Hands Free Device 

  
My brother told me about this gizmo and then I saw friends talking about it on Facebook. I realized I had better tell you about it today before someone else gets to you first. 
This podium style stand is a perfect for most mobile devices and cameras. Yes, that means all tablets and smartphones.The unit also features two USB charging ports. That’s a biggie.

Price is $45. It conveniently folds into a small box for travel. Colors available are red, silver, black, blue, and gold.

Photos from Lyon, France 

  
Museum of Confluence. This is the museum everyone is talking about. It was completed about a year ago. It focuses on humanity. I can see it from my stateroom.

 
   

  
   
 

I Am The Proud Author Of This Campaign 

I wrote this for Waterpik. The campaign appears on the Waterpik website. I interviewed each dental hygienist over a two week period. I loved this assignment because each dental hygienist was passionate about his or her work and eager to educate. Each conversation lasted one hour. I learned a lot and wanted to share the info with you.

Meet six prominent dental hygienists that reveal the truth behind oral health care
You can find them on the Waterpik® Oral Health Page – https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/experts.  The dental hygienists are also educators. They speak their minds because they are the ones who focus on preventive care.

Dr. Daniel Hassler, DDS

How to Fight the Gum Disease Epidemic

Dr. Daniel Hassler, dentist and program director at a dental hygiene school on Long Island, NY, describes the benefits of treating gum disease with a water flosser.

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YALI De La Torre CDA, RDH

The Best Kept Anti-Aging Secret

YALI De La Torre, a certified dental assistant and dental hygienist, explains why it’s so important for people who are 50 plus to take good care of their oral health.

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Kim Shuck, BSDH, RDH

The Truth About Pregnancy and Oral Health

Kim Shuck, BSDH, RDH, a healthcare professional and educator, explains how bacteria in the mouth can impact the future health of your child.

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Lisa Schmidt BA, RDH

How to Get an Amazing Smile

Lisa Schmidt, BA, RDH, shares how patients enjoy an amazing smile with braces, through progressive dental practices and water flossing.

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Susan Bartoo RDH, M.Ed

How to Deal with a Busy Life Style

Susan Bartoo, RDH, M.Ed discusses what you can do to prevent oral health problems, even with today’s busy lifestyles.

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Julie Csoke RDH, BS

Go Natural for Better Health

Julie Csoke, RDH, BS, believes in a natural approach to oral health. Learn about the benefits of natural and organic oral care products.

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Arles

We had no idea that when we got to Arles, we would be at one of the largest photography exhibitions in the world. Arles calls itself the photography capital of the world. We walked 16,000 steps through the town’s squares, but absolutely got mesmerized by the work of Phillipe Assalit. Each model photographed is creatively photoshopped with his or her respective country’s currency. The colors in each photo were so vibrant that you immediately felt energized. I just had to share them with you. 

   
    
 

     
      
   
 

Our Visit To Les Baux de Provence 

It always takes me a few days to get into the swing of things whenever I leave home. I have been busy with challenging projects that are still going on. I had to figure out a way to juggle work and play. Visiting areas of the works like Provence gives me the energy and creativity to carry on. By the way, I’m not the only one. I see contemporaries sneaking in business calls and checking in with the financial markets. We are living in a time when you can have it all. You just need the discipline. 

   

    

      

  

      

    
   
   

Spotty Internet 

I’m writing to you from Arles, France. The Internet on our AMA river cruise is very slow but I’m grateful to have any connection. We were in Barcelona for a few days and really enjoyed ourselves. Le Meridian Hotel was outstanding. The location was great and our accommodations were one of the best. 

I’m going to keep this short because my connection is getting funky. I’ll be back when I know we have a strong signal. Look at the vending machine Eliot found at one of the rest shops. We haven’t seen this in a while, have you? 

 

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Cheekbones Replace Ears  

   
   
I know this is going to sound crazy, but a young female inventor just developed a new type of headphone that doesn’t play music through your ears.

