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Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

Wellness Expo Highlights What You Should Know About Indoor Air Quality

The second annual 2019 SXSW Wellness Expo highlighted a number of innovative products designed to make your life happier and, of course, healthier. This two-day event featured a variety of demonstrations, healthy samples, outstanding products, and more than a couple fitness classes in order to promote healthy living in the Austin area.

Few groups stood out more than indoor air quality company, Airthings. This company produces the best-selling digital radon detectors available on the market today, but their new Healthy Building Solution hopes to improve your indoor air quality as a whole through real-time, wireless detection.

Airthings' New Indoor Air Quality Monitors

“Studies have actually proven that optimizing indoor air quality is directly correlated to improved productivity, and in turn, greater revenue generation,” claims Airthings CEO Oyvind Birkenes. “Our goal to introduce management professionals to our IAQ monitors and enable them to check all these boxes: a healthy building, a productive and motivated staff, and an innovative, forward-thinking company model.”

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is determined by a variety of factors, most notably the particulate matter present in your air. While we all know that pollen counts and smog can cause a decrease in air quality both indoors and outdoors, there are countless factors in the home and workplace that can put your health at risk. For example, seemingly innocuous factors like high levels of humidity can play a damaging role in the quality of your indoor air.

If a person is surrounded by harmful air on a regular basis, deteriorating health effects might occur, such as the development of asthma, recurring headaches, or allergies.

Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

This is why it’s so important to utilize the best ventilation in hazardous work environments, like kitchens and manufacturing plants. In fact, almost 70% of all manufacturers utilize a compressed air system for ventilation and more.

However, the indoor air quality in your home and office is just as necessary. This often-neglected home component is in need of a change, prompting companies like Airthings have taken an active role in developing new IAQ-monitoring products.

Airthings unveiled three energy-efficient, wireless products designed to detect and measure any potential hazards in your air. For example, their new “Wave Plus” sensors measure radon levels, CO2, humidity, TVOCs, temperature, and air pressure in real time. Better yet, this technology also offers suggestions and tips to help improve your air quality and save energy.

Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

Airthings also showcased two other wireless products: the “Wave Mini” and the “Airthings Hub” (both featured below). While the “Wave Mini” is perfect for measuring the IAQ of a single room; the “Airthings Hub” relies on multiple devices to be distributed throughout an entire building. This can enable a company to seal off dangerous areas and locate the source of air contamination, assuring the safety of their employees.

Airthings Hub

Improving your work and home environment is essential to reducing turnover rate within your company, improving the health of your family, and leading a happier life. With allergy season right around the corner, it’s more vital than ever to get a head start on improving your indoor air quality. While planting trees and shrubs can help reduce your energy bills by nearly 25%, these very same plants can also make your allergies go haywire. It’s no wonder Americans will contract more than one billion colds each year.

If you’re trying to improve your health through the innovative products featured at the 2019 Wellness Expo, perhaps you should start with your indoor air quality.

2018 Gadgets for holiday tech lovers

Holiday Gift Guide: Cool Tech Gifts to Give This Holiday Season

One of the easiest gifts to give are cool tech gifts. They’re cool not just because of their looks but because of how they make our lives easier and more fulfilling. Whether your gift giving list is filled with music lovers, home office owners, gadget geeks, or anyone who wants to make their lives a bit smoother, these gifts are sure to delight. We’re sharing a few of the wonderful gifts we discovered at Pepcom. We know we’d love to receive as holiday gifts.

 

2018 Gadgets for holiday tech lovers

  1. Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Speakers – The BOOM3, MEGABOOM3, and WONDERBOOM Bluetooth speakers are definitely on everyone’s lists this holiday season. They are super-portable, boasts a balanced 360° sound, deep bass, one-touch music control, and are water, dust and drop proof. Any of these would be cool tech gifts to give your loved ones this season.
  2. Logitech Pro Ultra Wide Angle HD Webcam – Stay in touch with family and friends with this 1080P HD video webcam that boasts a wide field of view, 4x zoom capabilities, easily connects to your PCs or Macs with no additional software required, effortless pan and tilt capabilities, and so much more.
  3. Aquio X iHome Waterbottle & Bluetooth Speaker – Hydrate your body and soul with this sleek water bottle that quenches your thirst for water and music. The 16oz bottle is BPA-free and boasts double wall insulation. It keeps your beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 14 hours. At the bottom of the bottle is a detachable iHome Bluetooth speaker so you can enjoy music anywhere you go.
  4. WD MyCloud Personal Cloud Storage – in the era of hackings and doxing, it is essential to NOT have personal photos and information roaming around in shared cloud storage. With the WD MyCloud, you can completely back up your computers, smartphones, tablets, at the safety of your home. Available in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB, you can keep everything safely in one place.
  5. Polaroid Mint Instant Print Digital Camera – Love the feeling of having actual photos? You’ll love this 2-In-1 digital camera and printer. This wonderful, travel-friendly camera allows you to take 16-Megapixel photographs and prints them instantly on 2”x3” sticky-back paper. With 6 easy picture settings, some of which includes vibrant Color, black & white, or vintage effect, you will enjoy making memories.
  6. PureGear Fast Qi Wireless Charging Pad – The horror of a dying phone battery will be a distant memory when you gift this cable-free, fast charging pad. By simply placing your phone on the pad, everyone will enjoy an enhanced charging experience. It is compatible with most Qi-enabled phones and devices, has a micro-USB charging connector, and 10W fast charging. All this makes it perfect charging while traveling. Anyone who owns a smartphone will want this charging pad.

