Earlier than heading into 2022, this is a fast look again at among the columns that had been widespread with readers final yr. Date of publication and firm web sites are additionally listed.
Medisafe. (Jan. 9): A free model is offered for Apple- and Android-based smartphones. The essential model ought to fulfill most wants. The app retains observe of when medicines needs to be taken and the way (with meals or on an empty abdomen; morning or night, for instance). For those who record a caregiver or pal, it’ll routinely notify them if you happen to miss a dose. www.medisafe.com.
Illumibowl. (Mar. 6): This little motion-activated night time gentle runs on batteries and is designed to drape over the sting of a rest room bowl. It offers a gentle gentle (which may change colours or stay one regular coloration) which activates when it senses motion and turns off about two minutes later. About $10-$15. The night time gentle grew out of a partnership with Kevin O’Leary fashioned on the March 11, 2016, Shark Tank program. Could be discovered at big-box and home-improvement shops, in addition to the corporate’s web site: www.illumibowl.com.
Blackboard. (Might 1): A writing pill that is available in numerous sizes. It is kind of like an Etch-A-Sketch, however as an alternative of utilizing knobs to put in writing on it, a plastic stylus is used. When finished, press a button and the display screen clears for a brand new session. Good for to-do lists or jotting down fast notes. Could be discovered on Amazon by looking for “Boogie Board.” Sizes, colours and capabilities range, as does the worth. Web site: www.blackboard.com.
Chess for teenagers: Chesster and Fritz. (Might 29): This chess-teaching program for teenagers first appeared on CD-ROM in 2003. Kids’s Know-how Evaluation wrote that it gave a “intelligent evaluate of the chess items and strikes,” and concluded: “That is the very best youngsters’s chess program in the marketplace. “It nonetheless is – and now could be obtainable for Apple smartphones and tablets. Chesster is a Cheshire rat who, because the spelling of his title implies, can be a trainer of chess. His methods are imaginative and enjoyable. It may be discovered within the Apple Retailer. About $25.
DjuiinoStar Spinning High DST-808. (Sept. 4): The headline on this column summed it up: “Time losing at its greatest: A high-tech prime that spins for quarter-hour or extra.” Proper out of the field, I used to be managing spins that lasted eight minutes. My longest spin to this point went for almost 20 minutes. Time spinning comes with a worth. Offered by itself, the highest is $60. For the longer spins, the corporate suggests a concave, easy glass base. It is 4 inches throughout; a half-inch thick. The concave floor forces the highest towards the middle, additional conserving vitality. The glass provides one other $30 to the associated fee. Out there from Amazon.
The C64 Mini: A Commodore 64 duplicate. (Oct. 9): In a computing world way back, the Commodore 64 was the world’s best-selling laptop. The brains of the pc had been all housed in its beige keyboard. The Mini is a smaller duplicate of the unique C64 keyboard (with nonfunctioning keys). It is about half the size and width of the unique C64, is similar beige coloration, and comes preloaded with 64 of the pc’s best-selling video games. To the touch on just a few: Boulder Sprint; Jumpman; California Video games; Pitstop II; Speedball II; Road Sports activities Baseball; Summer time Video games; Winter Video games and Temple of Apshai Trilogy. About $40-60 on Amazon.
The Vivitar Bluetooth Exercise Tracker. (Dec. 10): I purchased this exercise tracker/watch at a neighborhood low cost retailer simply earlier than Christmas. It was the VIVIMP1016N mannequin, promoting for lower than $15. It wasn’t probably the most fashionable or largest watch, but it surely did maintain time, counted steps and energy and had another options. It mainly was a great way for the folks carrying it to be taught what was necessary in a smartwatch. It paired with a smartphone app for document maintaining.
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