LG’s futuristic face mask got an upgrade adding a built-in mic and speaker. Officially called the LG Puricare VoiceOn, the pandemic-necessary accessory is currently available in Singapore.
Wearing a face mask is mandataory but it presents a few problems. If you’re speaking to someone else, hearing their voice can prove difficult if you’re both behind masks.
LG is solving this by giving LG PuriCare VoiceOn users access to a speaker and a built-in mic. With a voice amplifier, the mask can detect whenever the wearer is speaking and amplify it for them.
This upgraded version has a larger battery at 1000mAh compared to the first generation’s 820mAh. Charging time, LG says, will be around two hours. It also has a smaller motor that should make it easier to wear.
From filtering out the nasties in the air you breathe, reducing waste by allowing you to skip disposable face masks, and down to keeping your skin clear of maskne, it’s definitely tech’s answer to one of the biggest needs during this pandemic. Watch the video below:
Price and availability
The LG PuriCare VoiceOn comes in Creamy White and and Ocean Black and retails for SG$ 249. It’s available through official LG Lazada, LG Shopee LG KrisShop and across all authorized retailers — Best Denki and COURTS.
The We-Vibe Bond takes your stimulation to greater heights
Bring that foreplay to another level
Sex toys aren’t just toys anymore. They’re infused with technology — aiming to help people in the art of self-pleasure, improve their relationship with themselves and their partners, and in some cases, aid in medical reasons.
The topic of sex, sex toys, and owning your sexuality is still a taboo in several countries — mine included — but it’s slowly turning around. This year, we’ve seen sex tech dominating the consumer technology scene. While most of them are apt for women, recently, some toys meant for men are evolving into connected wearables.
Such is the case for the We-Vibe Bond — a connected, vibrating stimulation ring (also known as cock ring), designed by We-Vibe, a brand specializing in all kinds of sex toys.
Cock ring, but make it connected
Connected cock rings like We-Vibe’s Bond can be worn discreetly and be operated and controlled remotely using an app. What sets Bond apart is a dedicated remote control that you can use when you and your partner are together.
The stimulation ring is designed in ultra-soft silicone material and comes with an IPX7 waterproof rating. Meaning, you can play with it in the shower or in your tub.
It has ten levels of intensity and ten modes of vibration, with an autonomy of up to two hours. Further customization of the intensity and vibration can be adjusted using the We-Connect app or via the remote control.
Price and availability
The We-Vibe Bond retails for US$ 129. Shop it on We-Vibe’s official website.
Fitbit decks out Charge 5, partnership with Will Smith
Strengthen up and join Will Smith in his journey
Fitness company Fitbit has just announced the Fitbit Charge 5 — its most advanced health and fitness tracker yet. The fifth iteration of the Charge lineup comes with new features and a thinner, sleek design built to empower you to focus on your health.
What do we have here?
First and foremost, the new Charge 5 comes with a brighter, colored touchscreen. It’s designed aerodynamically, and optimized for performance. It’s now equipped with a new AMOLED display, allowing the tracker to have an Always-On display option. Plus, it has better sunlight legibility — two-times brighter than its predecessor.
You can easily view your statistics, receive and send notifications from and to your smartphone, and choose from colorful clock faces — all with a swipe of a finger.
Like other Fitbit wearables, the Charge 5 tracks your heart rate 24/7 and constantly update you on your personal ranges. It also provides a holistic view of other wellness metrics through its Health Metrics dashboard in the Fitbit app. This includes breathing rate, skin temperature variation, and blood oxygen level (SpO2).
Furthermore, Fitbit’s industry-leading sleep tools such as Sleep Score, Sleep Stages, and SmartWake alarms are present in the new Charge 5.
So, what’s new?
Interestingly, the Fitbit Charge 5 comes with Daily Readiness Score. The new features helps you understand if your body is ready for a workout or if you need to rest. Its data is based on your fitness fatigue, heart rate variability, and recent sleep.
It also has a built-in GPS, with 20 exercise modes, and automatic exercise recognition for when you forgot to track your workout. And it has an estimate of your VO2 max, the maximum amount of oxygen you can utilize during your exercises.
