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[January 19, 2014]
Versatile heart rate monitor [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NOT all heart monitors are created equal. The Scosche Rhythm Smart + heart monitor in particular is to be worn as an armband, where it will be able to measure your blood flow as well as movement in order to calculate your heart rate or the amount of calories burned in a far more accurately than conventional heart rate monitors.
Sporting a dual mode wireless configuration that includes both Bluetooth Smart and ANT + capabilities, it pairs with compatible smartphones, sport watches and exercise equipment (within 31m) without the need for cables.
Not only that, this monitor is also compatible with most popular fitness apps such as RunKeeper, Map My Fitness, Strava and other apps which support Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitors. Thanks to its onboard memory, one is able to workout in freeRUN mode without having to tote your device with you. This low-profile activity tracker is made from a silicone and polycarbonate hybrid, and it will fasten itself to your forearm comfortably right below the elbow using a breathable neoprene arm-strap. It does not matter if you're going to take a run in the rain as well, since it is also IP67 waterproof up to one metre deep. There is also the option of adjusting volume and control tracks with a single button.
www.scosche.com Fitness band THE Razer Nabu comes across as a piece of revolutionary wearable technology which is able to deliver notifications from a smartphone directly to one's wrist, where it tracks selected personal information.
It also functions as an open platform for third-party applications to create novel experiences for users by applying personal, physical and geographical opt-in data.
It sports a couple of OLED notification displays, which comprise a Public Icon Screen and a Private Message Screen. The former is located on the top of the wrist, where it will notify the wearer of incoming calls, texts, emails and app updates using notification icons. As for the Private message screen that is located on the inside, one will be able to check out detailed information of texts, emails, biodata and other updates which is viewable only by the user, hence its description. Razer has also thrown in advanced sensors to the Nabu for data tracking purposes, including location information, bio data feedback (steps walked, distance travelled, stairs climbed, etc.), sleep data, and band-to-band communication, among others.
Its band-to-band communication allows you to find friends in the vicinity, depending on your user-defined settings. Razer Nabu will be available in the first quarter of the year.
www.razerzone.com/ Powerful Mini PC SMALL form factor (SFF) PCs tend to be like cili padi when properly configured with high end internal parts - they might look small but they pack a punch. Cyberpowerpc's latest Zeus Mini (11cm x 44cm x 33cm) has more than enough processing and graphics power to hold its own against any full-size desktop PC.
You will be able to take your pick from a 4th Generation Intel Core processor or an AMD Kaveri A-series processor, where regardless of your choice, they will include multi-core support and dual- channel DDR3 gaming memory performance. Apart from that, it also has more than enough space to accommodate full-size dual GPU video cards, ensuring that top notch graphics. Take your pick from either the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 700 Series or the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series. To make sure the entire setup runs efficiently, it supports SSDs to eliminate bottlenecks. With such firepower, the Zeus Mini supports 240mm liquid cooling solution to minimise heat and noise. Connectivity options include a trio of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, a High Definition Audio port, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth support. Priced between US$599 (RM1,949) and US$799.
www.cyberpowerpc.com Tough tablet PANASONIC has come up with the world's first 51cm, 4K tablet under its Toughpad family. It runs on Intel Core i7 vPro processor and the 2GB NVIDIA Quadro GPU allows it to function as a mobile computer-aided design (CAD) and video workstation.
The Ultra HD 4K display at 230 pixels per inch pixel density provides lifelike viewing experience. Specially optimised for Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, other hardware specifications include a 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, USB 3.0 support, an SDXC memory card slot, a docking connector, a Gigabit Ethernet LAN port, a 5-megapixel shooter at the back with a 1280 x 720 pixel front facing camera. It is tough enough for 31cm drops at 26 angles (non-operating) and 76cm drops on its back when operating. Battery life is only 2.5 hours on a full charge. Available at the end of the first quarter. Priced at US$6,999 (RM22,841) us.panasonic.com/4k (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.
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