Four Gadgets To Help You Stay Fit and Healthy

With the constant innovation in technology, monitoring vital signs doesn’t need any assistance from a health professional, you can do it by yourself using a wearable piece of hardware. Aside from keeping you always motivated, these devices saves you money from regular clinic and hospital visits. In this post, we’ll feature some of the latest health and fitness gadgets that you might want to try to get that summer body in no time.

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Even the weighing scale has evolved over the time. The Fitbit Aria Smart Scale is a battery operated apparatus that measures your BMI and provides a detailed report of your weight trends. It can lift a mass of up to 350 pounds. When connected to a Wi-Fi, it automatically uploads your stats directly to your Fitbit dashboard. Your personal data is then presented in charts with a suitable weight management suggestion. Even if you’re away from your PC to track your progress online, there’s a corresponding mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

MotoACTV Bike Mount

This biking companion manufactured by Motorola is a multi-purpose GPS-assisted touch screen device. The water-proof and dust resistant gadget collects your pace and distance traveled as well as the amount of calories burned. Just like the Fitbit, this tool links to an online platform. In there, you can set realistic short and long term goals and even analyze your daily and weekly performances. Plus, when you link it to a MOTOACTV Android app, you can see your real-time SMS, Facebook and Twitter notifications.

Scosche RHYTHM armband pulse monitor

This armband pulse monitor for iPhone and Android devices looks like a trendy piece of accessory. With yellow and charcoal accents combined, it will perfectly compliment with any gym outfit. Using Bluetooth, it syncs changes in your heart rate, speed, distance and amount of calories lost to an online RHYTHM web dashboard. You can also access the data by accessing its app. The armband also includes a play, pause, and volume buttons to control your phone’s music while working out. Since there is no active screen in the armband, its battery can definitely last for a longer period of time. Its only downside is that it only supports 33–feet distance from your smartphone.

Fitbit One Wireless Activity plus Sleep Tracker

This latest addition from Fitbit do not only track your daily activities, it also monitors your sleeping habits. During the day, the wireless activity tracker records all your movements (steps, distance, pace, no of stairs climbed and the amount of calories burned).  At nightfall, it measures your sleeping cycle and uploads it to your Fitbit dashboard. Accessing your dashboard online will reveal all your activities and personalized suggestions based on your vitals. It is so small and light, you won’t even notice that you’re wearing it. It is also splash, rain and sweat-proof.

These are  some of the coolest gadgets that you can use to stay fit and healthy.  Keep in mind that this equipment will not be as effective as it seems without your dedication and discipline. Do you have any addition to our Fitness Wishlist? Don’t forget to share it by commenting below.

The iOS 7: A Welcome Addition for iPhoneographers

More and more people are discovering the wonders of mobile photography or what fanatics fondly refer to as ‘iPhoneography.’ And with the recent roll out of Apple’s newest ecosystem, iOS 7, many mobile photographers are wondering whether upgrading to the new OS means anything to their photographs. Just like you, we are wondering the same about the new mobile system, thus let’s both take a look at the iOS 7’s latest innovation to its built-in camera and photo app.

Camera Interface

The camera app wasn’t technically changed for the iOS 7. In fact, the functionality of the latest camera remains the same as with its predecessor. However, the graphic interface of the Camera app was vastly improved for a more intuitive and responsive utilization. The look and feel of the new Camera are totally new.

Previously, the app featured a sleek chrome colored interface. Now, the Camera has dark borders with a few bright highlights. It seems like Apple wasn’t a fan of that shutter animation when you take photos; they have replaced that (quite honestly pointless) feature with a sudden flash. Those who got used to the skeumorphic effect might take a while to get used to the new animation.

Instead of cluttering the interface with tons of buttons for different commands, iOS 7 niftily employed a swipe-centric mode. You no longer have to go to the trouble of sifting through the options for a Panoramic shot.

Filters Galore

The App store says it all – users favor photography apps with endless options of filters. Camera360 rose to fame with its impressive glamour filters, and Hipstamatic did the same retro-style. That’s why Apple added the new Filters feature containingg eight (for now) different modes including Noir, Chrome, Mono, Fade, Transfer, Instant, Tonal, or Process. Filters are also available in the editing option on the new photo app discussed below.

