News: MOCACARE Expands Heart Health Portfolio with MOCACuff, a State-of-the-Art Blood Pressure Cuff Worn on the Cuff

MOCACuff and the MOCACARE App Deliver Results and Advice Loosening the Grip of Hypertension

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November 21, 2016 – Palo Alto, C.A.—MOCACARE (www.mocacare.com), a Silicon Valley based company at the heart of the connected health movement has today expanded its range of advanced, yet super simple, cardiovascular monitoring devices with the launch of MOCACuff, a sleek FDA-approved wireless blood pressure monitor that fits comfortably on the wrist. Priced at $69.99, MOCACuff is designed with style and comfort in mind – avoiding the problems of bulky and difficult to place traditional cuffs worn on the upper arm. Without sacrificing accuracy, MOCACuff makes it easy to incorporate blood pressure monitoring into your everyday routine and receive instant, actionable insights to improve your health.

MOCACuff is the second product in the MOCACARE line. It joins the highly acclaimed MOCAheart device that uses thumb scans to measure heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and pulse wave velocity – a measurement of arterial stiffness that is correlated to blood pressure and widely recognized as one of the best indicators of overall cardiovascular health.

Worn on the Cuff

The beautifully designed MOCACuff allows those looking to proactively monitor or improve existing cardiovascular conditions with a smaller, easier alternative to bulky arm cuffs. Worn on the wrist, it is a suitable option for those who find current cuffs on the upper arm uncomfortable or ill fitting – one of

the most common problems associated with inaccurate or failed readings. Once on, the wrist is brought to heart level and a reading is ready to be performed at the touch-of-a-button. After each reading, the MOCACuff screen displays pulse rate, systolic and diastolic measurements, and a color-coded indicator that corresponds to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) blood pressure categories, allowing users to see where their health stands.

Heart of the Matter

The MOCACARE App is now the first to combine Pulse Wave Velocity and Blood Pressure to manage heart health. Both MOCACuff and MOCAheart devices connect to the MOCACARE App (Android and iOS compatible) to provide an even more intuitive and insightful heart health monitoring experience for users on their smartphone. MOCACuff sets itself apart from other devices by helping users visualize their goals and track progress through the App. In addition, it provides consumers with expertly-curated, personalized health recommendations, which are in accordance with guidelines from the American Heart Association, to achieve their goals. The MOCACARE App also provides customizable data viewing options; either by displaying results as visual trends or alternatively in a list format.

  • Features of the MOCACARE App include:
  • Easy sync – With a single tap of a button, your measurement history is synced wirelessly to your smartphone — helping you organize your health data, track and improve your health trends, and achieve your health goals.
  • Heart healthy lifestyle tips – After each measurement, receive actionable insights and tips to improve your heart health. Based on guidelines from the American Heart Association, these tips empower you to take better care of your health.
  • Visualize goals and track progress – Making lifestyle changes? See how your health indicators are improving over time.
  • Share your results – Get support and motivation from your own cheer squad. The HIPAA compliant chat platform makes sharing health data with doctors and loved ones effortless.
  • Multiple users – Allow friends/family to try MOCA devices without disturbing your health trends by removing irregular readings from your measurement history, or create new profiles for other family members.

“At MOCACARE, we’re driven by a goal to simplify heart health monitoring and to make caring for your health an easy, intuitive and reliable experience,” said Naama Stauber, co-founder and COO of MOCACARE. “Like MOCAheart before it, MOCACuff is specifically designed to be as simple as possible for everyone to monitor his or her cardiovascular health. Whether you’re viewing your measurements right away or comparing your results over time, consumers can now take back control of their health without missing a beat.”

Availability

MOCACuff is available at www.mocacare.com and is priced at $69.99. Its full range of features include:

  • Monitors heart rate and systolic and diastolic measurement
  • Display: Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
  • Cuff size: 5.3~7.7 inches (135~195mm), depending on wrist size
  • Cuff weight: 128 +/- 10g
  • Unit Dimension (including case): 2.91 x 2.93 x 1.59 inches
  • Battery Life: DC 3 V, AAA Alkaline Battery x2, Approx. 250 measurements
  • Compatibility: Bluetooth Low Energy (4.0), iOS 8+, Android 4.0.3+
  • Supported by the dedicated Android and iOS MOCACARE App
  • FDA-approved and CE certified

For further information visit www.mocacare.com

7 Great Gifts for Health and Wellness

When looking for gifts for loved ones it is always rewarding if the gift is something they enjoy that at the same time improves their overall health and wellness. We have found a variety of great gifts ideas that help the user work on improving their health and wellness. Some are for the more serious athlete, others are for those who want to decrease stress, or increase their overall activity level without wearing a traditional looking fitness tracker. There are also gifts for those who suffer from Blood Pressure problems or nausea from motion sickness, pregnancy or other causes. We hope you and your loved ones have a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2017 and that some of these gifts help with that.

Muse Brain-Sensing Meditation Headband

muse-sort-nyt-logo-1-4 The Muse Brain-Sensing Meditation Headband is a great gift for anyone who wants to decrease their stress level. It acts as a personal meditation coach and is used in conjunction with the Muse app on your phone plus your own headphones. Muse fits comfortably across your forehead and behind your ears and measures your brain signals. Once Muse is in place it checks for proper fit and takes a baseline reading. The app then guides you through a series of meditation exercises. Whilst you meditate you listen to different soundscapes and the soundscapes respond to your brainwaves. For instance in the beach soundscape when you are calm and focussed you hear gently rolling waves and even birds singing, as your mind wanders the ocean becomes stormy and the waves crash louder. Unlike many other stress reduction devices, you don’t need to look at the screen whilst you are meditating, you can close your eyes and relax. I find the changing soundscape a much less intrusive way of reminding me to refocus than seeing changes on a screen or hearing a voice prompt. The sessions start short at 3 minutes, and you are encouraged to increase your time meditating as it becomes a habit. You can review your meditation settings and set reminders to help meditation become a regular routine.  I have found it a great tool to help me to meditate and I’m always much more relaxed after a Muse session. Available from Target, Amazon and other retailers for US$179.99

