Wearable technology was one of the buzz words at CES 2017. I saw a lot of – probably more than a dozen – fitness bands, but I saw only one wearable airbag. That's right an airbag designed for those who race cars, ride fast bikes, ski, horseback ride, etc. and are looking a way to protect themselves from a nasty fall or accident. A French company In&Motion has been providing technology to professionals for years, but now they want to bring it to a much wider market. They've done testing in the field with thousands of people in Europe and now they're looking for 500 volunteers in the US. The wearable airbag looks like a warm, padded vest, but it's embedded with sensors and predictive algorithms so it can anticipate a crash. If it does, it can deploy in than 0.1 second to help prevent critical body damage. Assuming the jacket itself is not badly damaged, you can swap out the used gas cartridges and be ready for the next spill. There are different versions for different sports and it's available in different sizes and colors. One of the spokespeople at the In&Motion booth said it would cost about $800, a small amount when you consider it could save your life. To get more info, and to fill out the form to enter being a test subject, visit
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You may own a clothes washer & a clothes dryer, but I bet you don't own an automatic clothes folder.
If you own a home, a washer and dryer is most likely standard equipment. They makes two jobs pretty easy. But then comes folding the clean clothes, not a particularly hard job, but a boring, time consuming one. Well now (or soon) they'll be something new to help with that! The name of the American company is FoldiMate, so that gives you a pretty good idea of what their product does. At three-feet-high this robotic folding machine is probably not good for appartments, but perfect bigger families who have space, or even a dedicated laundry room. The company says the FoldiMate will take crumpled shirts, tops and trousers and not only fold them, but help them look neater with a bit of steam to get rid of wrinkles. This isn't inexpensive, and is is expected to cost between $700 and $850. Considering it's said to take only ten seconds to fold each item and that it can fold 15 to 20 pieces of clothing and deliver it at the bottom of the machine, neatly piled up, it could be worth it. (Evidently this company is not brand new in this area and have been making a commercial version for the past few years, so it makes sense for them to bring their know how to the home market.
https://www.foldimate.com/ (There's a video on their website, or here:)
The Aukey Rechargeable Folding Lamp is a sleek portable LED desk lamp that offers 2 brightness levels with a built-in push bottom on top. It's built of a handsome aluminum alloy that's 360° adjustable for easy positioning in any situation. Great for reading, workshop, crafts, on the nightstand, etc. It has a rechargeable battery that runs for about 3 hours on a full charge. It's lightweight and low profile. It also folds flat for portability and only weighs 9.2oz; so it's ideal for travel too. Uses just 3 watts of power but generates 150 lumens of light. It ships with a USB Charging Cable and a hanging Mount. Add an optional AC to USB plug and you can run it from wall power too. It's $24.99 on Amazon. (As of 12/17/16)
Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/KriS9cP6CEM
Better than a trip to the dentist? That will be for you and your friends to decide. SPEAK OUT is the only game I ever remember seeing that comes with a device you put in your mouth to play. It's called SPEAK OUT, the game asks you to speak the phrase printed on the card will wearing one of the dental mouthpieces included with the game. Hasbro says the results are hilarious. Here's how it's played. Players are divided into two teams and the first person up must put a mouthpiece in, draw a card and try to speak the phrase without getting completely tongue-tied. Once the team guesses the phrase correctly, draw another card and keep going until the timer runs out to earn as many cards as possible. If a player passes on a card, the other team will automatically earn their passed card. After each player has taken two turns, count up each team’s cards and whoever has earned the most cards wins! The SPEAK OUT Game includes five mouthpieces, 200 double sided Content Cards, and a one-minute sand-timer. Available at major retailers. Ages 16 years & up/ Players: 4-5/ Approx. Retail Price: $19.99-$24.99 Available now. It's on Amazon with the same cover, but a different brand name for under $20 and Amazon prime.
With all my dental work you won't see me playing this game, but forunately the fun folks at Time To Play Magazine made a video to show us how it works. Show us Laurie!
TTPM Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vz0hSQnt2I
Well Simon is back in a new techie version called SIMON AIR. In the new incarnation, classic SIMON game play gets a modern twist with touch-free technology! You can play alone or team up with a friend and work together. You have to remember the sequence, repeat the pattern to conquer the game. The game senses every hand motion and registers correct sequences. Keep winning and the speed and levels keep increasing with double moves, swoop moves, and even moves that light up all four lights! If the pattern is repeated incorrectly, a buzzer will sound and signal the end of the game. The player with the highest score is the winner! Three “AA” batteries required, demo batteries included. Available at most major retailers nationwide. Retail is $19.99. It's here on Amazon for under $15 and Amazon Prime as of 12/9/16:
My head hurts just from reading the instructions, so here's Laurie from Time To Play Magazine to give you a demo:
TTPM Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hqH7GjExUQ
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