The First Smartphone with a Heart Rate Sensor

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Can you believe it? I couldn’t when I first heard. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone with a heart rate sensor built in! Although I am loyal to my iPhone I have to admit that I was quite turned on by this high-tech phone! I mean who wouldn’t want a phone that has something that all the other phones on the market don’t have (yet). After those stressful days at work, it could be useful to make sure my heart rate hasn’t exploded out of my body.

As Samsung says all you got to do is open the built-in S health app and then place your finger on the back of the device gently and measure your heart rate. Afterwards your bpm should show up as seen in the picture above. It’s as easy as that! For those health freaks out there it’s even possible to take it up a notch and purchase the additional Samsung gear to track calories, speed duration among other things. Maybe I should consider getting one and getting myself into better shape!

The sensor is not only useful for checking your heart rate but can also be used as a fingerprint scanner to lock your screen and maintain privacy. That would definitely be a great option to have and lock my phone since my girlfriend keeps trying to look at all my text messages.

So is a heart rate sensor enough to sell me on the Samsung Galaxy S5? Maybe, maybe not. Although I will keep it in mind when I decide to finally get off the computer dreaming about all the cool technology out there and get myself into shape.




Winning Wearables?

Tech, technolgy

apple smartwatch

I keep hearing conflicting stories when it comes to all the new wearables out there now. This includes the smartwatch which is probably getting the most attention and with good reason.

Everyone wears watches and or bracelets so it just makes sense. It is not some strange device on some strange part of your body, it is right there where you can see it and where it can get great readings.

I haven’t had the chance to test any of these puppies out yet, have any of you? I would love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Of all the purposes I have hear I am personally most interested in ones that monitor health and sleep in particular. I am a crappy sleeper and would love to learn more about my patters in hopes of sleeping past 4am!

I have to say though that some of these designs are just plain ugly. I am torn on the apple smartwatch though. It’s simplicity is both what I do like and don’t like about it. Know what I mean? Not that it matters, unless they can get their battery problem worked out there will be no watches to wear.

Do you think smartwatches are the wave of the future and all our giant and small cell phones will be a thing of the past?

Its Christmas, time for all the trashy nerdy gizmos…

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Feeling quite nostalgic for the days of old when a light-sabre from Star Wars would be a wonderful gift. I told family and friends not to buy me anything sensible this year so looking forward to what I will get. As I can’t wait and love hunting around the internet I have found a few suggestions.

Solarbotics Perpetual Motion Marble Kit, I can put this in the garden or on a bright windowsill and I can pretend I can create perpetual motion. Building it sounds like fun as well.

Now I am still a Star Wars fan and I can combine this with a truly great lawn/desk decoration. Its a fallen AT-AT Walker, a what at you say, clearly you have never watch The Empire Strikes Back, it is the one and only AT-AT Walker that fell at the Battle of Hoth. How the mighty can fall, something for us all to remember.

At At walker toy for the geek in everyone

Tickets for the Armageddon Expo, I can travel to any of them ..Really! I would love to go.

Well thats enough of that. To more interesting news, interested in how the world began, did an asteroid strike kickstart life on earth? Scientists have been trying to prove this theory and this post gives an interesting but not decisive account of how they have tried to recreate the action. Not quite Star wars of Jurassic Park but interesting. To conclude this meandering post, how about how tech is catching up to Star Trek? This post argues that we are fast catching up with our smart phones being on route to Captain Kirks communicator and with the new tech bringing medical assessments to the phones we will not need Dr McCoys tricorder…Thank goodness whiskey will stay the same, oh yea a bottle of Sctoch would also do very nicely for Xmas, Thank you.

One bottle of Scotch whiskey why not three or four?

For Better Or For Worse?

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As any of my readers would expect I’ve been frothing at the mouth with excitement waiting for news and information about Apple’s latest venture – the iPhone 6. It’s hit the stores in Japan (that lucky country who have been blessed with an unmatched ability to design, produce and experience the latest in technological updates and breakthroughs) to an enthusiastic group of lucky first-buyers, some of who waited in line for days to get their hands on it. So is the fuss worth it?

I’m not a huge Apple fan although I’ve had my trusty 4th generation iPod in my pocket for almost 3 years now. I do have to say I love the speediness of the iOS and just using it makes me feel like a spaceman from the future. Every time I see the menu transitions it makes me tingle with childish glee. Yet I never got down with the yearly updates and upgrades that pour out of Apple incessantly. I can’t say why other than when I’ve gone into the stores to try the latest and greatest devices for myself, I’ve never really noticed much that would justify the expenditure.

