Tech Health To A New Level With These Gadgets

Your health is one of the most important facets of your life. Without it, there is a possibility you won’t be around to reap the benefits of a fast-paced lifestyle. Of course, busy people don’t exactly have the time to maintain their well-being. Let’s face it – other things are important. Entrepreneurs are trying to make a ton of money while parents are attempting to keep their kids safe. Whoever said always look after number one wasn’t realistic.

Letting your health wash away is a dangerous game, though. So, everyone, even the busiest of the busy, needs to take care of their fitness. Thankfully, it’s 2017, which means there is a piece of technology which can help. In fact, there are five pieces.

Here are the gadgets which will tech your health to another level.

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Nike+ FuelBand

Do you remember the time when people used to wear pedometers to track their steps? A FuelBand is a glorified pedometer with a handful of extra features for good measure. About the thickness of a bracelet, the band is full of accelerometers which track movement. Thanks to them, the band can store details on a range of activities, from steps taken to calories burned. In simple terms, it’s a watch (it tells the time) which monitors your activity on a daily basis. Hopefully, by tracking movement and calorie intake, the band will give you a kick up the backside. For those who are not Nike fans, a Fitbit or an Apple watch works in the same way.

Workrave

Work hard, play hard, right? That’s the saying, yet lots of people work hard and forget to make time to play. The office is a vital part of any adult’s life, but there needs to be a balance. Working your body to death is not going to help with things such as stress levels and fatigue. You need to learn to take regular breaks, and Workrave is an app which can help. All you have to do is open the app as soon as you begin the day and wait for an alert. When it pops up on your phone or laptop, it means it’s time to stop for five minutes. It also tells you when to take longer breaks and when to pack up and go home. Eyeleo takes it one step further and focuses on relaxing the eyes.

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Sleep Cycle

Your health centers on your sleep patterns. Without the right amount of shuteye, the body can’t refresh after a hard day’s work. According to geeks around the world, the total amount should range from seven to nine hours a night. After you figure out you only get half of this, you also need to work out insomnia is harming your health. The good news is that Sleep Cycle can track your sleep patterns. Through the phone’s microphone, the app analyses sound and movements during the night. Depending on the state of sleep, it will gently rouse you from your slumber to ensure you get enough rest.

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3 Series hearing Aids

There are five senses, yet not all of them work correctly. The one which seems to fade quicker than the rest is hearing. When the ears stop picking up vibrations in the air, it can impact your lifestyle. Try having a conversation with a person who is half deaf and you’ll understand. Of course, there is no reason to go deaf with a hearing aid. In the past, aids were chunky, clunky pieces of tech which looked horrible and needing fixing. Hearing aid repair was part of the game before the advent of new technology. Nowadays, the 3 Series version is sleek and slimline and hardly noticeable. Plus, it incorporates features which enhance the way you watch TV and listen to music. Oh, and it’s waterproof, too.

Strava

Strava is one of the leading apps for tracking physical activity. Whereas a Fitbit monitors small movements, Strava observes distance running and strenuous activity. Do you like to hit the gym or pound the pavement? No, but it’s a necessary evil. The Strava app will inform you of everything from split times to the overall calories burned. Also, thanks to the interactive element, you can gauge your times against other app users. As humans are competitive, there is nothing like scrolling the timesheets. Plus, it adds another element to your workout and keeps you motivated.

If you find your health hard to maintain, technology is the way forward.

Technology and You

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We live in a world of technology – there’s no getting around it. Everywhere you turn there is someone staring at their phone, tablet or smartwatch. And where some people might think that the amount of technology we have isn’t a good thing, but tech has seriously revolutionized the way we live our lives.

From the industrial revolution in the late 1800s we gained trains and cars, and due to the world wars, we developed extreme weapons. Where the latter isn’t a good advancement, it has still changed the way we live – without the need to speed up technology for vehicles our cars and planes could be decades behind where they are now. And we might not even have motorbikes in production. The wars also called for better communication, telegrams quickly overtook letters, and the telephone moved inside houses at a rapid pace.

