Keeping the elderly safe [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) DUE to work schedules, round-the-clock care for our elderly parents is often not possible. Good thing there are tools out there which can help, such as the recently announced Philips Lifeline GoSafe, which is a new mobile personal emergency response system that is specially designed to help senior citizens achieve more out of life.
It is equipped with a special combination of fall detection capabilities alongside a suite of locating technologies and two-way cellular voice communication. Users will have peace of mind knowing that they will be able to summon help if required.
Basically, the Philips Lifeline GoSafe is able to detect a fall automatically. When the unthinkable happens, it will place a call for help even if the user cannot push the GoSafe button.
The Philips Lifeline GoSafe also delivers two-way cellular voice communication, and has up to seven user-locating technologies which will inform the relevant parties of the user's location in a range of situations. Nice to know the included button is waterproof, and the entire shebang lasts up to a week between charging.
No barking please!
GARMIN is often associated with the world of GPS navigation devices but this time around, the company has decided to take a different route - it has introduced the BarkLimiter electronic dog training collar series to help you enjoy your dog(s) and keep the neighbours pacified as well.
It helps dog owners gain control over nuisance barking, thanks to built-in bark identification technology that relies on innovative accelerometer technology to distinguish between barking and other vocalisations.
It is a snap to use, thanks to a set-it-and-forget-it "autorise" function. One is able to program the stimulation intensity level automatically based on the barking behaviour of individual dogs.
There will also be vibration and manual settings. The BarkLimiter retails for US$79.99 (RM240) each and will be made available online some time in the first quarter of the year.
Smartphone in full HD
THERE are a couple of new high-end smartphones from Sony Mobile which will soon be introduced worldwide - the Sony Xperia Z and the Sony Xperia ZL.
The Xperia Z will be Sony's new flagship model. The Xperia ZL may have a similar Snapdragon S4 Pro processor as well as 2GB RAM and a generous 5-inch Full HD resolution display, but it will not be dust- and water-resistant.
It's also thicker (9.8mm) and a wee bit heavier too at 151g. The Sony Xperia ZL is available in both black and white. Its price tag is expected to be high but the new design direction is full of promise.
Stylish hard drive protector
ANOTHER day, another new peripheral, and this week is no different. Satechi's latest is a USB 3.0 Aluminum External Hard Disk Enclosure.
This particular external hard disk enclosure is specially designed to complement Apple computers and notebooks, boasting a sleek and clean design.
Most modern-day notebooks come with a USB 3.0 port, so it makes perfect sense for the Satechi to work with USB 3.0 connectivity to maximise its performance.
It will play nice with 9.5mm and 12.5mm 2.5-inch SATA HDD/SSDs. It also has eSATA interface support for speedy data transfer. It's backward compatible so legacy devices will still work with it without missing a beat. Expect to fork out US$39.99 .
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