It also enables you to shoot with the said filters live. This is only applicable to the iPhone 5 generation though.

Photo Storage and Sorting

With the 300 million photos being uploaded every day on social media such as Facebook and Instagram, Verizon said that storage space is a whole different ball game. Luckily, Apple overhauled the previously disorganized photo application of the old iOS 6. Classified and neatly arranged in chronological order, the photo stream is now categorized by Moments, Collections, and Years.

Additionally, the photo viewing mechanism is now optimized to make the most out of the Retina display that the iPhones boast of. Both of these features are great additions especially when you need a better preview of your photos to be sent for digitization.

Shared Streams are also rehashed in the iOS 7. What’s new is the Activity tab which functions similar to Instagram’s function of the same name. You can even choose between landscape or portrait stream viewing which is a welcome addition. A groundbreaking addition is the new capability to virtually invite other users to participate in your personal stream. This particular feature of the iOS 7 highlights the tech titan’s campaign to show the collaborative capabilities of the device. Together with the internal sharing between Apple devices through the Air Drop function, to the shared photo collaboration – Apple really outdid themselves with this.

The iOS 7 definitely turned the iPhone from a good photography device into the best mobile photography tool. What are your thoughts on Apple’s latest operating system for the Camera and Photo app?

 

 

Must-have Tech Gadgets For College Students

Technology has proven to be an effective educational tool for young and adult students. In this post, we’ll discuss the top gadgets you can fully maximize to bring out the A-student in you.

Before we discuss the nitty gritty of the topic, here are some facts about mobile usage in colleges and universities in the US. Based on a study, 73 percent of college students said that they can’t study without technology. In fact, most of them use their mobile devices when taking down notes. When communicating with professors, 91 percent inquire through email. Traditional books are now being replaced by e-readers, and more than half of the entire collegiate population create visuals and presentations using digital devices. In order to join the bandwagon, here are some of the gadgets that every college student should have:

A Smartphone

As mentioned by Edudemic.com, in many aspects, smartphone is similar to a small laptop. With this gadget, you can create a document, spreadsheet or even a class presentation. It may also come in handy when conducting an online research, editing a short video infomercial, scribbling down important notes and recording classroom lectures. When it comes to computing power, today’s mobile devices are no longer different from your PC. If you look at O2’s Galaxy S4 sign-up page, you’ll see that the Samsung’s latest phone is equipped with an 8-core CPU. This, so far, is the fastest and most powerful smartphone processor today.

Aside from functioning as an e-reader, with this device, you can also run apps that we’ve discussed previously to break your boredom inside the lecture hall.

A Computer

A PC is more ideal than a laptop, because notebooks have several limitations. Those who are majoring in film production, for example, needs a more robust machine to experiment with audio and video editing. Although you can’t bring your desktop PC in the classroom, its expandable RAM and hard disk space are just some of the things worth considering.

A Tablet

Do you find the smartphone too small for your needs? There are tons of tablet available in the market. There’s the iPad and tons of choices for an Android tab. If you’ll strictly use it for e-book reading, you can opt for a Kindle. Tablets are more portable than a laptop, therefore, you can use it while browsing books in the library or while walking in the hallowed halls of your university.

An External Drive

Do we still need this hardware now that Cloud computing is very much popular among students? Think of this scenario: If your computer breaks and there’s a network outage in the area, with an external hard drive, you can still retrieve your important files.  Plus, the Cloud has a limited storage and won’t even allow you to store huge files such as movies and programs.

Bluetooth printer

Although some professors won’t require academic papers, having a speedy printer around will be of great help. Why Bluetooth printer? This helpful machine isn’t limited to a single PC. You can print a note or e-book straight from your mobile device.

A loud alarm clock

Part of a student’s life is putting in a lot of hours into studying or partying. Those who usually sleep late and still needs to be in time for his or her lecture, needs to invest in a very loud alarm clock.

A good headset

To avoid noise-related conflicts with your college roommate, you need a headset when watching media files whether in your mobile phone or computer. Invest in a moderately expensive one that will last for years. Do not purchase a cheaper one that you will replace sooner than expected.

Some of the devices mentioned above are expensive while some are affordable. Our short list includes some of the tools that we think you’ll need throughout your college years. Do you want to add a gadget that you think falls in this category? Don’t forget to leave a comment below.

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