The Apple Watch in medicine

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I bought my wife a TomTom Touch recently and what a pile of garbage that turned out to be. The online reviews were mixed to say the least, but she liked the design and the TomTom name swayed me.

It will now be returned due to terrible connectivity, poor battery life and general inaccuracy. I don’t think I have ever seen a fitness tracker that manages to untick every box.

Anyway, we pondered what device would suit my wife because she has requirements that are not usual. She is a midwife and so cannot wear a watch while on duty, but she does have a requirement for a fob watch for checking heart rates etc.

In the past, she has used a FitBit which attaches to her bra to check steps etc or a Jawbone UP, but none of them were particularly great and they would tend to be forgotten about when work had finished.

So, we started to think about an Apple Watch and may have found the ideal solution for her. The fact that the straps can be so easily changed had not occurred to me in the past. It’s a novel feature which in her case serves a very useful purpose because she can use the straps backwards and attach one part of the sports strap to her uniform. This creates a fob watch that can be used to check heart rates, albeit with the need to possibly tap the screen to keep it alive, and in theory a device that will still check her movements (not heart rate of course).

When she finished her shift, she can simply attach the other side of the strap and she will be able to wear a watch again. Seems like a silly thing, but she spends most of her time not wearing a watch because she has to take it off for work, but the simple strap solution on the Apple Watch may help her get around that.

There is another benefit in that she will get notifications on her wrist which means she might actually answer her phone now and again instead of saying ‘oh, it was in my handbag’!!!

This is a bit of a nonsense article, but I am surprised that something like the Apple Watch could actually be a more practical solution for her than a dedicated fitness tracker and a fob watch.

Forget bezel-free displays…

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True, there are sleek, high-design cases out there, as well as tempered glass display protectors, but in general, the better-looking the case, the less protected and/or more expensive it is.

Glass backs are another trademark of high end builds, in both smartphones and tablets. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL, for example, add a glass back panel to an otherwise standard aluminum unibody build – which I broke within a few hours. The new Galaxy Tab S3 tablet, which starts at US$600, is entirely glass on the back. This seems like a strange choice for any device that’s meant to be extremely portable and often held in one hand… More at New Atlas.

Some good points raised here. We seem to be rushing towards visually enticing new features and forgetting about battery life, practicality and toughness.

A driverless car crashed because of a driven car, but…

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Police say a vehicle failed to yield to a self-driving Uber in Tempe, Arizona on Friday and the two collided, according to reports. The Uber had a passenger and a person behind the wheel inside, according to police, and it rolled onto its side. There were no reported injuries in the crash… More at Jalopnik.

The above article is actually well covered because it makes clear that the driverless technology was not the problem here, even in the title, but I suspect that once the words ‘crash’ and ‘driverless’ are put together in the same paragraph, the majority think only one way.

The Movado Connect vs the Longines Heritage 1945

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The Movado Connect is an attempt by  luxury watchmaker to create a smart watch that appeals to traditional watch enthusiasts and from the look of the image above, it is original and really quite a looker.

Compare this with the Longines Heritage 1945 below and you see the full range of tastes and what the industry as a whole is having to consider. The Longines is beautiful, it really is, but it does simple tell the time and it leaves me wondering which I would rather wear. At this moment, the Longines still takes it for me.

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A Breathtaking Stained-Glass Cabin

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A miniature house made from glass shows off expert construction and dazzling motifs seemingly ripped from Alice In Wonderland. Covered with stained glass, the house sits on a stretch of luscious green land in Mohawk, New Jersey. Neile Cooper, a long-time stained-glass artist and jeweler, considers the Glass Cabin her most ambitious work to date. The sharp right angles of the house juxtapose with the swiveling oversized leaves and the curving wingspan of butterflies, accentuating the fantasy house. “The Glass Cabin is my dream project, my creative sanctuary in my yard in a lovely lakeside town,” the artist tells Creators.

That is really smart.

Capturing lives through hands

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The hand like the eyes reveal what’s hidden below the surface. It is essential for our evolution and survival. Early humans used it to ignite a fire, hunt, fight and other survival actions.

The hand is the main part that helps us to excel our skills across all the industries since the beginning of time. The palm lines in our hands unveil the underlying truth about our lives. They uncover our struggle, burden and life passage that we chose… More at Omar Reda.

What a brilliant way to show the struggles some people go through. So clever and quite inspirational.