Health and Beauty

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841304 Mio Alpha 2 Heart Rate MonitoMio Alpha2 Watch

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 6 May 2015
This arrived shortly after the Mio Fuse, for something that uses the same App it works in quite a different way often to achieve the same goals. However its obvious differences are unlikely to matter to the user just getting the results.

841117 Withings Activite   Activity and Sleep Tracker Swiss Made WatcActivit Pop

Published in Health and Beauty by mfereday on 2 May 2015
There used to be a popular saying, in fact it could still be in use but I have not heard it recently, which implies “the older you get, the younger policemen appear!” I could also add from my own experiences that “the older you get, the steeper hills appear” or “the older you get, the longer it takes you to remove a product from its packaging.” This last statement sprang to mind as I struggled to extract the Withings Activité Pop offering from its protective casing. Admit
This is the latest fitness device to come my way, as I am now using Android 5 it should link without problem, it is stated to work with later versions of Android 4 with low power Bluetooth 4 and that is what you should check before purchase.

841031 iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure MonitoiHealth Health Items

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 22 Apr 2015
First an item I have reviewed before that anyone with high blood pressure needs, here though not the arm cuff but a wrist one. Second an item that anyone with Diabetes needs a testing device that automatically stores your daily readings for you.

840515 VAX Air Revolve vacuum cleaneVax AirRevolve Pet

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 27 Mar 2015
A new corded vacuum from Vax however it’s not an upright nor is it a conventional pull along. Have they found a new way to clean your carpets and floors? I saw it at a recent visit to a popular London launch venue now I’m trying it out.
I am not a lover of evening presentations, probably because of the various medications I am on I cannot drink so I find the socialising a drag, let’s get down to the point of the event the presentation which was interesting and I got the chance to have a 1 to 1 with the scientist behind the event while the majority partied the evening away.

840417 Huawei B1 TalkBand Bluetooth Headset ActivitHuawei TalkBand B1

Published in Health and Beauty by petew on 13 Mar 2015
The Talkband is a hybrid device incorporating a bluetooth headset and a basic activity monitor. So how good is at these two distinct functions?
While a hairdryer is not the most important piece of electrical equipment to me I do not have hair down to my waist and anyone with long hair will certainly place such a thing higher on their must have list than the one compiled by myself.

840190 Epson Runsense SF 810V GPS SportEpson Runsense SF-810

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 6 Mar 2015
Having looked at and used Epson’s first foray into health via watch that lets you log your pulse as well as much more I am here looking at another device, this one aimed at those whose aim is to get fit as well as those who just try to survive.

839514 AEG AG3013 Ergorapido Cordless Vacuum CleaneAEG Floor Cleaner

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 11 Feb 2015
This is the last of five items requested from a press event I attended last autumn. I remember it being demonstrated around a course of obstructions to show its versatility and ease of twisting, only then was the extra feature unveiled.
Having looked at various Weather Stations over the years this was an item to cast my eyes over. Various units have been powered by battery and even solar power. This unit is powered by three ‘AA’ batteries the forth supplied battery powers the outside unit.

839063 Braun WF2S Blue WaterFlex Wet and Dry shaveBraun WaterFlex

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 14 Jan 2015
This neat electric shaver can be used as a dry shaver or as a wet shaver. For that top up before a night out when leaving the office its ideal. It also works exactly like a wet shaver when required, just lather up and shave in the normal way.

838295 Homedics Shiatsu Foot Massager FM TS9 DeluxTaking Care of Feet

Published in Health and Beauty by mfereday on 30 Dec 2014
If your plates of meat are giving cause for concern then maybe this next product can be of assistance.
Last autumn I visited a venue called the Ice Tank, it was for a presentation from a company based in Germany that has a product to efficiently control your central heating, it even knows when the last person leaves or the first arrives back at your home.
Keeping a check on your blood pressure could provide an early warning of any health issues. This next product could help.