Spire- Mindfulness and Activity  Tracker

kubik-160425-spire_0973_side_table_2_final-2-1Spire is a tracker that not only looks and feels different from your standard activity tracker, it also has a different focus. Spire looks and feels like a well worn pebble and it monitors not only your steps but also your breathing.  The battery lasts for up to a week and it charges via a beautiful cork and metal induction charger, that can also acts as a USB charger for your phone. Spire’s focus is on measuring your breathing -your state of mind affects how you breathe, but how you breathe can also change your state of mind.  The Spire app includes focussed mini-meditation sessions. During the day Spire senses when you are becoming stressed and sends real-time notifications to remind you to take a deep breath or suggest ways to calm down. At the end of the day you can see what periods of calm, focus and tension you have had. Spire aims to improve your health by making you mindful of your breathing patterns and encouraging slow, deep breathing. Studies have shown that slow, deep and consistent breathing can lower blood pressure, reduce stress and increase the flow of endorphins in the blood stream. Available from Spire.ioAmazon and Apple Stores for US$99.99

Jabra Sports Pulse Special Edition Bluetooth Headphones with HR Monitoring

pulse_close-up-product-in-ear Music always makes it easier to work out. When you are actively training a good set of wireless Bluetooth headphones that will stay in place however hard you work is a must. The Jabra Sports Pulse special edition headphones  include 4 pairs of ear wings and 6 different pairs of EarGels (3 sizes of foam and 3 of silicon) to find your perfect fit. As well as providing great sound and a secure fit they also help you to fine tune your workout by measuring your Heart Rate. To get the most from the headphones use them with Jabra’s Sport Life™ app. With the app you can set personal goals based on distance, time, or calories burned. You can select a target pace or heart rate zone and even set up interval training. The app will keep you updated with audio coaching. You can also use the headphones and app to do 3 fitness tests: The Rockport Test- designed to measure your VO2 max level, The Orthostatic Heart Rate Test and The Resting Heart Rate Test.
They connect via Bluetooth and charge via USB with up to 5 hours battery life. Available from Jabra.com, Amazon and other retailers RRP  US$159.99

 

ReliefBand

home-reliefband ReliefBand was originally created as a single use device for chemotherapy patients, over time others learned of it and it became popular with boaters and in hospitals for other types of treatments.  I have always had nausea when flying or boating – it’s a fact of life for me.  I recently flew and I’m happy to say that with my ReliefBand I had no nausea and flew very comfortably.  You simply put on some gel similar to ultrasound gel on your wrist, put on the ReliefBand and then activate it so you can feel the pulse.  It begins to take effect in moments.  It is FDA cleared and endorsed by the medical profession for conditions related to nausea and vomiting including morning sickness and chemotherapy.  Read our full review. Available from  Relief Band’s website, West Marine, and Amazon.

 

Withings Wireless BP Monitor

Withings-WirelessBPM-Main-iOS-ENThe Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor  is a device designed to make it easier to measure, record and share blood pressure (BP) readings at home. It is incredibly easy to set up and use, . It charges via an included USB cable, and once charged it is totally wireless. It is used in conjunction with the Withings Health Mate app and gives immediate feedback on whether or not your reading is in the optimal range. The monitior automatically tracks measurements over time, sends reminders to take your BP, and makes it easy to share results with your doctor.  If  loved one has pre-hypertension, hypertension, or risk factors for it, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a great gift to make home blood pressure monitoring quick, easy and painless. Read our full review. Available from Withings.com, Amazonand other retailers RRP $129.95  (at time of press only $73 on Amazon)

 

Timex IQ+MOVE Women’s Gift Set

 

image004The IQ Move series is new from Timex this year. They are a series of analog watches with built-in activity trackers that are available in womens and mens styles. The Taupe/Turquoise womens gift set includes a taupe leather strap and an interchangeable turquoise silicon strap. It has a 36mm dial with INDIGLO® Night-Light and is water-resistant to 50M. It uses Bluetooth to synch with the Timex Connected app (compatible with iOS and Android). You can check your progress to goal in the app or with a quick glance at the sub-dial on the watch face. It also measures periods of deep and light sleep, as well as time awake, sleep efficiency percentage and average length of sleep. The IQ+ Move uses a traditional watch battery, so no charging is required. Available from BestBuy.com , Best Buy stores and  Timex.com  for US$149

 

Amazfit Ceramic Activity Tracker

silver_infinity_necklaceFor the woman (or man) who wants to track their activity but doesn’t like the look of traditional activity trackers the Amazfit Ceramic Activity Tracker is an elegant alternative. It is a smooth, shiny glazed ceramic disc inspired by the traditional Chinese jade pendant. It comes in white or black and can be worn in a variety of ways. My favorite way to wear it is with the optional Silver Infinity Necklace . I love how smooth the tracker is to the touch. As all the electronics are hidden inside it looks just like a fashion statement rather than an activity tracker. The tracker charges via an included induction charger and you can choose from a variety of fashionable wrist straps for times when you are actively working out and prefer to wear it on your wrist. It works with a smartphone app, it will track steps and also tracks sleep when worn on the wrist.  Available from Amazon and other retailers currently $55.99 for tracker charger and wristband, necklace $16.99

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Review of the Thermo WiFi Connected Temporal Artery Thermometer from Withings



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Summary

Thermo from Withings is a temporal artery thermometer that is fast, accurate and easy to use and it’s companion app is a great way to track a child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication during the course of an illness. A great addition to any family’s medical cabinet.

Our Rating

 

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Ask any parent of a sick child – the last thing they want to do when a sick child finally falls asleep is to wake them up, but if they are running a fever monitoring their temperature is vital, so finding a way to check their temperature without waking them is important. When my oldest son was a baby I was faced with this dilemma, and my solution was to buy a temporal artery thermometer, they were pretty new on the market then so it was an unusual choice, but a turned out to be a great decision. I was able to easily check my son’s temperature any time of the day or night without waking him and it was much simpler to use than the ear thermometers. We had to replace that thermometer after several years but almost 13 years later the temporal artery thermometer is now used in most pediatrician’s offices I visit, and is still my preferred way to measure my kids’ temperatures. The temporal artery thermometer I bought 13 years ago is still the most popular one in the stores, so it definitely prime for an update.

With the new Thermo Withings have taken the tried and true technology of the temporal artery thermometer and brought it up to date by linking it with a detailed and informative app. I recently had the opportunity to test out the Thermo and was interested to see how it performed.Thermo with App

Why Use a Temporal Artery Thermometer?

It is quick, easy, accurate and non-invasive.
The temporal artery connects to the heart via the carotid artery and gives an accurate assessment of the temperature inside the heart and thus the core body temperature. The temporal artery comes close to the skin at the forehead and the temperature is measured via infrared using a quick swipe across the forehead.

