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Manicurists are going to love this.

Researchers at MIT Media Labs are busy developing a thumbnail-mounted, (U.S. quarter-sized) trackpad which is operated by the index finger on the same hand. It’s called NailO and consists of a battery, capacitive sensors, a microcontroller, a Bluetooth radio chip, and a capacitive-sending chip. 

I’m always looking to amaze you. It’s mind-boggling to think of all this technology packed into such a small space. Many tech publications are writing about the NailO because of its size and capacity.

NailO is user-friendly. You no longer have to be concerned about freeing up your hands to pick up a smartphone or controller. All you will have to do is tap your thumb with your index finger. The command will be sent

The NailO will also be useful when you don’t want to be rude by swiping your smartphone in the company of others. Now you can  subtly tap your thumbnail with your index finger to quickly send a message, 

The MIT researchers are also working on a detachable decorative top membrane to match the user’s outfit. This is a whole new dimension in wearable technology.

Read more about the NailO on and CNET. 

Your Meds And Too Much Exercise Can Cause Gum Disease And Tooth Decay 


No one can accuse me of doing too much exercise. Here I am on my daily morning stroll. Nice and easy

For the last few weeks, I have been working on a marketing campaign for Waterpik, my client. It’s all about why certain people have bad gums and tooth decay. 

I wanted to alert you about this ever increasing problem. Many of us are taking certain medications that are causing us to have a decrease of saliva in our mouths. This is called dry mouth. It is also commonly found in those who strenuously exercise (fitness fanatics, athletes). Drinking lots of water does not help.

Why does a dry mouth cause such problems? Saliva has high levels of oxygen, which helps to keep the bad anaerobic bacteria at bay. Saliva is also a natural cleanser that helps wash unwanted debris and bacteria away. If you mouth is dry due to meds or exercise, it becomes a breeding ground for all kinds of problems. 


It is obvious that you are not going to stop taking your meds, and athletes are not going to stop working out and playing sports. Therefore, it is recommended that you should do everything you can to improve your dental hygiene regimen. Make sure you remove the debris and bacteria that could be lurking deep between teeth and below the gumline. 

If you have dental problems, let me help you get the Waterpik® Water Flosser. It is ideal for getting rid of debris. I have wanted to make this offer for a while but now I have some inventory. All you are going to have to do is write a review for me. 

Just so you know, the Waterpik® Water Flosser has precisely controlled pressure and pulsation settings that remove plaque bacteria and improve gum health. It also features a new pulse-modulation technology that provides enhanced gum stimulation. The action of stimulating and massaging the gums may stimulate saliva production and alleviate dry mouth in addition to removing the bad bacteria. 

It doesn’t matter if you think this is a self-serving commercial. Save your mouth. This is a limited offer, so act fast.  

Miami Beach very early in the morning.



A Shower That Recycles Water

I am probably one of the worst offenders for wasting water. I take very long showers. I find it very therapeutic. It’s my mediation and thinking time. I feel renewed when it’s time to get out. Frankly, I cherish this special time of the day.

I have to admit that I feel pretty guilty about wasting all that water lately, especially when I have been constantly reading about the drought in California  and other western States.

That’s why I took a keen interest in the OrbSys Shower that reportedly saves more than 90 per cent of the water and 80 per cent of the energy one normally uses while washing. It’s the same  principle as when the astronauts go into space for years without a fresh supply of water. They wash and drink from recycled water.

Swedish industrial designer Mehrdad Mahdjoubi developed a high-tech purification system that recycles water while you wash. It’s called a closed loop system.  He explains, “Hot water falls from the tap to the drain and is instantly purified to drinking water standard and then pumped back out of the showerhead. As the process is quick, the water remains hot and only needs to be reheated very slightly.”

The OrbSys shower is constantly recycling water. You use about five liters of water for a 10 minute shower  it is estimated that a regular shower uses 150 liters of water. 

The showers have to be professionally installed. It’s worth the savings. I call this a pretty nefty idea. Read more about the OrbSys in the Smithsonisn magazine.

OrbSys shower recycles water as you wash

No compromise on water pressure



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Let Me Paint You A Picture  

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I will do anything to make bike riding more safe. I know too many people who have gotten severely hurt over the years. There is one road in Miami, the Rickenbacker Causeway, which is known for way too many deadly bike accidents, yet thousands keep riding over it everyday. 


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One of my friends on a bike got wacked by a car door which suddenly opened on the streets of Manhattan. The door knocked him to the ground. It was nighttime and the driver swears he never saw him. Another friend got sideswiped by a truck in Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles, when he was going around a bend. The truck driver said he never saw him even though he was right in front of him.

Luckily, both friends survived these terrible accidents. I know of others who were not so lucky.  If only there were ways to reduce the risk for serious bicyclists. I recently heard of one solution called LifePaint.  

It’s owned by Volvo, the car company. All cyclists have to do is spray their clothes and bicycles with this peculiar paint. Watch the video posted above. The goal is to make bike riders easier to see at night. LifePaint an invisible reflective spray that glows under the glare of a car’s headlights. It’s perfect for helmets, bicycles, shoes, backpacks, etc. The paint is transparent so you don’t see anything unusual. Plus, there is no residue so you can’t feel it either. You should be able to buy LifePaint at local bike shops. 