837853 Soleus Go Fitness Band Activity TrackeSoleus Go Fitness Band

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 10 Dec 2014
Wrist bands seem very popular here is one that has many functions, it can be a watch, an exercise monitor, a pedometer, it has a sleep tracker and with the aid of either an iOS or Android App this information can all be stored.

836981 Epson Pulsense PS 500 Activity MonitoEpson Pulsense 500

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 3 Nov 2014
I think of Epson as a producer of printers and projectors, their parent company is Seiko so timing systems and quality watches are their bag. Here however a health product that combines a watch with a whole range of other features.
When I hear the name of Garmin, my thoughts are generally directed towards satellite navigation and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). However this is not the company’s only sphere of interest. Garmin also has its sights set on our personal health with products such as the recently launched vivofit™ fitness band.

836515 Braun WF2S Blue WaterFlex Wet and Dry shaveBraun Water Flex

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 20 Oct 2014
The Braun WF2S Blue WaterFlex is both a wet and dry razor, it is equally useable in the bath, shower or at a basin using foam, gel or just soap. However it can also give a dry shave just as easily. So the above are the claims does my extensive testing agree?

836514 Withings Pulse OWithings Pulse O2

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 15 Oct 2014
This arrived just as I injured my ankle so it was not taken from its box for over a month. To say this is a pedometer is a disservice to this multi-use product, however that is the starting point, link it to free Withings Apps and go from there.
Back to feet now, but here a rather different device from the recent Shiatsu device, this works with electrical impulses and even has external Tens pads to attach to other parts of the body that need help to improve their circulation.

835766 AEG ELECTROLUX FAVOLA LM 5100 Lavazza A Modo MiLavazza LM5100

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 8 Sep 2014
It’s no secret that to me black coffee is a no no, my days of alcoholic excess are long gone and I prefer something smoother so milk is required. I do like my milk frothy so a device to pump steam in while making good coffee is for me.

835514 Withings Pulse O2   Activity Sleep Heart Rate SPO2 TrackeAn Activity Tracker

Published in Health and Beauty by mfereday on 4 Sep 2014
Look after your health and it will look after you – so goes the saying and this next product could prove useful.
Having done an excessive amount of walking over the recent weeks at the range of Christmas In July events this was lovely. In previous years shoulders and then backs have had Shiatsu attention, this year it is the turn of feet.

835111 STM Bags Drifter Backpack for 15 inch MacBook and LaptopSTM Drifter Backpack

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 22 Aug 2014
This unit is designed to take up to a 15.6inch notebook/laptop. It does however have room for a few extras so could be just about big enough to contain a spare shirt and socks etc so could just about constitute an overnight bag.
Yes the round of Christmas shows has started, I know September has only just begun but various companies show what they think will be on your Christmas wish lists in JULY and here are the first two offerings from one such event held at the Ice Tank in London on what was one of the hottest days of the year and the venue certainly was not even cool.

834710 Garmin Forerunner 15 Large GPS Running WatcGarmin Forerunner 15

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 25 Jul 2014
This is a watch with the ability to count your steps and even with the aid of the chest strap provided also check your heart rate during exercise. So apart from using satellite technology why has this company diversified into this area.

834440 smart weave shirtSmartWeave Shirt

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 13 Jul 2014
We all sweat, some – like me – sweat a lot, partly due to the weather and partly in my case due to my larger size but also because of various medical problems that I have, so a shirt that promises to not show sweat patches was a must to try.
A snug fitting shoe, a little bright by my standards but given that anything goes today the word is comfort and while these are extremely comfortable I am not one for vigorous exercise which I understand is their main purpose.

811169 Ihealth PO3 Wireless Pulse Oximetei-Health Items

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 25 May 2014
A new name to me that I found by chance while checking the Apps pre-installed on an Android Smartphone. Health items are of particular interest to me as I have several health problems myself so these items are always useful.