Smart Diabekit by Reunion

DiabekitDid you know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in US. and cost $174 Billion US dollars in health care cost. There are 25 million diabetics and 79 million pre diabetics in the US. People with diabetes have to estimate the amount of sugar they eat and monitor the level of glucose in their blood. This can mean carrying around a large kit and sticking yourself with a needle to draw blood. It is messy and painful. Many people will just try to estimate their sugar intake which can lead to life threatening situations. Runware the maker of the Runalyzer a heart rate monitor is coming out with an all in one solutions for the diabetics called the Smart Diabekit System. It has a smart glucometer for measuring blood sugar and  sensors that communicates with the included scale and an activity tracker. Now the diabetic can easily keep track  the food they are eating, how active they are and of their glucose level.

The Smart DiabelKit System will be available in September 2014 at the Runware website, price is not available at this time. If you are attending CES 2014 Runware a company based out of the The Reunion Island will be in the Venetian Ballroom Hall D, level 2 Booth 7269.

Canon Showing Off 30-inch 4K Industrial Video Display at NAB

Canon has announced that from April 16-19 they will be at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show that is taking place next week in Las Vegas.  One of the big new items they are bringing with them is a 30 inch industrial video display that handles the next-generation 4K video standard.

“Canon is currently developing a 30-inch 4K resolution industrial display as a 4K video output device realizing faithful color reproduction and high-resolution, high-contrast performance. Canon will exhibit a prototype of the video display from April 16 to 19 at NAB Show 2012, the world’s largest international digital event for audio, video, film, broadcast and communications, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.”

This is strictly a prototype of a monitor that is still under development, so don’t expect to see it on the market any time soon.  However, there has been talk of the movie industry moving to 4K in the future and Canon plans to be prepared for that possible inevitability.  Canon does specify that, while they don’t have pricing or specifications available at this time, they have every intention of having this new display on the market before the end of 2012.

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Wacom Computer in a Tablet

The latest from Wacom is a monitor that can be attached to a PC or Mac and become an interactive monitor for either operating system.  It allows any user to interact with the screen through a highly touch-sensitive pen, for drawing or writing on the screen.  This device turns a simple computer into a whiteboard, which is something used almost daily in the business world.

The new screens are 1920 x 1200, so they can display full high-def graphics and also display up to 92 percent of the Adobe color gamet.  This makes the screen, not only good for business, but also ideal for artists.

This technology doesn’t come cheap, but for the business user the price may not seem too steep at $2,599.  After all, it can replace several other devices and functions in an office.  You can see it in action in the video below and also visit their web site for more info.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.

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Remote Monitoring/Home Automation

For several years, there has been a small but dedicated group of people experimenting in the world of what has been dubbed home automation. Until now, this field has been fragmented with clunky, often expensive products that don’t integrate well and often make the consumer jump through multiple hoops to even get them to work.

In a recent article I talked about installing a Nest remote-controlled thermostat in my house. The Nest thermostat has so far proven to MORE than live up to the promises made by its manufacturer. The Nest thermostat was remarkably easy to install and makes it amazingly easy to remotely monitor and control my home heating/air conditioning system via iOS or my Android smartphone. Once installed, the Nest simply works. The Nest is worth every penny of its $249 dollar price tag.

Now that I’ve lived with the Nest a while, I’m more excited than ever about the possibilities of remote monitoring, remote control, and home automation.

What I want next is a remote camera system that works with the absolute ease of the Nest thermostat and Nest app combination. The ideal remote camera system would offer at least 4 network-connected weatherproof cameras along with a controller/app system that could be set up with the no-muss, no-fuss ease that the Nest thermostat offers. I want to be able to open an app on an iOS or Android device/smartphone and have my remote camera views simply show up, perhaps with the ability to pan, zoom and tilt individual cameras if I wished right from within the app. Furthermore I don’t want to have to worry about firewalls or port-forwarding to try to get past my home router or ISP firewall

I would also like to be able to use my iOS device or Android smartphone to be able to remotely monitor my refrigerator.