The 1900s saw a boom in technology; the first mobile telephone was invented complete with a battery in a suitcase. Thanks to Thomas Edison, the light bulb quickly replaced gas and candles. Electricity became available in every country, and almost every home. Electric trains connected the world, and cars became a necessity, not a privilege. In the 1990s most adults in the western world had a mobile phone, and every home had at least one phone. Polaroid cameras came in as the stop-gap between film and digital, and walkmen’s shrank in size.

The 2000’s have been no different. We can trace the evolution of phones from our trusty Nokia to the string of iPhones people are compelled to buy. Computers are less of a staple addition to the house and more of an extra to your laptop or Mac. Game consoles occupy space in nearly 50% of homes, and they are constantly getting updated and remodeled. Technology now advances with such speed that something you buy on the launch date will be out of date less than a year later.

Think about the amount of technology you have in your house – your phone, TV – which is probably a smart TV, a game console or two, an iPad or tablet, maybe a kindle, your laptop and maybe a computer as well. And that’s a minimum and common list for your average household. There are some great pieces of technology that improve our daily lives like sunlamps that help wake you up gradually, fitness watches that help you to stay on track with your workouts, and the mere fact that the world is at our fingertips through our phones.

There are, however some amazing advancements in technology that no one could say was a waste.

Hearing Aids

Go back a century and the cure for hearing loss could see you ingesting mercury tablets or catheterizing your nose. Now there is such a wide variety of assistive listening devices it’s crazy. Not only can you get a hearing aid that is nearly invisible, you can also get one to fit babies. You can even have a cochlear implant which will allow people with severe and permanent hearing loss to hear again.

Color Blind Cure

We’ve all seen the videos of people receiving their enchroma glasses and seeing the world in color for the first time. It’s completely fantastic the amount of beauty in this world that regular-sighted people see on a regular basis and take for granted. Just the simple act of a specialized lens can literally brighten up someone’s world.

Laser Eye Treatment

Where there isn’t a cure for blindness, there are so many factors that can cause blindness that is now curable, or at least treatable, through laser eye treatments. And for the visually impaired there is a whole host of technology that is available to them to help them live an ordinary life. There’s a pen that records what you say onto little digital stickers, and you just press the pen to the sticker to play it back. They can be used on cans, recipes, clothes tags – you might be blind, but you can still pick out a gorgeous outfit.

Bionic Limbs

When they made the TV show in the 70s, did they think it would ever become a reality? Because it’s nearly there. Scientists have made a bionic arm that only reacts through mind control, but can relate the sense of touch. People will be able to live their lives to the full, regardless of whether they are missing a limb or two.

Tech Is Taking Away Our Chores And That’s Good…Right?

It seems like everywhere you look these days, there’s a new piece of tech that is taking over a chore that we used to have to complete or a part of our life. Now, this started fairly basically way back with the invention of the washing machine in 1851. But since then it seems like every job that we complete is being replaced by a clever piece of tech. Taking vacuuming as an example. In the past, you would have to take out the vacuum and clean the floor yourself. Now, you might have a rather friendly circular device that can travel along the floor, cleaning it for you. Cool, but it is taking away a job that used to get us off the sofa. And it’s certainly not the only tech that’s stopping us getting off our backsides. Do you want a cup of joe? Don’t get up, log in to an app and connect with your coffee maker to get it started for you. It’s quite scary really because with every piece of tech that takes a job away from us it’s another thing that we don’t have to think about.

You might not think that’s a bad thing, but research strongly suggests that an idle mind could easily lead to dementia. In fact, many experts suggest that we should be keeping our minds as active as possible early on in life all the way into retirement. And to be honest, there is evidence that we won’t need to think all that much anymore, particularly when it’s been predicted AI will be smart than man by 2029. And even if you don’t think that’s a realistic possibility there are other issues with letting tech take over our roles. Let’s look at an example of driving.

Robot Take The Wheel

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Of course, it’s not literally a robot driving your autonomous car but a clever piece of software. Now, if a driver crashes into your car tomorrow and it’s their fault, you know what you have to do. You need to speak to someone like Gary Greenberg accident lawyer and get things moving to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. It might be a difficult fight, but with a strong legal mind by your side, you know that the law will work in your favor.

