Tagged: sleep

Avatar Hotel in Santa Clara, CA Walkthrough to see How Geeky it is

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn a recent trip to Sunnyvale, CA, we stayed at the Avatar Hotel – a themed hotel that screams geek. But was it geeky? Was it even a hotel? Hotel vs. Motel – What’s the Difference? According to the dictionary, a Motel (or Motor Hotel) is a place where the room doors face to the outside. A Hotel is where rooms are down a hallway. Now while the Avatar has doors going outside, the whole area is enclosed in a security gated area. While the security is better than a Motel, and the Avatar has more amenities, it still falls under that classification. But you make your own judgement. What Makes the Avatar Hotel Geeky? When you walk into the lobby, you are greeted with little wind-up toy robots. One even has a look of a certain orange-ish faced president. All...


TravAlarm Alerts if Problems Arise – Disrupt NY 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have officially switched to my phone as an alarm clock (when I need it). Its easy to set and the alarm wakes me up. TravAlarm said that was not enough, so they made a smart alarm system. Imagine your alarm clock goes off a half hour earlier. You look at your phone and read there is a problem on the 101 or your city got 5-6 inches of snow. Now you can make better choices to start your day or just call in and not go to work. TravAlarm also will set alarms for you bus and train riders. If you fall asleep on the ride there, TravAlarm will wake you up with music before you miss your stop. TravAlarm is available for the Android with an iOS app soon. Check out TravAlarm.com for more info.  


Sleep Pods to Promote FX new TV Show “The Strain” – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWalking the streets of Austin for SXSW does two things – it destroys your shoes and it tires you out. That is why I stopped into this building, which promoted rejuvination and relaxation through sleep. I ended up getting to know more about this area and the new FX TV show called “The Strain” (coming in July). In this video, I talk with Raimy of FX Networks, talking about “the Strain Transformation Station”. About the Sleep Pods Within the quiet area were pods which you could crawl into for 30 minute power naps. Within the pod, you could watch part of the new TV show “The Strain”, you could have listened to a couple chapters in the book “The Strain” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. or you could just sleep. When done, you are treated to their branded energy...


Fitbug Orb – Activity Monitor: Track Your Steps, Sleep Patterns

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFor the last couple weeks I have been wearing a Fitbug Orb – a device that tracks my steps and sleep patterns. I know a little more and have changed my activities for a more healthy lifestyle. We all know that 20 minutes of heart-raising activity, three times a week will make us healthier. We also know that 6-8 hours of good REM sleep will relieve stress and heart health. But do we know if we’re achieving those goals? A device such as the Fitbug Orb will help us understand these goals. We can then loose weight and live longer. The Orb is a disc that you can wear on your body – via watch strap, belt clip or just in your pocket. The orb communicates via iOS device and certain Android devices via bluetooth. Simply press the button to transfer...

Are You Addicted to Google+ (Google Plus)? 2

Are You Addicted to Google+ (Google Plus)?

Hi. I’m Jeffrey Powers and I’m a Google+ addict. I was in a hangout last night that was going pretty well. We were talking about developing in different program languages. But there was a point where I stopped talking and listened (I guess I was getting tired). After 20 minutes of listening, I knew that it was time to turn off from the computer altogether. But I didn’t. Instead, a new friend jumped on and I stayed another hour. When I finally did get off hangout, I got up and noticed that those pesky dishes didn’t get done. I remembered that I filled the sink with soap and water, then filled the pans to soak. I grabbed a quick snack and sat down, looking at my email. Since it was GMail, I noticed the alerts (someone either friended me or responded to posts). That is what sucked me...

NBC Universal Show #1: From the Bravo Stage 0

NBC Universal Show #1: From the Bravo Stage

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNBC Universal set up two stages this year. The first one was the stage we used last year and the second one was a big ping-pong ball shaped area that you would stand in the middle of. That is the stage we ended up using for show #1 – And it was pretty cool. Since the first show was on Friday, we had to wait until the folks at Bravo were done. A couple snafus and things were running a tad late on the main stage. We ended up using the 2nd stage where Todd Cochrane, Jeffrey Powers and Tom Newman interviewed folks from Ford, iRobot, Red, Anti Sleep Pilot and Clickfree. Even though there were time constraints, we still pulled off the quality shows you know us to do. We were even a little under the clock, for the batteries...