Set Up

Before you use Thermo for the first time you need to install the free Withings Thermo app, and follow the on screen instructions to set up your Thermo. I’d recommend doing this  when you first get your Thermo so it’s all set up and ready to go when you need it. If you already have a Withings account it will import your profiles from that but you can also add additional users from within the app, this way all family members have their own health record.

In Use

To scan you simply place the Thermo in the center of the forehead, press the button and swipe gently across the forehead towards the hairline. It beeps once and lights flash to tell you it is starting scanning and twice when the reading is complete and the temperature displays on Thermo. The whole thing takes literally 2-3 seconds. The thermometer measures the temperature using infrared so you don’t even need to touch the skin. Thermo is about half the size and weight of my traditional temporal artery thermometer and both take reading in a few seconds.

It is recommended to scan 3 times and use the highest temperature reading. I found that most of my readings were within 0.1°F -0.2°F  of each other, and by taking 3 readings I could easily see if any readings were out of touch with the others.

After you have taken the readings Thermo sends the results to your phone and you can then allocate the readings to a particular person, or discard them.

The App

I love temporal artery thermometers for their speed, accuracy and ease of use but where Thermo stands out from other temporal artery thermometers is in the extra value the app brings. With the app you don’t need to remember what your child’s temperature was yesterday or 2hrs ago, thermo will do that for you. It creates a record that you can easily look back at to see how your child’s temperature has changed over time. It also allows you to make notes each time you take the temperature, plus record the child’s symptoms and any medication given, you can even add pictures. This is useful not only for seeing trends yourself, but also when more than 1 person is caring for a sick child. You don’t have to remember to ask your spouse when your child last had medicine or ask what symptoms the child had whilst you were at work. It is also very useful when visiting the doctor to be able share a record of the child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication over the course of their illness.

The app also red flags elevated temperatures and gives advice on medication dosages based on the child’s weight and age for common over the counter medications such as Tylenol. It also gives advice on when you should call a doctor with different advice depending on the age of the child for instance any fever of 100.4F (or above) in a 0-3 month old is an emergency whereas that same temperature in a 5 year old would be considered a mild fever. It also gives advice on symptoms that are serious enough to warrant calling the doctor even if no fever is present.

Summary

Thermo from Withings is a temporal artery thermometer that is fast, accurate and easy to use and it’s companion app is a great way to track a child’s temperature, symptoms and response to medication during the course of an illness. A great addition to any family’s medical cabinet.

Available from Withings.com, Apple Stores and other retailers RRP $99.95

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Category: Health & Fitness, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 92.74 MB

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Review of the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

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What we love…

Very quick and easy to use, immediate feedback on whether or not your reading is in the optimal range, automatically tracks measurements over time, reminders, easy to share results with your doctor

Summary

If you or a loved one has pre-hypertension, hypertension, or risk factors for it, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a great way to make home blood pressure monitoring quick, easy and painless.

Our Rating

 

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February is American Heart Health month, which spotlights the major health problems that heart disease causes, and encourages Americans to focus on improving their cardiovascular health. The CDC estimates approximately 70 million Americans  (29%) suffer from hypertension and a similar number have pre-hypertension (blood pressure that is above normal but not yet in the high blood pressure range.) For those suffering from hypertension and pre-hypertension, or at risk for it, regular blood pressure monitoring is important. Getting into the doctors office for frequent blood pressure checks often isn’t practical, so home blood pressure monitoring can be a better alternative. This month we tested out the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor , which is a device designed to make it easier to measure, record and share blood pressure (BP) readings at home.

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I’m lucky enough that I don’t currently have any blood pressure issues, but I do have a family member who is in the pre-hypertensive range and needs to  monitor his blood pressure regularly. We have had a blood pressure monitor at home for several years because of this, but it spends most of the time gathering dust as he finds it cumbersome to use and as a result he rarely uses it. During American Heart Health Month we have been both measuring our BP regularly using the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor.

Previous BP Monitor on Left with separate cuff, tubing, monitor and charger vs Withing Wireless BP Monitor on Right
Our previous BP Monitor on Left with separate cuff, tubing, monitor and charger vs Withing Wireless BP Monitor on Right

 

In Use

I found the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor incredibly easy to set up and use. It is used in conjunction with the Withings Health Mate app on your iOS or Android Smartphone or tablet.Within the Health Mate App you can create multiple user accounts, so that you can view all your family’s data in one place. You can also log in to your Health Mate account from multiple devices.

The BP monitor charges via an included USB cable, and once charged it is totally wireless.  The battery life is good, after taking approximately 30 readings my battery still has lots of life left.

To use it: just switch the monitor on by tapping a button, and it will ask to connect to your phone/ tablet via Bluetooth. Once you have connected it the first time it will connect automatically in future, if you have Bluetooth switched on.

Once the BP monitor connects via Bluetooth all the instructions appear on the screen step by step:

1. Rest 5 min, then wrap the arm band around your left arm with the metal tube against your inner arm, about 2cm above your elbow.

2. Stay still during the measurement, sit up straight in a chair, feet flat on the floor, don’t cross your legs.

3. Arm relaxed and resting at heart level e.g. on a table.

4. Press “Start” in the app. (Before doing this you can also switch profiles if you need to.)

Once you press start, the cuff automatically inflates and slowly deflates as it makes the measurement.

Once the measurement is complete the app displays your Systolic BP, Diastolic BP and heart rate. A color coded dot appears next to the BP reading to let you know at a glance if the readings are normal or not. You can set the monitor to take multiple readings automatically and you can also set a reminder so you get a daily notification to remind you to take your blood pressure at your preferred time.

From the Withings Healthmate app you can see your daily activity from all your Withings devices in one place- if you have a Withings Activite Pop your sleep and activity data will appear alongside your BP and Heart rate from the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. By tapping on the BP reading you can view a graph of your BP and heart rate readings over time. You can also view this data in table form.

If you are under medical care it is also important to be able to easily share your results with your doctor, this is very easy to do. When looking at your BP and Heart Rate data you can choose to share your data via email and can even set up for your readings to be emailed automatically once a day, week or month.

Obviously if you see abnormal readings it is a good idea to consult with your doctor. If want extra help interpreting your results Withings also offers Hy-Result an advanced advisory service as an in-app purchase for $4.99.

I was very impressed with how easy it is to take your Blood Pressure using the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. Applying the cuff is very simple and the whole system is built in to the cuff and its attached metal tube, there are no tubes, wires or additional accessories. You literally just switch on the monitor, put the cuff around your arm and follow the on screen instructions to make sure you are in a good position for measuring, and press start. It couldn’t be easier! It is so much simpler than the home Blood Pressure Monitor we used previously, that this one actually gets used instead of sitting gathering dust!

