The First Smartphone with a Heart Rate Sensor

Tech, Uncategorized


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.




Optimus Prime — still going strong.

Art, Toys

Transformers were invented in Japan by Takara Tomy sometime in the ’80s. I played with transformers religiously in my childhood (that never really ended), and I am delighted to see that the tradition of worshipping spacefaring, sentient super awesome robots is a long-lasting one. I never would have thought that in my adult years I would see little kids playing with the most popular toys of the ’80s. I really wish I’d saved some of the very well-made Transformer action figures my mother bought for me with her hard-earned money. I remember having one that transformed into some sort of space-gun with lights in it. Naturally, I disassembled it to take a look inside. My mum threw a hissy fit unlike any I’d ever seen before. Now, she just accepts that I’m brilliant in my own, slightly retarded way.


Recently, I’ve opened my eyes to premium quality die cast collectible Transformers. They are sculptural art, really. On some models, you can open the front to expose the inner workings of the robot. The details are stunning! If anyone says I own toys, I’ll just refer to the ¥88000 (Japanese Yen) price tag. What toy costs nearly NZ$ 1000?! I have to say, just looking at one makes my neurons fire serotonin until I’m down on the floor looking for my credit card. Shut up and take my money!