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She knows the way and whispers in my ear!

7 Jul

iPhone 5, I travel a lot and don’t know each new place. I love to use GoogleMaps as a GPS, but it’s a bit strange when your phone is yelling the direction (turn right on whatever street …).
So, I prefer to have the instructions straight in my ear thanks to my bluetooth Era earpiece (by Jawbone).
It’s handy, discreet and you can leave your phone in your pocket.
GoogleMaps is great for this with its audio guidance, and it’s totally free (no in-app purchase after one month!).
I like to use it with the Yelp app (where you can find anything you are looking for, from a restaurant to sporting goods shop and it works around the world!).
So basically
1. I get the address through Yelp (I have reviews, pictures, infos about the schedule)
2. I copy the address
3. I open GoogleMaps and paste the address.
Then let you guide by the girl, she knows the way!!!

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Try it! It works if you are walking, biking and driving.
If you are in a big city like Paris, London, NY, … and are using ground transportation. Try the free app Citymapper (no audio guidance but cool to see you on the subway map and checking the stations left).

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Happy travels.

Stop losing, start finding!

6 Jan

Some weeks ago I backed the Chipolo project on Kickstarter (check the review “If the bluetooth tag is blue, red, yellow or … it’s a Chipolo!“).
I chose the #YouNameIt package which gives the possibility to customise the 4 Chipolo Bluetooth chips with a name (I love it).

And here they are, just landed in my mailbox! I’ve been playing with it for some days now.

I opened the package, downloaded the app on iTunes and started assigning the Chipolo to its task.
The app offers the choice between 7 icones (key, car, home, chip, heart, handbag and pet). It’s like when you play the Monopoly and choose your metal token.
I configured my first green @ChaseItOrBChase Chipolo as a key.

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The icons allows you to distinguish your different Chipolos.

The motto of Chipolo is “Nothing is lost” and you Chipolo will help you track down you stuff.
When the Chipolo is in close range you can make it beep by tapping the horn on your Chipolo app.image
When you leave your Chipolo behind, it will beep and even sent you a message on your phone.
If you still forget your Chipolo somewhere, open the app and tap on the magnifier and find the timing and the address where your Chipolo was last “seen”.
Cherry on the cake, the Chipolo will also give the temperature!

Great features for a great price (24€ for 1 Chipolo, 44€ for 2, 64€ for 3, 84€ for 4)!!

Good to know:
. Distance max between you iPhone and Chipolo is 60feet
. You can configure for each Chipolo with the following features
.. In range notification
.. Out of range notification
.. Shake and find notification
. By the way, the connexion between you iPhone or Android phone is Bluetooth so even if you don’t use data outside home, you will be able to find your Chipolo and that’s way cool.

F.y.i., my green Chipolo is hooked to my work badge (to help me not forgetting it on my desk and beg a colleague to badge me in), my yellow is hanging in my bedroom and gives me the temp, my red</strong> is not yet attributed and my white is a gift for my brother.

More info on the Chipolo

If the bluetooth tag is blue, red, yellow or … it’s a Chipolo!

27 Oct

d9e407083c9ac18b017a0af3a016abee_large-1We all use Bluetooth. Bluetooth, to connect our cell phone to our Bluetooth headphones, to our Bluetooth speakers, to a Bluetooth printer …

But now Bluetooth tags start to flourish and appear all over the market.
It started with The TileApp (that works only with iPhones, when the battery dies so does your tile, 18,99$), the StickNFind (for iPhones and Android, working within a 100 feet range, with replaceable battery, 6 colors to pick from, 2 stickNFind by pack for 49,99$) and now, the brand new Kickstarter project Chipolo .

The Chipolo already gathered more than 1.200 backers, and exploded its 15K$ objective in less than 4 days climbing up to 53K$, and my educated guess tells me it’s just the the start.

How will the Chipolo Bluetooth tags change your life?
. The Chipolo can fetch your phone just by shacking it. How cool is that?
. Chipolo comes in 9 different colors. Matching your purse, backpack or dog collar, … won’t be an achievement! I would go for green!
. When the battery dies, just replace it and continue to use your Chipolo tag (handy and eco-habit)
. The Chipolo tag comes with a built-in temperature sensor (kind of a Bluetooth tag which got married to a Thermodo and had a child … I love this feature)
. The Chipolo tags will be available by December 2013 , then January 2014.

