Technology for Independent Living
Stuff you can use!
A new gadget o Kickstarter is basically designed to make you feel like a secret agent! It’s called Sgnl, and it lets you make phone calls just by wearing a wristband and touching your ear with your fingers acting as the receiver.
There’s no speaker on the device – instead, audio is directed into your ear through vibrations that are sent through your body, into your wrist and up to the fingers touching your ear. A mic is built into the band. It’s not a new concept, but it’s a neat twist on the not very cool Bluetooth headset.
The project comes from Innomdle Lab, a startup that’s been spun out of Samsung. This is its first project and its launching a Kickstarter campaign looking for $50,000, which is very nearly reached at the time of this writing. Sgnl units will sell for around $139.
While you can wear it as a standalone wristband, it’s meant to be used as a watch strap, either for an analog watch or smartwatch. By integrating it straight into another gadget that you are already wearing means its one less gadget to keep track of.
The Wall Buddy was designed to protect the corners of walls and furniture from costly damage that may occur from wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, as wells as vacuum cleaners and hoses. It fits snugly around corners, door jambs and even stair railings. Made of lightweight plastic its easy to install.
About $12 from MaxiAids.com