Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

tech4xmas Review: Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro Smartwatch

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

The S$398 smartwatch from Huawei offers itself as a fitness and health companion, packaged in a design that combines sports and style. Great Christmas gift for the sporty male.

 

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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro smartwatch (Night Black).

The Watch GT 2 Pro is the most advanced smartwatch from Huawei, offering a comprehensive range of features, with a number of upgrades from its predecessors.

With 100+ workout modes available – including the recently added golf driving range, skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing – you’re highly likely to find your favourite workout whatever your sports of choice is.

 

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Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro smartwatch in the box.

In addition, the GT 2 Pro offers attentive health features such as its proprietary TruSeen™ 4.0+ heart rate monitoring technology, TruSleep.

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tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2020

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

We’re now into December and the final stretch of 2020. Here are some gift ideas that I’ve curated for Christmas 2020.

* I’ll be adding to this list over the next few days, so check back daily for new gift ideas as I collate them.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

Around this time of year, I’m usually inundated with requests from readers and friends on Christmas gift ideas for their loved ones or themselves.

So here are some tech that I would use myself or get for MY loved ones, based mostly on those gadgets that I’ve tried or reviewed.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

tech4xmas Gift Guide below.

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New Arrival: Livinguard Masks Against COVID-19 SARS-COV-2 Virus

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

Livinguard has brought its reusable face masks in Singapore. Three versions for different levels of protection (and breathability) are available online at Shopee, Lazada and ORO. Prices below.

 

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Here are the Street (2 layers) and Pro (3 layers) of the Livinguard masks.

I tried out the Street and Pro versions and liked them.

It feels light, fitting and doesn’t clog up the nostrils when you breathe.

There are three versions for different levels of protection and breathability, in 4 colours and 3 sizes.

Each mask can be rinsed once a week for up to 30 times – so that works out to 210 days of usage.

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New Arrival: Huawei Watch Fit in Singapore for Health Conscious

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

The Huawei Watch Fit (S$148) is the company’s first “everyday smartwatch with a rectangular face design” and virtual trainer. Available in Singapore on 24 October, pre-orders from 17-23 October 2020 with promotional bundle worth S$116.

The Huawei Watch Fit has a long battery life and comes with a virtual personal trainer and fitness monitoring for a healthier lifestyle. Available in Sakura Pink, Mint Green, and Graphite Black.

The Huawei Watch Fit has a long battery life and comes with a virtual personal trainer and fitness monitoring for a healthier lifestyle. Available in Sakura Pink, Mint Green, and Graphite Black.

The Huawei Watch Fit was first unveiled at the Huawei Developer Conference last month.

Huawei positions the Watch Fit as a lightweight, all-rounded lifestyle companion that offers a “gorgeous finish and comfortable wearing experience”.

The Huawei Watch Fit has a crisp high-resolution display.

The Huawei Watch Fit has a crisp high-resolution display.

The smartwatch has a virtual personal trainer with 12 animated fitness courses, 12 professional workout modes and 96 free workout modes that cover almost all mainstream indoor and outdoor sports.

Price, availability and promotional bundles as well as more details from the press release below.

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New Arrival: Ruhens Eco-Friendly MonoEco Water Purifier

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

Korean water purifier brand Ruhens has launched its latest eco-friendly water purifier – the Ruhens MonoEco. Price & Availability below.

The tankless Ruhens MonoEco measures 11.5 (W) x 51.4 (D) x 43.2 cm (H) and will easily fit on any kitchen countertop.

The tankless Ruhens MonoEco measures 11.5 (W) x 51.4 (D) x 43.2 cm (H) and will easily fit on any kitchen countertop.

Made in Korea, the Ruhens MonoEco (WHP3200) is able to self-generate power for water dispensing for greater sustainability.

Apart from being eco-friendly, it also offers added convenience and flexibility in the placement of the water purifier, since there’s no need for a power source.

Powered not by electricity but by water pressure, the Ruhens MonoEco is able to generate purified water while being friendly to the environment and saving electricity bills.

One of the most common reasons for users to get the water purifier is to enjoy cleaner water without the need for boiling tap water and waiting for it to cool.

Ruhen’s filtration system includes a Micro Antioxidant Carbon Filter and a Nanofact Plus Filter.

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Review: Hydragun Percussive Therapy Massage Gun

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

The Hydragun is a percussive massage therapy device designed for sports recovery – to provide speedy and effective muscle pain relief for high-performance athletes and people working from home.

 

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The Hydragun comes in a case for carrying it around to the gym or office.

Massage guns have become very popular lately with athletes engaging in sports and fitness activities; as well as people working from home, using home furniture not suited for extended hours of work – resulting in poor postures, back & shoulder aches and carpal tunnel syndrome in the hands.

So a good massage gun has become a must-have for working adults.

The Hydragun is a Singapore-designed, China-manufactured massage gun targeting sports enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Starting from the packaging and the design and build, you can tell the company is serious about making a tool that provides effective healing and recovery for sports injuries or work sores and aches – unlike many no-brand OEM products on the bandwagon that was hastily thrown into a box with minimal documentation and sold for a song.