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Price: 24$ if you preorder on Kickstarter before Nov 15th, then the retail price will be 34$

I think I definitively need the Chipolo Bluetooth tag and I’ll hang it at my office badge that I keep forgetting home!

More about the Chipolo

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FuelMe Up, part 2

6 Sep

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In the last article, we discovered the FuelBand.
Now let’s play along and see what we can or can’t do with the FuelBand and how it works.

So now you walking/running/exercising like crazy with your Fuelband. Don’t move your arm more than usual, it won’t change anything or give you more fuel 😉 just act normal, like if it wasn’t there.

When you meet someone wearing the Fuelband, the 1st question is ‘What’s your goal ?’ and ‘How much Fuel are you at?’
Push the button, and it tells you the steps you took, the calories burned based on your activity, the time and your Fuel (which reflects your level of effort).

If you sync the band with your iPhone, you’ll have also the distance traveled.

How to sync your bracelet ? Easy, just push 2-3 secs the button on your bracelet until you see ‘sync’ blinking. Then release, your bracelet is talking to your iPhone and your profile will be updated.

If you check your performance online (computer or iPad), you’ll have more informations as

  • Your last achievement
  • Comparisons with your category of age&sex (most Nikefuel, average Nikefuel/day, daily goals hit).
  • It also challenges you to accept new goals (I start with a Fuel goal set at 3000 and now, I increased it to 3200, an athlete tennis player goes between 5.000 to 7.000 easy).

Be aware that letting the Bluetooth on will reduce your iPhone battery life, so turn it off when not needed or bring your Mophie with you 😉

Next article will crunch the datas and analyze my day.

PS:

  • I don’t dare to wear it under the shower, I could do it but I don’t dare
  • I wear it when I sleep
  • It’s not necessary to have an iPhone you can update your profile through connecting the bracelet to a computer

Jawbone Era vs Icone

28 Nov Era vs Icone

It’s an endeavor to choose an earphone. Wireless or wire ? Bluetooth ? Noise assassin ? Multi connections ?

OK, roll up your sleeves and let’s dig in this.
I bought my 1st Jawbone 3 years ago, it was the Premium. Last year I switch to the Icone and now I just bought the new Era.
So what is the difference between all of them ?
Jawbone is famous for creating the first earphone that works through the contact of your cheek and for pointing to the mouth. I like the idea that your jaw conducts the sound of your voice. That’s different from the other earphones !


They also invented the Noise assassin. This function kills the sound around you.
The  sound also adjusts itself depending on your environment; you can turn it down or up throuh your phone volume function.

The earphone comes with buds in 3 different sizes and 2 different models, with an earloop, so you can wear it just the way you want.
You can also keep it in the ear when you’re not on the phone and still hear well  because of the drop position.
The new buds are really cool with a little canal that goes slightly deeper in your ear. The sound is perfect.
The autonomy is now 5 hours when you talk or 10 days in the standby mode. It’s enough time to talk with your bff about the last episode of Bachelor pad (is Vienna really mean ? Jack was so nice but … anyways Jack is not in the pad anymore, so who cares !).
Charging time goes from 30minutes for 80% of charge and 60minutes for a full charge.

Multi points connections. You can connect up to 8 devices to your Jawbone and the earphone will switch automatically to the phone ringing. You can even pair it with your laptop or iPad at the same time! How cool is that ?

Like the iPad and iPhone, the Era integrates an … accelerometer ! Can you believe it ? It will help you pair your earpiece to your phone and also take calls.

The coolest feature is the fact that you can program your earphone by updating its software through the MyTalk program. You’ll be able to program a favorite number, choose the voice that talks to you in the earphone to say “You got 10 minutes of talk time remaining” or “Jawbone is ready, what’s up with the phone”, the Era can also store the name of 10 contacts and will say their name in the earphone when they call you. Like the GPS you can choose the voice talking to you, I chose “The rogue”.

ChaseIt or BeChased ?
BeChased because wired headphones are way better than bluetooth headphones. BUT bluetooth headphones are stylish and you don’t have to untangle the cables before every call … The Era is an improvement in term of function and technology on the side BUT my interlocutors keep telling me that the reception is bad.

Also the pricing of the Era is at the top of the range with 129$, kinda expensive if you compare it to a first price bluetooth at BestBuy that you can get for as low as 29$. So, I decided to bring back my Era and stick to my old Icone! Sorry, but it’s too expensive to have people asking to call you on your landline number …

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