Zeo Teaches How to Sleep 0

Zeo Teaches How to Sleep

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStudying sleep patterns can be a key to learning how to sleep better. That is what Zeo is all about. Last year (then called MyZeo) we interviewed them and found out about the system. This year they are back with a stronger direction. Zeo is a personal sleep coach. The best way to do it is find out how you sleep. While you sleep, a headband tracks your brainwaves. Zeo will then record and report that to get a score. REM is the best type of sleep. Therefore, learning how you sleep is how you work towards better sleep. This helps with overall health. Weight loss, alzheimers, stress and more are better ways a good night’s sleep can help. Zeo cost $199 and is available at Amazon and Brookstone. Interview by Carissa O’Brien Interview by Scott Elliot TPN CES 2011 Live...

BodyMedia Gets You in Touch with your Body 0

BodyMedia Gets You in Touch with your Body

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGet in tune with your body. If you know what your body is saying, you can work with it to stay healthier. That is the BodyMedia system. An armband you wear on your upper arm will give you statistics and sleep patterns. You can download the iPhone or Android application. Every day you connect the band to the computer and it tells you about your body. You can get the BodyMedia armband for $249 at the website or Amazon.com. Interview by Esbjorn Larsen Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

Toshiba SSD vs HDD Shake Transfer Test 0

Toshiba SSD vs HDD Shake Transfer Test

Todd was walking through the Toshiba booth when they saw this shake test. Basically the station was shaking a SSD and HDD at the same time. The idea was to show how data works when the hard drive moves. Moreover, how the SSD drive performs better in this situation. If you have a notebook with a HDD, then you should really wait for the computer to fully go to sleep before putting it away. However, with an SSD drive inside, not only do you not have to wait, it even closes down faster. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

ASP: Anti Sleep Pilot Keeps Drivers Focused on Road 0

ASP: Anti Sleep Pilot Keeps Drivers Focused on Road

We’ve all done it. Tried to get home, but our eyes just cannot focus on the road. Need sleep, but also need to get to your bed to do so. If we only had a coach to help us get home safe. That is what ASP is all about. It is the Anti Sleep Pilot that tells you if you are too drowsy to drive. Interestingly enough – There are ways to counter and get you home in one piece. Todd talks with Jesper about this interesting product. You start by taking a simple 2 minute survey. As you drive, this item helps you calculate your drowsiness. Throughout the drive, it will make a sound where you have to touch the device. By doing this, it can determine if you need a break and even refocus you on the road. ASP will be available by Q1 – Q2...

Don’t Forget to “Fall Back” – Clocks Back 1 Hour on Nov 7th 0

Don’t Forget to “Fall Back” – Clocks Back 1 Hour on Nov 7th

If you live in an area that observes Daylight Savings Time, then it’s time to change the clocks. Fall back; Spring forward. Since it’s fall, we take it back one hour. You get an extra hour of sleep (unless you’re up until the rooster calls), as 2PM on Sat. Nov 6th becomes 1 AM. Need to figure out how your VCR, microwave or stove clock gets set? Check out a handy little site from Retrevo, which shows you how to set your clock back. For those of you with an iPhone, Europe had a problem with DST. The clocks didn’t set the alarms right. Therefore, you might want to have an alternate standing by Monday morning. Have a great weekend of fun and don’t forget to fall back. Otherwise you’ll be at work way too early on Monday.

Lexware Labs Sleep Cycle: Can I Learn, Sleep Better? 0

Lexware Labs Sleep Cycle: Can I Learn, Sleep Better?

Apparently there is a new iPhone application out there that lets me monitor my sleep cycle by simply sleeping with the iPhone at the corner of the bed. The application is called Sleep Cycle by Lexware Labs. It is currently a $0.99 app in the iTunes store as an introductory offer. The application is simple: Set the alarm for your wake time. For me, I don’t usually set an alarm – When I want to get up, I wake up. Nonetheless, I did setup the alarm for testing sake. I set the iPhone on the corner of the bed. They say you need to plug in the device to maintain power, but I am not ready to sleep with 115 Volts sitting by my head just yet. I had the phone charged up, so I left the cable on the computer. It did go through about 50-60% of...

