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Tech Trends: The Pre-Cation



A lot of attention has been given lately to an interesting perk that a few companies in California are now offering to new employees.  We have all heard of a vacation and the stay-vacation, now you can add the Pre-Cation to that list.

So what is a Pre-Cation you ask?  Two companies in California have decided that all new hires should take a 2 week vacation before starting their jobs.  Getting away for a few days and just disconnecting apparently translates into a more energized and refreshed work force.  Since we are only talking about 2 companies doing this I wouldn’t exactly call it a trend but the concept is definitely making the headlines.


I suppose there are some advantages and disadvantages to the pre-cation.  If the new hire doesn’t work out then you just blew a few thousand dollars for nothing.  While a new hire may feel refreshed to start a new job after a 2 week vacation will that necessarily translate into long term success?  It’s doubtful other companies will start jumping on the pre-cation bandwagon due to the prohibitive cost and lack of measurability.  I would imagine there are better ways to motivate new employees but for the moment the Pre-Cation wins the award for creativity.


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Tech Spotlight: spotNSave – Now you are secure no matter where you are


spotNSave is a simple solution to all your tracking and SOS problems. Just wear a wrist band and you are ready to reach your guardian no matter where you are.




Strange guy following you? No more ducking into convenient stores to call for help. With the SOS button on your spotNSave band, send an SOS to your guardian angels on the go. spotNSave will send them a text with a link to your location.



Easy Navigation

Once your guardians have your location, the spotNSave app leads them to you fast with turn-by-trun driving directions.



Real Time Tracking

Didn’t get to send an SOS? With spotNSave’s real time tracking, your guardian angel network can see where you are at any time.



Location History

For easy reference, spotNSave also stores locations where you and network go most often.



Guardian Angel

Once the app and the band are activated, you can choose up to five guardian angels. Choose people you know will rescue you in a tight spot. It doesn’t have to be your parents, but try not to pick your flakey friend who’s never in town!




spotNSave takes the guess work out of tracking you down by sending your guardian angel a notification when your battery runs out or you go out of network range, spotNSave sends them you last known location.








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Tech Spotlight: Embue. The Intelligent Home Starts Here.


A better way to manage your heating & cooling. Per room sensing. Automated controls. Energy & fuel use tracking with service alerts.

We’ve built a product to address the most important aspect of your home or business – the equipment responsible for your comfort & your energy use. We think our system can do some pretty amazing things – all while improving your efficiency & creating savings. We’ve come pretty far on our own, but really need your support and interest to make this product a reality.


Rest Easy.

Access Embue from anywhere to adjust your system. Or simply set your preferences once and let us do the rest.

Our optional monitoring service can detect issues when you’re away and alert your HVAC technician or building manager to the problem.




Automates efficiency. Embue replaces your thermostat to make smarter heating & cooling decisions. Occupancy-based optimizations reduce your energy bills by 5-25%.

Improves comfort. Wireless sensors in each room for more accurate measurement of temperature & humidity. Optimizes comfort where you spend time, not the hallway.

Analyzes use. Tracks electricity, natural gas, propane and fuel oil use – continually reading consumption and noting efficiency changes.

Spots problems. Combines energy use, weather data, HVAC runtime information, occupant, and building to assess how things are working.

Keeps tabs. A properly maintained system uses less energy and has a greater service life. Embue can tell when efficiency is lagging, telling you and your service provider it’s time for maintenance.

Reduces worry. Our optional monitoring service can send performance info & emergency equipment alerts to your service professional. Added peace of mind when you’re away for extended periods.

Blends in. Small indoor sensors designed to be distinctive yet unobtrusive. Works without wires and is easily placed or repositioned with non-damaging adhesive strips.

Loves zoning. Add extra zones to your system for 1/2 the cost of comparable products. Works with many types of zone controllers and zoning systems.

Scales nicely. A single Embue Core is powerful enough support multiple connected spaces. Great for multi-family homes, apartment complexes and small businesses.

Thinks locally. Embue doesn’t depend on the cloud. It keeps everything running even when your Internet isn’t. Settings, preferences and personal data stay within your home and are only shared with your permission.





For HVAC service providers:
Know your customers.

Maintaining customer relationships is important. We can provide you real-time updates on customer HVAC performance issues.

Think of it as a “check engine” light for HVAC equipment. With additional features to track service history and make your job easier.





Company: Embue
Brand:  Embue
Origin: USA
Category:  Tech
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: embue.com, kickstarter



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Tech Spotlight: SCiO: Your Sixth Sense. A Pocket Molecular Sensor For All !


Scan materials or physical objects. Get instant relevant information to your smartphone. Food, medicine, plants, and more.



Smartphones made it easy to research facts, capture images, and navigate street maps, but they haven’t brought us closer to the physical environment in which we live – until now.

Meet SCiO. It is the world’s first affordable molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand. SCiO is a tiny spectrometer and allows you to get instant relevant information about the chemical make-up of just about anything around you, sent directly to your smartphone.






Out of the box, when you get your SCiO, you’ll be able to analyze food, plants, and medications.

