4iiii Innovations Announces Viiiiva at CES 2013

Viiiiva4iiii Innovations has created the first heart rate monitor to enable an athlete’s ANT+ devices to “talk” to their iOS devices without the need for awkward adapters. This incredibly handy device is called Viiiiva. It can easily communicate with your iPhone or iPod touch in real time.

Viiiiva is a lightweight, comfortable chest strap heart rate monitor. The Liiiink Connectivity Module inside it is what turns your iPhone into a cycling computer or running monitor. Go get some exercise while wearing Viiiiva, and it will seamlessly deliver all the data about it to the free 4iiii app or any of the popular fitness apps. It uses an ANT+ to Bluetooth Smart bridge to do it.

This allows athletes to monitor their heart rate activity on an iPhone as well as a sport watch. You can adjust settings, review activity summaries, and receive performance feedback from your iPhone or iPod at anytime, anywhere.

Here are some quick features of Viiiiva HRM:

* Works with Garmin, TIMEX, adidas, and other popular displays
* Accurate heart rate measurement on your Bluetooth Smart iPhone without awkward adapters
* Liiiink can send heart rate, cadence, power, and speed, data to most popular iOS fitness apps, including Endomondo, MapMyFitness, Runtastic, Runmeter, Strava, Training Peaks, and Runkeeper. (when applicable ANT+ compatible sensors are connected)
* Viiiiva stores your data in .FIT files
* No need to recharge – Viiiiva runs on a coin-cell battery for over a year.

4iiii Innovations is at CES 2013, where they will be displaying Viiiiva HRM. Find them in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, at the ANT+ booth #26700.

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Withings Smart Activity Tracker Reminds You to Be Active

Smart Activity Tracker Withings Many of us have the type of jobs that require us to sit behind a desk for several hours a day. Whether you work from home or in an office, one thing is the same – your job encourages you to be sedentary. One way to stay healthy is to make sure you are active. It can be difficult to remember to do that as you are working toward a deadline, or when you are tired after coming home from work.

Withings has a small, but powerful, device that will remind you to get up and be active. It is called the Smart Activity Tracker. You can have it send you alerts to indicate inactivity, and reminders to be active, directly to your smartphone.

It is an activity tracker that can take pulse measurements, record the number of steps taken, strides run, distances covered, calories burned, and even the quality of your sleep. It also records your heart rate.

It can differentiate between moderate and vigorous activity. It also can calculate the number of stairs climbed and calories burned depending on the user’s body composition. Wear the device while sleeping, and it will keep track of the duration of sleep as well as the quality of it.

The Smart Activity Tracker is small. Its dimensions are 43.3 x 22.1 x 8.3 mm. Put it in your pocket, or wear it with the included belt clip and/or arm band. The front of it is a functioning touch surface that lets you navigate from screen to screen. The device has a two week battery life and an on-board USB port for recharging.

The Smart Activity Tracker syncs via Bluetooth Smart with the Withings Health Mate mobile app. The app is where your data is collected and stored in real time. It will categorize the data into 3 categories: Activity, Heart, and Sleep. You can share the data with your physician, dietitian, coach, or on Twitter and Facebook.

Withings will be at International CES 2013. It is going to unveil its Smart Body Analyzer, which has been awarded with a 2013 CES Innovations award.

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Smart Body Analyzer by Withings at CES 2013

Withings Smart Body Analyzer One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to lose some weight. Others might expand upon it by making the goal of “getting heathy”. Withings has the perfect device to help you monitor how well you are achieving those goals as the year goes by.

The Smart Body Analyzer is the first smart scale that can monitor health and environment through heart rate measurement and air quality monitoring. It can also give you a rich weight analysis through its Position Control technology in order to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. The scale can connect wirelessly through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and it pairs nicely with both iOS and Android devices.

Step on the Smart Body Analyzer scale just like you would the one that you are currently using. It will give you accurate weight, body fat, and heart rate readings. It will also take a reading of your resting heart rate, which is a good indicator of your overall fitness level. If you place the scale in your bedroom, it will monitor the quality of the air by taking a reading of the temperature and CO2 level.

The readings are then transmitted to the Withings Health Mate mobile application through the built in internet connection. You can choose to share the results with your doctor or dietician, and even on Twitter and Facebook. The Health Mate app is an open platform that can aggregate measurements from other Withings devices and third party sensors and apps.

Withings will unveil its Smart Body Analyzer at the 2013 International CES. The device was awarded with a 2013 CES Innovations award. It is slated for a Q1 2013 release date at a suggested retail price of $149.95.

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GNC-2012-04-20 #758 Back from NAB!

Back from NAB with a rare Friday show, be sure to check out the podcast and get all caught up.. Headed to Florida tomorrow night so there will be two shows from Florida next week.

