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Author Archives: David Ponce

Some Day, Microwaves Will Count Calories For You

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Whether you’re trying to get fit by counting calories, or you’re just curious about what the damage will be from that home-made double-dipped deep-fried triple bacon burger, there are a number of tools on the market to come to your aid. But none of these will directly measure the amount of calories present in your food; they instead rely on databases of known values in oder to estimate the caloric content of your meal. GE, however, is working on a microwave that will be able to analyze the specific portion it heats, measuring the caloric content exactly.

Matt Webster, the senior scientist in diagnostic imaging and biomedical technologies at GE Research determined that it’s possible to get an accurate calorie estimate using just three pieces of data—fat content, water content, and weight. The calories from all the other constituents of food—such as sugar, fiber, and protein—can be approximated by subtracting the water and fat weight from the total weight.

In this fashion your oven could determine the caloric content of your food as it heats and send that information to your smartphone for tracking. The tech currently only works with blended foods, though the company is trying to develop their technique to work on everything. If successful, it would be more accurate than some other similar products recently introduced into the market that only analyze the surface of a dish, a method that works great with an apple but not so much with something like a burrito. There’s no word on when or even if this will ever see the light of day.

[ MIT Tech Review ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Deal Of The Day: 50% Off On Fitness HR Heart Rate Monitor

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There are very few things more accurate at tracking your workout progress than a heart rate monitor. They allow you to stay within the optimal heart rate range for your various fitness goals, while providing an essential feedback that makes the process more motivating for many people. The Fitness HR device tracks your bpm, while feeding that info to your smartphone through Bluetooth. It’s normally $80, but today’s deal sees the price drop to $40. Paired with the iMaze fitness app, you’ll be on the road to a rock solid physique in no time.

[ 50% Off On Fitness HR Heart Rate Monitor ]

This Happens Way Too Much

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I suppose it’s a sign that I’m getting older, but this comic hits home. I still remember a time when this didn’t happen. See, I tend to hang out with a lot of friends considerably younger than me (one of the perks of not having a “real” job mean that you don’t feel pressure to go through the normal stages of life at the same rate as your contemporaries), and I’ve noticed that they see nothing wrong with this. Sharing their attention between twenty different things is normal. That’s all they’ve ever known! A new generation of kids is growing up without the notion of one-on-one time, without the ability to focus on one thing for an extended period of time, and without the ability to just… sit there and do nothing. That’s inconceivable. And while I’m guilty of obsessing over my phone as much as the next guy, I’m old enough to remember the days without them and I sort of miss them.

Sigh.

Nothing can be done, and my quota of bitching has been filled for the day. Thank you and carry on.

VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

EcoDrain Recycles The Heat From Your Used Up Hot Water

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One of the things that uses up the most energy in a home is hot water. And all of that heat is wasted as it drains away into the sewage system. The EcoDrain device pictured above allows you to partially warm up incoming cold water with the heat from the outgoing hot. It’s a heat-exchange system, and isn’t exactly a new invention, although unlike most other solutions can be installed horizontally. This allows it to be placed “under the bathroom floor immediately adjacent to the drain, thus catching the waste water at its hottest.” It won’t be enough to get the incoming cold up to a good steamy temp, but it’ll help you use less hot water mixed in, thus saving you money. It requires no electricity, and has no moving parts; once installed you can just forget its there. “It’s priced at US$439.95, and is claimed to offer a return on investment ranging from 17 to 43 percent per year – based on the energy costs in various American cities.” Or in other words, you’ll be able to shower for about 33% longer while using the same amount of power you would have without the EcoDrain.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ TreeHugger ]

Thanko’s USB-Powered Shoe Cooler

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If you don’t mind looking a little strange, Thanko Japan has a fun little gadget that could help you keep your feet a couple of degrees cooler than your surroundings. It’s a USB-powered clip-on fan that directs air straight onto your feet, dropping their temperature by a reported 3 degrees Celcius. Yes, that does mean that on top of having to attach a strange looking plastic doodad to your shoes, you have to tether them to a USB port. You’ll be the talk of the office, that much is clear, but at least it won’t be because of how smelly your feet are. If you don’t mind the indignity, it’s 3,480 Japanese Yen (US $34) to own.

