Health and Beauty

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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.
These are new to the UK although a sister company brought out a very good Blood Pressure watch some years ago. Here I am looking at Smart Scales, Smart Blood Pressure Cuff and a Smart Pedometer these with a free App that can monitor your health.
I saw these items at a retro event showing lots of items from Brauns past and also an exhibition of specially commissioned posters in a trendy setting of a furniture showroom. The Trimmer was available to take away the chance to review the shaver followed later.

754671 braun series 3 340 electric shaveA Braun Shaver

Published in Health and Beauty by mfereday on 11 Feb 2014
Just before Christmas I attended a Braun event that included the company’s latest range of electric shavers.

747733 Fitbug ORB Activity Sleep TrackeFitbug Orb

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 1 Jan 2014
Christmas is past and no doubt we all feel those pre festivity clothes have shrunk – even sitting in the wardrobe – a check on the scales tells a different story and those extra puddings are now sitting around your waist and hips.
The only link these two items have is that they both came from a ‘Christmas In July’ event organised by Lakeland. While they are best known for Catalogues, they also have shops and of course a Website to help you choose.
Scales to weight things and scales to weight yourself. Both are rather special, kitchen scales normally have a ‘glass ceiling’ at 5kilos, these can easily weight twice that. Second a set of scales that also analyse you to give more information.

721681 Motorola Blink1 WiFi Remote Access Digital Video Baby MonitoMotorola Baby Monitor

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 27 Oct 2013
For anyone with a baby or other dependant person something like this will make a hard life easier. Starting with the setup. This will work on your home Wi-Fi network or over the Internet the latter ideal for keeping an eye on the baby sitter.

721679 Homedics No Pain 3D Electric Pain RelieveNo Pain and iHeal

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 20 Oct 2013
Both products are small, both products work to reduce or eliminate pain, the first called No Pain is a Tens device and anyone who has used one a few years ago cannot claim there is ‘no pain’, the second is even smaller and often used by physiotherapists.
Having reviewed scales, various other fitness and health products from Withings it seems logical to cover a blood pressure monitor linked like so many products they do to an App so you do not even need to note down the units readings.

707021 Mio Alpha Heart Rate MonitoMio Alpha Watch

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 30 Aug 2013
This is not a GPS unit as some may think but a watch, a rather special watch that not only tells the time but can also give you your pulse rate at any time by the simple press of a button, no chest band just wear the watch on your wrist.
A very interesting and rather different product. Massage is something that most people appreciate for one of more ailments; while various medical experts can help, often, other devices can improve the symptoms at a lesser cost.
In the past the things I have looked at from Oregon have been medical and or Weather Stations. Here I suppose the first the Slimfit 3DPedometer is medicalish. The second is pure entertainment as it is a Wireless Speaker but you could exercise whilst listening to it.

699413 Oregon Scientific BAR908 Metal Weather StatioOregon Weather Station

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 26 Jul 2013
These items seem to develop as the first one I saw was a very basic offering, then a rather nice solar one that even works through the winter with no external power, here an offering that gives barometric readings as well as a UV option.
Like most men I spend a lot of time in trainers for one reason only, they are comfortable, these however are rather different. Like most there are occasions that a notebook needs to travel with me and this bag from STM is also a little different.

681956 fitbug aiFitbug Trainer

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 20 Jan 2013
With a ‘personal trainer’ costing a fortune and a ‘gym membership’ not a lot less those of us wanting to shed a little weight and trim up a bit have only one method available until now - will power – this little gadget may help.

680508 Philips Sonicare HX6972 FlexCare+Rechargeable ToothbrusSonicare Teeth Cleaning

Published in Health and Beauty by mfereday on 19 Jan 2013
While it is a part of out body that is used on a regular basis, it sometimes does not get the attention it deserves. Just how clean are your teeth?
To me this is my discovery of the year. One of the items I saw during the ‘Xmas In July’ round of events and if anyone is interested its top of my wish list for Christmas this year. It gave me lots of good workouts during its testing.
Two more items from Brando in Hong Kong. Who have a huge range of fans available. The first is described as a Desktop Fan and the second as a Bladeless Fan something I have only seen previously from Dyson in a high priced unit.

666755 fitbit ultrHelping Keep You Fit

Published in Health and Beauty by mfereday on 4 Sep 2012
Sitting in front of a computer is not the best way to get and keep fit. Maybe modern technology can provide a way to improve this situation.

664705 mio cyclo 30Mio 300 for Cyclists.

Published in Health and Beauty by paul_smart on 25 Jul 2012
Mio have produced a GPS unit for cyclists rather than motorists, so now we non motorists have a unit that can more normally cope with day to day than trying to adapt a unit designed primarily for the car and lorry driver.

663991 oreilly fitness for geeks paperbacFitness for Geeks

Published in Health and Beauty by adrianmorant on 2 Jul 2012
Without the subtitle Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health to Bruce W Perry’s book Fitness for Geeks I would not have even bothered to look at this most interesting book. It is not just for the fitness fanatic, it is also worth reading by anyone -- even a couch potato -- who is interested in getting or keeping healthy.