s called AquaGenie.  Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Oral-B Genius toothbrush feels and sees what you can’t – Review

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The dental team at Edmonton’s Southgate Dental Centre, is thorough, very thorough, and they care. At each checkup and cleaning visit, I get sage technical and non-technical advice along with the usual words of wisdom but also words of warning about things like regular flossing and proper care of my teeth. And it’s usually my hygienist who’s just a little more scolding than the dentist. The truth is she’s pretty much always right and on my last visit I heard something particularly different.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

FLO touch-free smart thermometer tracks child’s temperature

FLO1 I remember long ago, as a child, not feeling well; the first thing Mom did was check my forehead for a possible fever and then force that awful glass thermometer which was never that accurate anyway, under my tongue. There has certainly been progress in this area over the years with technological advances. In fact, the new FLO Smart Thermometer by Zeraph can take temperature readings without entering or even touching any part of the body.  Read more…Full review at Canoe Tech Blog.

WHOOSH! now makes tech hygiene shareable and portable

Whoosh-MicrofibreBack in May here at CanoeTech Blog, we had an opportunity to test-drive and introduce you to Whoosh! Screen Shine. Created by a Toronto-based company, it’s a unique spray solution that wipes out your smartphone’s bacteria leaving behind a simple nanofilm designed to repel dust and fingerprints. The company is expanding the line and introducing the same formula but in a convenient single-use wrapped wipe.

“We are very fortunate to have customers that love our original Screen Shine Spray and asked for a wipe version for convenience to use on the go and to help share the product they love so much with others,” said Jason Greenspan, chief executive officer, WHOOSH. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

Whoosh! wipes out your smartphone’s bacteria

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It comes in the form of a kit that consists of a clear spray solution and an anti-microbial 6″ x 6″ orange microfibre cloth. There’s no alcohol or ammonia in the solution, which can be harmful to the coatings on some screens, particularly those like the oleophobic coating found on the iPhone.

Screens like the iPhone are designed for capacitive touch. This means that it relies on the ever-minute electrical particles found in the human finger that makes touchscreens possible.  That’s why touchscreens don’t really work if you’re wearing regular gloves.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Personal quiet sound amplifier helps you hear better

Single BEanAs we get older things like your hearing start to deteriorate, especially if you worked in a noisy environment or went to too many “WHO” concerts without wearing proper hearing protection. To help out in these times Etymotic Research developed The BEAN – Quiet Sound Amplifier; it’s not a hearing aid that corrects hearing loss, but rather a personal sound amplification device that requires no prescription.

The company’s literature likens the BEAN “to wearing store-bought reading glasses that you only need to use part of the time.”  Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

Slate – World’s 1st portable nutritional smart scale

SlateScale A Calgary company is weighing in on the health market by looking at bringing to market, through a crowd funding campaign, Slate Scale, the world’s first portable smart scale for nutrition tracking. Slate Scale is battery operated and designed to pair with your smart phone and when partnered with its companion app, becomes your personal dietitian.  Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

Slate – World’s 1st portable nutritional smart scale

SlateScale A Calgary company is weighing in on the health market by looking at bringing to market, through a crowd funding campaign, Slate Scale, the world’s first portable smart scale for nutrition tracking. Slate Scale is battery operated and designed to pair with your smart phone and when partnered with its companion app, becomes your personal dietitian.

The concept is simple. First you weigh your food (up to 1 kg) on the stainless steel scale. Then, you enter into the app what it is, or in some cases you may be able to use a barcode. The system then taps into a nutritional database, which determines the food’s macronutrients, and in turn it logs the item’s weight along with its calories, carbs, proteins and fat content.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog