Yes, there are devices that deliver for your body and mind. Alvin Thomas tries some of the latest notables around.
Worried about your blood-oxygen levels in the extreme 40-plus-degree-Celsius summer heat? Yes? Well, in that case, you need the iHealth Air Pulse Oximeter. The device will help you measure your blood-oxygen levels as well as your pulse rate and perfusion index. It also pairs itself with its own native interactive application, with which you can keep track of your health, as well as your fatigue levels. It has been clinically tested and proven. All yours for RO17.2 from amazon.com.
Make it a point to stay hydrated this summer. And keeping in line with that, the AquaGenie Smart Water Bottle is something you should consider purchasing. Why? Well, for starters, it has a sensor integrated into it that will monitor the purity of the water you consume. It will also keep track of your water intake and your hydration level; the bottle will glow when it is time to take a sip, based on your own customised daily goals. The AquaGenie also comes with a wireless charging base which you can keep on your desk, table, or nightstand. Pre-order now from Kickstarter.com.
Muse is a lightweight headband that helps monitor your brainwave activities. It comes complete with seven electroencephalography (EEG) sensors to assist you during meditation or other activities. It will then transmit a read-out to your computer or smartphone via Bluetooth. The device is designed to help you manage and reduce stress, and will also help you (courtesy the app) with tips and tricks that you can use for meditation. Yours for RO95 from amazon.com.
One of the best ways to beat the heat is by going swimming. However, how cool would it be if you could swim while listening to your favourite music, right? Your prayers have been answered: the Finis Neptune is a device that can connect straight to swimming goggles. Of course, it’s waterproof. But it has another trick up its sleeve; it uses bone conduction to relay music to the listener’s ears. It’s a tad ticklish at first but you will get used to it… eventually. A single charge should last eight hours and there’s also an OLED screen with music controls. Buy it from amazon.com from RO36.6.
App of the Week
Make yoga an integral part of your lifestyle with the Yoga Wake Up app. For starters, it has some of the calmest alarm tones. The app also gives you a few yoga sequences for you to practise after you wake up. Each sequence is a bit different from the other so it will also prepare you for the day. The app will also help you meditate, and offer you a few tips on staying calm and relaxed. Get it for free from iTunes.
Game CDs aren’t known to be collectibles. For instance: one couldn’t possibly imagine walking into a room full of games like one would do with vinyl records. But there are still a few games that are rare enough to be scented with myrrh yet good enough to be taken out, dusted and played now and then. Here are our picks for this week.
On paper, Fallout 3 should have been an absolute flop. A game set in a post-apocalyptic world in the year 2277? That’s such a cliché. Still, what gave the game its leverage was the fact that the game – a successor to the Fallout and Fallout 2 games – took the designers 10 years to nail the release dates. And I can assure you that it was well worth the wait.
The game takes you back to a world – which is now a wasteland – some 200 years after the great war between the US, China and Russia. The Fallout 3: Survival Edition was sold exclusively through Amazon.com and contained a number of collectible items including a metal Vault-Tec lunch box, Vault Boy Bobblehead, Art of Fallout 3 hardcover book, and The Making of Fallout 3 DVD.
Mortal Kombat was an integral part of my childhood: I grew up playing these games on my SEGA console and PC. Gamers will know: Mortal Kombat is one of the first – and possibly the pioneer – in arcade gaming.
Needless to say: Mortal Kombat & Mortal Kombat II – the compilation release of the first two games in the Mortal Kombat series of arcade fighting games – is a very valuable purchase. It includes the PC port of the arcade version of each game (with accurate gameplay and graphics).
We’ve heard that there’s a waiting list for gamers interested in buying this game. This means that there are also a lot of fakes doing the rounds so do be careful.