We’ve all heard the warnings growing up. In fact, we still teach our children the same things from young: don’t talk to strangers, don’t follow them anywhere. But how effective is this exactly? According to an experiment done by ITV’s Daybreak, these warnings may not be enough. 7 out of 9 children in the experiment forgot all they had been taught about stranger danger when they were approached by a stranger who asked for help with his lost dog. The longest time taken for the man to persuade a child to leave with him was a mere three minutes. The shortest he took was 33 seconds. Less than a minute. That’s the time it takes for a careless parent to just look away. This experiment highlights an important lesson for parents: protecting your children from stranger danger goes beyond verbal cautions.
So what can parents do to protect their children? Here are some tips!
1. Teach them who ‘trusted adults’ are.
Don’t just put all unfamiliar adults under the blanket term ‘strangers’ but instead teach your children who they can turn to when in trouble, such as policemen or retail staff in malls. This can be crucial in moments of need when family members are not around or when your child gets lost.
2. Learn your child’s daily routine.
Very often, parents make the mistake of completely not monitoring their children as giving them space to grow and gain independence. While the latter is infinitely important, parents still need to pay attention to their children’s whereabouts and daily routine. Let your children make their own way home but make sure you know what route they are taking and how long the route takes.
Oaxis’ MyFirst Fone is a godsend in helping parents keep an eye on their children while allowing them to take their first steps towards independence. It has a geofencing function which allows parents to preset a safe zone and sends an alert when your child crosses the boundary. Furthermore, you can also receive real-time updates on their location through MyFirst Fone’s precise GPS tracking!
3. Teach them to be aware of their surroundings
Children need to be taught a sense of awareness and to trust their instincts. If they feel like something is wrong, they need to respond immediately. MyFirst Fone lets children send out distress signals to their parents with a simple tap. Once the one-touch SOS is activated, parents will receive an emergency location notification and 30-second live recording of the surrounding sounds. The fast response can mean the world. After all, it only takes 33 seconds for a stranger to lure your child away.
OAXIS InkCase collaborates with Pocket to provide a ‘Save-for’ and ‘Read-It’ Later experience for users. You can now save articles on your browser and read it on InkCase. With the E Ink display, E-readers do not need to worry about the heavy power consumption of their gadget or straining their eyes. It can be viewed anywhere and anytime – even offline.
SAVE-FOR-LATER and READ-IT-LATER
Pocket allows people to save interesting articles of their choice from the web for later enjoyment. The list of content can be synced from your phone to the InkCase for reading it on-the-go. Accessible no matter where you are and at any time of the day, this combination allows E-readers to enjoy their reads conveniently with offline viewing.
READING ON THE GO
The snugly InkCase that fits your palm has officially integrated Pocket’s Logo on its UI. This allows for easy and conducive reading during your daily commute on the bus and subway. If not, the anti-glare formulated screen also gives you the green light to read a book by the beach while it absorbs the sun rays and reduces reflection.
DESIGNED FOR iPhone 7 & iPhone 8, iPhone 7 PLUS & iPhone 8 PLUS
Oaxis is selling its InkCase i7 Plus officially on its website. It is designed for iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus but it also fits iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus.
Other features of the InkCase:
9H Anti-Scratch Screen
5 Days Battery Life
Waterproof (for Plus series)
E-Ink CARTA 1.2 (for Plus series)
BRAND NEW PERSONALISED FUNCTION
The InkCase i7 Plus has a self-learning algorithm that automatically pushes news to you based on your reading habits. You can now choose to like the news that is recommended to you and your InkCase will automatically sync articles of the same genre. This hassle-free function allows you to get a personalized news feed on your InkCase for better reading experience.
SUCCESSFUL KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
The official launch of InkCase i7 Plus on Kickstarter was achieved with a campaign page that focuses on testimonials which includes a YouTube video by ‘Unbox Therapy’ featuring the InkCase with the title “This Might Be The Coolest iPhone Case Ever…” which has more than a million views. You can view the video here: The InkCases were successfully shipped out to backers of the various support tiers while the limited RED color version will be delivered in October 2017.
Let’s be real, the world loves big bags and what’s there not to love? Think again because this is one scenario where bigger is definitely not better! While big bags are just perfect for carrying around everything you need from that bottle of hand sanitiser that you just had to buy to those receipts you keep forgetting to throw out, it’s really bad news for your body especially with the increasing weight of handbags nowadays. Those gorgeous designer bags just keep growing in size and nowadays they even come with lots of zippers and studs, making them heavier than ever. Well, if you’re a handbag packrat, keep reading to see why it’s time to clear your heavy handbag out!