Gemma Roper, a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, designed a pair of modular headphones using bone conduction audio. She believes her concept will help prevent the ever increasing number of bike accidents each year.

Roper’s Safe + Sound headphone design uses  bone conduction to play music through a user’s cheekbones rather than his or her eardrum.

Roper’s website explains that “bone conduction headphones work on playing sound-wave vibrations on top of bones. The waves get transmitted into the Cochlea, the inner ear, without going through the eardrum. This can work anywhere on the body but the closer to the ear, the better.

This concept is not entirely new. There have been other conduction headphones but they were designed to wrap around the user’s ears. The Safe + Sound modules clip onto the straps of a helmet. 

Beethoven also believed in conductive listening devices. As you know, Beethoven  was deaf. He was forced into biting down on a metal rod attached to his piano to hear the music. 

The Safe + Sound headphone is still in prototype form but click here to watch a video demonstration.  You’ll be the first to know  when they are available.

  
      
    
   

London Phone Booths Live Again

Two entrepreneurs are repurposing London’s famous red phone booths. Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston, graduates from London’s School of Economics, formed a company called Solarbox, to transform the discarded phone booths into charging stations for all kinds of mobile devices. The project started last year but is first gearing up now.

How cool is that? I wish we had charging stations in the United States. There is more good news for Londoners. Each booth will feature a solar panel so that three hours of sun a day will keep Solarbox operational for a year. This is made possible by an integrated battery that is capable of storing energy for additional use.

I hear that a 10 minute charge will increase a phone’s battery life by 20 per cent. One caveat!  Users will be forced to watch advertisements with the booth while their devices charge. I can’t imagine people complaining about that once they learn the service is free 

An Automobile Built For Two

We were only in Barcelona for a few hours, when we spotted the Renault Twizy, a battery-powered two-passenger electric car designed and marketed by Renault and manufactured entirely in Valladolid, Spain. It’s becoming popular here.   

    
Photos by DigiDame on her iPhone 6 Plus

Legal in Europe, it’s classified as a heavy quadricycle. We couldn’t believe our eyes as we strolled La Ramblas, (a big avenue in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals). 

As we stopped for a red light, the car pulled up in front of us. I bent down and asked “what the heck is this?” The female driver was flattered and gave us a brief description. Told her she would be the feature of today’s DigiDame and my Facebook posts. She was hysterical laughing as she pulled away.

Here are some photos from the company’s website.           

David Pogue To Guest Star In “39 Steps”

  
This is what David Pogue posted on Facebook. Pogue is seated front and center.

David Pogue, a personal technology columnist for Yahoo Tech, a tech correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, a columnist for Scientific American, and a former technology columnist for The New York Times, has agreed to appear in “39 Steps,” a Broadway show produced by my pal Doug Denoff. The show is on 17th Street and Park Avenue South, Union Square Theatre. Pogue is also the host of NOVA ScienceNow on PBS and was the host of the NOVA specials

I’m thrilled Pogue agreed to be in the show, because I arranged it. Many people don’t know this, but Pogue has a music background. He graduated from Yale University in 1985 summa cum laude, earning a bachelor’s degree in music . He spent 10 years working in New York, some of that time in the office of Music Theatre International and as a conductor and arranger in Broadway musicals.

I knew Pogue would be a natural to join the show. I’m a matchmaker by trade. Most work days, I spend pitching my heart out to members of the media for products, services, or people my company, HWH PR, represents. My agency also networks sponsorships, promotions, contests, and partnerships between two companies or a personality and a company. 

It’s mentally exhausting. The highs and lows are like being on a seesaw. However, when you score a biggie like Pogue, it makes everything else worthwhile. Pogue (along with others yet to be announced) agreed to play the part of the guest assassin. Doug and I came up with this PR stunt to gain attention for the show. It is a fun role with lots of surprises. Stay tuned.

Get your own tickets at 39stepsny.com