The Best Health Tech for Today

The wonderful world of tech has brought about many positive changes. The idea that computers, with all of their time-saving and money-saving benefits would not be available is a thought the bare not thinking about. The areas of our life that have become transformed by technology isn’t merely consigned to the business quarter. The health benefits that have come from new inventions, or the refining of old ones have seen people take their health and fitness into their own hands. Take a look at the below for a list of some of our favourite health tech products.

Fitness Apps

Fitness Apps

The world of the fitness app is one that is large and almost entirely saturated, but their popularity has risen to much that we will still see various health applications for both phones, tablets and watch apps sprouting up across the web. They help you control calories, count steps and even tell you – if you need telling at all – when you haven’t moved in a while. Their main bonus is probably the effect monitoring can have on you motivation as much as anything, but with a lot of apps coming in free, there’s such an awesome accessibility that hadn’t previously been available to health nuts.

Posture Correctors

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These little bits of gadgetry are really handy for those of us who tend to have poor posture, either through slumping forward while walking, or slumping backwards while you’re sitting down. Sometimes it feels like you just can’t win. But take a look at these top posture braces, you can find something that will pull you into a great stance, whether you like it or not! Although these braces tend to take around 21 days to take full effect, they’re really great if you have back pain and you’re suspicious it’s because of being in a literal slump.

Smart Scales

Smart Scale

 

Smart scales are a newer invention but could revolutionize the way you track weight gain and manage your health by linking your scales through to your phone. This monitors heart rate, water retention, body fat and much more, enabling you to target certain areas of your health and fitness plan to best give you the results you are looking for. It was only a matter of time before you were going to be able to keep an eye on these things through a set of scales, and this advancement is a great addition to health technology.

Anti-Pollution Scarf

This neat bit of new tech is a scarf that you pull up to your face, and that protects you from the smog and pollution of inner-city living. Pollution is a hot topic right now, so this health tech could really take off, especially in Asian countries where basic smog protectors are already popular.

There is so much more within this market that’s massively growing, and these are just a few of the items we choose as the best in the business. As technology gets better, there will be new, improved products on the market to choose from.

Why I Love The New Google Pixel

google-pixelImagine having every single Google technology at your fingertips and at every hour of the day. This is exactly what the Google Pixel does. The first phone ever designed by Google gives you the convenience of every Google application, put together in a super-fast device that makes high quality calls and has the best rated camera in the mobile market today.

Why Pixel?

Having owned every single gadget that has ever come out, I had to try the Pixel. It costs about the same as an IPhone 7, around 700 dollars, but it is worth every cent. There are two models, one with a 5 inch display, and the larger version, the “AMOLED,” which features a 5.5 inch display. The regular Pixel measures less than 6 inches long, by less than 3 inches wide. The XL model is about 6.09 inches long and still less than 3 inches wide (2.98’inches)

Why do I love it?

Google is genius at working backwards. Rather than inventing a machine first, and its uses later, Google perfected the art of creating all the utilities and applications we enjoy today and then came up with a mini machine to hold them all together.

Therefore, if you have any connection or knowledge of Google applications, this is the phone for you. It is hard to wrap your head around it at first, but this little machine is will proof to be a must-have for you. You can get access to Google docs without needing a computer, get into face-to-face conversations through Hangouts, instant GPS with Google Maps, Gmail, I mean, everything you could possibly need is right there. You would not need any other operating system because Google has made it possible to be completely dependent on Google. I call it convenience at your fingertips.

The mega goodies

Aside from convenience, let’s talk about fun. I cannot point out enough how awesome this phone’s camera is. It beats every other phone camera in the market and you can research it, too. It has three microphones with a bottom-firing speaker, a mega long lasting battery (2,770mAh for the smaller model and 3,450 mAh for the Pixel XL) and 4G LTE capability with Bluetooth 4.

Not sure what is Bluetooth 4? Check out https://www.cnet.com/news/bluetooth-4-0-what-is-it-and-does-it-matter/

It features rear and front cameras, with the rear being 12.3 megapixels and the front with 8 mega pixels. This shows you right there that the camera image in this phone is absolutely crisp and sharp. The Pixel’s Android 7.1 Nougat Operating System features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB RAM and capability of storage ranging from 32 GB, all the way to 128 GB.

Other cool stuff

I must mention the colors, of course. The Pixel colors are cool too, but they are very distant from the current Apple color trends. The Pixel comes in “Very Black,” “Very Silver,” and “Very Blue.” Minimalism is everything.

As with all things Google, even acquiring a Pixel was super easy. You can finance one via the Google store and pay as little as $28 a month. They also have 2 year plans for this same pricing plan.

