Beep, Beep, Get Back In Your Lane !

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I couldn’t be happier today when I learned that we all may be required to have warning systems in our cars that prevents us from having collisions. I have no idea why this wasn’t instituted years ago. I guess the technology wasn’t ready.

VOXX, Audiovox of Hauppauge, Long Island, is one of the first to venture into the aftermarket with a lane departure/forward collision warning system for $549.

That may seen like a lot of money but I think it’s a bargain to keep us alive. Personally, I think drivers on the road are getting worse and worse. We all know the perils of texting while driving, but what about those young folks who speed up and cut you off when they want to change lanes?

The I-95 in south Florida is a complete danger zone. In my opinion, women in their 20s and 30s, are the most offending culprits. They think they are race car drivers swerving in and out of lanes, I am not exactly sure why, but they speed up and switch into your lane just as they get to your front fender. It’s enough to give me a heart attack.

I always fantasize about conducting a citizen arrest. I told Eliot I want to buy the right type of video camera to capture their road behavior and then zero in on the license plate. Every time I get a chance to check out who is driving one of these maniac cars, it turns out to be a young girl smoking a cigarette while she is yaking on the phone,

Many automobiles today have all kinds of warning devices already built-in. For those who don’t, the VOXX system “beeps to let you know if you are leaving your lane (without using your turn signal) so it can alert a drowsy driver or a teen who is not paying attention. It also beeps to let you know if you are closing in on the car ahead too rapidly.”

Coincidentally, a research report was released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimating that “the technology could eventually prevent 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives. The agency said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in new vehicles.”

The kind of technology the agency is talking about uses a radio signal to “continually transmit a vehicle’s position, heading, speed and other information. Similarly equipped cars and trucks would receive the same information, and their computers would alert drivers to an impending collision.”

The part I love the most about this technology is that “a car would see when another car or truck, equipped with the same technology, was about to run a red light, even if that vehicle were hidden around a corner. A car would also know when a car several vehicles ahead in a line of traffic had made a sudden stop and alert the driver even before the brake lights of the vehicle directly in front illuminate. The technology works up to about 300 yards.”

Click here to learn more about the VOXX system.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

There’s a new trend on social media that has become a big fundraiser for ALS, the debilitating neuro-degenerative disease. You probably know it as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

It’s very exciting to watch friends, family, and well known personalities take the “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

You can’t scroll Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram without seeing someone getting doused with ice water and then nominating others to do the same. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice.

Pete Frates, 29, Beverly, Mass., along with his family, helped to make the “Ice Bucket Challenge” go viral. Frates has lived with ALS since 2012. He is working with The ALS Association’s Massachusetts Chapter. Frates was a Division 1 college athlete with Boston College Baseball.

Using the hash tag #IceBucketChallenge, the challenge has attracted thousands of followers. The ALS Association announced “it has hit $10 million in donations. Specifically, as of Saturday, August 16, 2014, The ALS Association has received $11.4 million in donations compared to $1.7 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 16). These donations have come from existing donors and 220,255 new donors to The Association.”

Be sure to watch the videos. You will be surprised who you will see.

A Stool For Your Stool


This is not a digital product but I thought you would be interested in it. The stool you see my feet on is positioned to help me get the best results when trying to eliminate waste.

Steve Greenberg, the Innovation Insider, gave me this as a gift. When he first showed it to me today, I thought it was a stool to help me shave my legs in the shower.

After 10 incorrect guesses, he told me it was a stool that will help me make a better #2. I thought he was goofing, but apparently not.

The makers of easyGOpro claim “human bodies are anatomically designed to eliminate in the squat position, a 35 degree angle. Ailments such as constipation and hemorrhoids are the result of incorrect toilet posture. If you elevate your feet to achieve the natural squat position, it will be much easier to eliminate.”

I have only tried it once and it worked splendidly. I don’t trust beginners luck, so I will keep testing it. I will report my success rate in a few days.



Tom Hanks Debuts iPad Typewriter App



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Years ago, when our PR agency worked for Casio, we sent out a bunch of new digital watches to well known personalities, hoping to grab a photo op of one of them wearing the timepieces. Tom Hanks was one of the recipients. Several weeks after the watches were sent out, I received a personal thank you note from the super star.

Two things surprised me at the time. One was that the actor actually took the time to compose the note. The second, was that Tom Hanks had his own personalized stationery engraved with “THanks.” Get it? Tom Hanks used the T of his first name combined with his last name to spell out “thanks.”

I thought it was so clever that I stared at that note for years. It wasn’t until this morning that I realized there was something else that was very special about the document. It was written on a manual typewriter. I never thought much about it until I learned today that Mr. Hanks collects manuel typewriters. To celebrate his passion, he recently introduced an iPad app that functions as a typewriter.

Hanks wants to give iPad writers the feeling and sound of using a manual typewriter. He worked with to create the Hanx Writer app. Hanks claims the app “provides the ease and speed of an iPad with the sound and pace of a manual typewriter.”

Hanks is providing a free typewriter app for all, the Hanx Prime Select. USA Today did a comprehensive description of the upgrades.