Another noteworthy feature is its EDA sensor, which was first launched in the Fitbit sense. The sensor measures your body’s response to stress through tiny changes in the sweat glands on your fingers. And the Fitbit Charge 5 is the first tracker to include the sensor.
Of course, the battery still lasts up to seven days. And you can choose different bands to personalize your tracker. From lightweight silicone infinity bands, to breathable sport bands, plush nylon hook and loop bands, and even hand-crafted premium Horween leather bands.
The Charge 5 also allows you to experience in-depth analysis, guides, tips, and tricks using its features when you subscribe to Fitbit Premium.
Fitbit Premium with Will Smith
Speaking of Fitbit Premium, Fitbit recently partnered with actor, producer, and musician Will Smith. Smith is joining the Fitbit family as its newest ambassador. Premium members can join along his journey through his video sessions together with Smith’s training team.
The sessions will showcase mindfulness sessions and a wide range of workouts — from HIIT, strength, to yoga, and even meditation. The first session is launching on September 27.
Price and availability
The Fitbit Charge 5 is available online at Fitbit.com for US$ 180 (PhP 11,990), which includes a six-month Premium membership for both new and returning customers. It will also come to major retailers such as Digital Walker and Fitbit’s Official Store on Lazada and Shopee, with worldwide availability this September.
realme Air Purifier: The little things that eased my asthma
more than JUST breathing
If there’s anything two weeks of on-and-off-again asthma attacks have reminded me, it’s the fragile pair of lungs I’ve got. Besides the obvious ‘L’ I took on the genetic end of things, I don’t think I take much care of myself. I think that goes for most people despite the over-harped self-care mid-pandemic.
Obviously, this idgaf attitude towards myself had to ultimately end. So, here are a few things I had to learn to stop my lungs from feeling like they were going to collapse on themselves.
There’s a bunch of triggers to asthma. From horrible allergies to dust to stress, your lungs can feel fine one minute and then abso-fluffing-lutely not the next. So, knowing common irritants like dust, fur, smoke, and mold can help you figure out what’s causing it and how you can navigate around some irritant you can’t completely avoid–like your pets.
As someone very obsessive and stubborn, this was tricky to learn. When you’re zeroing in on work, you can often leave a lot unchecked. Stress can be a trigger too. And, you might not be tending to your fundamental needs.
Remember to pace yourself with work and tasks. Also, let yourself recover.
Have your meds nearby
You know the drill: keep your inhalers and puffs always close by. Build the habit of taking your maintenance meds on top of having your emergency inhalers close to you wherever you are.
As someone who had hopes of outgrowing my asthma, I can be a bit reckless and irresponsible on this regard. Which, when I recently had an asthma attack, was not fun to be wheezing while panic buying nebules and inhalers.
All in moderation
This circles back to knowing your triggers or ones that you’ve developed over time. You can be totally fine with your fur babies one day and then, not the next. So, when triggers are unavoidable, taper your exposure to them.
To also eliminate other possible triggers, clean your room. Dust mites and other pests can be lurking.
Do your lungs a favor
And get yourself an air purifier. Just. Do it. Real talk, the quality of the air you breathe matters so much when you’re struggling to even breathe. Which is why instead of your respiratory tract doing all the air filtering, maybe you should get something that’ll do the heavy lifting.
For me, the realme TechLife Air Purifier drastically improved my breathing. I lucked out with having it around the time I was struggling with attacks, day in and out. The Techlife Air Purifier features a HEPA H12 filter that removes 99.95 percent of 0.3-micron particles and PM2.5 pollution. Which, in a nutshell, filters everything from dust, pollen, hair, animal dander, to other allergens.
Granted, I didn’t have the air purifier to solely thank for my asthma symptoms subsiding. It helped. From resting to nebulizing every day, and running the air purifier, I slowly but surely recovered.
The realme TechLife Air Purifier has air quality sensors, wind modes, and timer options to make sure you get fresh clean air without the head-scratching confusion. So, if you have family or roommates that are struggling to breathe mid-pandemic, this is a sure buy for you. The realme TechLife Air Purifier has a price tag of PhP 5,990 on Shopee and Lazada.
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