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3 Smartphone-Supported Gadgets Every Pool Owner Needs!

3 Smartphone-Supported Gadgets Every Pool Owner Needs!

Swimming pools never fail to bring a smile into anyone’s lips. But the time spent in the pool can only be relaxing if it’s clean and not over-treated with chemicals. For sure, no one wants to get itchy skin or red eyes after hours of swimming in the pool.

The problem, however, is that it seems impossible to know when a pool is either dirty or over-chlorinated. But this shouldn’t be a problem anymore. With the new pool monitoring gadgets partnered with smartphone apps, knowing the quality of water of your swimming pool is just a click away.

Here are some of the latest gadgets and apps that every pool owner must have.

  1. Drop Smart Pool Monitor

This gadget is linked to a mobile app which sends notifications about the pool’s health through your smartphone. But not only that, it should also alert you whenever the monitor detects some unwanted pool activities. So, you can virtually know when someone dives into the pool or even when your pet dogs plays on it.

Drop Smart Pool Monitor also sends notifications when the pool needs cleaning as well as other necessary maintenance checks. That includes checking whether the pool heater you read at Pool Home School is working perfectly. With this gadget, you are guaranteed that the pool is well taken care of, be it sanitation, microorganisms, algae or pH balance.

  1. pHin

This oblong-shaped, Bluetooth-enabled pool maintenance device monitors the chemicals in your pool and tells you when it’s good to dive.

It continuously checks the pool’s chemistry and sends notifications to your smartphone. For this gadget to work, simply plop it into the water and add the recommended packets that come along with the device. With pHin, you don’t need to regularly dip your test strip to the pool. Once the gadget is on the pool, it should automatically test the pool chlorine, water hardness, alkalinity, pH, cyanuric acid and temperature. If you need the water to be warmer, you can easily adjust the pool heater. It should warn you in case the pool heater fails and you need it replaced with any of the pool heaters. The app also tells you when you need to add more pods to the pool.

  1. Sutro

This gadget should finally address one of the biggest headaches of swimming pool or spa owners. Sutro ensures that your swimming pool has the right pH levels and chlorine at all times. Well, that certainly helps prevent the unwanted effects of over-chlorinating your pool water – burnt eyes, irritated skin, nasty smell, and damages to the lining of the pool.

Sutro is connected to the internet and sends the data to your smartphone. If you sign into its weekly subscription, the data is analyzed and the precise mix of chemicals is sent to you. The customized mix of chemicals based on your pool’s actual chemical composition should enable you to maintain your pool water in swimming condition at all times.

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Top Fitness Trackers To Get You On The Right Track

Top Fitness Trackers To Get You On The Right Track

These days fitness has leaped to an entirely new level. The long arm of technology has not left the fitness industry out. I had been talking with my friend about how fitness has improved now. He had been gaining weight recently and wanted to shed his weight, but had no success so far. I told him about how I used my grappling dummy to get fit.

In addition to the modern fitness devices, there are the new fitness trackers that have made fitness easier and efficient. The trackers lure users with their promise of easy and elegant tracking of how fit you are. The trackers give information on the calories you burn, the steps you take and even if you are getting sufficient sleep or not.

My friend was skeptical about how these devices could actually help him and on their real effectiveness. I told him that these trackers help to motivate and get us more actively involved in our fitness routines. Trackers are generally used by two types of people.

Some use these trackers because their physician recommended their use due to the underlying health issue they have, while the other type use it to know how effective their fitness routine is. To those who are new to fitness trackers and their impact on fitness, the numerous fitness tracker apps in the market can be quite overwhelming making it difficult for them to choose the right one. Here are some top trackers that will help you choose.

Jawbone Up

This is an app for tracking your calories, sleep and steps. The tracker is apt for a person who needs to keep track of his fitness goals. For sedentary people like my friend, it is a big motivator for taking up exercise.

Lark’s Larklife

This app is to track steps, sleep, meals, activity and energy levels. This is a sleeker app and more discreet. The band is highly comfortable and the iphone app is easy to use and simple. The app motivates you to do exercise regularly and keep a lid on your sedentary ways.

Fitbit

This is a wireless tracker that keeps track of the stairs you climb and the steps you take. For those who need to make important lifestyle changes this is a good one. It is of great use to those who are trying to shed the excess weight. It keeps good handle on the extent of your fitness, helping you to be always on alert.

Scosche Rhythm Armband Pulse Monitor

This monitor helps in tracking time, distance, heart rate, average pace and maximum speed. The tracker shows the maximum speed, which is a great boost for your fitness routine.  While the GPS is not that reliable, it certainly gives you a good idea of the distance you have covered.