I love that you can set reminders to do your measurement, that you immediately know whether or not your reading is in the optimal range and that it automatically tracks your measurements over time. The ability to easily share results with your doctor is also a great feature. With the ability to add multiple family members within your Withings Health Mate account it also means you can use it to make sure family members are taking care of their heart health too. Whether it is checking on a parent who lives elsewhere, or a spouse when you are away from home, you can check that they are remembering to measure their BP and that it staying in their normal range, which is great for peace of mind.

If you or a loved one has pre-hypertension, hypertension, or risk factors for it, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a great way to make home blood pressure monitoring quick, easy and painless.

The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is available from Withings.com, Amazon and other retailers RRP $129.95


NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Review and Giveaway for the Kolibree Intelligent Bluetooth™ Toothbrush



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What we love…

Coaching using motion sensors and app, game to encourage kids to brush, feedback after brushing, ease of switching profiles and brush heads. Easy for multiple family members to use 1 handle/ base with personal heads, ability to access data from multiple devices. Makes kids want to brush and do so more effectively.

What we’d love to see…

A rack for holding multiple brush heads, different color brushes in basic pack (colors are available in add-on packs) , more games

Summary

A great tool for all the family to improve their dental hygiene. It encourages kids (and adults) to brush regularly, coaches them on how to brush more effectively and provides feedback on how they are doing. Highly recommended!

Our Rating

 

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Like many parents I struggle to get my children to do a good job of taking care of their teeth. They are old enough that they will no longer let me brush their teeth, but young enough that they really don’t understand how important good dental hygiene is. I first saw the Kolibree Smart Toothbrush at the Consumer Electronics Show and was intrigued to find out if it would actually make our toothbrushing battles any less frequent. I recently  tested it out with my 8 year-old twins and was pleasantly surprised that not only does it make them want to brush their teeth it also has them wanting to do a better job and their teeth are noticeably cleaner as a result.

At first glance Kolibree looks like any other good quality electric toothbrush. It is a sonic toothbrush, its charging base plugs into an electric outlet and the toothbrush charges when sitting on the base. It comes with 2 removable brush heads and additional heads are available to purchase. However, unlike a regular electric toothbrush Kolibree uses 3D motion sensors to monitor how you are brushing and give you feedback.

To use the toothbrush you first need to download the free iOS or Android app. With the app you create an account for the family and profiles for each member who will be using it.

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In Use

It took me about 5 minutes to set up the app with profiles for all the members of my family. Once it is set up it is very easy to switch profiles, you just tap on the picture of the user and it lets you choose which family member is using it. When you are brushing there are 2 brushing programs to choose from- Go Pirate and Coach. Before each session the app will remind you to connect to the toothbrush via Bluetooth if you are not already connected.

It is very easy to switch toothbrush heads, making it easy to use with multiple family members. The 2 brush heads that come with the Kolibree are identical, so we added colored tape to be able to identify whose brush was whose (we tried Sharpie but that rubbed off). I did notice that the replacement brush heads come with a variety of different colored bristles so this won’t be an issue in future, but it would be nice to see 2 different colors come with the brush.

My kids had used manual and battery operated rotating tooth brushes before, but not a sonic toothbrush. I was unsure how they would react to this, especially as my son (with ASD) has sensory issues, so I had them feel the vibrations on their hand before using it the first time, the vibrations didn’t bother them at all. The brush handle is as long as a standard adult electric toothbrush but it is very light- weighing only 2.5oz, so my children found it easy to use.

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iPhone Screenshot 5This app shows your mouth divided into 6 sections and as a 2 minute timer runs it takes you through brushing each section of your mouth- brushing inner, outer and biting surfaces for each of the 6 areas. It shows you which direction your brush strokes should be in, and encourages you to spent equal time on each section. This app is great to use with kids the first time they use the Kolibree, and for adults and older kids in the long term. It not only makes you brush for a full 2 minutes but teaches you how to effectively clean all tooth surfaces during that time. As an adult I find this app really useful and interestingly my 8 year-old daughter likes to use this instead of the Go Pirate app.

Go Pirate

iPhone Screenshot 1This game is designed to encourage children to brush. They can pick a costume for their pirate and head off in search of gold. Each time they brush an icon at the bottom of the screen shows them which part of their mouth to brush, and a pirate also gives them verbal directions. If they follow the directions they will collect gold coins. Each time they brush they move to a new place on a treasure map, and there are treasure chests to find along the way. My son loves this app and collecting the gold coins. He is very competitive both at beating his sister and his own personal best score.

Checkup

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After you complete a brushing session you can go to the “Check Up” section of the app and see how you did. Each of your teeth is shown in outline and the paler the tooth the better job you did of brushing that area, yellow areas show where you need to do a better job. In between brushing sessions you can also see your accumulated brushing data in the Check Up, so you can tell which areas you need to work on more. My kids love being able to see how they did after each session- I think it is their favorite part of the whole Kolibree experience.

The app also has lots of customization options including changing the users handedness, adjusting brushing time, music and transition sounds. For me a very important feature is that you can easily switch between multiple family members within the app and you can have the family’s account on multiple devices. We usually use the app on my phone but in case I am not home at brushing time we also have it on my husbands phone and a family iPad. The data seamlessly synchs between devices so whatever device we use has their brushing history, and when I’m away from home I can look at my phone and see what time they brushed and how well.

iPhone Screenshot 2Over time each family member accumulates points, moves up levels and earns badges according to both how well and how frequently they brush. You can look back at their brushing history for the last week and see what points and awards they have earned over their brushing lifetime. They are also given a “Kolibree Index Score” based on how well and frequently they brush. These can all act as long term incentives to keep brushing and gives parents a way to monitor progress if they wish to give children rewards for hitting certain milestones.

Overall, although at first glance Kolibree looks much like any other quality electric toothbrush it has many features that make it stand out from the crowd. Its motion sensing technology and app give realtime coaching during brushing and feedback afterwards. The brush is designed to be used by both adults and children and is a great way to get all of the family working on improving their dental hygiene. In the time my family have been using it we have had noticeably less battles over teeth brushing, my kids are brushing more frequently, for longer and are consciously trying to do a better job when they brush. My 8 year old son said “mum this is a great way to get me to brush” and I think that sums it up pretty well! I will be ordering more brush heads so the rest of the family and use it too.

The Kolibree Smart Toothbrush is available from Kolibree.com and Amazon the basic pack including Tooth brush, charging base, 2 heads and app is $149, other combo packs are available. Replacement brushes are $19 for a 3 pack.