What are your thoughts on these cool tech gifts? Would you love to give or receive them this season?

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices: Game Changers in Hair Removal

A few years ago, we were introduced to a hair removal device that uses light-based technology (IPL or Intense Pulsed Light). This light technology hinders the growth of unwanted hair, but alas that device was not made for darker skin tones. That was then and now there is a hair removal brand that is a bit more inclusive. We’re here to introduce you to two SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices, SmoothSkin Gold and SmoothSkin Bare. Say goodbye to shaving and waxing!

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices

SmoothSkin is the only global expert brand dedicated solely to the design, development, and manufacturing of IPL hair removal devices. You won’t find any other consumer electronics such as toasters or vacuum cleaners in their wheelhouse, they are strictly dedicated to making only IPL devices. As you can imagine, these early pioneers of light-based technology are unmatched in the advancement of light-based beauty products and skin science. So how do these SmoothSkin IPL hair removal devices work? They are designed to help break the cycle of hair growth by targeting the hair root or follicle.

Please note, IPL is NOT a laser. Light energy is transferred through the skin’s surface and is absorbed by the melanin present in the hair shaft. The absorbed light energy is converted to heat energy (below the surface of the skin), which then disables the hair follicle preventing further growth. With the use of these SmoothSkin IPL hair removal devices, treated hairs naturally fall out over the course of a few days to 1-2 weeks.

SmoothSkin IPL Hair Removal Devices

IPL differs from laser hair removal by using a much broader spectrum of light in various colors and wavelengths, whereas laser uses a single spectrum of concentrated light in one single color and wavelength. Both methods target the melanin in the hair follicle and can provide long-lasting results. Because laser treatment focuses light into the follicle and not the skin, it is often recommended for darker skin tones which may not be suited to IPL treatment.  Due to the way the technology works, IPL isn’t suitable for the darkest skin tones, or Fitzpatrick skin tone 6.

IPL is also not recommended for use on red, grey or very light (blonde) hair. All SmoothSkin devices feature a unique sensor that checks to see if your skin tone is suitable before treatment. SmoothSkin Gold features the latest in IPL technology, which automatically selects the right setting for you giving a personalized treatment for maximum results.

SmoothSkin Gold, $349.00

Being the most powerful at-home IPL device on the market, SmoothSkin Gold checks your skin tone with every flash and delivers powerful treatment specifically suited to you. They recommend you use it once a week for 12 weeks to capture your three hair cycles of growth. Once these have been treated, your hair will stop growing back and you’ll only have to do a few sessions every few weeks. The SmoothSkin Gold boasts a gentle mode which reduces its power; this makes it perfect to use on sensitive areas such as underarms or bikini line. The treatment should take a maximum of 20 mins for your whole body and can be used pretty much everywhere.

We just started using the SmoothSkin Gold as we are in the Fitzpatrick skin tone 5 range. Something we couldn’t say a few years ago as this technology wasn’t available to our skin tone. It will take a few uses to see the full results, but we can say the device is easy to use, and we haven’t experienced any skin irritations or discomfort.

SmoothSkin Bare, $349.00

The SmoothSkin Bare is the IPL game changer offering incredibly fast, permanent hair reduction. Being the fastest at-home hair removal device on the market, SmoothSkin Bare uses an Ultrafast Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). With 100 flashes per minute, you can treat the whole body in only 10 minutes. Thanks to the latest technology, SmoothSkin Bare offers unlimited flashes, so you don’t have to worry about running out. By using Bare once a week, you will see results from 4 weeks with best results around week 12.