1. Your natural gait is disrupted
Carrying a heavy handbag on one shoulder significantly interferes with our normal gait. Our gait helps to keep our body balanced. Having a heavy handbag on one side of the body prevents the arm on that side from swinging properly as we instinctively try to prevent the load from swinging. Thus to make sure that our body stay balanced, the other arm has to swing more. This can result in many problems, such as chronic pain, should the situation persist.
2. Your posture is thrown off
Since more weight is acting on one shoulder, your muscles are off balance due to the asymmetric load. Your body leans to the other side to counterbalance the weight. As such, your posture is thrown off. Most people tend to carry handbags on their dominant side — right-handed people will tend to hang it over your right shoulder. But this causes the muscles in your dominant shoulder, particularly the trapezius muscle, to become bigger. Over time a lopsided posture can develop from the forced muscle development on one side. Carrying an asymmetric load also causes muscles in your spine to compensate for the weight, causing spasms in the opposite side of the spine, lower back and sacrum (the bone at the base of the lower spine) — the more skewed the load is, the harder your body will have to work to counterbalance it.
3. Tension headache/muscle tension
Due to your body’s efforts to redistribute the extra weight, your muscles tense more and as such become stiff. The trapezius muscle and the muscles that go from your shoulder to the base of your neck, which sits on top of your shoulders, may spasm and therefore tighten, resulting in a lot of stiffness in the upper back, shoulder area and neck. This may lead to pain when turning your head and the development of arthritis in the lower neck. Some may even develop tension headaches from constantly carrying heavy handbags. As the muscles in your shoulder and neck area spasm, it can result in pain from the back of your skull that radiates around to the front.
While the name ‘handbag syndrome’ may suggest that only women suffer from this ailment, men are also affected now more than ever as well due to laptops and the additional weight of accessories such as the charger and mouse. Simply getting an ergonomic shoulder bag is not sufficient as your body will still be adversely affected should the weight of your shoulder bag be too much. The best solution is to lighten your bag. Try getting rid of bulky items such as hardcover books and old-fashioned schedule diaries and replacing them with the Inkcase which transforms your phone into an e-reader and planner without adding any weight to your bag!
Ereader VS tablet – the dilemma every e-book reader faces. To the layman, perhaps there is little difference not only in appearance but also in function. Yet there are several important distinctions between the two that may just make a world of difference.
E-readers use E Ink which only allows for a black and white display and is unable to play any video. Moreover since e-readers’ screens are not backlit, they are relatively harder to use in darker conditions.
That being said, the newer E Ink readers like the Kindle Paperwhite now come with an integrated light which shines onto the front of the screen, making it easy to use in the dark. The screen also won’t be as bright as an LCD screen, allowing users to use it before bedtime without waking someone sleeping next to them. So go ahead and tuck yourself in for some comfy bedtime reading!
Tablets, on the other hand, have full colour display and are able to play video. The display is also backlit, giving tablets an edge over e-readers in terms of nighttime reading. When it comes to daytime though, the e-reader wins hands down with its matte screen giving off no glare at all and appearing as clear as an actual printed page whereas the tablet’s screen tends to be glossy, especially iPads, making it difficult to read under the sun even after adjusting the screen brightness to maximum.
In terms of eyestrain, the e-reader once again takes the prize due to the lack of glare and backlight, making the E Ink screen a lot easier on the eyes than the LCD screen which is relatively harsher especially because of blue light emission.
We’ve all had our fair shares of days where your phone dies on you on your long commute home and you’re stuck staring out of the window. Mobile devices are notorious for their battery-sapping LCD screens. One of the major draws for e-readers is the low power consumption of E Ink screens. An e-reader can go for weeks and even months without recharging whereas a tablet has to be charged once every few days at the very least. The Kindle Paperwhite, for instance, apparently has up to 8-week battery life while the iPad mini with Retina display is advertised as having a maximum 10 hours of battery life. The high power consumption of the tablet is further exacerbated by the necessary increase in screen brightness to read under the sun.
Price is probably one of the most important factors in your choice. The e-reader is significantly cheaper – $119 for a Kindle Paperwhite while a tablet generally costs more despite a wide price range – $400 for an iPad Mini with Retina Display to $229 for a Nexus 7. However we must keep in mind that the tablet has many other functions which justify the relatively steeper price.
