Star Trek’s Tricorder Becoming Reality with Scout by Scanadu

Scout If you have kids you know how hard it can be to take their temperature when they are sick. Wouldn’t it be a lot easier if you could simply place a device up to their temple and get the reading. That is one of the ideas behind Scout by Scanadu. Scout by Scanadu does a lot more than measure temperature. It also measures important biometric information such as blood flow,blood oxygen level, heartbeat, and electrical heart activity. You simply place it up to your temple for about 10 seconds and the Scanadu Scout will capture the information. Scanadu is also producing a mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone that the Scout can sync to by Bluetooth 4.0. The Scout still has to go thru FDA review and isn’t expected to be available to the public until late 2013 for around $150.00.

Scout by Scanadu won best of innovation award for personal electronics at CES 2013. It is a project of Walter De Brouwer, Ph.D and is located at the NASA Ames Research Park in California

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Deeper: a Device for the Fisherman in Your Life

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My grandfather was a great fisherman. He owned a cabin near a lake and fished the lake each summer for probably over 50 years. He knew the best spots to find fish and would always come back with a catch. Most of us aren’t that lucky, we go fishing maybe once a summer and many times it’s at a lake or stream we aren’t familiar with. This can make fishing frustrating if you don’t know the right spots. You can sit in a boat all day or along the bank and catch nothing. Worse is when you catch nothing and your friend whose fishing around the bend from you catches enough to fill a basket.

This is the problem that Deeper is trying to solve.  Deeper is a small round device which pairs with an app on your iOs or Android device and helps you find where the fish are hiding. It works in fresh or salt water anywhere around the world. You attach it to the end of a fishing line and throw it out to where you want to fish. The device will then turn on immediately and start sending information back to the app. Deeper uses sonar which emits waves that bounce off objects and then back. Deeper measures the water temperature, how deep it is and most importantly where the fish are. It can search depths up to 120 Ft. It is both shock and water resistance. The information is then transmitted up to 150 feet to the mobile app through Bluetooth. The mobile app not only shows the information it gets from Deeper, but also, weather, a calendar and the stages of the moon. You can also take pictures of the fish you just caught and share them with Twitter or Facebook without ever leaving the app. It works on iOs 4.0 and higher and Android 2.2 and above.

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At this point Deeper is not yet available for sell. They are trying to raise money through contributors. They hope to raise $49,000 by the end of Thursday, July 12. At this point they have raised $15,984. They need to raise this money to pay for both Bluetooth and product certification, injection molding tools and the first production run. The retail price for the device and app will be $199.00, however if you contribute to the project now, you can get it for $149.00 plus $20.00 for shipping and handling. If you are or know of a fisherman or women I think they would really like this device. The company is raising money through a site called indiegogo

Taser C2 Personal Protection Device

Carissa O’Brien interviews Doug from Taser and demonstrates the use of the Taser C2. We tried talking Carissa into getting tazzed but she was not up for it this year.

The Taser C2 packages start at $379 and up.

Interview by Carissa O’Brien of Geek News Central.

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Worth Avenue Group Electronic Device Insurance

Aaron Cooper of Worth Avenue Group (my.worthavegroup.com) talks about the insurance coverage they provide for iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, Cell Phones, e-readers, televisions, laptops, tablets and other high-value electronic devices. With so many high-value portable and other electronics devices, many with glass touch screens screens, insuring these devices can make sense. Their computer insurance even covers virus removal. They require that damaged covered devices be sent in to them.

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