Talking Medical Equipment
Following on from yesterday's posting, "Who Makes a
Talking Blood Pressure Monitor?", I've done some searching, and come up with
Oregon Scientific has a talking blood pressure monitor, as do
LifeSource. Also, check out
here and here.
And a Google search suggests there are plenty more.
Check the Ann Morris
Independent Living Aids websites (among others) for information on
talking glucose monitors and medication dispensers.
November 28th, 2006
Who Makes a Talking Blood Pressure Monitor?
Any medical equipment manufacturers reading this? The Macon County
Telegraph reports on the
wish list of
32-year-old blind diabetic Jennifer Bivins:
A talking blood pressure monitor, a talking glucose monitoring system,
and a syringe dosing system specifically designed for blind diabetics. With
those tools, she can get outside of the room that is both confining and, for
now, absolutely necessary.
..."She has been trying to get out of the nursing home for two years now,"
said Andreena Patton, a peer supporter with Disability Connections. "For her
to be able to live independently in the community, she would need these
Patton said Bivins is affected by her current living situation.
"She's a very motivated person. I know at times she's discouraged just
because she's 32 and living in a nursing home."
Until Bivins can control her diabetes on her own, she must remain in the
home where care providers can regulate her disease.
"It's depressing here," she said from her nursing home bed, the covers
pulled nearly over her head.
November 27th, 2006
Garmin's Great, Says Motley Fool
The best international stock to buy for 2007?
GPS specialist Garmin, according to Motley Fool:
It's one of the world's great stocks. Since its 2000 IPO, Garmin has
grown sales at an annualized 30.6% clip. We've seen that growth accelerate
over the past 12 months to 59.5%. But growth is not just top-line. My free
cash flow estimate has grown at a compound rate of 38.9% since 2000, which
provides Garmin with scary flexibility. All growth initiatives are completed
using cash on hand. Need a new European headquarters? Done! Another new
production facility in Taiwan? No problem. Want a nice bolt-on acquisition?
You get the idea.
Garmin offers the perfect combination of "it-product" growth,
shareholder-aligned management, international exposure, and high-quality
earnings. The company is a cash machine, recently doubled its dividend,
engages in opportunistic share repurchases, sports $461 million in cash and
short-term investments, and has no long-term debt.
November 25th, 2006
Car Breathalyzers? Are You MADD?
Considerable media comment on a call from MADD (Mothers
Against Drunk Driving) for
breathalyzers to be installed in the cars of drunk driving offenders.
The breathalyzers would be capable of shutting down the car motor if they
Two companies have recently introduced products that hint at future
strategies. Saab, which is owned by General Motors, is testing in Sweden a
Breathalyzer that attaches to a key chain that will prevent a car from
starting if it senses too much alcohol. Taxi companies and other fleet
owners are the target market, a company said.
A New Mexico company, TruTouch
Technologies, is modifying a technique developed for measuring blood
chemistry in diabetics and using it to measure alcohol instead. The
appliance shines a special light through the skin on the forearm, and
analyzes what bounces back. Future devices might read alcohol content when
the driver's palm touches the steering wheel or gear shift lever, experts
A columnist at
Network World examines the issue and asks:
Anyone believe this technology will work perfectly? Didn't think so. What
about false positives? Will my prescription medications render my car a
useless hunk of junk? What happens when the technology simply malfunctions?
Who will have the expertise to fix it? The mechanic on the corner? Will
there be special repair facilities? And how do you get the car there if it
That's just two cups of coffee worth of questions. I'm sure you can add to
November 21st, 2006
Teku Teku Angel Pedometer
Plastic Bamboo website reports on the newest pedometer from Japan, the
Teku Teku Angel. It features a screen displaying creatures whose weight
fluctuates according to how much you walk. It goes on sale in Japan in
December. You can read more about it (in Japanese)
November 20th, 2006
Xmas Gifts for Women
Fox 23 Online News, under the headline "What Women Want for
the Holidays", features the
Omron Digital Premium Pedometer HJ112 as one of its five picks:
If your wife, girlfriend, or mom loves to work out, or is looking for a
reason to start, the Omron HJ112 is a great choice. Not only does the
digital device track how far you've walked, it also tracks your walking and
workout habits. For the first week The ODPP will record the aerobic steps
and calories burned. You set a goal for week two, to increase your
activity...and continue to increase activity in the weeks to come. Features
include "Aerobic Step" which accounts for activities which burn the most
fat, and data that can be saved for up to seven days.
November 15th, 2006
Watches That Just Tell the Time Are So Boring
Coolest-Gadgets.com reviews the
OV-Watch Fertility Predictor:
Watches that just tell the time are so boring, so what extra
functionality can you add to your wrist watch to make it that much more
useful. You guessed it, a fertility meter.
...It looks like a digital wristwatch and it has a sensor that tracks the
differences in salt levels to accurately predict when you should do “it”.
This fertility gadget could come in real handy for couples planning on
trying for a baby (remember practice makes perfect), or for those who run a
mile when babies are mentioned.
November 9th, 2006
Sony's Sports MP3 Player - A Stunning Reply
Zone website is impressed with the Sony pedometer-equipped NW-S203F
Sports MP3 player:
Vendors who had taken a shot or two at the sports MP3 player market will
tell you that it's not an easy market to breed success. Often, such products
are complicated and rarely strike the right balance between form and
functionality. The new NW-S203F Sports MP3 player is the latest effort from
Sony to entice sports enthusiasts and it seems to be a stunning reply to the
recent partnership between Apple and Nike.
...What’s remarkable about this player is how its built-in pedometer
intelligently detects and records down the number of steps you take. Simply
enter your height and weight and the player will tell you how far you have
ran and how much calories you have burned.
November 1st, 2006