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Digital Health & Fitness
Is the health and fitness technology growing (up)? According to the
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®
more than 215 exhibitors will showcase
the latest digital health and fitness technologies at the world’s
largest annual innovation event 2013 International Consumer Electronic Show. That's
nearly a 25 percent growth in a year.
“Health and fitness technology is booming, and will continue its
dominance on the CES show floor with the future of fitness tech that
combines data aggregation, social elements and convenience,” said
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Health, wellness and
technology converge at the International CES where there are
solutions for diagnosing, monitoring and treating illnesses with
games that let people take responsibility for their own health and
reinforce healthy behavior.”
“Health, wellness and technology converge at the
International CES where there are solutions for
diagnosing, monitoring and treating illnesses with games
that let people take responsibility for their own health
and reinforce healthy behavior.”
The next generation
of health and fitness devices and apps offer access to complete
medical history, comprehensive biometric data and remote access to
medical professionals. A move away from the many apps that track
calorie, weight and body mass.
Over the next five years, wearable devices in sports and fitness
will grow to 169.5 million devices, with the body becoming an
input/output device where everything can be tracked.
If you're headed to the 2013 International CES (Tuesday, January 8-Friday,
January 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada) and have a passion for aging
in place related technologies then check out:
The FitnessTech TechZone: which will focus exclusively on the newest
innovations and tools for the sports enthusiast. Spotlighting key
trends that impact the multi-billion dollar sports, fitness and
The FitnessTech Conference Track will explore what works and what
doesn’t from augmented reality devices to new exercise options, and
from bionic parts to peak performance monitors. The conference
programming dives into what it takes to become the next big thing in
An easier path to your doctor will be revealed in the Grand
Lobby at CES. New exhibitor HealthSpot will unveil its cutting-edge
tele-health system for providing high quality medical diagnostics to
acute care patients. Redefining clinical healthcare through digital
technology, HealthSpot is pioneering today’s health services through
convenience, efficiency and efficacy for both providers and their
The Digital Health Summit will showcase tele-health systems, robotic aids, electronic medical
records, therapeutic and diagnostic medical devices and monitoring
devices for the home. The conference programming will bring together
more than 800 senior health and technology executives to examine and
analyze the fast-paced digital health landscape. Innovators in the
technology health services industry will examine consumers’ seamless
integration with health and fitness products in their daily lives.
And Silvers Summit will showcase the
products and services that keep baby boomers engaged, entertained,
connected and healthy.
Visit CESweb.org for more information on the 2013
did you know...
The optimal viewing difference for a big screen TV is 2 to 3 times its diagonal measurement?
So, if you have a 46" TV you should have at least 7.67 feet
between you and it but not more than 11.5 feet. ~Smart Money
Design: Bathroom Fail
File this one under "what were they thinking?!"
Simon Landau snapped
this shot when he entered the loo in a Northwest D.C. restaurant:
Although, one toilet seems to be accessible.
did you know...
According to AARP, 65 million people in the U.S. provide at least 20
hours per week of care for an ill, disabled or aging family member,
and 66 percent of family caregivers are women. Approximately 50
percent of care recipients live in their home, but only 28 percent
live with a caregiver full time.
Pro Tip: Keeping
Safe During an Extended Power Outage
The experts at Kohler Generators have
compiled 10 safety tips designed to help people protect their home,
family and electronics in the event of an extended power outage.
Develop a Weather Emergency Plan. The plan should include a list
of important phone numbers in case you need to quickly evacuate
your home (i.e. doctors, family members, etc.). The plan should
also include an evacuation route, as well as an established
meeting place in case you lose communication with loved ones.
Create a Storm Bucket. Get a backpack or purchase a large
plastic bucket with a lid from a local hardware store or home
center. Stuff the backpack or bucket with three days' worth of
food and water. Other items should include a flashlight, battery
powered/hand-cranked radio, first aid kit, money, medications
and a CD or USB drive containing important documents. Store the
kit in a place that is easily accessible in an emergency
situation. For more tips on how to prepare for weather-related
emergencies, visit the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH).
Turn off major appliances. Shut off your water heater, stove and
air conditioning unit. Unplug other appliances such as TVs,
stereos, microwaves and computers. This will prevent damage to
appliances and possible overloads to the system when power is
Leave a light on. It sounds simple, but leave at least one light
on in your home so you can see when power is restored.
Stay away from fallen wires, flooded areas and debris. Treat all
down wires and anything touching them as though they have
electricity running through it.
A standby generator, like this one
from Kohler, turns on automatically when power shuts
off to a home. It is permanently installed outside
the home similar to a central air conditioning unit
and hooks up to existing gas lines (natural gas or
propane). A standby generator can power everything
in a home, including critical appliances and systems
like lights, heating/cooling systems, refrigerators,
sump pumps, home security systems, computers and
Do not connect portable generators directly to the electrical
system of your home. Electricity could flow backward into the
power lines and endanger lives. Plug appliances directly into
the portable generator, or hire a qualified electrician to
connect the portable generator to your electrical system.
If you're running a portable generator, be sure to use properly
rated extension cords (electrical load and length). Also, make
sure the portable generator is properly vented to avoid carbon
monoxide poisoning. Do not place a portable generator in your
home or an enclosed space with limited ventilation like a garage
or a screened porch.
Familiarize yourself with your main electrical panel. You may
have to turn off the main breaker or have to reset circuit
breakers after a power outage.
Inspect the area around your electricity meter. If you detect or
suspect any damage, call your local utility provider.
Consider installing a commercial-grade, standby generator. A
standby generator is permanently installed outside the home
similar to a central air conditioning unit. It runs on natural
gas or propane and hooks up to existing gas lines. Standby
generators turn on automatically when the power shuts off. A
transfer switch constantly monitors utility power and transfers
the electrical load to the generator if power is lost,
protecting the home even if the home owner is away. A standby
generator can power critical and sophisticated appliances and
systems in a home, including lights, heating/cooling systems,
refrigerators, sump pumps, home security systems and more.
did you know...
Halloween is second only to Christmas in spending. Consumers spend
over $2.5 Billion during Halloween. That's a whole lot of candy,
costumes, decorations, and party goods!
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