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AARP’s RealPad, Real Easy

AARP’s RealPad, Real Easy

October 22, 2014 – 9:25 am | Edit Post

What is It? – The RealPad is the first tablet made by AARP to meet the needs of the non-tech savvy portion of an older audience.  The effort is in partnership with Intel, which supplies …

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Leeo – A Bright Idea For A Safer Home

October 23, 2014 – 9:04 pm | Edit Post
Leeo – A Bright Idea For A Safer Home

So let me ask you a question.  When no one’s at home and there’s a fire in your house, does your smoke detector work?  I mean sure, it goes off and it will make a loud beeping and screeching noise  But does it work?  Well , not really.  After all, unless your smoke detector is hooked up to an alarm system that’s monitored, (that’s only 5% of us) if there’s no one home, there’s no one to call the fire department, and your home could burn to the ground.  Now comes the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight  an LED nightlight that gives an Internet voice to your smoke or Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector.

Okay, so it says its a nightlight.. But that’s just its disguise.  In real life it listens for your smoke or CO detector to go off, then uses your home Wi-Fi Network to call your smartphone so you can call 911.  And it’s smart enough to know to call your local home 911 number no matter where you are, since you’ve set it up with your home address. .  To use Leeo you first download the free app from the App Store.  Then you use your phone’s Bluetooth to connect to  Leeo.  From there you hook Leeo up to your home network.  You can then add a list of contacts, so if Leeo can’t reach you in an emergency it will go down your contact list.

Leeo has some other functions as well.  It will monitor your interior temperature and humidity.  Monitoring the temperature is a pretty good way to see if things are really heating up in the house.  You can also adjust Leeo’s brightness and color scheme.  Leeo bridges the gap between the ideal of a connected home and the practical issue of networking the non-networked devices you already have.  Price for Leeo is $99.  That makes it pretty expensive for a nightlight, but a pretty cheap way to make those devices already mandated for your home into a poor man’s version of the connected home.  Clever, Leeo.

Hunkering Down – Getting Ready for the Long Haul

October 16, 2014 – 4:29 pm | Edit Post
disaster kit

Confessions of a Prepper Wannabee Part III
If a disaster struck today, how much food and water do you have on hand?  How much toilet paper?  The disaster preparedness experts say that on average, most disruptions will …

This Doctor Makes House Calls – Dr. Doormat

October 12, 2014 – 10:37 am | Edit Post
This Doctor Makes House Calls – Dr. Doormat

What walks into your house when you do?  Germs, microbes, dirt, and other nasty little travelers.  If you have a pet that does its business near the house, things can be even dirtier.  Certainly you …

Stop Talking Dirty – Try PhoneSoap

October 2, 2014 – 11:40 pm | Edit Post
Stop Talking Dirty – Try PhoneSoap

Got your attention, huh?  Yes this about talking dirty, well at least talking on a dirty phone.  And the chances are that your smartphone or cell phone is dirty.  Covered with germs. bacteria, viruses, even …

Demystifying 4K Television or We Won’t Get Fooled Again?

October 1, 2014 – 12:21 am | Edit Post
Demystifying 4K Television or We Won’t Get Fooled Again?

The first time I saw a 4K television, also known as UHD for Ultra High Definition, was at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.  Several of the major manufacturers including Samsung, LG, and Sony were touting …

Confessions of a Prepper Wanabee Part 2 – Fight Or Flight

September 25, 2014 – 2:07 pm | Edit Post
Confessions of a Prepper Wanabee Part 2 – Fight Or Flight

September is National Preparedness Month.  Unfortunately, the term Prepper, for those who say they want to be prepared, has taken on some negative connotations because of the TV Series Doomsday Preppers.  But we’re not talking …

Two Lights In One – The Heavy Duty NightStick NSR-9944XL

September 24, 2014 – 11:11 am | Edit Post
Two Lights In One – The Heavy Duty NightStick NSR-9944XL

I will confess to a certain fascination with the newer generations of small, pocketable, durable flashlights.  The NightStick NSR-9944XL Xtreme Lumens Duty/Personal-Size Dual-Light Rechargeable Multifunction Flashlight is not quite one of them.  It is very …

Nixeus In-Ear Phones – Sound investment

September 18, 2014 – 8:03 am | Edit Post
Nixeus In-Ear Phones – Sound investment

I get a lot of pitches to try out new products.  Some of the public relations folks who are pushing them can be pretty insistent.  Such was the case with the folks representing the Nixeus …

Confessions of a Prepper Wannabe

September 12, 2014 – 11:33 pm | Edit Post
Confessions of a Prepper Wannabe

First In A Four Part Series
 
No, I don’t believe the sky is falling.  And I’m not getting ready for the breakdown of society.  But in just the course of the past three years I’ve had …

Google [x] Reaches a Fork In The Road and Buys It

September 11, 2014 – 8:40 am | Edit Post
Google [x] Reaches a Fork In The Road and Buys It

If you or someone you care about suffers from Parkinson’s disease or other tremors, you know how challenging even simple things like eating can be.  Now Google [x] is buying a small, San Francisco Bay area …

Into the Woods With Biolite’s Hi-Tech Camping Gear

September 10, 2014 – 7:32 am | Edit Post
Into the Woods With Biolite’s Hi-Tech Camping Gear

A couple of weeks ago we told you about Biolite, the innovative camping gear company from Brooklyn that creates high tech wood burning gear that also charges your devices, all while helping people in the …