Both devices offer dual-mode treatments making it quick and easy, the Stamp, and Glide modes. The Glide mode is for larger areas such as the legs or arms. You simply hold down the button and the device will keep flashing as you glide it across your skin. The Stamp mode works perfectly for smaller areas such as your underarms or bikini line. SmoothSkin conducts several clinical studies; their in-house clinical team makes sure their products are both effective and safe.

SmoothSkin Gold and SmoothSkin Bare hair removal devices are both available now on www.smoothskin.com.

Pop Icon: Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display

Remember the days of waiting for your Polaroid pictures to magically develop? While those days of shaking your Polaroid pictures are long gone, you can still experience the magic of instantly seeing your photos develop, but with a digital spin. The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera boasts a touchscreen display that makes it ideal for capturing all of your favorite moments in the 3.5 x 4.25″ instantly and with the Polaroid border format you grew up to love. We love that combination of the modern digital technology and the old school Polaroid technology. So just as before, all you have to do is just pose, snap and print your pictures — no computer or printer required!

What are some of the features you can enjoy with the Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display? This great holiday gifting gadget features ZINK Zero Ink technology for instantly printing photos; a 3.97” color LCD touchscreen display (as you can see above); a 20.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, a Live Edit mode to personalize your pictures with various filters and stickers; the ability to edit, rotate, crop and draw on photos in Gallery; 1080p/720p full HD video recording capability; 15-second GIF recording capability to create your own gifs; Wi-Fi capability and a Self-timer; and even a photo-booth mode and digital zoom. Your photos and videos can be kept on microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC (up to 128GB) and boasts a free Polaroid Print App for iOS and Android. The Polaroid Pop also boasts some great coordinating accessories which I’ve highlighted below.

Accessories for the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera include:

Glam on the go with Retro Photo Frames – $14.99

 

Not Your Mother’s Clothespin Frame – $12.99

 

Fun and Decorative Border Stickers, Magnets and Frames – $14.99

 

‘Tis the Season for Stylish Polaroid Pop Camera Cases – $19.99

Quilted Photo Album for Storing Life’s Special Moments – $14.99

 

Photo Booth – the Inescapable Centerpiece for Your Next Party – $39.99

The Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display comes in six colors – yellow, black, blue, mint green, pink, and white. It retails for $199.99 each on www.amazon.com. Now that you’ve seen its modern update, what are your thoughts on the update of this iconic camera?

Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator

At one point in our lives, we’ve all had to or tried to learn another language. Let’s face it, it’s very beneficial to be bilingual or multilingual, whether it’s for a job or just to enjoy life more. For many it’s easy to fully immerse yourself into a language and pick it up quickly, for some, it’s a bit of a struggle. What do you do if you’re a part of the latter group and want to travel? You pick up a Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator, that’s what!

The Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator that provides two-way verbal communication between people that don’t share a common language. Unlike text translators that require one to stop and enter each sentence word for word, one simply talks into this device and it automatically translates the phrase or sentence and “speaks” the translation to the other person. Imagine if you’re traveling and want to eat at a restaurant where English is rarely spoken, with this wonderful travel essential, you can not only order your meal, but also ask questions with ease. Need directions in a foreign country? The Live Conversation Speaking Translator will be the companion that helps you ask the right questions to get you back to where you need to be.

This wonder gadget verbally translates 12 languages without requiring internet access including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. When connected to the internet, it verbally translates 21 additional languages including Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, and Polish, and provides text translations for an additional 19 languages.

“It can be intimidating to visit a foreign country and not be familiar with the language,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Nick DiMarco. “This translator helps eliminate that stress by providing a simple way to communicate across every continent.”

We tried out Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator with a few people we know who spoke Spanish, Turkish, and Russian. The result was always the same…..WOW!! We loved the ease of translating entire sentences instead of singular words and the fact that this brings us all closer together as human beings. You really can have an entire conversation with someone who speaks a foreign language. We do have a few tips to get the best usage out of this revolutionary language translator. When using it, we do advise that you enunciate properly or it may interpret your words as something else. If you are using wifi, make sure the connection is strong as it will help get your translation results quicker. One aspect we truly loved about Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is the fact that you can save phrases you’ve already used for quicker use later. This helps a lot if you are in a bad wifi spot or are pressed for time. We highly recommend this tech device if you are travelling, you will end up having an event better time.

Could this device help you with your travels? Tell us what you think of it. Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is available from now for $349.95 on www.hammacher.com.