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GNC-2012-03-22 #752 The Crud Strikes!

Hey folks have a serious case of the crud but the show must go on.. Probably better to listen to this one versus watch ;). Minor schedule changes on my Indy trip but a log going on here getting ready for the new quarter.

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Nothing But Nets – A surprising visit to our booth

Todd and Steve get a surprise visit from a funny bug with a serious message. Even though it was Friday afternoon, and everyone was a bit punchy (including the tricaster operator in the studio) they managed to get the word out on this very important issue.

Nothing but Nets is a charity that sends mosquito nets to people in Africa. In Africa 1000’s of people die of mosquito-born illness. Nothing but nets will send a long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed net, distribute it, and educate communities on its use, all for $10. 100 percent of every $10 contribution to cover the costs.

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Gunnar Digital Performance Eyewear

Gunnar Phenom EyewareGunnar‘s digital performance eyewear is a range of spectacles designed for people who spend too much time in front of a screen. Typically stylish and yellow-lensed, Todd occasionally wears a pair of Gunnars while doing the GNC show.

Joe Croft dropped in to show off the latest specs and Gunnar currently has a four-way line-up with Advanced Computer, Advanced Gaming, Premium 3D and Advanced Outdoor eyewear. As you might guess, three out of the four are primarily for indoor use only.

The Advanced Computer eyewear is for those people who use computer screens all day and the glasses help with the typical symptoms of prolonged computer use, such as a lowering in the blink rate leading to dry eyes, tired eye muscles from short range focussing and poor light quality from fluorescent lights. The technology in Gunnar glasses addresses each of those issues to make the eyes more comfortable while using a computer screen.

The new Spring 2012 collection is now out at Gunnars. Prices from $80 – $300 for standard lenses. Budget up to $700 for custom prescription lenses from Zeiss.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Steve Lee of Netcast Studio for the TechPodcast Network.

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Hearing Loss Help From ClearSounds

ClearSounds LogoSurprisingly, one in five Americans over the age of 12 has hearing loss severe enough to affect communication and in over a third of the cases, the loss is from noise exposure, not age. ClearSounds produces a range of stylish products that help people overcome their hearing loss and communicate again. Andy and Courtney talk to company president, Michele Alman of ClearSounds.

Suffering from a hearing loss is less about the physical impairment and more about the isolation and withdrawal that occurs when it becomes difficult to hear what’s going on. The problem doesn’t only affect the afflicted; friends and family stop calling and phoning because it’s simply too hard to have a conversation. In turn, the lack of contact leads people into depression.

ClearSounds have a range of products aimed at remedying everyday situations – people with hearing loss want to use cool tech too. The ClearSounds i700 iCreations Phone is combination landline and iPhone dock. The enhanced handset combines a DECT cordless phone with a Bluetooth receiver so only one handset is needed to take both landline and mobile phone calls.

For watching TV, the ClearBlue Bluetooth TV/Audio Listening System is a Bluetooth transmitter and headphones receiver. Rather than turning the TV volume up until it rocks the house, the headphones let the individual set the volume just right for them.

Interview by Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallin of SDR News and RV News Net.

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Kidz Gear Volume Limiting Headphones

Volume Limiting Headphones

CES regular Jack Peterson talks with Todd and Don on the latest headphones for children from Kidz Gear.

Kidz Gear produces headphones with smaller headbands and ear cups to fit the smaller heads of children. This year they’ve brought to the market new wired headphones that have a built-in volume limiter that prevents children’s hearing becoming damaged through excessive sound levels. The headphones reduce the maximum sound level by about 20% into the 80-95 decibel range.

The new headphones are compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod ranges and include an inline remote  and mic control. They’re available from the Apple Store or direct from Kidz Gear for $29.99.

An additional new product in the same vein is a volume limit cable which can be added to already-purchased headphones to make them safer for children. Priced at only $9.99, there’s currently a special price of $5.99 showing on-line.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Don Baine, the Gadget Professor for the TechPodcast Network.

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Careverge Takes A Social Approach To Health

Careverge logoThe fast pace of modern Western life doesn’t lend itself to a healthy lifestyle and many of us struggle to keep on top of the weight and exercise regularly, including myself. Careverge can help as a one-stop health and well-being site that brings together fitness, health and support in one place. Careverge’s Henry de Phillips talks to Jamie Davies of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show about what the site can offer.

Careverge’s approach is to create a social networking environment to encourage good health behaviours rather than to simply sell a product or a plan. The site brings networking, gaming and recommendations together so that within only a few moments of starting to use the site, the individual is given personalised suggestions on reading and possible activities. The focus of Careverge is to encourage people to health through fun while providing quality health information and support to reach their goals.

Careverge is free to use for consumers.

Interview by Jamie Davies of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show.

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