My Zeo is Your Personal Sleep Coach for a Better Nights’ Sleep – CES 2010 1

My Zeo is Your Personal Sleep Coach for a Better Nights’ Sleep – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I remember when the headband was popular in the 80’s. Olivia Newton John wanted to get Physical, Jim McMahon was doing the Superbowl Shuffle and let’s not forget Flashdance – What a Feeling! But nowadays the headband pretty much is in the past. That is unless you are trying to get a decent nights’ sleep. Then the MyZEO is what you need to help you get one. You put the MyZEO on at night and let the computer monitor your sleep habits. Then after a while, you can see paterns develop and try to find ways to change the patterns so you can sleep better. The bed side appliance will let you know how you are doing for sleep. All by visualizing your sleep. In this video, Kara talks to the folks at MyZEO about sleep habits. One thing to...

#bwe09 day 5 – the unofficial post blogworld 0

#bwe09 day 5 – the unofficial post blogworld

Well, whereas most people were getting on planes and shuffling home to their families, some of us stayed the extra days to enjoy the sites, sounds and warm weather. That, and it was a special deal if I left on Tuesday instead of Sunday. The day started at 10 am as I woke up from a very hard sleep. I shuffled downstairs for a little while because the local fox affiliate had the Giants game on. Of course, I wanted to watch a bit of the Packer game. By halftime, I knew this game was done, so I went back up to my room to nap and work. It’s an interesting multitasking function for you need mad skills to do it. Nonetheless, I finished uploading pictures and blog posts from the previous day. The afternoon was mostly sight seeing. I walked down the main strip and back. It’s...

Ramblings – 7-4-09 – Independance Day 0

Ramblings – 7-4-09 – Independance Day

Were gonna be short on Ramblings since it’s another fun filled weekend. Happy Independence Day I am writing this on July 4th, so I shall say it. If you are not in the US, shoot off some fireworks anyway. It’s fun – unless you are in a country that doesn’t make it fun, then just read on. We spent the majority of last night blowing stuff up. I can say that I enjoyed the night a lot. Being with friends and just relaxing to the warm sound of BANG! POP! BOOM! Tonight, we play in the Dells, and although that’s fun too, it’s a different group. Summer of Podcasts Contest is Underway Wednesday marked the start of the Summer of Podcasts contest. PC Mac Smackdown, Simon Sez IT and Bageltech News are the first show to listen to. Collect the codeword, then go to Podcastmadness.com and enter it...

Ramblings – 6-21-09 – Las Vegas 1

Ramblings – 6-21-09 – Las Vegas

Day Off – Sort of A late Ramblings this week as I decided to stay offline last week. It was a long week and I was playing all weekend. It has been a while since I last took more than 24 hours off a computer, so that is a big feat for me. HP Tech Forum I had a fun time talking and working with Andy McCaskey and Kara Karsten with SDRNews. We had such a blast. We also put forward the mobile interview booth rig. We call it the “MacGyver” rig. Nonetheless, it was connected to uStream and we were able to conduct a few interviews for the event. Check out all the info on the Twitter log at #HPTF. Great to meet some new bloggers: Shane Pitman of Neowin, John Obeto of AbsoluteWindows. We had a great week along with Halley, Tom, Calvin and Rebecca from...

Hi Im A Mac – Bitstrips 0

Hi Im A Mac – Bitstrips

This week I thought I’d start poking fun at the Mac – PC ads. Yeah, they’ve been overdone like next weeks Thanksgiving turkey over at your uncle Sams. Hopefully this one won’t be filled with tryptophan and put your to sleep.

Major Website Updates – Bitstrips 0

Major Website Updates – Bitstrips

OK. It’s 4:51 AM and I am still up in front of the computer. I spent a lot of time on the site today doing major fixes and finishing the move of all the media. At 4 AM this morning, I completed the task. All 153 Podcasts are now on a new server. You should be able to get to any of the content over the last year. Since I was up, I decided to commemerate with a Bitstrip. I call it an esoteric look at re-coding. Now I am going to sleep. Good night. ZZZZZ……….

Episode 17 1-23-08 0

Episode 17 1-23-08

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