The BACtrack Trace Pro

bactrack-trace-proOkay, at the risk of sounding too much like an after-school special, I will have to say that we are heading into the holiday season, which will create a lot of trips to the bar, which will create the toxic by-product of drunk drivers. Every once in a while, there comes some device that can test a user’s Blood Alcohol Level, and BACtrack makes a lot of them.

The BACtrack Trace Pro (or simply Trace) is a police-grade sensor that is apparently used by the police. I realize that this sounds redundant, but if law enforcement and hospitals trust it, then a regular user can trust it too. Just to let you know, it meets the requirements for a breath alcohol screening device.

There is a one touch operation, which is perfect for intoxicated people. You can get your results in seconds, and there is an easy-to-read display in bright LCD blue. You need to blow for 5 seconds, and the response time is about 3 seconds. It has Xtend Fuel Cell Sensor technology, and six mouthpieces for optimal breath capture.

You should be able to purchase the BACtrack Trace Pro on the BACtrack site for about $99.99, and it is good for 1,500 tests on 2 AA batteries. By the way, the batteries are included, so this BACtrack is really a good deal. In fact, this is one small investment that could save a lot of life, so you should check this out.

Mobi Ultra Pulse DualScan is a doctor’s tool you can have

Mobi 3I’m going to say that I had to include two images of this product so you can see what it looks like. If I used the one below and to the right, you might think it is a Bluetooth headset. The fact is, this is the DualScan Ultra Pulse from Mobi, and like the headline says, it is a doctor’s tool that you can buy.

What does it do? A better question is: what doesn’t it do? I’ll start with taking your temperature. You know those stupid mercury thermometers that you used to stick under your mouth? That is something analog in a digital world.

The DualScan is able to take your temperature at the ear and the forehead. All you need to do is hold the “scan” button and you will hear a beep. Then, there is also a voice telling you what the temperature is in Celsius or Fahrenheit. Yes, it talks. Oh, it also can detect the heat of a room or object.

There is also a a place where you can put your thumb, and, after a beep, you can get your pulse. Yes, it is that versitle of a tool for giving exams in the doctors office and at home.

Mobi Ultra Pulse 2In fact, the thing kind of looks like something that Dr. McCoy, Dr. Crusher, Dr. Bashir, or that other Doctor guy on Star Trek: Voyager would use, doesn’t it? I can’t remember that doctor guy on the Enterprise series, but you get my drift, it is a tool from the future for us today.

Also, did I mention that this thing has a flashlight? Well, it does. All of this can be yours for just $39.95 on the Mobi Site.

Active Edge Workout T-Shirt

active edgeOkay, I review a lot of products, but this is the first time that I have reviewed a shirt. Okay, there is one exception, like when I reviewed that shirt with the stainproof technology with Threadsmith Hydrophobic Nanotechnology.

I was able to obtain one of these shirts, and I am currently wearing it right now. To me, it feels like a shirt, really. Yeah, of course I am going to say that, but I am told that this product has “revolutionary technology” of infused and embedded electromagnetic frequencies into the fabrics, and this somehow enables the wearer to perform at a more optimal level.

Now, I have no idea if this is snake oil, because I am not certain how in the world to even test this. The company of Active Edge says that it has tested this, with clinical trials, and they report 90 percent positive benefits with zero side effects. How does this do this, it somehow activates the sympathetic nervous system, increases blood flow, as well as oxygen intake.

So, it is a great T-shirt, and it looks like it can do something for you. It is pretty expensive at $64.99, but it can be found at the Active Edge Gear site.

Masimo MightySat with Bluetooth LE & PVI

Masimo MightySatIt has been a while since I have reviewed a Masimo product, and part of that is because the company makes a lot of high-quality medical products that aren’t available for typical, non-medical consumer use. Similar to the iSpO2 Pulse Oximeter, the MightySat Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is made for those that want medical fitness information on hand.

Yes, there are people who want this information, and Dotsie Bausch and Stig Severinsen recommend it. If you haven’t heard of these two, the former is an Olympic Silver Medalist, and the latter is a PhD Freediver that holds a Guinness Book of World Records holder for longest underwater breath hold at 22 minutes. Yeah, that is pretty impressive.