Now that most of us are equipped with smartphones, I see a huge opportunity for a company or companies to step into the home automation/remote monitoring arena and fill the void. The standard to meet revolves around ease-of-use.

Samsung Acquires Sony’s Stake in S-LCD for $939 million

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Back in 2004, Samsung and Sony joined together to produce Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD). More than TV’s and computer monitors, these LCD’s were also in phones, cars, appliances and other items needing a display. Two months after Sony announced it was reorganizing due to a 1.2 billion dollar loss, Sony has sold their part in the LCD venture for $939 million (1.08 trillion Korean won).

In the agreement, Samsung will acquire all of Sony’s shares (329,999,999) of the S-LCD Corporation. They will still cooperate in engineering efforts on LCD panel technology.

Transaction close date is expected on 1/19/2012

Sony Press Release

Samsung Press Release

Samsung 950 Series 3D Displays

The upcoming Samsung 950 is not only 3D capable, but is also being billed by Samsung as their top-of-the-line 2D display as well.  This set will even do 2D to 3D conversion.  It has an ultra thin chassis and no bulge in the back because all of the electronic are built into the base.  It’s LED display that has the thinness of an OLED panel.  It will be available in two versions – a monitor and a combination HDTV and Monitor.

There’s no word yet about when the 950’s will hit the market, but they are saying that will likely be the first half of this year.  Of course there is also no price as of yet, but you can almost always expect to pay a handsome price when you buy top-of-the-line gear.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central

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iDevices Presents the iGrill Bluetooth-enabled Wireless Meat Temperature Cooking Monitor

Jonathan Conelias of iDevices, Inc. (www.idevicesinc.com) presents the iGrill Bluetooth-enabled wireless temperature probe device that is designed to synch up with an iPod, iPhone or iPad and remotely display temperatures of cooking meats. It is able to monitor two temperatures at once and runs on four “AA” batteries. The iOS application features alarms that can be set to notify the user that the desired cooking temperature has been reached. The app also includes recipes and an Internet browser. The app is currently available for Apple’s iOS devices but will be available for Google Android by the end of the first quarter of 2011. It sells for $99.99 and comes with one temperature probe. A second temperature probe can be purchased for $19.99. The probes have 48″ inch cords and can measure 40 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit inside cooking meat products.

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MobileMonitor Presents Monitor2Go & Field Monitor Pro With Keypad Portable 15″ USB Monitors

Lawrence Pensack presents two portable 15.4″ inch USB monitors that are designed to extend the desktop real estate of laptop computers. Monitor²Go, which is available in May, is a USB monitor that sells for $279 dollars.

The Field Monitor Pro With Keypad is available now and sells for $289, includes an integrated numeric keypad. Both monitors are DisplayLink Certified.

It is possible to daisy-chain up to 6 of these monitors for maximum high-performance portable screen real estate. Both units fold up into the shape of standard laptop computers to go into standard laptop bags and weigh about 4 pounds. They are powered with their own power adapters.

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HP Refreshes Business Line At CES

At CES in Las Vegas, HP today announced new desktops, thin clients and monitors to enable the business community to get great performance at a great price while reducing the effect on the environment.

In particular, HP has unveiled the HP Compaq 8200 Elite, the 6200 Pro and 4000 Pro, plus the HP 100B All-in-One business desktops.  The 8200 is intended to be HP’s premium PC with 40% better performance and 15% improvement in disk access over the previous model and there’s now an discrete graphics option which bumps the graphics performance by 70%. Under the hood, Intel’s second-generation Core vPro CPUs.  Expected early March from $679.

The 6200 Pro represents the mid-range with industry-standard features and Intel CPUs that can be configured to the requirements and price of the purchaser.  Available in small form factor and microtower chassis.  Expected late March from $619.