The same can’t be said for people in Japan however who flock to the stores to be among the first to grab the new gizmos. The predictable yearly releases are starting to seem a little sour to me as it looks more like a company selling a brand rather than useful, life-enhancing technology. We know the capabilities of Apple are nextgen and cutting edge, but they drip feed us their progress with updates and minor improvements, forcing us to shell out our hard earned cash time and time again for a few minor tweaks and improvements.


I find my focus and enthusiasm shifting to another kind of story nowadays. Posted in the technology/environment section of the BBC website, this story details the development of a chinstrap which will harness the locomotion of chewing and turn it into energy. It’ll be fascinating to see just how many people truly care about the environment and are willing to strap on a potentially embarrassing piece of tech. I for one am shameless enough to do it. Are you?

4K Blu-ray is SOO yesterday!


I remember when I held my first CD in my hands. The technology back then seemed almost magical. I held the hologram-like surface against a light and inspected its rainbow colours. This is the future I thought to myself. When the CD was first promoted to the public, its mechanical resilience and archival lifespan were big selling points. As everyone was soon to discover, the CD was more suitable as a drink coaster than a long-term digital storage device. Soon after that came Sony’s SACD or Super Audio CD, boasting a 2.8224 MHz sampling frequency compared to the CD’s meagre 44.1 kHz. Great! Who doesn’t want better audio quality in their living room? Audiophiles gladly went to the bank to take out a small fortune to buy the first ever SACD player. In Japan, at the same time, the MiniDisc player

MiniDisc - a window into the 21st century.

MiniDisc – a window into the 21st century.

 had already been steaming ahead like a locomotive on jet fuel. I owned one of these devices in early 1998 (early adopter, as usual), and I soon realised what was coming next. Tethered to the earphones was a handy little controller that would display the song and artist name of the music playing at the moment. To me, it was obvious — in a matter of years the need for the bulky player would be history, and the music would be stored in a device that would look much like the headphone controller of a MiniDisc player. My mates laughed at this notion, but I laughed louder when the flash memory-based MP3 player arrived shortly thereafter.



4K – My eyes, My eyes!!



HD, Full HD and now 4K. I really don’t want to sound like some old geezer, complaining about new tech, but really, 4K makes my eyes hurt! My brain can’t even process the information. I feel like I’m in the matrix and someone just overclocked the processor beyond what my visual cortex can handle. Maybe one day I’ll find myself delighted to have a 4K TV set at home (prices are dropping rapidly), but how will the data be delivered? Blu-ray is capable of storing a full-length 4K film, but even if someone gave me a Blu-ray disc for free, I’d just put it under my lager.


I say broadband is getting old. I say Blu-ray is ancient history! I advocate human neural streaming! Grab your friend’s hand, and close your eyes! Unfortunately human neurons can only transfer data at speeds of up to 100 meters per second, but with a little bit of metalorganic bioengineering, I’m sure we’ll be able to boost it to levels required to watch 4K movies in our own heads.

I’m Drooling Again; THE LG G3 Smartphone -Gaah!

Smartphones, Tech

I’ve been really unlucky when it comes to mobiles. I think I’ve mostly just been a bit of a cheapskate really, buying dodgy tech that seemed cool at the time but that should have raised warning flags when it came to pricing. When I’m looking to buy new tech, gear or ‘nerdware’ I usually start with 3 months of research. Essentially, if I’m honest with myself, it is just an excuse for looking at nerd porn until my eyes bleed, and in many ways it is also an escape from my work-related woes. So, for 3 months it is I’ll get that mobile, I’m sure and but this one has heaps of extra features! and so on, back and forth until I can’t take the excitement anymore and actually buy the damn thing. Yes, it is a nerdgasm!


LG G3 – The Ultimate Mobile?

Currently, I’m drooling over the LG G3. It looks like a mobile from some wet dream I had and that I now only have vague memories of. It fits right into that slot where my mind has installed a placeholder instead of a clear picture of The Ultimate Mobile. The lines, the absolutely gorgeous screen and raw power simply… I’m sorry, I think I just started crying silently without noticing it myself. Unfortunately the G3 is a bit out of my price range, but I won’t let that deter me from drooling and enjoying the delirium the thought of touching it induces in me. Blip, blip – 0o0 h!