Every day we hear about some new device now equipped with Bluetooth. The latest, are Oral-B’s 5000 and 7000 series of interactive smart toothbrushes. Now back in March here at Canoe Tech Blog, we had a look at their latest plaque fighting tooth brush technology and learned the secret about how it all came about because a German engineer had an epiphany while brushing snow off the driveway. Their latest models, Oral-B SmartSeries with Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity 5000 and 7000 still incorporate the ridiculously fast oscillations and pulsations and their remote SmartGuide, but now you’re able to monitor and track your progress and even share the data with your dental professional because there’s now an app for that.
They say that all good things come in small packages and sometimes “small” are what we need especially if our loved ones live or work in a tight space. And whether it is in a dorm room, condo, and makeshift office or for simply sitting on your couch, here are five gadgets that make ideal gifts for this holiday season that just make sense.
You’re driving through Banff to Fairmont Hot Springs and the dreaded Check Engine light illuminates on your car’s dashboard. Expletives come out from your mouth, followed by the onset of panic and you assume the worst. Besides the time and probably $100 or so excluding repair costs to find out what the problem might be, it also dawns on you that you and your family, just might have to spend the better part of your holiday with your new best friend – the tow-truck driver. So it’s great to know that there’s a product like BlueDriver by Lemur Vehicle Monitors touted as “Professional diagnostics for everyone”. Now it won’t fix the problem, but it might just give you the information you need to give you peace of mind and possibly save you from unscrupulous mechanics.
I’m not entirely sold on smartwatches. It’s a nice idea to be able to have a computer on your wrist but many of the designs look too weird and gimmicky to wear in public.
What’s nice about the Moto 360 is that on the surface it looks like a regular watch. It has a sleek design, with the dimensions 45.8 mm x 11.02 mm, and weighs on 49 grams. And the timepiece comes with a comfortable leather strap. (Metal straps are available in the U.S. and will likely be coming to Canada in the near future.)
The 360′s 1.65-inch screen offers six different watch faces to choose from, many of which mimic the look of an analogue watch, and more options can be downloaded through the Motorola Connect app.
The Beacon Blazar is a definite upgrade from your cellphone’s speakers, but is it worth the hefty price-tag? It depends on what you’re looking for.
The portable device relies on Bluetooth technology to pack both a quality speaker and microphone into one small package.
From the unboxing, it’s clear Beacon wants you to think you’re in possession of something special. It comes in a novelty, leather box with heavy duty zipper.