Truck driver fitness expert Siphiwe Baleka used to be a truck driver. His experience with driving a truck and trying to stay fit is what drove him to come up with a digital health fitness program for truckers. He gained 15 pounds in the first few months driving and he knew that was no good. National statistics say that 86% of truck drivers are overweight and 57% of them are obese. These over-the-road drivers are in great need of ways to get their health and fitness back under control. Siphiwe came up with a solution for his employer, New Prime Trucking.
In his digital health solution, Siphiwe used digital communication over mobile devices to help the drivers track their health and fitness while giving them information on small, incremental changes that offer them the ability to change their lives. The American Medical Association declared obesity a disease earlier this year meaning that these truck drivers need treatment for their disease to get healthy again. This program has made such an impact that Siphiwe and Prime Trucking won a EveryDayHealth.com Digital Health Award as Healthiest Company for their program that allowed their drivers to lose more than 25 pounds on average.
Amps & Watts creates premium speakers for use with your mobile devices in and around your home. Now they’ve come out with a series of speakers that not only provide great audio and sound reproduction, they also provide additional power for your mobile phones and tablets while playing great sound. Harry Kalyvas from Amps & Watts came by the Tech Podcast Network LIVE studio at the International CES conference to talk about these innovative speakers.
Chris Montera, the Geekymedic and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic from Health Tech Weekly chatted with Harry about the speakers and got the chance to listen to the powerful sound they produce. Harry brought several different designs by the booth to show off. Among them, small personal bluetooth speakers that are portable and can be taken anywhere in a pocket or a bag. He also brought in a desktop model with powerful sound drivers and bluetooth connectivity.
Visit AmpsandWatts.com for more information on their premium line of speakers and batteries for the mobile connected traveler and office.
Lenmar is known for their Undead Power batteries for mobile devices. Now they have come out with a new battery for 13 inch Macbook Pros and the Macbook Air laptop computers. The Chug Plug is a battery specifically designed to connect to the snap-together computer power supply plugs in Apple Macbook laptops. Jenny Simpson from Lenmar Enterprises joins Tech Podcast Network hosts Chris Montera, the Geekymedic and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic to tell them about this new battery technology.
The Chug Plug will give an additional 4 hours or so to your laptop’s battery life so that when you’re on the go, you don’t have to go without your laptop because of a dying battery. The Chug Plug is a “Smart Battery” which means that it can pass through charge when plugged into the wall and if the wall doesn’t provide enough power for some reason, the Chug Plug will use battery power to supplement AC, if needed.
Kyle Kirkpatrick from Decibullz.com joined Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Chris Montera, the Geekymedic on their Tech Podcast Network LIVE coverage from the International CES conference in Las Vegas. On the final day, Jamie and Chris were excited to check out the custom-molded in-ear earbuds from Decibullz. You mold them and create them at home using your microwave oven.
The brand new Decibullz Contour earbuds are turning heads, literally, at CES 2014. This is the newest version of their popular earphone. This new earphone is the best earphone they have ever created, with better sound, better seal, and better fit. Plus, they are even easier to mold! This new design makes it easier than ever for users to create a perfect fitting and great sounding earphone. The team at Decibullz has combined their customized molding material with a specially selected silicone tip. The soft tip aligns the earphone in the ear canal and creates a comfortable sound-isolating seal. The tip works in conjunction with the molding material that conforms to the concha (bowl part of the ear) to keep the earphone secure and comfortable.
Specialist audio systems installer Jaramy Kaufman from Findlay Customs got the chance to cut in to a $4.5 million Lamborghini to install a top of the line Monster audio system. He wanted to double check, as you might expect, that he was allowed to cut into the door panels of this car. Just the door panel alone was worth more than his own car. The answer was yes and he went on to install the perfect pure Monster sound system in the car making it the perfect car audio sound system.
There are 13 total speakers in the car including separate left and right stereo speakers for the passenger and driver seats. Jaramy wanted to make it seem as if you had headphones on while riding in this car listening to your favorite music. Each person in this two-seater car gets their own customized listener experience from Monster Audio. There are only 7 of these Lamborghini sports cars in existence and this one has the perfect custom audio system installed in it.