The 4000 Pro model is for businesses wanting to maintain legacy hardware with the inclusion of PCI expansion slots, standard serial ports and PS/2 device support in addition to the more modern I/O ports expected on PCs. Expected in February from $499.

The 100B All-in-One PC is features a dual-core AMD processor in a cool space-saving design. With a 20″ widescreen display powered by integrated HD graphics, this will be a flexible design that can be upgraded as needs change.  Expected in February from $499.

All of the new 2011 HP business desktops include highly efficient PC designs and power supplies that help lower energy use and HP also plans for the entire desktop series to be brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)-free further lessening the PC‘s impact on the environment.

For organisations interested in thin clients, three new models were announced – the HP t5500, t5565 and t5570 thin clients.  All come with VIA Nano u3500 processors and VX900 integrated graphics, which provides hardware assistance for multimedia and allows the thin clients to drive dual digital monitors. Available for a range of virtualisation and cloud computing environments such as Citrix and VMware. On sale from mid-January starting at $249.

And finally, a slew of business monitors are now available with new designs and adjustable displays. The LA2006x, LA2206x and LA2306x WLED backlit LCD widescreen monitors come in 20″, 21.5″ and 23″ diagonal screen sizes with digital DVI and DisplayPort connectors along with a 2 port USB hub.  Available now from $209.

HP Compaq also announced the LE1901wl WLED backlit LCD monitor, with a 19″ diagonal screen but in a 16:10 aspect ratio and only VGA connectivity.  Available now from $157.

HP also mentioned that it sells one desktop PC every 1.2 seconds, which is pretty impressive even if they are the number one desktop PC supplier in the world.

They Continue to Stomp on Privacy – The Social Experiment

**Update: The “Who’s been watching my Profile” application (and 25 variants) are a Hoax and a phishing scheme, according to Trend Micro – If you see it, you should not select or accept any offer to see who’s been looking at your profile.

I got another “Who’s checking your profile on Facebook” application. It seems to be the newest annoyance on the Social Network site. We seem to run into new avenues where privacy just seems to continue to be trampled over. You can complain, but the damage has already been done. So why have privacy anyway?

First of all, we have to ask if this Facebook application is stomping on my privacy and how it’s doing so. Well, I have already been in a couple pictures stating I have recently read their profile page. I don’t remember giving the application permission to do so. A friend of mine just mentioned that he felt the app was only pulling random pictures from your friends list, so in that case, it can be a misleading picture altogether.

Nonetheless, it’s a picture. It circumvents other privacy initiatives. Such as “Certain friend see my wall posts”. If you leave your photos open, hey! I can see the picture. I know who you’ve been talking to… well… sort of.

Think about it: You get an email from a “Former friend” saying “Dude. Stop going to my profile”. Worse yet, paranoia might set in and they delete their Facebook profile altogether.

Not to get on a tangent on this one Application. The reality is we seem to continually get bombarded with privacy issues – Some of them are common sense issues – by bigger corporations. It could be Facebook, MySpace, Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Intel or a number of other companies. Most of the time, it’s the 3rd party applications that cause the issue; in which these companies state that: “We are not held responsible for what these apps do”. Yet they approve them.

Some people have said that privacy is only a figment of your imagination. That may be true, but I like to feel a little safe as to who I share my info with. Kinda like the home with the door that is falling apart and that could be kicked in at any moment: At least I have the one lock, so I feel safer. Nevermind the window I leave unlatched in the living room…

Privacy online is a different story – Of course. We have to continually monitor who has what information. It only takes one company with an idea, and another company employee to blindly approve said idea.

The “Who’s been Watching” application is a small infarction to a much bigger issue. However, we cannot overlook the smaller issues, because they can snowball. With Facebook being under the microscope as of late changing around their privacy issues, any new problem is definitely going to be scrutinized. But sometimes, you just cannot hide behind the 3rd party disclaimer. Yeah, it’s not your program, but it is my data. I can take that ball and go to another place with a beat up door and flimsy lock…