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Proudly South African: LifeQ launches at CES 2015 (video)

Published by on Jan 7th, 2015, 1 Comment


While wearables are talked about as the next big thing in the tech industry, they all do pretty much the same thing in slightly different ways. No one has come up with something that can change the way you live your life.

Industrialised by the South African-based health tech startup HealthQ in Stellenbosch, global technology LifeQ think they may be onto something, with a technology that has been years in the making. Using various fields of expertise, LifeQ uses real time and predictive data to create digital simulations of human physiology. They intend to translate this into information which they believe has the potential to fundamentally improve your health, as well as human health in general.

This week, LifeQ launched globally at CES 2015. LifeQ has tapped into the human sensor by combining two technologies to give people the ability to optimize and improve the condition of the human body and live intelligently. These two technologies: continuous physiological monitoring and bio-mathematical modeling provide insights about personal and population-wide health—making it possible to significantly improve decision making for anyone’s health and well-being. Check out what its all about in the video below: (more…)

Banish bad breath with this device

Published by on Jan 7th, 2015, 2 Comments


We’ve all been there; talking to someone we like, a colleague or an important client, and all you can think about is the Garlic smothered ciabatta you had for lunch.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful then if you could test your breath (accurately) before heading into that all important meeting? Sure it would. And soon you will be able to do just that.

Say hello to the Mint – and no, not a literal mint, but a smart device that will advise you whether or not you might need a breath mint.

The small, inconspicuous (yet totally powerful) device was developed by the same company that developed a breathalyzer that simply plugs into your smartphone and tells you your your alcohol level. By utilizing the same breathing technology, this device can save you from an embarrassing situation.  (more…)

Toyota makes 5680 hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free

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Toyota MaraiMaintaining a competitive edge over your competitors usually entails a lot of patenting innovations and technologies. In the world of alternative energy cars (electricity & hydrogen fuel cells) only companies with huge R&D teams and a lot of capital expenditure are able to advance technology in this space. Now however one of these big boys are enabling smaller competitors to produce their own energy efficient cars and other products. Toyota announced that they will be making approximately 5,680 of its fuel cell patents available royalty-free. (more…)

Alcatel OneTouch Watch announced at CES 2015

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Many people said that 2014 would be the year of the smartwatch, which never really happened. There were quite a few wearables that launched last year, but very few of them was adopted by the public with any kind of enthusiasm (other than perhaps the Moto 360 – which still hasn’t sold in great numbers).

This year, though, you can expect even more companies to bring their own take on what analysts are again saying is the hot new tech segment. Alcatel is making a massive push in mobile, and they definitely don’t want to be left out in the cold. (more…)

Sony’s SmartWatch 3 launched in metal at CES 2015

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Last year’s Sony SmartWatch 3 didn’t really make any kind of a splash, and the majority of consumers said that is because of the rubbery design. Now, Sony try to rectify that with the SmartWatch 3 in metal trim. (more…)

Samsung launches two new Galaxy smartphones

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We listened to Samsung’s keynote at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, and were hoping for anything mobile. We knew it was a long shot, but one can dream. Instead, we heard about a slew of new televisions, refrigerators, and washing machines. Their flagships phones are usually launched at a dedicated show, but trade shows often see smaller Samsung devices on the floor.

Interestingly, Samsung decided to quietly launch two new smartphones outside of CES. In India, Samsung have announced the Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7. We had heard rumours about these devices before, and while they may be mid-rangers, they still offer something interesting. (more…)

Sony unveils new Walkman ZX2 at CES 2015

Published by on Jan 6th, 2015, 1 Comment

Walkman ZX2

The Walkman was undoubtedly the must-have, ‘it’ item of the early 80‘s right through to the 90’s. Everyone wanted one and, if you were left out in the dark, you probably envied everyone who had one.

The Walkman has also come a long way, evolving with the music industry. From tape cassettes to CD discs to eventual MP3 files, the Walkman has always been there – even though it became overshadowed by devices like the iPod from the 2000’s onwards.

While a Walkman is not as much of a must-have item today as it was 15 years ago, Sony is still designing and manufacturing new, improved Walkmans. And the latest Walkman, the ZX2, was just unveiled at the 2015 Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Sony’s latest Walkman offering is the successor of the ZX1, that made its debut in July of last year. (more…)

Galaxy S6 doing the rounds behind the scenes at CES 2015

Published by on Jan 6th, 2015, No Comments

Samsung-GalaxyS6MINICES 2015 is the place to be seen if you want to show off your latest and greatest tech devices. We have seen launches from LG and Microsoft over the past couple of days and it seems there might be a huge upcoming flagship device doing the rounds behind closed doors at the event. Initially word on the Galaxy S6 was only expected to surface a bit later in 2015 but it seems as though the phone is reportedly being shown (behind closed doors) at CES 2015. (more…)