Since our bodies mostly consist of water, inadequate hydration affects your feelings, performance, sleep, thinking and so much more. So to keep you hydrated and to maintain your peak performance this summer, Matthew Herbst checks out what’s out there.
If you’re not a fan of water and don’t drink enough of it then the Hidrate Spark Smart Water Bottle is just what you need. It glows to ensure you never forget to drink water again. This 710ml smart reusable bottle is connected and tracks your water consumption alerting you to keep up your water intake via an app. Just when you think you can get away with it. It will glow when it’s time to drink more water. It uses Bluetooth and works with both IOS and Android devices. Yours from RO22 at hidratespark.com.
Meet the Intelishake. The only smart sports drink bottle that not only hydrates you but is also a multi-compartment, modular, mix-and-match bottle for sports drinks, smoothies, and juices. However the best part of it all is the fact that it features two dry storage compartments – one for vitamins, fruit and protein powders and the other for your keys, mobile phone and money. What could go wrong? From a mere RO5.7 at www.amazon.com.
The LVL Wearable Hydration Monitor is a nifty, smart wearable hydration monitor that not only looks good but also tracks your activity, sleep, and more besides. The LVL will alert you in real-time and lets you know exactly how much fluid you will need or have had. It’s not complicated and sports a simple interface, touchscreen and side buttons for additional input while connecting via your smartphone or smart watch. From RO57 at www.onelvl.com.
This 600ml Hydrabottle is just perfect for any cyclist or runner. Not only does it keep you hydrated but it juices up your tech with a 4000mh power bank, a 5W powerful Bluetooth speaker, a microphone for hands-free connection as well as a light. While you keep hydrated during activities it will also play music for you, let you take phone calls, and lights up the area around you should you prefer night-time fun. How’s that for hydrated entertainment? From RO22 at www.amazon.com.
App of the Week
Finally, Oman steps up to the plate and sorts out a taxi app that is licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Transport. It provides a safe taxi booking service for tourists and locals alike. The app allows you to track your ride in real time and lets you know how far away your ride is. You can also get your fare estimation beforehand and availability of drivers in your locale. I tried and tested this app a few times this week and cannot fault it at all. Go ahead, give it a whirl and get your ride confirmed in seconds. Don’t forget to rate your driver after or save them as a favourite. Free at iTunes.com.
Small causes can have a sizeable effect on the outcome of events. That’s the underlying definition of the “Butterfly Effect”. And that is very much the case with the all-new graphic adventure game – Life is Strange.
Oh, but the concept of the Butterfly Effect doesn’t end there and much of the story revolves around this very phenomenon. The game starts with you, Max Caulfield, a photography student; when you realise that you have the power to rewind time at any given moment.
Because you can do that, each and every step you take leads to long-lasting and seismic changes in the outcome i.e. the Butterfly Effect. It’s fun at first but when you foresee an approaching storm, you must take prevent it from destroying your placid and friendly town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, USA.
You then have to solve puzzles in addition to using branching choices for conversation to set environmental changes in motion.
This may not be the first time a game revolves around the concept of time travel but given the well-crafted storyline and strong narrative content, Life is Strange captures the true essence of story-centric gaming. The last time I had this much fun was when I played Slenderman, although the latter fails in pumping out striking graphics.
Heck, with its hand-drawn work of art, and the endless possibilities of hitting dead-end with your various in-game choices, you’re not dealing with a game at all. What you’re looking at here is a very intricately laid-out game with a coming-of-age story to go along with it.
So, here I ask the big question: given the power to rewind time, what will you change (in the game, obviously)? And will your choices lead to the boon or doom of your towners?
Oh, and before I forget: newer episodes – five to be specific – of the game are available for download.
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Square Enix
Producer: Luc Baghadoust
Engine: Unreal Engine 3
Platform: PS4, Xbox, PC, OS X
Genre: Graphic Adventure