Everyday Flossing: Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers

We’ve been smiling a lot lately. We’d love to say it’s because life is absolutely amazing but it’s because Waterpik has given us two things to smile about. So when we say we’re flossing, we’re not flaunting any expensive purchases, we’re enjoying an essential part of any oral health care routine. The esteemed oral care company has launched not one, but two wonderful flossing devices – the Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser, and the Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser. Two very innovative oral care products guaranteed to make you smile more. The Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers were introduced by Dr. Chris Strandburg, DDS, also known as The Bachelorette’s Dr. Cupcake.

The Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers are available this month at www.Amazon.com and www.Waterpik.com, and both are accepted by the American Dental Association.

Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser, $79.99 – $99.99

For coffee, tea, and dark liquid drinkers, we know how important it is having effective teeth whitening products. The Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser is ideal for those who don’t want to use harsh bleaching chemicals or undergo expensive treatments. Clinically proven to remove an additional 25% of teeth stains between the teeth and in hard-to-reach places vs. brushing alone. The Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser is as gentle as regular toothpaste thanks to its combination of patented Water Flosser and Whitening Infuser technologies.

Using this whitening flosser for one minute per day helps restore your teeth’s natural whiteness in four weeks and helps you maintain a whiter smile (we’re not quite to the 4-week mark yet but we’re already seeing subtle results…..and we’re heavy tea drinkers). The Whitening Water Flosser removes up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas, improves gum health, helps prevent future tooth decay, and is proven to be safe for teeth and gums.

According to Dr. Chris Strandburg, DDS  “The Whitening Water Flosser is a threefer because it whitens your teeth, it freshens your breath and it makes your gums healthy.”

The Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser boasts a variety of features, including its patented whitening infuser, 10 pressure settings, 90 seconds of water capacity, removable and dishwasher-safe reservoir, in-handle water flow control, a new swivel-handle hose for improved access to hard-to-reach tooth surfaces, four interchangeable tips for standard use, and also works great for those of you with special dental needs, such as implants and braces. Each Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser comes with 30 whitening tablets (a one-month supply).

Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser, $129.99

There is nothing like the Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser currently available. Get ready for all the oral health benefits of a full-sized device in an ultra-compact, collapsible package that’s perfect for easy, portable travel. Take it to work, on vacation, or school. This collapsible gadget assembles and disassembles in a snap for easy storage in a drawer, handbag, or briefcase. Transforming from a cube-like shape into what looks like a scaled down unit, the Waterpik Sidekick offers full-sized performance and water capacity for 60 seconds of flossing every time you use it. The Sidekick tucks inside an included, zip-up, water-resistant travel pouch to catch drips.

For those who are taking the journey to healthier teeth and gums, Waterpik introduces the “Waterpik® 14 Day Challenge” app.  Download the app to receive how-to-use information and inspiration to help you create a healthy oral care habit for life. The app will be available in March 2018.

What are your thoughts on the Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers? Could you use more smiles in your oral care routine?

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Tech the Halls with Bundles of Gadgets

There was a time where tech gifts only referred to cellphones, computers and the like, but with the fusion of technology into almost every industry, many holiday gifts have surpassed being in one category. Technology is finding it’s way into everything from fashion, food, and of course our home life. Things like mirrors and candles now boasts innovative technology. The following 2017 Holiday Gift Guide highlights some of the must-have holiday gifts ideas to keep your home life running seamlessly and in some cases, wirelessly.

We know looking for the perfect gifts for the loved ones on your Christmas and Holiday shopping lists can be a chore. Allow us to show you some great gift ideas in our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide that they, and you will love.