 

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The S$399 Hydragun alongside a S$50 OEM massage gun from a friend who bought it online. The latter was heavy and unbalanced, had no return policy or warranty and stopped working after two months even though it was hardly used. The Hydragun comes with a 30-day “No Questions Asked” Return Policy and an 18 month-warranty.

In the box, the Hydragun comprises the main vibrating therapy massager (the big gun), six head attachments (four regular, two with stainless steel heads), one charger, one manual, and a robust zippered case to easily carry it all to the gym.

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New Arrival: Philips Air Purifiers & Vacuum cum Mop

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Philips launched in Singapore today the 3000i & 2000i Air Purifiers and SpeedPro Max Aqua 8000 series vacuum cum mop. Price & availability below.

 The Philips Air Purifiers and SpeedPro Max Aqua 8000 vacuum mop provide clean air to keep pollutants, bacteria and viruses at bay.

The Philips Air Purifiers and SpeedPro Max Aqua 8000 vacuum mop provide clean air to keep pollutants, bacteria and viruses at bay.

The Philips Air Purifiers can reduce the levels of Influenza (H1N1) virus aerosols by 99.9% from air passing through the filter.

The Philips Air Purifier 3000i Series senses harmful particles, gases and allergens in real time with a professional grade sensor that detects indoor pollutants such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores and pet dander.

It has a filtration performance which can remove 99.97% of particles as small as 0.003 micrometer (800 times smaller than PM2.5 or smaller than the smallest known virus).

Philips AeraSense technology continuously monitors the air and can purify air in a room of 20 sqm in less than eight minutes.

The Philips Air Purifier 2000i Series also sports sending and purification technology to reduce pollutants, allergens, odors, harmful gases and even certain bacteria.

The pre-filter and True HEPA filter remove particles, while the Active Carbon filter reduces harmful gases and odors.

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IFA 2020: LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier for Personal Use

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

LG will introduce the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier at IFA 2020 next week. The personal air purifier will be available starting in the fourth quarter in select markets.

LG’s PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier.

LG’s PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier.

LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier addresses the dilemma of homemade masks being of inconsistent quality and disposal masks being in short supply.

The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier employs two H13 HEPA Filters similar to the HEPA filters used in the company’s home air purifier products.

Employing LG’s latest advancements in air purification, high-performance replaceable filters enable PuriCare Wearable to supply fresh, clean air indoor and out.

With its Dual Fans and patented Respiratory Sensor, LG’s wearable air purifier allows users to take in clean, filtered air while the Respiratory Sensor detects the cycle and volume of the wearer’s breath and adjusts the dual three-speed fans accordingly.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Versa 3, Fitbit Inspire 2 Health Smartwatches

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Fitbit debuts Sense, its most advanced health smartwatch, as well as upgraded versions of Versa 3 and Inspire 2. Price and availability below.

From Left: Fitbit Sense, Inspire 2 and Versa 3.

From Left: Fitbit Sense, Inspire 2 and Versa 3.

Fitbit boasts that the Sense features the world’s first electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor for stress management, a new ECG App, advanced heart rate tracking technology, SpO2 and on-wrist skin temperature sensors.

The Versa 3 adds a GPS and a speaker, while the Inspire 2 sports an enhanced design and Active Zone Minutes (AZM)

More details below from the press release.

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Tech Focus: NUS Showcases InfinityGlove Smart Gaming Glove Prototype

Friday, August 21st, 2020

The InfinityGlove contains ultra-sensitive microfibre sensors that can translate hand gestures into in-game commands, allowing users to play first-person shooters such as Battlefield V without the need for a traditional controller or a keyboard.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

Simply flex your index finger to fire your weapon and rotate your wrist clockwise to move forward. Immersive controls have always been a pipedream in the world of gaming but is steadily becoming reality.

Editor’s Comments

This is an interesting and innovative project.

Currently each finger of the glove contains one microfibre sensor that can differentiate two states – straightened or curled – due to the difference in conductivity of the liquid metal within the fibre in the two states.

So the overall status of the glove should be readable as a five-digit binary.

Would be good to add one more to the wrist to include bending of the wrist.

And in the longer term, I can think of two ways of improving the resolution of the sensing.

One would be to implement multiple sensors per strand of microfibre.

Another would be to weave multiple microfibre strands to provide a matrix detection pattern for a snapshot of the state of each sensor.

That could probably come in useful as a grid sensor to monitor the distribution of stresses/deformation on a surface etc.

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck, has developed a smart glove – called ‘InfinityGlove’ – that allows users to mimic a variety of in-game controls using simple hand gestures.

While the concept of controlling a game using your hands is not new, the main problems have always been weight and flexibility.

The current generation of smart glove type controllers available on the market are usually bulky and rigid as they rely on conventional sensors which put the hard in hardware.

The InfinityGlove overcomes existing problems with weight and flexibility by weaving ultra-thin, highly sensitive microfibre sensors into the material of the glove.

These sensors are not only lightweight and accurate, but also fulfil the role of wires thus reducing the need for additional wiring.

Currently the prototype weighs about 40 grams, and is flexible and comfortable.

More details below from the press release.

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