Apple AirPods Can Help You Eavesdrop

I know that most DigiDame readers are upstanding citizens, but for those of you who love to learn new tricks, be sure to read on.

A guy with the handle @arnoldcrndo, got retweeted 50,000 times recently, because he revealed how to use Apple’s AirPods as an eavesdropping device. Twitter went wild when users learned that all they had to do was: 1-activate the Live Listen feature on their iPhone and 2-place the iPhone near the people they want to spy on. They could then listen to conversations through their AirPods.

The Live Listen allows the iPhone to be used as a directional microphone and the AirPods as hearing aids.

Digital Trends explains, “To activate the feature, users will need to go to the Control Center menu under Settings, tap Customize Controls, and then tap the plus sign next to the Hearing icon to add it to the Control Center.”

Apple added Live Listen to the AirPods to help users with minor hearing issues. However, a growing number are using the feature to bug others.

That’s the world of technology.

Click here to read Digital Trends.

Who’s Kidding Whom?

There’s an interactive pillow, called Qoobo, that’s becoming increasingly popular and I think the world has gone mad. After hearing about it for months, I finally saw it at CES.

I just can’t understand why anyone would spend $149.00 for a pillow with a tail that makes lifelike movements when you stroke, or rub it.

Executives at the company said Qoobo is designed for people who cannot own pets, especially those who have allergies or live in apartments.

Qoobo became one of the most talked about gadgets a recent trade show in Japan. Sales soared. I just don’t get its appeal.

What do you think of it?

It Feels Like A BP Cuff

One of the main reasons why I love going to CES in Las Vegas every year is to meet innovators like Heshika Deegahawathura, chief of recovery, of Spryng, a Sri Lanka company. They specialize in compression wear that helps speed up the recovery time from muscle soreness.

The Yale graduate was so much fun to talk to. He was so energized talking about how these new shinguards expand and contract around your calves. There are three different intensity modes, perfect for dancers, runners, hikers, and those with medical issues.

Deegahawathura explains the entire concept in the above video. A pair of shinguards are $129.

Blood Pressure Smart Watch

I saw so many nifty products at CES that I was completely overwhelmed by how many individuals and companies are still innovating all kinds of new solutions to many old challenges.

A case in point is the first wearable blood pressure monitor from Omron. It’s difficult to believe that you can now wear a smartwatch that will take your blood pressure at a moments notice. If you are one of those folks who are constantly worried about your BP reading, this device is for you.

You don’t have to fret anymore. You will learn to relax once you get readings on a 24 hour basis. You start to understand how your BP’s changes during the course of a day and what you can do to keep it normal.

In addition to blood pressure and pulse, the Omron smartwatch also tracks footsteps taken, sleep patterns, calories burned, emails, and text messages.

Watch the video to hear more. The smartwatch is a little pricey but so what? We all would pay this price if we felt we would be adding years on our lives.

Jamie Foxx Hosted HANDL Party

If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t have believed it. Actor Jamie Foxx promised my client HANDL phone cases, that he would show up at their CES relaunch party. He is a good friend of one of the HANDL owners.

Not only did Jamie show up, but he sang and danced till the wee hours of the morning. He made up lyrics about the virtues of the HANDL cases and carefully demonstrated how he loves to hold them.

Major bonus, Mark Cuban, Raymond John and Wesley Snipes showed up too. Celebrities always visit celebrities when they come to town.

HWH PR brought out the camera crews to interview Jamie. Extra TV, CBS Interactive and CNET, scored major chats. Needless to say, I was so happy everything worked out.

The event took place at the very exclusive “Mansion” at the MGM Grand. Very few people have been inside this swanky club. This is Lady Gaga’s home in Vegas. The place looks like a Castle in the desert.

I don’t know how many more parties I want to host like this because it was like putting together seven weddings. Now that it’s all over, I’m glad I did it. While we were planning it, I freaked. Dealing with the press and celebrities, is not an easy task. Someone has to do it. It’s me.

Extra TV producer, Sharon Levin and I, have been working together for years. This is the first time we met. That was an extra treat for me.

Still Working In The Motion Picture Home

The Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, CA, figured out a way to keep its residents vibrant and productive. It’s a simple concept that should be used by every independent living, assisted living and nursing home in America.

Keep the clients working at whatever profession they like best. In the case of The Motion Picture Home, residents have their own TV channel where they produce original content.

Watch the video to hear what residents say about their ability to continue to be creative in a safe environment. It would be wonderful for senior, seniors to be able to use their brains for activities that make them want to get up every day and be a part of society.

I’m not saying this is for everyone, but those who want to participate should be able to have a quasi work hobby that interests them. I’m sure there is some creative start-up team that can develop a program that will organize special projects for 80 to 100-plus year olds.

I can see the headline now, “95 Year Old Great Grandmother Designs Inaugural Gown For The New First Lady.” What a hoot that would be. Keeping seniors relevant could even help fight off certain ailments that no one wants to focus on. It’s certainly worth a try.

Who Are We Anyway?

I’m not sure if someone was trying to tell me something as I enter my 52nd year at CES. I happened to watch an episode of the Twilight Zone the other night about an aging, former movie star who lives and dreams in the past, constantly watching her old movies alone in her room. Barbara Jean Trenton refuses to move on with her life, even though her associates try to lure her out of her self-imposed isolation.

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine” aired on October 23, 1959 on CBS. The title is a reference to 16 mm film. It was written by Rod Serling and starred Ida Lupino, Martin Balsam, Jerome Cowan, and Ted de Corsia

Even though I wouldn’t exactly say I live in the past, I do get very nostalgic about the several hundred people who I knew so well, but no longer attend CES. Either they died, retired, or lost their jobs. It doesn’t matter why they are not at the convention, I just long for the days when I would see all of the people I spent decades with in this industry. There was a time that I couldn’t walk down the aisles at CES without getting stopped a dozen times by people who I knew, and just wanted to say hello.

Now out of 170,000 people who attend the show, I may know 400. I met most of them in recent years. I really shouldn’t complain because I am still very active with all kinds of new assignments. However, just like Barbara Jean Trenton, I want to be one of the most popular in the room.

Thank goodness for Nancy Pelosi. At 78, she has managed to make herself a major force once again. While many of my friends wanted her to give up her position so the Democrats could secure a younger and a fresher image, Pelosi is now the one we are counting on to make the United States sane again. If she manages to pull it off, I feel everyone will have a renewed interest in seniors. We still have a lot to offer the world. I just don’t want to rust.

On My Way To Vegas!!!

This is my 52nd year attending CES. There used to be two shows a year, so I attended many more, but I don’t have the exact number. Below is my CES badge when I hit 50. It’s a keeper.

I am loaded with assignments this year so I am kind of anxious to plow through and see the results of all of our pre-show efforts to help clients achieve their goals. They have their expectations, so good luck to me.

My agency, HWH PR, is responsible for delivering the press to a party at MGM Grand’s Private swanky area called The Mansion. The client is HANDL New York, a line of “reimagined” phone cases, because the company has new business partners. Actor Jamie Foxx is the host of the party. Here’s a special message from him.

We are also introducing lots of new innovations, but more about that later this week. The next time you hear from me, I will be in the middle of gadgets.

Till then!