Smart Pillows  


   
 Images: Ultradia

Smart this, smart that. 

Everything we use today has to be “smart.” Now the smart technology has reached the pillow. I recently saw a demonstration of a smart pillow at eMerge, the Miami tech show.

The Chrona sleep system turns any pillow into a smart pillow. The Chrona technology is placed in a pillowcase so it can measure the movements of your head and torso. The companion app measures how well you slept and can also gently wake you up.

The company’s website explains the process. 

“Chrona uses an accelerometer to measure your movements while you sleep. Its Bluetooth Low Energy module safely transmits data between your Smartpillow and smartphone. Chrona is energy-efficient, so you’ll be able to power Chrona for over a week with a single charge.”

Watch the video for a precise explanation. 

Co-Founders Zimin Hang and Ben Bronsther teamed up with engineering students from Washington University in St. Louis to develop Chrona. Their company name is  Ultradia.
Expect to see more and more companies in this field. Many Americans are obsessed with how and when they sleep. They will do anything for a good night’s sleep. That sounds like big business to me.

Miami, The Next Tech Hub

I saw it for myself. Miami is destined to become a technology center. We attended eMerge Americas, a two-day technology event.  

EMerge said, “The first day was filled with excitement as 13,000 attendees converged at the Miami Beach Convention Center for eMERGE 2016. Manny Medina, founder of eMERGE Americas, kicked off the event sharing his vision with the world of making Miami the next big information and tech hub with such an amazing event.”

The numbers:
+400 Companies Represented
110 Startups in the showcase

This is all good news for me. I hope to be involved in the growth of tech in Miami. 

 

Image: eMerge

  

Florida Governor Rick Scott visited eMerge. We caught him at the Israeli Pavilion.

      

eMerge program and sponsors.

  

Start-ups take turns talking about their entrepreneurial journeys.

 

Meet Zimin Hang, Co-Founder, Chrona, makers of a smart pillow cover.

Photos from the show.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

If You Had A Trust Issue? 

  
 

Image: Smarttress

 
A male friend of mine, age 78, recently confided that his wife is cheating on him. It was difficult at first for me to believe this because they have been married for over 50 years, are close with their children and grandchildren, have several homes, and travel extensively together. 

The problem is that they moved into a fancy golf club community in Palm Beach, FL last year and things haven’t been the same since. As crazy as this seems, my friend feels his wife is cheating on him with one of the golf instructors.  

That’s only the beginning. He wants to install a surveillance system in his home or hire a private investigator. I’ve been thinking about him for days. I don’t know if he is just losing his mind or this is a real situation. I certainly can’t ask his wife.

I feel so sorry for him. He is so depressed. I did learn about a new gizmo that could prevent anyone else from sleeping in his bed. I haven’t told him about it yet and may never get around to it. However, I will share it with you. 

There is a mattress company in Madrid called Durmet that has a companion Smarttress app that tells you if there is motion on your mattress. The app sends a warning if there is repeated impact and the duration. So if my pal is out of his house for a few hours, he doesn’t have to worry about someone replacing him right in his own bed. He will get an alert that tells him everything he needs to know.

If you want to know more, click here.

Watch the video to find out exactly how it works. 
   

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A Night Of Art And Music 

Williams McCall Gallery drew record breaking crowds tonight for the opening of Expanse 3.0,  An Exploration Of The Uncharted Urban. The Astell&Kern AKT1 All In One Hi-Res Sound System was the featured guest. The crowd loved hearing high resolution quality sound for the very first time.

 

Gallery owner Gail Williams explains hi res music to art patrons Kent Karosen and Brian Hauserman.

 
  

Gail proudly shows off the Astell&Kern AK-T1 All In One Hi-Res Sound System

  

That’s me with the Astell&Kern home unit.

  

The Dynamic Duo, Gallery Owners Gail Williams and Dawn McCall

   

 

Lois and Eliot with artist Sage Sweeney. Her self-portrait is now part of the Hess collection.

  

Myra and Gary Greenberg with Marcelo Holzinger and David Kessler.

Michael Costanza with wife Joon Yang and Gigi.

Scenes from the show.
  

  

      

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

      

    
    
    
 

Photos That Make Me Think

Eliot and I just finished watching the Robert Mapplethorpe documentary on HBO. I started to think about my own photos or the ones of others that I altered. I probably take more iPhone pictures than the average person. Today I want to share some of the ones I edited with Pop Art and then I want to show some of the ones I was wowed by on Facebook or  Instagram.

   

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Cindy Lundin Mesaros, a former client and a very sexy mama.

  

Alison Grand, a beautiful PR lady.

  

Elle Gerstler, a hottie NY real estate agent.

  

My brother Steve, a handsome educator.

  

Claire Lardner, a stunning entrepreneur.

  

Andy Pargh, a debonair drone expert.

 

My daughter’s pride and joy.

 
 

i went to high school with this famous painter.

 

My amazing girfriend Marsha living it up in Cuba.

  

The cutest little thing you ever saw.

The Book In You   

   

They say there is a book in all of us. The trouble is that most of us never reach in and bring that book out.

  

All that can now change. There are a several apps that can help you write stories. 

I read about them in The New York Times. I’m going to try, one by one, till I find my comfort zone. The apps are suppose to organize, motivate, and coach you during the writing process. 

That means you can write a book on the go. Everytime you have an idea, open the app and start typing away.  

Here are some options:

Storyist –the NY Times favorite. It’s a fully-featured text editor with options for: fonts, coloring and formatting.
iA Writer is an app that simplifies the writing process, no clutter, no frills. Everything is focused on what you last wrote.

OmmWriter has a Zen feel. Everything is very organized and easy-to-use. 

Scrivo Pro is a comprehensive program, but with a long learning curve. 

Monospace is free and basic. Maybe, I will try this one first.

Let me know if you try any of these.

Internet Friends Speak 

I was just about to buy tickets to this Broadway Show and then I read this on Facebook. Thanks Eileen for the heads up.

     

Bruce Finds Original Annie

   

Speaks For Itself

   

It’s Been A While Since I’ve Seen This  

  

My dentist and his daughter. If that was me, I would have bit his finger. Only kidding.

  

Iceland, Here We Come 

  

Rainmaker

Today’s assignment. 

Rain couldn’t keep hundreds of volunteers away this morning from showing up to display pinwheels for Prevent Child Abuse America. The pinwheels represent the constant reminder that everyone is entitled to a great childhood.

Dan Duffy, President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America and Cristina Cuomo, Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan magazine, pose with the volunteers.

I was very proud to be involved in this event.

   

    
   
   
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