  • iHome iZM100 Meditative Light + Sound Therapy Candle, $69.99 – Imagine enjoying a candle that never goes out, doesn’t get hot, and won’t burn out. This candle will not only shimmer and dance like a real candle, it also delivers meditative lighting & sleep therapy effects to keep you focused, relaxed and able to fall asleep fast using the renowned 4-7-8 method inspired by yoga breathing techniques.
  • iHome iCVBT2 Reflect Vanity Speaker, $79.99 – Getting ready to go out, whether to work or play can seem tedious. Why not let your mirror entertain you? Who doesn’t love listening to their favorite music while getting ready. This distortion free mirror with bright accent LEDs and high and low settings, streams audio wirelessly via Bluetooth from your mobile device. Enjoy features like playlists, weather, news and other requests with the help of Siri and Google Now.
  • Norton Core Router, $279.99 – The future of WiFi is here. This very stylish secure router is the perfect security device for your connected home. The Core boasts a built-in dual core processor at 1.7GHz, and more memory and flash storage than typical routers. It simultaneously transmits at 2.4GHz and 5GHz, so your smart devices connect to the best available band. It supports speeds up to 2.5 Gbps1, ensuring amazingly fast 4K streaming and lag-free gaming, and its beamforming antenna tower focuses WiFi directly to devices in the distant corners of your home. Say goodbye to dead zones in your home.
  • Logitech Keys-to-Go Portable Keyboard, $69.99 –  Stylish, incredibly lightweight, and portable, this envy inducing keyboard is the ideal companion for all iOS and Android Devices. If you find your fingertips are too sizable for your tablet or smartphone’s on-screen keyboard, keys-to-Go is just what you need. This stand-alone keyboard boasts well-spaced keys, iOS or Android keyboard shortcuts for productivity, a durable FabricSkin that wards off dirt, crumbs and spills, Bluetooth wireless pairing, and a weight of only 6.35 oz. It’s the portable keyboard you can take anywhere
  • Omron Heat Pain Pro TENS Unit Electrotherapy Device, $89.99 – Wouldn’t you love to ease your muscle pain from the comfort of anywhere in your home? Combining soothing heat for achy muscles with TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) technology, the Omron Heat Pain Pro® TENS Unit superbly relieve acute muscle and joint pain. As writers who tend to spend hours in one position, we can attest to the incredible pain relief we’ve enjoyed from this device. This safe and effective health device relieves multiple body pains. It offers 6 pre-set body pain modes (arm, lower back, leg, foot, joint, shoulder) and 3 massage modes (tap, knead, rub) with 20 levels of intensity to help relief multiple pains throughout the body.
  • Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Stereo Speakers, $99.99 – Get ready for outstanding, premium sound right at your desk. The elegantly crafted Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Stereo Speakers boasts Logitech Easy-Switch™technology that lets you seamlessly switch between audio sources. It delivers balanced audio that accurately reproduces the sound artists intended with a 10° backward tilt puts you in the listening sweet spot. It features silver accent rings, motion-activated back-lit controls and high-end fabric covers for the most sophisticated appearance. And gives you the capability of pairing Bluetooth devices with a light touch to the motion-activated, back-lit controls on the speaker front. What more can you ask for?

What are your thought on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide? Are there any other tech toys you’d like to see highlighted in our next 2017 Holiday Gift Guide installment?

BudStraps Earbud Straps and Earhoox Earbuds Silicone Attachments

We have a love hate relationship with earbuds and in-ear headphones, especially during the hot summer months. We love earbuds because our ears won’t be over heated on those extra hot and humid days like they do with over-the-ear headphones, we won’t suffer from the telltale signs of over-the-ear headband hair, and we’re still able to hear what’s happening around us. What don’t we like about earbuds and in-ear headphones? They don’t fit securely in our ears and always end up feeling loose, they always fall out, and they always end up falling on the dirty ground where they usually accidentally get stepped on. Luckily there are two get products that eliminate earbud and in-ear headphone wearing issues, BudStraps Earbud Straps and Earhoox Earbuds Silicone Attachments.

Say goodbye to struggles with unruly in-ear headphone cords. When you wear the combination of the BudStraps Earbud Straps and Earhoox Earbuds Silicone Attachments you keep your earbuds and in-ear headphones safely out of your way. We promise these two small tech accessories will make your active life a whole lot better.

Earhoox Earbud Silicone Attachments

Forget about earbuds falling out or being uncomfortable, Earhoox will make you forget you’re wearing earbuds at all. Earhoox will provide a perfect fit no matter how much you move (and that includes running). What is Earhoox exactly? Earhoox is a silicone attachment specifically designed to fit and enhance Apple EarPods and AirPods. (although we tried them with our Beats in-ear headphones and they worked perfectly). They fit comfortably in your ears and ensure a secure fit for any activities. The Earhoox are compatible with EarPods that come with iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7. Each set of Earhoox come in two sizes, large and small. Just stretch them on and enjoy a secure earbud wearing experience.

BudStraps Earbud Straps

Forget always have to corral the cords of your earbuds, BudStraps keep your earbuds conveniently hanging on. BudStraps keep your earbuds and in-ear headphones around your neck (and not the floor). Whether you’re working out at the gym, running outdoors, or just hanging out, BudStraps eliminate cord tangles, prevent your earbuds and in-ear headphones from getting accidentally yanked out of your ears, and keeps your earbuds and in-ear headphones nearby if they’re removed temporarily. If you’ve ever seen someone with glasses keep their eyewear around their neck with eyewear retainers, then you know what BudStraps will do for your earbuds and in-ear headphones.

What are your thoughts on these BudStraps Earbud Straps and Earhoox Earbuds Silicone Attachments? Could these tech accessories cure the common earbuds, in-ear headphone, and airpod issues?