For example, you can:

Get nutritional facts about different kinds of food: salad dressings, sauces, fruits, cheeses, and much more.
See how ripe an Avocado is, through the peel!
Find out the quality of your cooking oil.
Know the well being of your plants.
Analyze soil or hydroponic solutions.
Authenticate medications or supplements.
Upload and tag the spectrum of any material on Earth to our database. Even yourself !





These are just a few of the starter applications that you can use upon receiving your SCiO. After SCiO is released new applications will be developed and released regulary. If you order SCiO from Kickstarter you will get all new applications for free in the next two years.

The possibilities of SCiO applications are endless. for example in the future you can use SCiO to measure properties of cosmetics, clothes, flora, soil, jewels and precious stones, leather, rubber, oils, plastics, and even your pet!





Visit their Kickstarter Page

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Tech Spotlight: Wake Up To The Smell of Bacon


Wake Up And Smell The Bacon is a dongle and corresponding app for smartphones that will soon be available by Oscar Mayer. It’s an alarm that wakes you with the smell of bacon. Just plug the little device into your phone, sync it with the app, set your alarm, go to sleep, wake up to the smell of bacon, but no bacon. Seems cruel and grounds to go right back to bed. What a horrible way to start the day. Now, internet, take note: this is the first time bacon has been added to something that did NOT improve the quality of said something. And hopefully the last. Bacon, don’t you do us wrong again!



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Tech Spotlight: Tickle App



Tickle is a new app that will help you get out of awkward situations. Using your phone’s accelerometer, Tickle will generate a phantom phone call when you touch your phone in an awkward manner.


Tickle needs no UI. It’s always on — always ready to help you escape an awkward encounter. It’s the simplest app you’ll ever install.


Tickle can accurately sense awkward motions or gestures of your device. After a brief calibration, Tickle is ready to call you when prompted.


Over time, Tickle learns to predict when and around who, awkward situations are most likely to arise. It adjusts to fit your needs.


Premature Social Ejection

Tickle is a new app for iOS that uses your phone’s accelerometer to detect subtle motions, and subsequently helps you graciously escape awkward moments by calling your phone.

Tickle was born at an awkward dinner — you know the one, where someone decided to invite 24 people and it came time to pay the bill. Rather than take another trip to the bathroom, we invented an app that lets you realistically escape any and all awkward situations you encounter.

Tickle has no functional UI and is either ON or OFF. Once you download it, the app will always been “listening” for an awkward gesture or motion from you. Once you do this, Tickle will call your phone (using a name of your choosing) which gives you the perfect excuse to repair elsewhere. Faking the conversation is up to you.

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Tech Spotlight: Facebook Looking to Launch Its Own Drones

Amazon isn’t the only tech giant interested in drones.

A report in TechCrunch says Facebook is eyeing a purchase of Titan Aerospace, maker of solar-powered, near-orbital aircraft that drives itself.

The social networking giant would use the drones to possibly deliver Internet to parts of the world that currently don’t have access, according to the report, which pegs the purchase at $60 million. Reps from Titan and Facebook could not be reached for comment. The goal is in keeping with Internet.org, an initiative that hopes to bring Internet access to the two-thirds of the world that are now without it.

Read More @ Mashable

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Tech Spotlight: Fin Wearable Ring Helps Control Your Digital Interactions


Wear the World

Fin is a real life buddy for every individual to do their digital interactions as natural as possible. Fin is a trendy gadget you can wear on the thumb and make your whole palm as a digital touch interface.Fin is one of the Top 15 startups in the world at TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield 2014.






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Tech Spotlight: Humin Contact App


Finally. A smart phone for your device.

Humin was designed to disappear into the systems you already know. You can easily call, text or send a Facebook message all in one place.


Never forget a name.

Search all of your contacts in the way you’ve come to know them. We’ve replaced the old alphabetical list with an engine that lets you search with terms like “met last week” or “lives in Austin”.


Meeting someone should be magical.

Each new meeting is rich with potential. Future co-founder? Spouse? Client?

We’ll help you remember all the context around the moment. And if we’re able to match their number to a real-life identity, we’ll “huminize” them for you, letting you see any close friends you might have in common.


We play your cards right.

Your relationships are dynamic, so Humin moves as you move. We’ll let you know who you’re meeting with next, help you connect with friends when you travel, and let you know when someone you know is visiting your city.






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Tech Spotlight: Epson Moverio Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

It may be best known for printers, but Epson has also been working to break into the wearable technology market recently. To that end, it just unveiled the second-generation Epson Moverio BT-200 augmented reality smart glasses at CES in Vegas. These Android-powered smart glasses feature a transparent display, head motion tracking, and a built-in camera.

The original Epson Moverio BT-100 glasses have been on sale for around a year and, at $700 per pair, it wouldn’t be too unkind to say they haven’t made a major splash. Epson is aiming to change that with a raft of improvements in the second generation Moverio BT-200 glasses, which will land at exactly the same price point of $700.

Read Full Article @ Digital Trends

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