More info can be found in I would like to know if any of you have heard of LifePaint?  How safe is it? 



A Digital Walk In The Park

It still amazes me that we can all take photos one minute and post them online to our friends the next. The video and photos below were taken just a few hours ago when Eliot and I went for a stroll in South Pointe Park, steps away from the entrance to our condo in Miami Beach. We saw some pretty amazing things today, a group of friends practicing tightrope walking over water to a bride and groom who just got married on the beach. Awesome! 





Vein Viewer

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In the last few years, I have had several friends who almost lost the use of their arms forever after errors were made when they received intravenouses. They truly suffered. Their arms blew up, turned black-and-blue and were filled with excruciating pain.

For some reason, doctors or nurses missed their veins. In one instance, a needle was mistakenly inserted into a muscle. In the second case, the needle fell out of the vein and the fluids circulated in all of the wrong places.  And In the third case, my friend got a terrible infection after a physician’s assistant poked her too many times. 

That is why I took particular interest when I heard of an invention that takes the guesswork out of trying to find a vein. A Memphis-based company, Christie Medical Holdings, “designed a device that can locate veins inside a person’s arm using a harmless near-infrared light.”

It’s called the Vein Viewer. The company’s website says it uses an infrared light “to look under the skin which then projects an HD image of the veins onto the surface of the skin. It can find veins up to 0.4 inches or 10mm deep. The light detects hemoglobin in the blood and then instantly illuminates the intricate network of veins.”

It’s almost like a roadmap. Little chance for error. Watch the video demonstration. For more information, read

Should You Buy An Apple Watch?

If you have been thinking about whether you should buy an Apple watch, I have the answer. The majority of tech reviewers agree that it is a technological wonder and they would love to own one. However, they don’t feel it’s an absolute necessity. (By the way, tech reviewers don’t get to keep their Apple review samples. They may get a press discount, but it’s still pricey). 

Reviewes feel that it’s the most innovative smart watch ever, but there no remarkable features that you don’t have on your iPhone. 

Ed Baig, tech editor at USA Today, quickly points out that there’s something special about eyeballing emails, text messages, incoming phone calls, etc. on the wrist of your hand rather than pulling your iPhone out of your pocket or purse. 

Available on April 24th, you can preorder the Apple watch today. The online store actually opened 12:01am. Good luck trying to access the store. Millions are doing exactly the same thing. I’m going to wait a few weeks and read more about it before deciding which model I want. 

The Apple watch comes in all kinds of flavors. They start at $349 and jump up to $17,000 for a 38mm 18-karat yellow gold model with a bright red buckle. The good news is that all of the watches, no matter what the price, have the same functions.

For one of the best reviews and informative pieces on the Apple watch, please read Ed Baig’s USA Today story. Click here. Or watch his video above.

Fitting Rooms Become More Public 


I can remember the time when the fitting room in a clothing store used to be a sacred place. When you closed the door behind you, the rest of the world was shut out. You could try on new clothes and pretend to be anyone you wanted to be. It was a fantasyland.

All that came to a halt today when I entered the fitting room at the Express store on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.  A sign on the mirror suggested that I take a selfie picture and then share it on the Express Facebook or Twitter page.

I’m no old fool. I realized that sign was not meant for me. No one wants to see me in my undies. It was for the true Express customer, the gal in her 20s or 30s. She was being encouraged to take a photo of herself with the outfit she was trying on. The whole point of a selfie is to share it with others. 

I would say that was an invasion of privacy except an Express saleswoman told me they were receiving much higher than expected  submissions, many of them racy, some with no clothes at all. I guess young women today love showing off. 

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the “selfie” one of all?” 


Retweets Have A Voice 


We can now make a comment on a retweet 

I know a lot of you are not on Twitter, but I’m going to tell you about an exciting new development that’s happening on that platform. Maybe this will encourage you to join in on the action. 

In the past, if you liked something that someone else tweeted, the only way you could express your approval was by retweeting it. 

Now Twitter has updated the retweet function so that you can comment on the original message. 

The new update retweet will include the original message along with your comment. You can add 116 characters in addition to the 140-character limit of the quoted tweet.

I hated the fact that I could never comment on someone else’s Tweet. I wasn’t alone. Twitter said the feature increases user engagement.  

I sure plan to comment whenever possible so I can engage with new and interesting people.

Sign Of Old Age 

Several people have repeatedly asked me to discuss this delicate subject with you. It’s very rude to publicly display everyone’s email address when the folks in the CC: line are strangers to each other. 

Older folks seem to do this more than the younger ones who know better. For some reason, although I tell my contemporaries not to do it, they repeat the blunder anyway. Not only are you invading someone’s privacy, but you are wasting space till the reader gets to this message. 

Take a look at the email I just received. This prompted today’s subject. 

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There was an email message here but I removed it to protect the guilty. Listen, I make mistakes all the time, but this one we can all avoid together.