I love discovering new inventions and introducing them to others. That is my specialty. I turned that passion into a profession. That joy never gets old.
My new discovery may seem like one for those under 50, but may be us older folks can have some fun too with a portable, foldable, electric scooter. These are the kind of e-bikes that can be used for a 20-mile joy ride. Or we can use an e-bike when we go shopping to avoid parking problems and parking fees.
I first learned about the Whizzy Ride e-scooters from Wojciech Stan Stanowski, one of the entrepreneurs who brought the Whizzy scooters to the United States, first stop Miami. We met each other at a Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce meeting last week. When Stan heard I was a publicist in the consumer electronics industry, he invited me to his showroom at 820 Collins Avenue to see the lineup of Whizzy bikes.
The scooters are foldable and can easily be transported in a car or on a boat. Other features include no gas expense and bluetooth speakers to connect your phone and listen to your favorite music during a ride.
You can buy or rent. $1,700 purchase price. Let me know if you want a test ride. I will make all of the arrangements.
Allen Hirsch, the inventor of HandL phone cases, our client, spent the day with us yesterday, taking in the view. First and foremost, Allen is a well known, international artist, who has painted a dozen Time magazine covers. I have talked about him several times in my DigiDame posts.
His art studio is in his SoHo loft in New York City. He carries his art supplies with him everywhere. We watched him do his thing on canvas for two plus hours. After he was done, he created the digital landscape below on his iPad in 15 minutes. We watched both of his creations with great admiration. The speed of the iPad painting reminded us of the wonders of technology.
We can’t imagine what’s next.
Three different men sent me stories today about a big advancement in semen analyzation. They thought I should share with my DigiDame readers. It’s a serious topic that doesn’t get talked about enough. Thank you to all of them.
A group of Boston scientists developed an app and camera attachment that analyzes sperm quality using a smartphone. Their findings were presented in a study published Wednesday in the Journal Scientific Translational Medicine.
It’s amazing just how many functions our smartphones can perform. This new one shouldn’t surprise me, but it does. Several tech publications wrote about this development today. Mashable was one of them. Read their comprehensive story here.
The new smartphone-based semen analyzer takes the usual high expense and embarrassment out of sperm testing. The semen analyzer focuses on concentration and how well the cells can move around. This is very important to get the full picture of fertility. The smartphone accessory and microchip cost $4.45 to build. In the past, this process cost tens of thousands of dollars on a traditional computer.
The inventors said the sperm analyzer has a 98 percent accuracy. “More than 45 million couples worldwide experience infertility and more than 40 percent of those cases involve male infertility.”
The product should be available next year.
Ever since I managed to get a stress fracture right under my right knee, I have become acutely aware of so many other people with physical limitations. When I was using a walker, other people limping along would stop to compare notes. At first, I was embarrassed, but then I started to get into it. Eliot and I had conversations on the street with people that we never would have met before.
This morning I met a neighbor who broke her elbow. She would have normally walked right past me, but she remembered I was using a walker for a few months so she was eager to tell me about her mishap. I started to think about seniors who get permanently disabled and wondered how we are all going to cope if it happens to us.
Tech journals are always keeping me up-to-date on really smart people who invent miracle mechanisms that can get folks moving again. This is one I recently read about and I wanted to share it with you because a slew of these will be available in the next few years.
Kyu Jin Cho, a mechanical engineer at Seoul National University in Korea, and his team, designed a glove made from a flexible, rubberlike material that can help disabled people of all ages grip objects. The website explains that the Exo-Glove Poly fits over the thumb and two fingers of a person’s hand.
“It helps them perform simple, but previously impossible, tasks. Wires attached to those fingers can be moved by a small motor. The motor, controlled by a simple switch, pulls on the wires to open and close the hand. The result is a glove that can help people function.”
Cho’s said “Exo is Greek for ‘outside.’ It refers to the fact that this glove is worn outside the user’s body. Poly is Greek for ‘many.’ That refers to the fact that the glove’s rubberlike material is a polymer.”
The cool fact is that Exo is waterproof. “Users can wash their hands or clean dishes while wearing it. The glove also can be removed and washed when it gets dirty.”
Pricing hasn’t been established. Please watch the video to see how it works.
A fun new app from Apple is about to be introduced. Called Clips, the app will let us take videos and add our very own captions and voice overs to them. It will also let us connect several video clips together. Then I can post my creations directly on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo.
I might be starting a new career as a videographer. Let’s see what happens.
The area that is definitely going to be fun is posting videos to Apple’s own Messages app.
Now get this. Apple will recommend with whom to share videos. That is based on which friends are in my videos and whom I most frequently contact. Software programs are totally intuitive today
Click here to read about Clips in The Verge.
In other news……
Eliot and I hosted a meet and greet Monday night in our condo for Dan Gelber, hopefully the next mayor of Miami Beach. It was a big success. We met Dan a few years ago through our friend Elaine Bloom. We were thrilled to introduce Dan to our neighbors and friends. It’s going to be an interesting political journey.
I’m so busy placing editorial stories in newspapers, magazines, the Internet, TV and radio, I sometimes forget to check the results. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen.
Such is the case with Kent Karosen, President and CEO of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. I secured a PBS interview for him about his book last November and just remembered to watch it yesterday. Steve Adubato of PBS NY/NJ did the interview on his One-on-One show which discusses compelling, real life stories and features political leaders, CEOs, television personalities, professors, artists and educational innovators.
I was blown away. It was a very emotional interview with Kent. He talked about his horrific experiences with 9/11 and how close we are for a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Kent ‘s book, “Why Can’t Grandma Remember My Name?,” teaches youngsters about Alzheimer’s and how it impacts entire families.
Kent is also Senior Managing Director and Partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. He escaped being killed on 9/11 by just minutes. He was walking into the towers just as they were coming down. For the last 15 years he has totally devoted himself to helping others. Kent never fully recovered from this horrifying experience. His charitable work is what he lives for.
Amazon wants to be your best friend, the kind that tells you the truth about yourself. The Internet company has a new feature called “Outfit Compare” for Prime customers. Amazon has hired real fashion stylists, with experience in retail and the fashion industry, that can now judge your clothes based on their fit, how the colors complement you and what’s on trend.
All you have to do upload your photos to Amazon. Amazon suggests taking pics with the same pose and background, though it will also accept full-body mirror selfies. Once you send in your photos, all you have to do is wait for feedback within a few minutes.
By now, you should be wondering why Amazon would offer a service of this kind. It’s simple. Amazon wants to get more involved in the fashion industry. The company launched its own fashion brands last year and also had a fashion and makeup TV show called Style Code Live.
This is just than beginning. More announcements later this year.
For some reason, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic ageed to make a fun music video with pal David Foster. They sang Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” Fellow tennis stars, Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov, joined in. The whole thing seemed like a big goof except it was pretty good.
Business Insider Featured the video. Click here.
The story I just read about actor James Woods, and his legal trouble on Twitter, sounds like an episode of Law and Order. I just couldn’t believe that this case didn’t hit the main press in a big way.
It’s like a great lesson in how online defamation law works. I always wondered how so many folks on the Internet got away with calling each other nasty names.
Now, I am finally learning that more and more people are taking each other to court. Warning! Be careful about what you say online about others.
It seems that James Woods previously sued a Twitter user for saying that he was a drug addict. Now he is being sued for calling someone a Nazi.
You can read more about it in Engadget. I don’t want to take any chances saying the wrong thing.