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Finally, a new smart tooth brushing tool!

Kolibree is a useful app that helps you take care of your teeth on a daily basis, and will improve your oral hygiene.

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Review of GoNoodle and #Giveaway for a New #Apple TV (4th Generation)

GoNoodle for Apple TV

What we love…

Great variety of channels to suit different ages and tastes, gets kids active, stress reduction tools, fun for all the family

What we’d love to see…

A way to bookmark favorite videos and create your own compilations

Summary

GoNoodle a great free resource with a great selection of fun active videos to get kids up, moving, exercising and dancing, perfectly suited to the Apple TV. Highly recommended.

Our Rating

 

Over the last year or so my kids added a new verb to their vocabulary – on the way home from school they could often be heard telling each other I “GoNoodled today”. This was usually responded too with an enthusiastic “me too” or occasionally a “No fair, I didn’t .” I couldn’t really get a good explanation from them as to what “GoNoodling” was, just that it was fun. So I was left scratching my head wondering was this some kind of dance? Yoga move ? Strange exercise involving spaghetti? Now I’m wondering no more as I’ve recently had the pleasure of GoNoodling with them at home !

GoNoodle started with the aim of getting kids more active at school. Teachers could subscribe to Go Noodle and access fun videos to get kids active. For schools it is available as a free subscription and a premium version is also available with extra content that incorporates common core standard academics as well as the exercises. My local school district has installed Smartboards in all the elementary school classrooms and my kids’ teachers have been using GoNoodle on the Smartboards. My kids love using GoNoodle in the classroom and when I asked my daughter’s teacher what was good about GoNoodle from a teacher’s perspective her reply was “everything!”

After it was launched for schools many kids started asking for GoNoodle at home and GoNoodle started to let families sign up for a free account on their website and watch at home on their computer, or via a web browser on their iPad or tablet. With the launch of the new Apple TV came the ability for developers to release apps for Apple TV, and GoNoodle has just launched an Apple TV app (N.B. Apple TV apps only work on the 4th Generation Apple TV not on older models.) Go Noodle is a free app with no adverts or in-app purchases.

After hearing about GoNoodle from my kids and their teachers I was happy to get the chance to check it out for myself on our new Apple TV. My initial assumption was that GoNoodle would be all active videos to get kids up and dancing, but I soon discovered it has a lot more to offer. It has dance and exercise videos set to music, for when you want to get kids active, but it also has calming activities too, including yoga and mindfulness exercises.

When you open the app there are 2 choices: mixes and channels. The mixes are great if I’m not sure what to watch but I want a particular effect such as getting the kids active, de-stressing or getting them calmed down before bed. They are 15 minute collections of videos around a theme e.g Kick Start Your Day, Zumba Dance Party, Stress Busters or Mega Workout, they are also a great way to discover new channels.

There are currently 13 different channels to choose from that will appeal to different kids, and have different themes. My 8 year-old son’s favorite channel is Moose Tube. On Moose Tube kids dance and sing along to a variety of chants and active songs such as Professor Ding-a-Dong (a variation of “Father Abrahams) and watch out for the big red dancing moose! My daughter prefers dancing to pop songs on the Kidz Bop channel. Although Go Noodle is designed primarily for kids from 3-12 there are some channels that older kids, and adults will enjoy. Fresh Start Fitness is a great way to get an active work out and “grown up” enough that my Middle Schooler and I can enjoy working out together with it.

The active channels are great for getting the kids exercising or getting out excess energy on a rainy day but there are also channels that are great for quieter watching. One of my favorites is the Flow channel which I like to watch with my kids when I feel they are stressed. It has a series of calming, meditative videos to help focus and relieve stress and tension. My kids also enjoy watching the “brainercise with Mr Catman” videos, it is really challenging trying to do different actions with both hands or feet at the same time but a great way to work on your co-ordination skills.

One nice additional feature is when the kids are Go Noodling via the Apple TV they will get a 30 min warning to let them know they’ve been playing for 30 minutes and might want to take a break, I wish all apps had this!!

Overall, I have found GoNoodle a great resource – it has a great selection of fun active videos to get kids up, moving, exercising and dancing – getting fit and active and having fun at the same time. It has a great selection of different channels to suit different ages and tastes and I love that new videos are being added all the time. As well as the exercise videos it also has some great tools for improving co-ordination, relieving stress, and calming down after a busy day. I love that it is a totally free kid safe app- no adverts or in-app purchases and think it is a perfect fit for the AppleTV as its much easier to join in and dance or exercise along with a video on the big screen of your TV rather than on a computer or tablet screen. Highly recommended!

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NOTE: An Apple TV was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

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MOCAheart Home Cardiovascular Health Monitor by Mocacare – Review


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Summary

MOCAheart  from MOCAcare is a new hand held device that measures and tracks your heart rate, blood oxygen level and “MOCAIndex” -a qualitative measurement of blood flow that is correlated to blood pressure.The device itself is small and light enough to carry in a purse or pocket and is very quick and easy to use. I would recommend MOCAheart for anyone who wants a quick and easy way to monitor their cardiovascular health at home.

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Keeping fit and healthy is an important priority, and heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death. According to the CDC almost 70 million American adults have high blood pressure,  less than half of them have it under control, almost another third of American adults have pre-hypertension. Early detection is important because it allows you to seek medical help and make diet and lifestyle changes to reduce and control your blood pressure. MOCAheart  from MOCAcare is a new hand held device that can help you monitor your cardiovascular health quickly and easily in your own home.

MOCAheart works with a free app to measure and track your heart rate, blood oxygen level and “MOCAIndex.” The MOCA INDEX is a qualitative measurement of blood flow that is correlated to blood pressure. I recently tested the MOCAheart with my iPhone. The device itself is small and light enough to carry in a purse, backpack or pocket and weighs less than an ounce. It has a rechargeable battery which charges via a mini USB cable.

To take a measurement open the app, switch on the MOCAheart and then hold it with one thumb on either side pressing gently. A trace appears on the screen and a circle gradually fills as it takes the reading. I did find that almost every time I took a reading I got the message “Your scan has been interrupted. Keep your thumbs steady to continue.” However, if I just continued to hold, the scan completed with no problem and typically took under 30 seconds to complete.