What about if tomorrow a car crashes into you and it’s not being driven by a human at all. What if it was being driven by a piece of software. Now, you might think, wait, an autonomous car wouldn’t crash, but don’t be so sure. There have been numerous cases of this happening so it is interesting to ask what would happen in that situation. The person in the car isn’t at fault, he wasn’t driving. Arguably it’s the company behind the tech that should pay up, but major corporations never want to part with large sums of money. Suddenly you’re facing a far larger uphill battle.

What About The Workforce?

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By 2030 Elon Musk believes that we will have no need for the majority of people in the world to work. Teachers? Don’t need them, the software can run a lesson. Writers? No need, the software can produce articles. We certainly won’t need drivers because vehicles will drive themselves and the list goes on. Now this means we’re going to need a universal income and many people just won’t need to work at all.

It’s certainly going to be a brave new world, and perhaps we shouldn’t be so keen for it to arrive.

Timeless Tech: Instruments For The Elderly

For an elderly person, the world can often be a daunting and confusing place. In the blink of an eye, modern living has changed by a huge amount, making it hard for those used to a different way of life. Of course, you probably aren’t in this position just yet, as you were able to find and read this blog. But, this doesn’t mean that you’re left completely unaffected by it. Most people have older relatives, have experienced the call to arms which often comes when they’re struggling with a piece of technology, and understand the difficulty their loved ones have. But, solving this issue isn’t just a matter of doing things for them, as this takes away their independence. Instead, you should be looking for tools and resources to make this whole area easier for your elderly family members. To help with this, this post will be going through some of the best options you have to make their techy life nice and easy.

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– Communications

When you can’t go out and do the things you used to, being social and talking to others can often be one of the greatest gifts out there. Being unable to communicate into old age can be a horrible curse, and it will make a lot of people get sad. Of course, you don’t want this for your loved ones and will need to work hard to make sure that they have access to phones which they know how to use. Phones for hard of hearing or people with bad eyesight can be found all over the web, with some options being incredibly easy to use. Along with this tool, though, you should also give some lessons to help them use it.

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– Information

Over the last few years, the Internet has blessed much of the world with the ability to find a seemingly endless source of information, surrounding almost any subject. The largest demographic to still be avoiding this technology is the elderly, and this makes sense. Modern computers aren’t easy to use unless you’ve grown up with them or use them in other parts of your life. Thankfully, to solve this issue, companies like Google have been working hard to create computers which are very simple to use. A Chromebook is very cheap, fast, and easy to control, making it perfect for someone struggling with tech. Having access to a tool like this could change the life of your loved one, making things much easier for you.

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– Entertainment

Finally, it’s time to think about entertainment. This is one of the areas elderly people struggle with the most, often being stuck to sit in a chair or lie in a bed for much of their time. Over the last few years, smart TVs have come a very long way. Through the use of voice commands, all of your entertainment can be handled with ease, creating a great system to use with people confused about technology. Along with having easy ways to control them, smart TVs often include features like the ability to record and watch shows without a physical media device, like a DVD or VHS. This sort of gift would be perfect for your parents, in-laws, or other older loved ones, as it will take all of the work out of their hands.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the technology you put into the hands of older people you know. In most cases, patience and time are all it will take for elderly folks to pick up the skills they need to use these devices. But, of course, choosing the right device to help them makes a huge difference, too.

Wake-up call

I lost my passwords 🙁

I clean up every time I log out of my browser. I delete the cookies and everything except the saved passwords. My sister used the computer to update her blog and what do you know! She deleted all saved passwords! Good thing I listed some passwords down but only the newer sites I’ve been accessing. The rest I let the password manager remember for me.

Oh well, it’s a wake up call for me to start listing down ALL web sites, usernames, passwords and what-have-yous so I have a back-up.

Happy mid-week everyone!

Brand new laptop!

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I am happy with my latest purchase. I bought a brand new Lenovo G400 laptop just yesterday afternoon. I am not too happy with my former laptop because it has Windows 8 as its operating system. This one I have now has Windows 7. I know it was a petty problem but I don’t care. I want a brand new one and I know this will bring me so many new good opportunities. I can already feel it coming!

I’ve been feeling a bit stuck in a rut for days now. I feel it in my bones that this new laptop will bring back my burning passion in writing. And, maybe, I will need to make sure that I be able to do both blogging and writing my planB.

So here’s to better tomorrows for you and me!

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