Friday, November 22, 2019
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Everyone is talking about what the Apple Watch replacing the traditional watches and decimating the market. But that has been happening long before the Apple Watch came along. I'm not sure what is the percentage of the human population that wear watches but it is not a reach to suggest that that number dropped since the availability of the iPhone and other smart phones.
What I am wondering about is how the smartphone has affected the flashlight market. I thought of this when I went on a recent camping trip. I had all the gears that I needed including flashlights for the strolls on the paths that had no lights.I brought a lot a couple of lanterns and two flashlights with 1000 lumens each. I ended up not using one of them because I had not thought to when I left the camp site which was well lit by a fire and half a dozen lanterns brought by my family and friends.
With my wife using one of the flashlights, I had only my phone and so I turned it on to illuminate the path in front of us to make sure we don't trip or stepped into anything that I was going to regret while she swept the beam from the flashlight around us.
My phone performed admirably. It was adequate for the near darkness. We could not see anything in front of us and the only source of light were cabins across the lake and everything else was dark on our side.
Had we only used our phones, it would have been fine. Maybe a bit more scary but I am sure there was no bears around despite the signs. But, hey, we're city folks so we are not used to being in that environment.
So I wondered if what we had was good enough for a weekend camping trip, is anyone really buying flashlights anymore? Unless you have a specific need for a flashlight or lantern, I just don't see it.
It depends on the specific needs. If you need one that is more durable because of work, definitely. A handyman is going to need more than a phone. Ergonomically, a tube shaped flashlight works better than a phone for most types of jobs. And if you need more light than the light on a camera can provide, definitely.
When we go for walks at night in the neighborhood, the phone light was all that we needed. I have a couple of small flashlights about 50 lumens sitting by the door and I can't remember when was the last time I used them.
For me, the most important tech I needed were the battery packs with USB ports to charge our phones. I know what some of you may be thinking. I should have left the tech at home. Sorry, city folks here. Ain't gonna happen. Mostly I needed to check emails but that's about it. I ignored everything else that was coming through. Sort of a compromise.
So, are you still buying flashlights for your home needs? And if not, is it because the light on your phone is all you need?
Sunday, May 13, 2018
After using my original Apple Watch for a year, I lost interest in it mainly because it was slow, buggy, and, well, the battery life was really not that great. I have had to cut workout monitoring short because the battery died and I ended up not being able to close the rings.
I eventually about a new Series 2 and that was much better. It was this Apple Watch 2 that really had me believing that Apple has something there for me personally. I gave it to my mom and I eventually graduated to a Series 3 this year after trying various ways of having the same health benefits with only my iPhone X. I got a regular pedometer to monitor my steps when I don't have my iPhone on my person. I also tried to revive my old Fitbit but after a year of sitting in my drawer, the battery died (probably of neglect).
None of those options offered the same benefits as having an Apple Watch. So, I decided I need to go back to the Apple Watch. With the latest Series 3, the longer battery life, which means it should safely last me through the day, I think Apple has a watch that is truly worth getting. It's faster and the latest OS offers more features that is likely the first step towards letting users leave the iPhone at home.
It is important to recognize that Apple Watch wearers like the health benefits of heart monitoring and workout tracking. It is also the health features that Apple advertises much of the time. And the only health monitoring feature is the heart rate monitor. I'm hoping there Apple will add more body monitors in the future. However, for now, it appears that the heart rate monitor, which studies have shown it to be the most accurate, on the watch is good enough to save lives.
Here is a growing list of people who were saved by their Apple Watch. A vast majority who were alerted by an expected elevated heart rate.
- South China Morning Post - A 76-year old man with blocked coronary arteries was warned by his watch that resulted him going to the ER before things got worse. Furthermore, Gaston D’Aquino suffered from a variety of other health issues, including diabetes, and should benefit from additional health monitoring features future Apple Watch will likely have.
- ABC News - Florida teen was alerted to a 190 beats per minute and she was not doing any physical activities. Her mother, a registered nurse, took her to a clinic Turned out to be a kidney condition.
- 9To5Mac - A 50-year old attorney, in very good physical shape, was alerted at night that his heart had jumped to more than 120 beats per minute. Turned out to be something very serious. In additional to an onset of a heart attack, four stents were inserted for blocked arteries. Had it not been for the watch alert, the man likely would not have waken up.
- CNBC - A pulmonary embolism is the blockage of an artery to the lungs that results in a variety of symptoms including shortness of breath and, of course, elevated heart rate.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
So, instead of all that, let's just straight to the 20". Let's face it, this won't be something you take to Starbucks but it'll be something you can move around your home, office, or studio. And yeah, at 3-4 pounds for so, you can definitely move it around some.