Once your scan is complete you can see your Heart Rate (HR), Blood Oxygen Level (SpO2) and MOCA INDEX (MI). MI is measured on a simple, color-coded, 1-5 scale – indicating: Low, Ideal, Raised, High or Very High; and is a easy to understand way to monitor how your blood flow is and thus how your blood pressure is doing. Measuring your heart rate regularly can be useful for monitoring your fitness. As an asthmatic, when I catch a bad cold, it is useful for me to be able to monitor my SpO2 at home as if I see it decreasing it is a sign I should go and see my doctor.

Each time you measure your cardiovascular function with the MOCAheart all 3 measures are recorded, and you can also add a note about what circumstances you measured in. You can view all your past readings graphically by the day, week, month or year to see trends and high and low values.

I really liked how quick and easy it is to use, and the simple scale of the MOCA Index makes it very easy to know when to go see your doctor for further evaluation. I love that is is small and light enough to carry in your pocket, making it really easy to take with you even when you are away from home at work or on vacation.

There are plenty of home blood pressure monitoring kits on the market, but I think many people don’t use them regularly because they can be cumbersome and awkward to use. MOCAheart is really small, discreet, easy to carry with you and quick and easy to use, so I hope that it can overcome a barrier for people in monitoring their cardiovascular health at home.

I would recommend MOCAheart for anyone who wants a quick and easy way to monitor their cardiovascular health at home.

Priced $149.99 MOCAheart is available online at www.mocacare.com

Check out the MOCAHeart and other great Xmas Gift Ideas in our 22 Terrific Tech Gifts

Tech Specs:

  • Measures Heart Rate (HR), Blood Oxygen Level (SpO2) and MOCA INDEX (MI)
  • Materials: Medical–grade stainless steel and biocompatible plastic
  • Sensors: Optical sensor and electrode
  • Dedicated iOS MOCAheart app (Android coming soon).
  • Displays history and trend views and automatically records environmental factors such as weather and location
  • Provides ability to add notes to each reading and send results via in–app message
  • Battery life: 3 days (3~5 times use per day)
  • Battery recharge: 40-60 min by micro USB
  • Dimension: 1 3/8” x 2 3/4” x 1/4” (35 x 70 x 6.35 mm)
  • Weight: est. 0.7 oz~ 1 oz (20~30g)
  • Accessories: MOCA leather keychain, MOCA phone case (currently for iPhone 6 only, Android cases coming soon)
  • Supports iOS 8 HealthKit

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

22 Terrific Tech Gifts- The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2015 Part 2

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As Thanksgiving dinners are being cooked across the USA thoughts start to turn to Christmas shopping and the hunt for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. To make it a little easier The iMums have come up with a great selection of tech- themed gift ideas. We have #connected home gifts, health and fitness monitors and gifts to keep your tech charged and clean where ever you are.  We have gifts for every budget including a selection of stocking stuffers at under $50. For more ideas you may also want to check out our 12 Great Christmas Gifts for Kids from Tots to Teens.

Hello Kitty MAX Flash Drive for iOS by PhotoFast
Hello Kitty MAX Product ImageThe Hello Kitty Max Flash drive is is a great option for adding additional storage to your Lightning enabled iPad or iPhone. It is incredibly tiny and light- approx. 2″ x 0.9″ x 0.3″ and weighs a mere 1/3 oz! The companion app offers a huge array of options to back up contacts, social media, photos, videos and music. You can automatically back up your Facebook photo album, instagram photos, Calendar, Tumblr, contacts, iOS device photo album, Google Drive and Dropbox. Read our full review. Available from:photofast.com in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128 GB. Price: $69 for 32GB version.

 

Activité Pop Smart Watch by Withings
Activité Pop Coral Pink KEY Visual_HDAt first glance the Activité Pop looks like just a colorful and stylish watch, but hidden inside is a tracker that works with in combination with a smartphone to monitor activity and sleep. It is durable, waterproof, has a vibration alarm and automatically records sleep and activity. The Activité Pop is the perfect gift for people who want to keep track of their activity and sleep but don’t want to wear an activity tracker. Read our full review. Available in a choice of 4 colors from Withings.com, Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers RRP $149.95.

Petzi Treat Cam 

image001-5The Petzi Treat Cam is a a great gift for the pet lover. It is a Pet Cam with a difference as not only does it let you watch your pets, but it lets you interact with them too. You can talk to your pet, give them treats and take their picture all via the Petzi Treat Cam. The Petzi app also acts as a Social Media site for pet lovers allowing easy sharing of cute pet pics. Read our full review. Available from: Amazon and other retailers. Price: $169.99

MOCAheart Home Cardiovascular Health Monitor 

MOCAHEARThandMOCAheart  from MOCAcare is a very small lightweight hand held device that can help you monitor your cardiovascular health quickly and easily in your own home. MOCAheart measures heart rate, blood oxygen and the MOCA Index- which is a measurement of blood flow that is correlated to blood pressure. It works with its own app to track changes over time.  It is much simpler to use than a traditional blood pressure monitor and a great gift for anyone who wants to monitor their cardiovascular health status.  Read our full review. Available from: Mocacare.com

 

Griffin Twenty 2.1 Digital Audio Amplifier
Griffin twentyThe Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier from Griffin Technology makes a great gift for the music lover. It connects via Bluetooth from your phone to your speakers and streams high quality audio at 20 watts per channel. It has a  30-foot Bluetooth range, and is designed to work with your old speakers to bring them into the digital age. It can also physically connect to your AirPort Express or Apple TV, game console or TV via an included optical TOSLINK cable, for clear optical audio. Read our review. Available from Griffin Technology  and Amazon Price: US$149

Sengled Pulse Speakers
pulseDimmable LED light and with built-in JBL Bluetooth speaker makes this a perfect fit for the #connectedhome. Super easy to use, works in a variety of rooms and is easy to control with no wires!
Read our full review. Available from: Amazon Price: $149 for a pair
Bevy
press-photo-2Bevy revolutionizes photo storage by taking all of your photos from various devices like your smart phone, tablet, camera, hard drive and puts them all into one place.  This drive which comes in 1TB and 2TB options allows you to store everything and back it up in one spot.  You can plug Bevy into the TV via a HDMI cable and make a slideshow of photos. Read our full review and enter to #win! Available from Bevy.com. Price: $299 and there is a #blackfriday deal which includes a HDMI cable.

 

Energi Sliding Power Case for iPhone
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The Energi Sliding Power case from TYLT is the perfect solution if you like a lightweight, protective iPhone case for every day use and the ability to have a backup battery case on days you need it. The set comes with a black power sleeve and 2 slim protective cases- one in black the other in an accent color. The power sleeve slides onto the protective case when you want to use it and has enough power to fully recharge your iPhone. Available from: TYLT.COM Price: $79.99.

