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Think Smartwatches Are Dumb? They Saved These Peoples’ Lives

Caitlin McGarry writing in Tom’s Hardware brings us some examples of a very important aspect of smartwatches. – Health Monitoring.

Currently, smartwatches from Apple, Fitbit and others can tell you your heart rate and track your workouts. Some can even analyze your sleep. But these companies want to go beyond the basics by developing ways to tell you when something is wrong. A smartwatch could even diagnose your condition all on its own.

In fact, it’s already happening.

As each generation of smartwatch comes out it’s another example of mass market driving product size and prices down to help people.  The article also goes into detail about some other advances going on in both research and regulation.


My Weather Station


** Update Feb. 27, 2018 – The weather sensor outside had been slowly failing over the last few months. I made the decision to shut it down.  I hope to replace the weather station one day soon.

Welcome CBC Radio and London Free Press readers.

My main weather page is located at or via the top menu bar. Feel free to add this page to your bookmarks as it’s address will not change.

I have had a weather related web page for the better part of a decade and several years ago stepped it up with a weather station in my backyard.

The station is an Acurite 1035 that I got from Costco for just under $100. I have not seen them there in a while but you could always order online.

The unit has the outdoor mountable unit which connects wirelessly to the main display. The display has a USB connection which connects to an old Asus Netbook running Windows 7. The accu-link software allows me to display and upload current conditions from the weather station to the internet.

The Weather Underground PWS (Personal Weather Station) network has an option that interfaces with accu-link, allowing I to upload my data to the Weather Underground network. Weather underground archives the historical data allowing people to see historical trends. They also give me various ways to display my weather station data.

Weather Underground also allows you to view weather station data as part of its maps. It’s amazing to see temperature and wind changes across the region as a storm front moves through.

Here is a page of the area showing radar, storm tracks and  local weather station data.

I also write (rant?) about whatever interests me on the main blog and I have a technology related business/blog at

Curiosity has landed on Mars

NASA and JPL’s latest Mars Probe Curiosity has just landed on Mars and I and many others all held our collective breath as the probe reported back that it had landed and everything was looking good.  I’m always amazed to see a probe land within a very small target after travelling for millions of miles.

This is why science is cool.

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