So what does the MightySat offer for the typical consumer? Well, it is a very cool device that you stick your finger into, and you can get at least four different measurements including: 1) SpO2, Oxygen saturation of arterial blood 2) Pulse Rate, measured in beats per minute (BPM) 3) Perfusion Index indicates arterial pulse signal strength and 4) Pleth Variability Index, a measure of the dynamic changes in PI that occur during the respiratory cycle.

As someone who has tried it out, I can attest that it works out of the box. Now, you can purchase a MightySat that will work without Bluetooth ($249), but there is a Bluetooth Compatible LLE ($299) and a version with Bluetooth LE & PVI ($399). There is a free Masimo Health App that will work with most versions of the MightySat. So if you are looking to purchase this, check out the information on the Masimo site.

The BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer

BACtrack VioIt has been a while since I reviewed a BACtrack product, because I honestly don’t really need them. That is not a slam on the product, because I highly endorse any product that will save lives. There is a kind of poetic justice as I first reviewed a BACtrack product one year ago after CES 2014, and I now am working on reviewing another with the BACtrack Vio.

When I first saw this version on the BACtrack, it was being held in a spokesperson’s hand. I commented that it is so small that it could be put on a keychain. At this point, that spokesperson moved her finger and I saw the keychain.

Like its predecessor, the Vio connects to your iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Then there is a flip-up mouthpiece to collect a quality breath sample, and it allows you to get a blood alcohol content (BAC) and even estimate when your BAC will return to zero. Using its BACtrack Companion App, you can track BAC results over time, including optional photos, notes, and drink logs. Yeah, you got those handy graphs that let you know if you have a problem, and the app will keep it private.

If you want to get in on this BACtrack Vio, you can get it for a lower price on the BACtrack site for $49.99.

My Spiroo is a mobile device to help asthmatics

spirooI am not someone who has asthma, but I can imagine that it is not good to have. Those afflicted with it must use a tool known as a flow meter in order to see how much air is passing through the lungs.

My Spiroo has figured out a way to make this mobile with a peak flow meter that can connect to a smartphone’s headphone jack. With this device, you can get measurements on a smartphone, and it is an official one you can share with a doctor.

This device isn’t available now, but it will be. It shows something that I believe we’ll see quite a bit of in the future, a way of being a doctor from a distance. Let’s see what else this will bring.


Scanadu is a working tricorder

Scanadu SCOUTIt really seems like we are living in a future era with technology that is practically connected to our bodies, just so we can get the ideal workout.

I was very pleased to see that the medical science from Star Trek is coming to life with the Scanadu. Their booth had some replicas of tricorders from the show, so I kind of get the feeling that they are really taking this tricorder thing to the extreme.

Scanadu (rhymes with “Xanadu”) could easily usher in an era of digital health care as the Scout is designed for analyzing and tracking a patient’s vitals like temperature, respiratory rate, oximetry, ECG, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure in about 10 seconds.

Scanadu was funded very quickly on Indiegogo, and it clearly has a place in the world of modern medicine. The company is also working on new technology known as ScanaFlo, which will work with a doctor’s smartphone in order to give a complete urine analysis test in minutes.

All I have to say is: Bones would be proud, and all the other Star Trek doctors in between. You can find out more about it here.

Try not to worry about these biometric sensors directly on the skin

originalSeveral of you know that my site recently has had technical problems, and this is the reason why I currently can’t make a link to an article that is more than a few days old. I was able to look at my old works, and I believe one of my first articles was Why Christians are Afraid of Technology, which I can’t seem to get back on the site.

On that post, I was talking about how many Christians have this fear that people will be tracked with a microchip like our pets. Many times, people feared that those who would not receive this Mark will be put to death, or something. I have heard a lot about government programs that want to do this, which serves to get good Christians people frightened.

So here’s a little something that Christian people might also like. Apparently, there are electronic sensors that can be printed directly onto the human skin. Anyone nervous about this?

Well, what if I can tell you that this is designed to save lives? The printed skin tattoos can monitor skin hydration, temperature, and any electric signals from muscle and brain activity. That would come in handy to doctors who arrive at the scene of an accident.

By the way, these skin sensors are not permanent. A spray-on bandage would keep it on for about two weeks.

Okay, can all Christian people calm down about this being the Mark of the Beast, but my Source did compare a more permanent version of this to Logan’s Run. That’s good, it really is.