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[ Product Page (Google Translate) ] VIA [ AkihabaraNews ]

Funnell Backpack Stores Easily Retractable Rain Jacket

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When you’re out for an extended period of time, you’re always running the risk of being caught in the rain. You’re not made of sugar, boy, so it ain’t so bad, right? But why get wet if you don’t have to? The Funnell backpack looks like any old regular bag, but it features a built-in waterproof jacket that you can pull out in seconds. The jacket covers both you and the backpack so you’re completely protected from that pesky rain.

Made primarily with motorcycle riders in mind, the Funnell is still perfect for the trekker, the cyclist or any outdoors enthusiast. It features several storage compartments, and is made from high quality materials. There’s a back protection panel, and a dedicated laptop compartment, as well as a a drainage tube that allows you to store your wet jacket back in the bag without worrying that it will get smelly.

It’s a $188 pledge to get yours, assuming the Kickstarter completes its funding goals.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Deal Of The Day Ending Soon: Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle Ft. Path Finder 6 & Fantastical

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Guys, the Name Your Own Price Mac Bundles are awesome. You can get 10 award-winning apps for very little money. Technically, as little as you want to pay, although if it’s less than the current average of $11.89, you only get three: DiscLabel, SyncMate Expert 5, and Tangerine! But anything above that price and all 10 are yours, which is a $400 value. The list of apps is impressive.

Path Finder 6
Access & Manage Your Files In A Flash

Fantastical
The Mac Calendar You’ll Actually Enjoy Using

Flux 4
Powerful Mac Web Design Made Easy

Gemini
The Duplicate Finder – Mac App Store Best of 2012

Logoist
Develop Professional Quality Images With Ease

Tunes Cleaner
Delete Duplicate Songs & Revitalize Your iTunes Music Library

MacX iPhone DVD Ripper
Rip Any DVD to Your iPhone, iPad & Other Apple Devices

DiscLabel
One Step To Professional-Looking Labels

SyncMate Expert 5
Sync All of Your Devices & Online Accounts Right to Your Mac

Tangerine!
Create Amazing Playlists For Any Situation Or Activity

This deal ends tomorrow evening, so if there’s even one app in that list that you’ve been thinking of getting, now’s the time.

[ Summer Blockbuster Mac Bundle Ft. Path Finder 6 & Fantastical ]

McDonald’s Thinks Their Fast Food Isn’t Fast Enough, And Are Working On An App To Fix That

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Apparently, being able to get a burger served to you in less than a minute just isn’t fast enough in the eyes of McDonald’s. The company is running a very limited pilot test in 22 locations in Columbus, Ohio, where a new application called McD Ordering is supposed to make the ordering process even faster and more streamlined. The way it works involves you placing, and paying for your order in advance through the app, which then generates a unique QR code. Simply present that code once you’ve reached the restaurant and the food will be handed to you. The system is meant to cut down on errors and, well, interaction time with potentially less than pleasant McDrones.

It’s not being advertised anywhere, but apparently 10 orders a day or so are being placed at the moment. The app is free on iOS and Android, but the mixed reviews apparently stem from customers not being aware of which locations they can use it at.

Our only gripe with the idea is that McDonald’s food has a very narrow freshness window, which is likely to be missed as your paper bag patiently waits for you to make your way to the location. If they integrate a GPS-powered zone warning, whereby the McD’s workers receive your order only once you’re a certain distance away from the restaurant in the hopes it’ll be ready just as you walk through the door, then maybe this can work. Otherwise, enjoy your stale Big Mac.

[ BusinessInsider ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

From The Archives: This Ring Is Carved Straight Out Of A Diamond — 150 Carats’ Worth

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This article was originally published on March 22nd, 2012. -Ed.

The above is not a gadget, nor exactly new, but it is all kinds of amazing. It’s the creation of Mohamed Shawesh, President and CEO of Shawish Jewelry. It could be called “the world’s first diamond ring” and it wouldn’t be a lie. Every other “diamond ring” out there is really a “ring of gold, studded with diamonds.” This on the other hand, well, is a ring that’s been carved entirely from a giant diamond. Using lasers and traditional diamond cutting and polishing techniques, the ring weighs in at an impressive 150 carats. A year went into its making and its design is copyrighted, much like the shape of the Coke bottle is. It’s expected to sell for $70 million, though it was recently on display at Baselworld, leading us to believe that it has found no buyer. Yet.

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[ Company Website ] VIA [ BornRich ]