Piper NV Home Smart Security System
Piper nv - Black - Front-1Piper NV is the gift of peace of mind. It is a DIY home security solution without any monthly fees. The 180 degree camera has day and night vision, 2-way audio, and automatically detects motion. It has a built-in 180db alarm and environmental sensors that monitor your home. It can be used with a variety of z-wave accessories including door/ window sensors, and smart bulbs. You can set 4 modes -stay, away, vacation and notification only and decide how Piper should react to movement, loud noises, or temperature changes. You can monitor Piper via your cellphone, view several cameras at once, pan around the viewing area and zoom in.  Read our full review.Available fromAmazonPriced from $279

Zuli Smart Plugs
ZuliZuli iPhone controlled Smartplugs allow you to create a #connectedhome using your regular appliances. Not only can you control and dim lights with Zuli, but you can also control a whole range of other appliances such as your slow cooker, coffee maker, heater or kettle and it integrates with your Nest thermostat. You can schedule your coffee to brew before you get up, or the heater to go on before you get home. If you have at least 3 Zuli Smartplugs it can also sense your presence and automatically adjust your connected devices to your preferences. ENTER TO WIN  Available from: Amazon or Zuli.com Price: $159.99 for Presence 3- pack or $59.99 for single smart plug.

Energi 6K Smart Charger
MIC-NRG6KTCBL-T_C_lThe Energi 6K Smart Charger is both a wall charger and a backup battery. To use it at home simply plug it into a wall socket and you can charge your device via its USB socket or built-in Apple MFI certified Lightning cable. To take it on the go unplug, fold the plug prongs away and it is a 6,000mAh back up battery. Available from: TYLT.COM.Price: $79.99 (Micro-USB version $69.99)

Kensington 48W 4-Port USB Charger
15344508038_89201e47b1_zThe Kensington 48W 4-Port USB charger provides fast, convenient charging for up to 4 devices at once. Each port delivers up to 2.4A and it is powerful enough to charge 4 iPads simultaneously. “Power Whiz” technology detects the optimum charging output for each device providing fast, safe charging. It’s compact form factor makes it a great option to use when traveling as well as at home. Available from: Amazon Price: $79.99

Kineta K1 (iKN150) Portable Bluetooth Speaker from iHome
kinetak1The Kineta K1 is a lightweight, rechargeable portable Bluetooth speaker with a difference. As well as letting you take your music anywhere with a battery life of 13hrs+ it also includes a removable K-cell battery that can be used to charge your smartphone or other device. It also has USB charging and a speakerphone. Available from: iHomeAudio and Amazon Price: $149.99

 

i-BRIGHT 7x 4ft Smart Surge Protector
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Great product that you never knew you HAD TO HAVE! I loved that I could bring one surge protector on vacation and charge my iPad/iPhone, boost my wi-fi and have more outlets at the same time!  Great way to save energy too by setting lights on a schedule and never come home to a dark house again!  Win win all around. Read our full review. Available from: Amazon Price: $109

B73 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Water-resistant Sport Earphones with Mic, Remote and Sport Clips from iHome
iB73BLC.jpg.450x400_q85A great gift for working out the new B73 Bluetooth sports headphones are iPX5-rated water-resistant to withstand sweat and the elements. Their rechargeable battery lasts 8-10 hours. They have a mic for wireless calls and an inline remote control. They come with a carrying pouch and a variety of cushions and ear clips for a good fit. Available from: iHomeAudio .Price: $79.99

Apex Stylus from lynktec
apexThis stylus takes note taking to a whole new level.  The Apex is rechargeable. It pairs to your device to allow you to handwrite notes on your device.  I used it with the Notes+ app and found that it recognized my handwriting and I didn’t need a notebook that day. You can use it for drawing and precision as well. Available from Amazon Price: $59

Stocking Stuffers: These gifts priced at under $50 won’t break the bank.

FLYP-DUO Reversible USB Charging Cable from TYLT
DUO-REV12RD-T_C_lWith the FLYP-DUO you no longer need to carry separate Apple Lightning and micro-USB cables as it works with both. The main cable connector is a micro-USB and it comes with a slip on Apple MFI certified Lightning adaptor which is connected to the cord to prevent you loosing it. It has a 1m long, tough, ribbon cable that is flexible and hard wearing and its reversible USB connector works either way up! Read our full review. Available from TYLT.COM and Amazon.

Kensington 10400 Mobile Charger

16309278996_fce6dfeb9b_qPriced at under $50  the Kensington 10400 back up battery is a great stocking stuffer. It is 10,400 mAh battery with a 2.1 AMP output and has enough power to fully recharge an iPad Air 2. It looks sleek and stylish and weighs about 9oz. Available from Amazon and other retailers. Price: $49.99

iHome WBT1 Clip on Mini Speaker with Speakerphone
iWBT1B_1.jpg.450x400_q85A tiny, take anywhere, hands free speakerphone and mini speaker the WBT1 is only 1.7″ x 1.0″ x 1.8.” It is designed to clip on the brim of a cap, clothing or car visor. It comes with a drawstring travel bag it really is a hands free device you can take anywhere. Available from: iHomeaudio .Price: $39.99

LensPen Carbon Lens and Screen Cleaners

Photo_LensPen_SmartKlear[09]LensPen screen cleaners are the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone
with a camera, smartphone, tablet or glasses. They use an invisible carbon compound that is wonderful at removing fingerprints and smudges. Their PEEPS eyeglass cleaner are my favorite eyeglass cleaner and they also make Original LensPen for DSLR cameras, SmartKlear for smartphone touchscreens and ScreenKlean for tablets. All of their cleaners have specially shaped cleaning pads that store neatly inside a plastic holder where their carbon compound is refreshed after each use. Available from Lenspen.com, Amazon, Best buy, Walmart and other retailers: Price from $14.95

Zus – Smart Car Charger
zusZus is a great car charger not only it will charge 2 devices at once, but it also helps you find your car! It is powerful enough to charge 2 iPads or an iPhone and iPad simultaneously delivering up to 4.8 A total. It stays cool when charging and its ports light up making them easy to find in the dark. I love how it saves my car location without me having to think about it, and that it does so without using wifi or cellular data. Read our full review. Available from: nonda.com . On sale for Christmas at $33.99

 

glovesPower Stretch Pro Contact Gloves 
Perfect for colder climates, these gloves from Rab using Polartec’s Power Stretch Pro fabric allow you to keep your hands warm and use your device! They have conductive finger tips which mean you can use your device and keep your hands warm at the same time. These snug fitting gloves are perfect for moms and dads while waiting for the train, shoveling snow or on your commute to work. Available from: Rab Price: $35.00

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A Practical and Affordable Activity and Sleep Tracker- nuyu by Health O Meter

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What we love…

no recharging needed, tells time, water-resistant, variety of ways to wear, tracks sleep automatically, affordable

What we’d love to see…

product manual available from within the app, option to be able to switch the display to show the time constantly, more explanation of sleep results

Summary

Overall, I have been impressed by how well this exercise tracker works and I think it is a great deal at $49.99.