These trackers help you to know the calories you burn, which do great things for your self-esteem and motivation. I told my friend about the different types of resistance building exercises I did, knowing it would help him with his weight loss goal. When you get into the right fitness routine and have the trackers for motivation, you are sure to get better results.

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How GPS can help your day-to-day activities

How GPS can help your day-to-day activities

Being stranded on a highway or taking the wrong turn is no longer a hassle you need to contend with as the Global Positioning System or GPS have changed the entire way we navigate. I still remember the time when we had gone on a vacation during summer holidays to a new destination. Since my dad left his map behind and we were given the wrong directions (intentionally?), we ended up wasting an entire day finding the hotel we had made reservations for. Now with GPS finding an address is a breeze.

Routine use

While the word GPS may conjure images of space age tech and smart vehicle navigation, in reality GPS has fare more uses for routine day-to-day activities. Some of the possible ways it can be used include

  • Finding where your kids are at any particular time
  • If you are leaving behind elderly people while going to work or on a vacation, you can keep track of them and prevent them from wandering off alone
  • While on a trip, you can plan ahead to visit important spots, landmarks, diners, campsites etc. and take less time to get there too.
  • Get emergency assistance, while on road right from your car. Nighttime driving on highways is a pain most of the time. The glare from vehicles coming towards you makes it difficult to view the road clearly. This is why I installed a LED bar light, which I bought from http://lightbarland.com/. Proper lighting in your vehicle saves many an accident and keeps you and your family safe.
  • You can bookmark or save the favorite spots, landmarks and sceneries, which you will not find in any of the travel guides.
  • While making emergency calls to 911 the emergency personal can find your location easily. When you choose a carrier service, ensure that it comes with GPS features that work properly.
  • If you have pets that run lose frequently giving you a hard time, using GPS fitted collars on them would make your job easier.
  • Finding the right directions and shortcuts is easier, so you can get to meetings and appointments on time. Finding a restaurant or shopping mall or grocery store nearby is also done efficiently
  • Tracking laptops, luggage and other things, while travelling is enabled with the GPS
  • It is also easy to find your family members and friends, while you are in a crowded place like concert, social gathering or any other such events
  • When you are on adventure trips like hiking or hunting or just exploring the nature trails, you can separate from your group without worrying about getting lost. The GPS enabled smartphones help you locate places or persons even in unfamiliar locations

With advanced satellite technology, it is now possible to get a clear GPS connection even in indoor areas such as office buildings, homes and other places where normally the GPS is not clear. In addition to the several practical uses, that GPS has, it is also a great gift, which is both fun and educational. The Geo Cache, for instance, is a treasure hunt that is GPS based. Ray Gun is another location dependent mobile game, which helps you keep fit and active.

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What a smartphone can do

What a smartphone can do

Samsung Galaxy S4 has sensors built in that pause or unpause a video as soon as you look away, while Lumia 920 can charge wirelessly and has a screen that you can use with your gloved hand. Yes though it may sound incredible, smartphones are becoming even smarter now.

From amazing camera tricks, to monitoring your household appliances these smartphones have become multipurpose and versatile devices, which help you out with the common routine tasks to some highly specific and skilled tasks.

While communication is the main purpose of a phone before the smartphones, now you use your phone for browsing, shopping, playing video games and snapping photos. These uses are what smartphone users generally look for and any other addition however impressive it may sound or even convenient are just fancy fillers for now. But there are some exceptions. For instance, look at the various woodworking apps that have come up. When I use the woodworking app along with the Framing Nailer Report I find it quite effective for my building work as such and a great improvement on the earlier nailer tools. And with such advanced tools it is a lot easier to do DIY works at home.

But this may well change in future with technology becoming more sharper and advanced. While some may think that smartphones have had all the innovations they can take, mobile manufacturers claim that the real impact of smartphones is yet to come.  These small gadgets are all set to become the hub of information and data transfer at a level that cannot be imagined now.

Real time sensitive trackers

Smartphone sensors like accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope are some real time sensitivity trackers, which collect information on the speed, rotation, movement, etc. of your phone, even if you are not aware of them. Samsung has added some more, which detect the humidity, temperature and pressure. These sensors may be of importance in future in data collection.

The sensor for collecting air quality is another incredible invention that could help in climate change, assessing the pollutants and allergens too via the smartphone networks. The tracking sensors according to leading technology experts will be a key component in influencing environmental changes in future.

Apps world

The use of smartphones as medical devices has led to the coining of the term appcessories. These peripheral apps however help in fulfilling the needs of targeted customers only, and not the regular users who would find them unnecessary to have in their phone.

Touch free phones

The use of gestures and actions to control the features in a phone are gaining momentum now. While smartphones have for a long time, included some form of touch free controls like muting sound, when you flip your phone or using voice detection for dialing, now these have improved greatly to the extent that whatever you are doing with your finger now can be done without them.