All I have to add is that this is the most convenient and simple phone out there. It is slick, weightless, attractive, and quirky, in a minimalistic kind of way. It is simplicity made perfect. I highly recommend it.

Are 4K Televisions Worth the Money?

tv-1625228_640Take a walk through any department store and you will no doubt see lines of 4K televisions out for sale. This latest technology is being pushed hard by retailers, but is this the right time to take the plunge and upgrade your TV to 4K? It’s a good question. We’ll take a look at it from a few different angles.

4K Technology — Is It a Real Upgrade?

A lot of people stare at their 1080p high-def televisions and wonder just how much of an upgrade 4K could be. Well, it is a major upgrade. 4K televisions have a whopping four times the pixels of a 1080p model. The more pixels, the more detail, so a 4K television is going to have a much higher resolution and contrast.

Is 4K Worth the Price?

apple-589641_640Prices for 4K televisions are still considerably higher than 1080p models. The prices have dropped, and it’s quite likely that this holiday season, we will see the lowest 4K prices yet. The bottom line right now is probably longevity. A 1080p television may save you money right now, but if 4K goes on to become the standard, how long before you will find yourself considering upgrading again? These are questions to consider when you weigh the cost of 4K televisions against their 1080p little brothers. You should also consider the screen size. One of the major advantages of 4K televisions is that they preserve that crystal-clear resolution even at very large screen sizes. On smaller sets, the difference is much less noticeable.

 

Are 4K Products Available?

question-1618910_640There are not that many sources of 4K content right now. 4K media players are coming, but it is not yet the norm. Netflix does offer some 4K streaming, but it requires a major amount of Internet bandwidth. The overwhelming majority of content coming to your television right now will be 1080p or less. However, every 4K model features an upscaler which converts 1080p video to 4K on the fly. While this is not going to look as good as native 4K resolution, it’s still a noticeable difference. 4K may not be readily available this second, but if you are planning for the future, you can bet that 4K will be on the rise next year and beyond.

It is a difficult decision on whether it is time to upgrade to 4K. If you are shopping for a television anyway, it makes a lot of sense to consider 4K options so your new television will be ready for the future. If you are still happy with your current model, the lack of availability or 4K products right now may mean that it’s okay to wait it out and see what happens. While 4K is a significant upgrade, and there is every reason to think that this will be the new resolution standard in the not-so-distant future, there are still plenty of reasons to stick with 1080p for now. Prices will continue to come down as the technology gets better, so the longer you wait, the more bang you will get for your buck.

When It Does All That, Can You Still Call It A Cell Phone?

At a glance, the technology surrounding cell phones has pretty much hit its limit. After all, most people use their phones for three things: calling and texting, taking pictures and video and running apps.

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Sure, there is a little room for these things to improve. After all, improved efficiency could lead to better reception, better camera technology could lead to higher quality videos and pictures and more powerful processors could improve the speed of running apps. Barring an absolutely revolutionary technological advance, though, there is little room for improvement in any of these areas as long as they are packaged in a cell phone sized unit.

This doesn’t mean the device has reached its limit, though. On the contrary, we have only scratched the surface of what it can do because we have been limited to using the device mostly to communicate with each other. New uses that are in their infancy promise to turn a device that we use to speak to other people into a personal hub that streams data in both directions from our bodies to the world around us.

sports-armband-1049694_640An example of this innovation is using the phone as a virtual key to unlock the doors on our homes and vehicles. Pin and tumbler locks have been pretty much the same since they were conceived. The day could come when they become a specialty item used by virtually no one.

When I was a little kid, Sports Illustrated ran a special where you would get a phone shaped like a tennis shoe with a subscription. Yeah, it was a little cheesy, but the idea of calling someone on a shoe did bring this weird sense of technological satisfaction. Now, imagine that your dog hides a shoe under the couch and the shoe calls you to let you know where it is. The idea of clothing with electric sensors and wireless technology could make this possible.

New ground is also being broken in the area of adding sensors to phones. These will be able to analyze air quality, keep track of a person’s health or allow someone to control the phone through a glance or thought.

ecg-237137_640Now, imagine living in this future where you are leaving a building and your phone tells you to slow down because your heart rate is getting dangerously high. You tell the phone you’re looking for the nearest exit and it networks with the building’s computers and gives you directions. Once you get to your car in the parking lot, it unlocks the door for you and starts the car on your command. It tunes the radio to a station playing the kind of music you’re in the mood for and sets the volume to your preference. Since you’re planning to make a roast when you get home, you tell it to preheat the oven and it calls your home network and makes that happen.

When we have devices that constantly monitor our health and desires and interface with computers all around us while ensuring that we are in a safe environment, will the relatively little interpersonal communication we use them for still justify calling them phones?