Weight and Size
The average weight of a 6-inch e-reader is approximately 6 oz(170g) while a 7-inch tablet weighs about 13.5 oz(385g). While it may not seem like much on paper, keep in mind that you’ll be holding it for prolonged periods. A bigger screen may not be the best idea, especially if you plan on reading during your commute. In fact, there has been an increasing call for smaller ereaders in recent years and the market has started to respond accordingly with products such as the Kobo Mini and the Inkcase which allows users to transform their phones into e-readers, minimising the need for an additional reading device.
The e-reader is notably lacking in terms of bells and whistles as it’s a single-purpose device designed specifically for reading. Some e-readers have 3G/WiFi and email capability but generally using e-readers for web browsing is tedious and slow. The user has to navigate with only the arrow keys and page rendering is comparatively much slower. This allows for a distraction-free reading experience as compared to using a tablet to read. The tablet, on the other hand, is essentially a larger smartphone and is much more versatile functionally. With 3G/WiFi capability, media playback, apps and much more, the tablet is definitely the choice for people looking for an all-in-one device.
Both the e-reader and the tablet have their pros and cons. Ultimately, it depends on what the user’s needs are and what they are looking for. If you’re looking for a device solely for reading, then the e-reader is definitely your answer! However, if you’d rather have a much more versatile device capable of Internet surfing, go for the tablet.
Every year we promise ourselves that this is the year when we’re finally going to stick to our workout regime religiously. Yet each year, we lose motivation when it seems like all our efforts just don’t seem to be getting any results. Well, this year try out some of these tips to get your desired results!
1. Exercise with a plan
Fail to plan and you plan to fail! Without a realistic plan and goals to work towards, you will be less motivated to keep exercising. Also planning gives your workout structure and direction, making it easier for you to achieve the desired results. Keep track of your progress with old-fashioned pen and paper or a fitness tracker! That way your fitness progress can be tracked visually, keeping you focused on reaching your targets. Even better make use of InkCase‘s activity tracking function to tailor your own workout to achieve optimal results!
Practice makes perfect! Or does it? Too much exercise can lead to overuse and repetitive-use injuries, such as shin splints and muscle soreness. Besides knowing your limits, varying your workouts can help avoid overtaxing your muscles. Pacing yourself will ensure that you’ll be able to keep to your fitness regime as closely as possible. Furthermore, tired muscles increase the risk of injury as well hence adequate time to rest is just as important. Also the best cure for small injuries is rest so don’t over-exert your body just because the injury is still manageable.
3. Regulate your sleep patterns
While hitting that snooze button may be tempting, it’s really not doing you any favours! Oversleeping or taking a power nap for longer than an hour can cause drowsiness, making it even harder to get moving. If you are feeling a bit sluggish, try starting your workout slowly or doing easy low intensity exercises instead and upping the intensity gradually.
Working out when you’re running on less sleep than usual means that more strain is put on your body to keep everything running. This elevates your heart rate and you get tired even before starting. Furthermore, lack of sleep can impact your balance, metabolism and focus significantly. This will lead to a less effective workout and may even cause injury.
4. Separate your cardio and strength training
Often, people combine aerobic sessions with their strength sessions by simply doing a run as warm-up before hitting the weights. This is actually very ineffectual as your muscles are already tired from the run and your energy is also depleted. As such, it’ll be more difficult for you to finish your workout properly and the strength training will only have limited results.
Keeping your cardio and strength sessions on separate days is a good way to maximise your energy for each training session. Alternatively, try circuit training with shorter sprints. You could also start off small and then gradually up the intensity of your strength training instead of a run to warm up before your strength session. Plan out your training schedule and remind yourself by displaying your training schedule on the back of your phone with InkCase to keep yourself disciplined!
5. Know your body’s limit
We all know that pushing your limits is a crucial part of improving your fitness but pushing yourself too hard will backfire instead and is likely to result in injuries. Know your body and customise your fitness regime to suit your body’s weaknesses and needs. This goes beyond merely avoiding certain exercises until you are better able to handle it but also involves knowing your weak areas and actively lessening the strain placed on these areas. Instead of exercises that could aggravate these areas, try less strenuous exercises so as to avoid stressing these areas.
6. No alcohol 24 hours before a workout
Staying motivated to exercise is pretty hard but doing so with a hangover is even worse. Alcohol dehydrates the body and the dehydration worsens should you exercise with alcohol in your system. Moreover your liver is working hard to break that down instead of burning fat, making your workout less effective. Alcohol consumption may also cause weight gain and impede muscle growth as well, which defeats the purpose of a workout if you’re looking to lose body fat. Last but not least, alcohol impairs judgement and makes it very dangerous to operate gym equipment.