Soon many apps will be launched which will switch over in a seamless way from the manual to voice control to text and even gesture based controls based on the task you are doing and the type of app used. For instance, if you tap a fitness app it would switch over to voice control, as soon as it senses movement. When you are finished with the workouts and are too tired to use the phone, you can just gesture to enter the stats.

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Cool things down a bit by using your mobile apps to live sustainably

Cool things down a bit by using your mobile apps to live sustainablyWe’d like to take a moment to applaud you. Because as we do so, most of you already have a good mobile device, brand new or second hand, in your pockets or handbags. But why are we congratulating you on having this necessary accoutrement? We’re happy to tell you that even though it might still be small, you’re making a contribution towards environmental sustainability and have made the start to go against the grain of global warming and climate change.

Ever year during summertime, the months just seem to be getting hotter and hotter and heat waves are becoming unbearably longer. And during the cold, winter months, the weather is becoming more dangerous in the extreme.

It is that bad

Even if governments, NGO’s, multinationals, small start-ups, and you and me all did something to reverse the trend of rising temperatures and more extreme hurricanes, scientists predict that things will continue this way into the next century. That’s how serious this is and that’s how much damage has been done by us already.

Let’s turn our attention to why we’re so happy that you’re holding a mobile in your hand right now. Using the mobile and the bouquet of apps at your disposal is, in itself, a sustainable exercise. It’s eliminating a lot of everyday activities that lead to increasing your carbon footprint. When you visit http://lightbarreport.com/ you will also learn that the LED light bars and other similar devices powered with LED technologies are also carbon reducing mechanisms. As energy savers, rather than sappers, they save consumers money as well.

The same principle applies through regular use of your apps. Not only do you end up saving money, you save time as well.

The convenience of saving time, money and the environment

Speaking of time and money, you never have to walk through the doors of your local bank ever again. You no longer have to mark more carbon footprints on the tar and stand in long queues again. Provided that your smart phone has been properly cleaned and you’ve reached the correct bank-related app, banking via your device is quite safe these days. Unless you are truly someone special, money is generally used for buying things you need or want. It’s not entirely bad for business; in fact most retailers have climbed on board already.

Instead of travelling to your favorite retailers, you could just visit them on their website and place your orders there. Further carbon footprint reductions are made when all it takes is just one local area delivery van to make a series of deliveries all in one afternoon.

How will kids thank you in the future?

There are many more ways and means to live sustainably and fully optimize your apps. Because time is money, all we’ve done here is whet your appetite to the possibilities and motivate you to keep doing your bit to cool things down. Fifty years from now, your grandchildren and their pets will be thanking you. Although it must be said that we’re not yet sure what they’ll be using then.

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6 applications that every golfer must have

6 applications that every golfer must have

We believe that the need to have a Smartphone has not missed you if you’re a fan of golf. Primarily because golf requires moving on the golf course, and it is useful to be in contact with other golfers. And then, we should mention the applications that can improve your skills and help you in estimations.

The Rules of Golf
If you are in a professional golf, then you probably know all the golf rules. On the other hand, if you are an amateur, it is almost certain that you will at some point lead the discussion with your opponents about whether it is all done by the rules. This application allows you to check who is right. It is your modern golf pocket guide.

Swing by Swing Golf

This is a free application that can be used by any golfer. Smartphone with this application works as a rangefinder that easily adapts to all golf courses. It is the most important role of this application. In addition, it allows you to keep track of your score in a simple digital scorecard.

V1 Golf

This is an application that enables you to enhance your swinging skills. For success in golf is very important to manage the golf club properly. This application allows you to record your swing, then slowed the recording to analyze it and compare with over 50 professional swings.

Find my iPhone

The Smartphone has become part of the mandatory equipment for every golfer along with a golf club or bag for easy carrying available on Golfoid.com. Likewise, it could easily happen that, at the course, you lose your phone. This application allows you to find your phone by following it with a laptop. Of course, if you turn it on.

Authentic weather

Every golfer knows that goal depends on him, but that weather conditions can have a large impact on its success. Playing on the field in the rain, the wind and the sun are not the same experiences. A good golfer knows to evaluate how to hit to adapt to the weather conditions. However, he may not know how to assess weather conditions. This app is a solution for that part of the problem.

Golfshot

This is a GPS application with which you have a golf course on your palm. It allows you to see the distance from the holes, and even to zoom them, with a few taps of the screen. It will not teach you to play golf and win if you do not know how to play. However, if you have experienced, it can provide you with valuable information.

If you are not an active participant in golf, but only the viewer who enjoys watching this sport, Smartphones have applications for you. They mainly include subscribing to a golf channel and then you can easily follow events of your favorite sport.

By using applications on the Smartphone, a touch of the screen has become a new and important golf movement.

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