Episode 63: Two summertime gadget reviews and wisdom on wearables

This week is all about health and wearables, starting with Kevin Tofel discussing his frustration with fitness trackers that aren’t sharing everything. This ties into this week’s guest, Ernesto Ramirez, who just received a doctorate in public health and is an expert on how people and companies are using wearables. Ramirez and I spoke about fitness trackers’ accuracy, their utility and then moved on to questions about how employers might use them for good and ill. We also talk about Kevin’s issue of being able to transfer your data because you should own it.

Kevin bought a Fitbit Charge.
Kevin bought a Fitbit Charge.

Aside from the health and wearables chatter, I reviewed the Ilumi color-changing outdoor BR30, which was pretty great, but had one flaw, and brought on my father-in-law who was testing the Rachio sprinkler system in his yard (since I don’t have one). Both of these gadgets are great for summer! Kevin and I didn’t get to the Apple HomeKit news this week, but we will next, so enjoy this show and you’ll have something to look forward to in the next one.

Hosts: Kevin Tofel and Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Greg Allemann and Ernesto Ramirez

  • You’ll never believe why Kevin bought a Fitbit!
  • 3 awesome things about the Ilumi and 1 bad one.
  • Never install a smart sprinkler without checking this one thing!
  • Check out how wearables are changing healthcare
  • This story about your boss and fitness trackers will terrify you!

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Stacey Higginbotham

I am a journalist who has covered technology for over a decade at publications such as Fortune, PCMag, Gigaom, The Deal and BusinessWeek.

4 thoughts on “Episode 63: Two summertime gadget reviews and wisdom on wearables”

  1. Hey Stacey and Kevin,

    I really enjoy your podcasts which have opened my eyes to a whole mess of products since I have been listening to the podcast over the past few months, so thanks for sharing your experiences with IoT devices. So, based on Stacey’s review of the Ilumi BR30, I thought I would look at purchasing one and found that BestBuy had them on sale for $15 off both the Indoor and Outdoor lights ($44 and $54 respectively) so I grabbed one of each and plan to add them to my OpenHAB config I have been working on; that is if I can control them via BlueZ from a Raspberry Pi. The outdoor one I may pass to my Father In-Law though. Thanks for the review of the BR30 and I look forward to seeing what the light can do.

    Cheers,
    Jon

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