Our Rating

 

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Over the last few years I have tested a lot of activity and sleep trackers and my biggest conclusion is that if you want to keep using them long term the most important features are convenience and ease of use.

I want a tracker that does not need to be recharged frequently – if it does I’ll forget to charge it. I want it to be comfortable to wear and not easy to lose. I want it to be water resistant so I don’t remove it to swim or shower then forget to out it back on. I’d like it to track my sleep automatically as if I have to press a button to tell it when I’m sleeping I’ll forget. Tracking my calories isn’t a feature I need as I never remember to go to the website or app and enter it. If I’m going to wear it in place of my watch I need it to tell the time, I hate having to constantly check my cellphone just to know the time.

I recently tested out a new activity tracker the nuyu by Health O Meter and found it actually provided all these features I’m looking for at a very affordable price.

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The tracker itself is about 1″ x 1″ and it can be worn in a variety of ways. It comes with 2 holders- a magnetic clip for attaching to clothing and a wrist strap that gives the appearance of wearing a digital watch. It can also be used without either holder and  slipped in a pocket. It is powered by a watch-style battery.

I decided to use the wrist strap in my testing and wear it instead of a watch. It was relatively easy to attach- you stretch the circular band around the edge of the tracker, and I found it secure and comfortable to wear. I like the fact that it tells the time as I can wear in on my left (non-dominant hand) in place of my watch.

I have worn it pretty much continuously for the last 3 weeks, because it is water- resistant I have worn it when swimming as well as in the shower. For me this is a great feature because if I have to take off the tracker for a shower or when doing an activity such as swimming there is always a significant chance I’ll forget to put it back on! I’ve had no problems with the water resistance after swimming with it several times.

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The nuyu tracks steps, distance, calories burned and sleep. The tracker works continually in the background, and you sync it via Bluetooth to transfer the data to the app. You can view today’s stats directly on the tracker or via the free iPhone app. On the app you can view your results by the day, week, month or year.

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iPhone Screenshot 2The tracker display is switched off by default to conserve the battery. To switch it on you swipe across the screen and you swipe again to scroll through time, steps, distance, calories burned, sleep. The sleep log shows light and deep sleep and gives a quality %, it would be nice to have more explanation of what this means.

You can also switch on “exercise mode” via the app, if this is activated it shows as a running figure when you swipe to it. To enter exercise mode you double tap the running figure, you can also double tap to pause or end the activity. It starts a timer which records steps, distance and calories burned whilst that timer is running. After that activity is completed it is automatically recorded in the apps exercise log, so you can compare results from different sessions. There are not any different modes for different types of activities such a swimming or cycling, this would be a nice addition in a future model.

When I first started to use the nuyu I found it tricky to activate the touch screen with a swipe but once I got used to how to swipe it worked well. The first time I used the exercise mode I couldn’t get it to switch off again and recorded my exercise for 24 hours, but now I can use it with no problems. You need to do 2 taps in quick succession to enter exercise mode, then swipe to  see “pause” or “finish” and double tap again to activate those.

Overall, I have been impressed by how well this exercise tracker works and I think it is a great deal at $49.99. I have a fitbit flex that I purchased and no longer use and I like this much better. It is more comfortable to use, I don’t need to keep recharging it, it tells the time and I don’t have to tell it when I’m sleeping it tracks it automatically. There are a few changes I would make in a future update. I’d like to see the product manual available from within the app for easy access. I’d also like the option to be able to switch the display to show the time constantly, I know this would use more battery but there are times when I’d like to be able to check the time without swiping.

It can be ordered from nuyu.com for $49.99, and they are offering free shipping until Sept 30th 2015.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mindfulness for Children – Meditations for kid by Jannik Holgersen – Review



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A parent’s and teacher’s delight! Mindfulness for Children provides relaxing sounds of nature to help children calm down and improve focus/concentration. A calm, reassuring voice gives step by step audio instructions on how to meditate. With descriptions and terms aimed at children, users are taken through body scans, visualizations and breathing exercises.

What we love…

Descriptions/explanations detailing the goals/outcomes of each exercise; ability to provide feedback and the authors desire to receive this feedback to make improvements.

What we’d love to see…

More and more guided exercises! .

Summary

Beautifully spoken meditation exercises aimed specifically at children! Exercises guide children to a calm/relaxed state using easy to understand imagery.

Our Rating

Mindfulness for Children was created in Denmark through the joint effort of a psycho-motor therapist and a technical expert with a vested interest in mindfulness meditation. It is used by Denmark schools with great success and is recommended by several Danish child psychologists.

The developers describe “mindfulness” as being aware of what happens while it happens. The app is recommended for children ages 5 and up, but the authors caution to respect your child’s wish not to participate: “Children can be encouraged to meditate, but it should happen voluntarily.”

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The app provides three guided meditations for children and two sets of relaxing nature sounds to help children calm/refocus. Our testers (and their mama ☺) appreciated the calming nature sounds the best to unwind from a busy day and to enter a sound sleep state. The meditation exercises left us feeling ready to tackle difficult schoolwork or to key into those complicated/coordinated movements for a series of new dance steps. With exercises being brief (but effective), meditations can easily be used by teachers to refocus a whole classroom to the tasks at hand vs all the extraneous thoughts/distractions.

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A special feature of Mindfulness for Children is the support given to parents. Each exercise provides a detailed description of intended outcomes, how to gently get to those outcomes, and suggestions of how to apply what children have learned throughout the day. The authors encourage users to take part in the improvement process and further development of the program via social media and/or email.

Mindfulness for Children was a welcome addition to our collection of apps – its one of the few that helps children refocus on life outside of electronics. This app brings the authors’ mission to life: “Put a smile on your mind anytime, anywhere and everyday.” ☺

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Mindfulness for Children - Meditation for kids Mindfulness for Children - Meditation for kids by Jannik Holgersen
Category: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 89.52 MB

$4.99USD

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