When you need to get from point A to B, you plug in the directions on your phone and make your way to where you need to go. This can be the case for walking, biking, taking the bus, and more. However, it’s easiest to keep track of where you’re going in your car as there aren’t exterior sounds to drown out what your GPS says, and it can sit right in front of you. When walking, you don’t need directions to come at you as quickly, as your pace isn’t going to be too fast.
However, when riding your bike you might want your information to be a bit more readily available. It’s not so easy to pull out your phone and check if you’re on the right path. If you wish you had a bit more assistance in finding your way, then the Schwinn CycleNav Bike Navigation system might be able to help you out. This is a Bluetooth device that will attach to your handlebars, and tell you which way to go.
This has an app which you will need to use on your smartphone, and it is compatible with both iOS and Android (4.1 or later). Since this is taking front and center on your bike, it only makes sense that this would also be an LED bike light to help you navigate when the sun is no longer making an appearance. If you don’t want to rely on pulling out your phone or keeping in earbuds to be able to hear what directions your phone is spitting out, this is a $50 purchase that will get you the CycleNav Bike Navigation, a bike mount, rechargeable battery, and a charging cable.
You know how it is., If you go ahead and get your parents a computer, you will either be involved in lifetime tech support, walking them through every single step of sending an email… forever. Conversely, the thing will sit there, only to be used when you happen to be there for a visit, at which time you will teach her to turn it on…AGAIN. You know your folks would love being able to be “online” Why does it have to be so hard?
Well, check out the WOW! Computer, made especially for seniors. The Wow! Computer is a tower-less system, that is easy to use, with a cool touch screen design. The setup is simple, just plug it into the power, click in the internet cord and voila, you’re online. Yes, there are built in games, email, video chat, calendars, and the system even includes Text-to-Voice that can read your emails out loud. The WOW! Computer’s email is incredibly user friendly, including its extra large print and step by step instructions. The WOW!’s innovative screen also gives granny one touch access to some of the net’s most popular websites, and an easy way to surf the rest of the worldwide web. The system consists of an Intel 847 Celeron Dual Core Processor, a 22 inch high definition monitor, a 500 GB hard drive, an optical drive with a tray in DVD player, speakers, a webcam with a microphone, and a 6 in one memory card reader, as well as 4 USB slots. So if you know someone who would love to enter the age of technology, but never quite knew how you were going to get them there, the WOW! Computer might be just what you’re looking for. Head on over to firststreetonline.com for a whole lot more information, or to order one for around 1100 bucks.
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It seems that the world is getting to be a more and more violent place to live in, where even schools and university campuses have been a venue for shooting incidents. In fact, a report from Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns claims that such an incident happens once every ten days on average in the U.S., not to mention the growing concern of sexual assault on campus, where it is said that 25% of college women will end up as a victim of a sexual assault throughout her academic career, at least this is what the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault claims. With the V.ALRT Personal Alert Device, it is not going to have an immediate impact in lowering such incidences from happening, but it can work alongside a smartphone to place urgent calls to preset numbers and send out texts and location information with but a single button press, giving the victim an opportunity to summon help, as and when required.
The V.ALRT has been specially designed to be discrete as well as foolproof, so it does not matter if your phone happens to be out of reach or in a bag, the V.ALRT will still be able to summon help. The V.ALRT also arrives in an ergonomic design that can be carried around discreetly in a pocket or a bag, or one can also opt to wear it around the wrist or neck, or simply hook it up to a keychain. A standard CR-2032 battery ought to be able to provide enough juice for up to a year.
Expect the V.ALRT to be paired with any handset that supports Bluetooth SMART (Bluetooth 4.0 LE) technology, while it sports a customizable, simple companion application that will play nice on both iOS and Android platforms. The V.ALRT is able to initiate both calls and text messages from the smartphone to a trio of pre-programmed contacts, and if you’re interested, it can be purchased for $59.99 a pop. Definitely far more discreet than a personal screaming alarm, don’t you think so?
JunoPower, a pioneer when it comes to the world of portable power, has just added a few more members to their family of mobile charging accessories. Basically, the Konnect Series will do away with traditional generic lithium for original Samsung lithium ion cells in order to make up its 9,000mAh to 12,000mAh power packs. In other words, this would mean that the Konnect series happen to be thinner, lighter and obviously, be of higher quality compared to the standard issue portable battery. It does not matter if we are talking about a smartphone or camera, or other kinds of devices that run on battery power – the new Konnect series ought to be able to get the job done as and when required.
For instance, the extremely powerful Konnect Kolor happens to be a brightly colored and yet extremely tiny external battery which is capable of delivering a whopping 12,000 milliamps of energy at any one time, which is more than enough juice in delivering few more hours of extended usage. It is a staunch proponent of the proverb, “two is better than one”, since the power bank boasts of a couple of USB outlets that are able to juice up multiple devices simultaneously. In addition, the smart accessory’s LCD display will also be able to inform you on just how much juice the battery pack has left.
As with some of the other battery packs out there, it also comes with a secondary feature – that is, to function as a flashlight whenever you experience a blackout, or simply need an emergency flashlight to look for something under the car. With the Konnect Kolor’s built in LED flashlight, ending up with a dead phone in the dark will be a thing of the past.
The Konnect series will range from $44.99 to $79.99, depending on which particular model you are gunning for. Any takers? It surely can hold its own against other portable backup batteries that are in the market.