Chris Montera got the chance to go into the private area at the Monster Booth to check out their premium audio products behind the scenes. Monster debuted their new Monster DNA Headphones with wireless connectivity. The new DNA headphones have touch sensitivity on the ear cups to give you control over the volume and tone of the sound you’re receiving. They are also great because of the superior sound isolation they give to the user.
The iMedipac is a connected pill box device which will help individuals on multiple medications better manage their med regimen. Chris Montera, the Geekymedic, guest host for Health Tech Weekly joined the rest of the TPN.tv team at CES this year to help cover health technology. The iMedipac is just the type of connected home health device we’re looking for.
A Pharmacy would prepare the weekly or monthly pill selection for the individual which is organized in specially designed blister pack. When the blister pack is inserted into the iMedipac device it then electronically tracks medications when they’re taken and sends a message when pills are taken, identifying whether the correct medication was taken and when it was taken.
The iMedicpac is currently in U.S. Food and Drug Administration review and will eventually retail for $250. There will also be an $8 to $10 monthly charge to monitor the medications and compliance via iMedipac’s secure online servers. This is the perfect solution for helping to monitor family members at a distance and make sure they’re taking their medications.
Get yourself a tiny wearable camera that will allow you to stream video over a 4G wireless LTE connection with Liquid Image. Chris Montera from the Tech Podcast Network and the Health Tech Weekly podcast checked out the interesting devices at CES Showstoppers event this year in Las Vegas. One of the them was a wearable camera technology from Liquid Image.
Liquid Image specializes is creating wearable cameras for active people on the go. They have cameras that can attach to anything from a motocross helmet or goggles to a scuba diver’s mask. Now they have enabled Verizon 4G LTE transmission technology in their cameras allowing streaming video from anywhere Verizon 4G networks connect. While you might think this device is perfect for the action sports arena you’re right but it also makes a perfect solution for first responders and public safety officers like policemen and firefighters in rescue situations.
The 4G LTE Liquid Image camera package will be available this summer and will cost around $399. You can get just the camera with basic Wifi and bluetooth technology for just $199. Check out LiquidImageCo.com for more information.
Hearing devices are getting better and better all the time. Chris Montera, the Geekymedic, guest host for Health Tech Weekly talked to the folks from Siemens about their new connected hearing aids and how you can control them and use them in association with other devices like your smartphone and tablet. The controller programs for hearing aids give the user flexibility to dial in their hearing aids to each unique and specific situation in which they find themselves.
The best part of using a mobile device like an iPhone or Android phone to control your hearing aids is that you can do it without anyone know that you’re doing it or even revealing that you’re hearing impaired. You’ll just look like you’re texting like anyone else and not fiddling with your ears or holding an odd looking remote control up to your ear. The connection is via bluetooth with the MiniTek remote controls which then communicate with the hearing aids via inductive technology.
These devices are available now and can be found with your local hearing health professionals. For more information and to find a local hearing professional, visit hearing.siemens.com.
Kolibree brought something brand new to the International CES conference in Las Vegas this year, the first connected, electric toothbrush. They have a normal electric toothbrush but it helps monitor your health by tracking how you brush your teeth in much the same way connected fitness devices track activity. Families can also create different profiles on their mobile app so that the kids can compete with each other on how well they brush their teeth.
Health Tech Weekly guest host Chris Montera, the Geekymedic, got together with the folks at Kolibree at the CES Unveiled event this year as CES 2014. They were showing off their electric toothbrush prototype for the media there. This type of connected health and wellness device is what we are looking for over at CES this year so stay tuned here to TPN.tv for more segments from all the events and exhibitors worth seeing at CES.
The Kolibree connected toothbrush will be available this summer and will retail for between $99 and $199. The app is available for free and connects to the family toothbrushes by bluetooth. There is also a connected web app to track the family profiles by computer. Find out more information over at Kolibree.com.