Wearable Electronics Can Save Your Life

I often hear negative comments from friends about the proliferation of mobile devices in our society today. People our age like to complain that wearable or mobile technology is the reason why there is a lack of social graces today among the younger set.

We have to understand that wearable technology is going to save more and.more of our lives. These little gizmos provide real time information that was never truly monitored before. One of the greatest achievements is that the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) has teamed up with Intel to collect real-time information on movement, tremors and sleep 24 hours a day.

Instead of frequent visits to the doctor’s office, the wearable monitors provide minute-to-minute data so medications can be better administered. The MJFF claims that, in many cases, Parkinson’s can be controlled if doctors could accurately determine what meds are needed when.

To get a personal account of what I am talking about, watch the above video.
Engadget, a tech site, ran a more in-depth story on this.

Apple Picking

The fashion industry is about to have a major impact on the tech industry. As pointed out by, the lifestyle and entertainment site, Apple has hired a number of high level executives in recent years to get the company ready for the next phase in their product lineup.

No one is sure what Apple’s next big move, is but check out the talent below for a clue.

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Paul Deneve
Former CEO of Yves Saint Laurent
Now works on special projects with Tim Cook, Apple CEO.
Hired July, 2013

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Enrique Atienza
Former CEO, Levi’s
Now Apple Director of Sales, West Coast
Hired April, 2013


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Ben Shaffer
Former Innovation Kitchen Studio Designer at Nike
Now Apple Product Designer of Wearable Technology
Hired September, 2013

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Angela Ahrendts
Former CEO Burberry
Now Apple Senior VP of Retail and Online
Hired October, 2013

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Patrick Pruniaux
Former VP of Sales at Tag Heuer
Now Involvement with Apple iWatch
Hired: July, 2014

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Musa Tariq
Former Director of Social Media at Nike
Now Apple Digital Marketing Director, Retail Chain.

This Is Not Hot Air

I want to be sure that you are aware of what is happening on Kickstarter, the Crowdfunding site. If you have a creative idea that you want to raise money for, don’t waste too much of your time thinking it through.

Just post it on Kickstsrter as fast as you can and see if it has any traction. There is no secret formula why one project makes it and another fails. Very recently an entrepreneur wanted to raise money for making potato salad. He received $55,492 from 6,911 contributors.

That’s nothing compared to the money Bunch o Balloons raised over the last few days. This is a system to help you blow up a hundred water balloons in one minute. Pretty phenomenal. Sit down. This project raised $882,309 representing 20,770 contributors.

Elsa Peretti and Billy Joel

The glamorous Elsa Peretti. Photo from the pages of Vanity Fair.

Don’t get excited. Billy Joel is not dating Elsa Peretti. He lives in New York and she lives in Sant Martí Vell, a tiny hamlet in Catalonia, north of Barcelona. Our generation calls that GU, graphically undesirable. For those of you who don’t know who Elsa Peretti is, let me introduce the 74-year old grand dame. Peretti is now celebrating her 40h anniversary as the most successful jewelry designer for Tiffany & Company. I wanted to feature her today because she is of the DigiDame era and she has led an unusual life.

I have been wearing Elsa’s signature gold heart for decades. I really didn’t know too much about her until Vanity Fair did a profile on Peretti in their August issue. I am not sure how many DigiDame readers get VF, so I decided to include a copy of the story here. It’s just so cool to be able to copy and paste the story for you. I love sharing,

So you can imagine how I felt when I saw Billy Joel on the web singing “Uptown Girl” at his Madison Square Garden concert to his ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, who was sitting in the front row. I knew instantly that I had to find it on YouTube and post it for all to see. It was so cool to recapture their relationship that took place 20 years ago, even if it was only for a few minutes. The duo recently got a bit closer after Brinkley wrote an emotional tribute on Instagram to her late ex-mother-in-law Rosalind Nyman Joel. who died a month or so ago.

Lastly, I want to say goodbye to Robin Williams, 63. In DigiDame years, that is way to young to die. We will miss you.

Future Electronics Will Be Paper Thin

In the last day or two, a retired, but very prominent, member of the consumer electronics industry forwarded information to me about a substance called Graphene suggesting that I share it with you. The reason why Judy Fleming Stephenson felt I should post it is because she believes this will be one of the greatest innovations of all time.

Thank you Judy!

Here goes! The world of electronics will be going through a major transformation. All of our electronics in the future will get thinner and thinner thanks to Graphene. It is pure carbon in the form of a very thin, nearly transparent sheet, one atom thick. Future electronics will be paper thin.
Illustrated below.


Wikipedia says Graphene is remarkably strong for its very low weight (100 times stronger than steel and it conducts heat and electricity with great efficiency.

If you watch the video above you will be among the first to see how Graphene will be used and what smartphones and tablets will look like a few years down the road.

Kids React To The Tech We Used

Good morning Sunday. Click on the video above to see exactly how much time has gone by since we were youngsters. This is quite an eye opener.

It’s hard to believe that we have seen technology evolve so much over the years. We forget where we came from.
When I first watched the video, I was startled that the tech we used was so elementary. I blushed.

It just makes us think about what’s next. I want to see it all.