7. Eating before a workout
Having a heavy meal before exercising is a big no-no even though it may seem like a good idea to fuel up before working all that food off. Your body expends approximately 10% of the energy absorbed just on digestion itself. Hence there is less energy available for your workout, making it difficult for you to perform at your best. Moreover, it affects your digestion too, causing cramping and nausea even after your workout. Try having easily digestible fruit full of simple carbohydrates instead like an apple or banana!
8. Warm up
No matter what kind of exercise you’re doing, taking time to warm up beforehand is definitely a must. By doing dynamic stretches like lunges and high knee lifts, the temperature and blood flow in your muscles increase and hence reduces the risk of injury. Your flexibility increases as well, enabling you to do the actual workout more effectively. Moreover, the warm-up gets your endorphins pumping and that naturally keeps you motivated to stick to your workout!
9. Don’t drink too much water
It’s true that drinking water during a workout is important to keep your body hydrated but downing too much water before or during a workout can cause nausea and cramping. This will inevitably bring about a lot of discomfort and cause you to cut your workout short. Curb the temptation to simply gulp water down and sip instead during your workout; you’ll thank yourself for that later!
The best and simplest way to improve your workout experience is to just start learning how to enjoy exercising. Give yourself rewards for achieving goals, get a workout buddy and go have fun!
Samsung is definitely keeping busy nowadays especially with the investigation of the Galaxy S7 and the upcoming release of Galaxy S8. Now news of a patent application for an E Ink display case being granted to Samsung has us wondering what new handphone accessories they have up their sleeve.
The flip case described featured an E Ink display and is seemingly the latest in Samsung’s first-party line of smartphone cases. The E Ink screen differentiates the new phone case from its predecessors which feature cutout slots and transparent front panels. Previously users could view the phone screen partially and hence content displayed on the phone screen. The new E Ink case will be the first interactive phone case released by Samsung.
The image released illustrates a standard cutout for a Flip Cover with a larger window housing the E Ink screen. No additional information is available regarding the content of said screen. The new phone case would most likely operate in a similar manner as the Oaxis Inkcase. Users will probably be able to view static content such as push notifications and images on a low-power monochrome screen.
While a secondary E Ink screen may not exactly be a new idea, this may indicate more progress in integrating E Ink into the smartphone itself as the market has seen in recent years. The Yotaphone, for instance, already feature a second E Ink screen, allowing users to view widgets and notifications as well. Moreover, this is certainly positive news for advancements in E Ink technology and its potential.
Currently there has been no official release date. However, Samsung traditionally has released handphone accessories along with their new flagship phones. So keep your fingers crossed; perhaps we’ll see the E Ink Flip cover debut together with the Galaxy S8!
E Ink and TEXEN has just announced their collaboration to bring a whole new level of personal to the world of cosmetics through personalised packaging.
“With the rise of beauty on a micro scale, our partnership with E Ink looks to enable our cosmetic customers to be the first to offer customizable digital packaging,” said Stéphane LESPRIT, TexenLab Innovation Manager at TEXEN. “With E Ink’s battery-free, thin, lightweight and durable technology, brands could enhance their packaging without having to alter the shape and design of their packaging, truly making this solution a first for the industry.”
Utilising the low power consumption and high contrast display of E Ink, TEXEN seeks to personalise packaging for makeup products. Through Near Field Communications (NFC), E Ink displays can be updated easily by a smartphone. The smartphone will also provide the power needed to change the display. The E Ink display requires no further power input after the display changes, negating the need for any power source.
With its high degree of visibility and flexibility, E Ink displays may be the revolutionary crux to revitalising the stagnant packaging market. Personalised messaging can be easily integrated into packaging with the customisable E Ink displays. Consumers can add their own personal touch by adding their names or writing messages to gift recipients.
The integration of E Ink displays and cosmetic packaging will also facilitate targeted advertising and social media campaigns. Consumers purchasing a specific makeup product can find out about other complementary products through the customised packaging. This will not only improve consumer experience but also add another dimension to advertising as well.
Consumers can also use sensor or diagnostic components in the E Ink display modules to create their own beauty formulation. Beauty treatments can be enabled accordingly based on skin conditions as affected by factors such as weather and air humidity.
“As products and packaging design continue to go digital, ePaper is increasingly emerging as the technology of choice,” said Hui Lee, senior director for business development at E Ink. “Our technology has brought innovation to industries once reluctant to change, such as the pharmaceutical market. We are looking forward to working with TEXEN to expand the realm of possibilities for the beauty packaging industry.”
E Ink has demonstrated its versatility with the growing range of products inspired by E Ink. The Inkcase for example makes use of the high contrast display and low power consumption of E Ink to allow users to convert their phones to e-readers by simply flipping the phone.
The solution is currently available and E Ink and TEXEN are taking customer orders. For more information please visit E Ink.
47% of U.S. consumers admitted to being unable to last a day without their mobile devices in a 2014 study done by the Bank of America, demonstrating the increasing prevalence of mobile devices. Mobile devices use LCD screens which emit blue light and thus negatively affects not only vision but also overall health. Continual extended screen time mainly can impact your eyes in two major ways.
Digital Eye Strain When we look at a screen, our blink rate drops significantly, thus causing digital eye strain. Signs of digital eye strain include slightly blurry vision after using LCD screens for prolonged periods, headaches, dry or tired eyes.
Though digital eye strain is temporary, if left unaddressed, it can turn into a chronic problem.The easiest way to address digital eye strain is to blink more as blinking helps to keep eyes lubricated. Alternatively, try using the “20-20-20 Rule”. Every 20 minutes, stare at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This exercise engages your distance vision and allows the eyes to rest.
Blue Light Exposure Blue light is the highest energy wavelength of visible light. This energy is able to penetrate all the way to the back of the eye, through the eyes’ natural filters. The rapidly increasing amount of blue light exposure that we get each day through digital device use is causing permanent damage to our eyes. The effects of blue light are cumulative and can lead to eye diseases like macular degeneration.
Children are especially at risk due to their developing eyes. Protective pigments which help filter out some of this harmful blue light are not yet present. The risk is worsened further due to their increased exposure to LCD screens.
Studies have also shown that exposure to blue light before bedtime actually suppresses melatonin secretion and delays deep REM sleep significantly. Your health is thus adversely affected. This may lead to reduced cognitive abilities and the development of chronic illnesses in the long run.
Try minimising usage of LCD screens by reading print media or using E Ink displays instead. The InkCase, for example, allows users to read for prolonged periods with minimal power consumption by adding a secondary E Ink screen on the back of your phone.
One of the most stylish wearables at CES 2017 is undeniably the sleek new generation of Sony’s E Ink FES Watch. Demonstrating yet another creative use of e-paper, the watch features an E Ink watch face and strap originally only capable of monochrome designs. The new FES Watch U, however, is impressively paper-thin and waterproof.
It is also able to display a variety of colour as well, immediately distinguishing it from the wide range of E Ink products on the market now. At a touch of a button, the user is able to change the design of the watch to showcase their individuality.
With the capacity of storing up to 24 designs, the watch is definitely more than versatile in terms of style. By connecting it to your iPhone, more specialised patterns are available. However, syncing the watch with your smartphone is not necessary for it to function. The Watch U is relatively simplistic as compared to the other smartwatches on the market now. Keep in mind that the watch is not marketed as a smartwatch per se but a fashion piece instead though.
Furthermore, Sony has maximised one of the greatest strengths of E Ink – its low power consumption. The Watch U is able to run for 3 weeks before requiring a recharge. The lasting battery charge makes the product much more viable as a functional fashion accessory than your average smart-watch.
At the moment, however, Sony has no plans to release the Watch U outside of Japan. There is no guarantee of Android compatibility as though it is currently under consideration. Crowdfunding ended in October 2016. The Watch U is expected to be released in April this year.
eReaders can solve this problem: Spending long hours in front of a computer can cause repetitive strain injury (RSI) often inherent from direct glare where the light shines directly into your eyes. To prevent eye strains, experts recommends 30 minutes rest every 2 hours of computer usage.
On the other hand, e-ink is neutral. It does not emit light nor does it cause glares. Essentially, an eReader like the InkCase i6 does not obligate you to rest your eye at all!
2. It is light. Very light.
One of my travel essentials is a book, sometimes two if I am travelling for an extended period. An average eReader weighs in at 150g to 200g with a thickness of approximately 100 pages. Compare that to what I used to lug around – a Harry Potter book which weighs approximately 1.1kg and 600 pages thick. It is no wonder I never looked back to using a physical book anymore.
3. Never miss a bookmark
“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living” – Jonathan Safran Foer.
This beautiful literature quote would have otherwise been lost if not for the bookmark and search function of an eReader.
An eReader quickly and effortlessly lets you save pages, sentences or words only to be referred back with a simple search.
4. It cuts down on clutter
Hundreds of books used to stack on my study shelves. That all disappeared in 2009 when I bought myself an eReader. Typically, an eReader like the Kindle can hold approximately 3500 eBooks which allowed me to clear out the books sitting on the shelves.