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Top $10 Tech

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We take technology for granted on a daily basis. Most people equate the word technology with computer-related items despite the fact that by definition it extends far beyond that scope. Technology encompasses any inventions, gadgets, doohickies, appliances, doodads, thingamabobs, whatchamacallits, and gizmos that we use in our homes each day. They’re the little things that we have lying around, grabbing to use without even really thinking about. We know they’re there yet we don’t stop to realize how much easier our lives are for having them.

I took a tour of my house and opened my eyes to inexpensive (under ten dollars) tech gems that I take for granted, and was shocked to see how many there were. Here are just a few.

  • Batteries – Can you imagine a world without batteries? Take a glance around you right now and count how many items you see that need a battery to make them work properly. When I did this myself, I was astounded at how many there were. Imagine coming up with alternatives for all of the battery-operated things you use regularly. How much time and effort do you save by having these objects? Before the invention of batteries, we had to power our gadgets with the help of tiny dinosaurs on treadmills, and this could get quite messy after a long day.
  • Toothbrush – Yes, a toothbrush is a type of technology, and one we definitely don’t stop to think about. We simply use it – day in, and day out. Prior to an actual toothbrush being invented, our ancestors likely used their finger or a leaf to clean off their teeth IF they even thought to clean them at all. Imagine how gross you would feel – and look – if you never used one of these simple little pieces of tech. When your teeth feel like they’re wearing sweaters, it’s time to get scrubbing!
  • Earbuds – The next time you’re out in public walking around, make a conscious effort to notice how many people have earbuds sitting in their ears. Thousands of people use these on a regular basis while walking, cooking, cleaning, exercising, sitting on an airplane, or during their commute. We listen to music and podcasts, catch up on the news or our favorite shows, and generally tune out the rest of the world for those few stolen moments of solitude. Even if you’ve got nothing to plug them into, they’re nice for avoiding conversation with street corner tuba buskers and one-eyed spare change hustlers.
  • Gillette Fusion ProGlide – For men and women alike, shaving is something we do without thinking, though this hasn’t always been the case. Before the advent of the safety razor in relatively recent human history, shaving could be a quite dangerous chore that was tasked to experts. I shudder to think about how we would all look without having a simple way to shed unwanted hair -from our chins to our legs to our underarms – whatever the case may be. We want to look and feel our best, and shaving is just one of those things we do to prepare ourselves for whatever lies ahead. Until recently, I never took the time to notice how invaluable my razor is. On the other hand, think of all the gadgets I could have at the ready if I grew a gnarly gnome beard to keep them in!
  • Electric Can Opener – If you cook, you know exactly why this made my list of items. You’re busy whipping up a pot of your famous chili and have to spend fifteen minutes opening several cans of beans, tomatoes, and sauces. With one of these shiny little pieces of technology, that time is cut to just a moment or two. I am convinced it also saves me from having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my wrists. I’d make sure to rinse it between peeling open cans of dog food and peaches, though. Just saying.
  • Alarm Clock – It doesn’t matter if you use a traditional alarm clock, your cell phone, or your computer. You still likely use an alarm to wake yourself up at a certain time. Can you even imagine what time people would stumble into work or school each day if we didn’t have some type of alarm clock in our bedrooms? Very few of us have our bodies programmed to wake up automatically. I’d definitely never make it on time to morning appointments without one of these. The rooster I was using annoyed the neighbors, so I made them a nice chicken dinner as a peace offering.
  • Thermometer – If you’re a parent, you are already grateful beyond belief for these tiny little pieces of tech goodness. You can easily tell when your child has a fever. It’s not so easy to tell with the touch of a hand exactly how high that temperature may be. A kiss to the forehead may tell you that the person needs a dose of Tylenol, but it won’t tell you if they may need other medical intervention. Even as an adult, one of the first things a doctor will ask when you call them is how high your fever is running. Without the aid of a thermometer, you cannot begin to give them an accurate answer. Resist the urge to tell your doctor where he/she can stick that damned thermometer, anyway.

When one remembers that technology doesn’t only encompass things you’d find in your office, it’s easy to appreciate the things around us that we use on a daily basis. Each of the items I listed make life a little easier for us. Isn’t that what technology advancements are all about?

What inexpensive pieces of technology lying around your house do you use regularly without thinking about them? Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler…

The World’s Geekiest Toothbrush: Philips Sonicare


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Dude… pause this video and take a shower. If you already have taken one today, you’re in about the 50th percentile. Hygiene is not an achievement, trust me on this. You might even consider brushing your teeth! It may be too much to ask some of you to do so once a week, but try… just – try. If you’re looking for a Geeky toothbrush, look no further than the Sonicare Rs930.

I love the Sonicare. The Sonicare FlexCare RS930 rechargeable toothbrush, with sanitizer, features 3 two-minute brushing modes: “Clean” mode for full power and optimal cleaning, “Sensitive” mode for gentler brushing in sensitive areas, and “Massage” mode for a stimulating, soothing cleaning action. The specially engineered UV sanitizer helps eliminate bacteria commonly found on your toothbrush.

That cleaner is what makes it so Geeky, and so awesome. It shoots UV rays at the toothbrush head, cleaning and sanitizing it. I mean, seriously. Your toothbrush is in the bathroom, along with the toilet. There are germs flying around everywhere. That’s just disgusting. Do your mouth a favor and make sure you’re using a toothbrush which is sanitized prior to stuffing it in your pie hole.

There are actually proper ways to brush, did you know that? According to the American Dental Society, you should follow these tips for maximum tooth health:

  • Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gumline. Gently brush from where the tooth and gum meet to the chewing surface in short (about half-a-tooth-wide) strokes. Brushing too hard can cause receding gums, tooth sensitivity, and, over time, loose teeth.
  • Use the same method to brush all outside and inside surfaces of your teeth.
  • To clean the chewing surfaces of your teeth, use short sweeping strokes, tipping the bristles into the pits and crevices.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of your top and bottom front teeth and gums, hold the brush almost vertical. With back and forth motions, bring the front part of the brush over the teeth and gums.
  • Using a forward-sweeping motion, gently brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove the decay-causing bacteria that exist in these places.
  • Use an egg timer or play a favorite song while brushing your teeth to get used to brushing for a full 2 to 3 minutes. Some electronic toothbrushes have timers that let you know when 2 minutes are up.

The Sonicare gets my vote for the World’s Geekiest toothbrush. What’s your choice?

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Electric Toothbrushes: Sonicare vs Ultreo

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When is the last time you brushed your teeth? Hopefully it was sometime today. Right now, I’m brushing my teeth with a totally Geeky toothbrush, the Ultreo. It tells you when you need to switch quadrants in your mouth. How cool is that?
My friend Dr. Greg Birch sent me a new Ultreo Ultrasound Sonic toothbrush. I’ve been using a Sonicare toothbrush for awhile, and have been very happy with it. I had to laugh when Greg held up the identical toothbrush during our video conversation.
The Ultreo is the first power toothbrush to combine patented ultrasound waveguide technology with precisely tuned sonic bristle action. Ultreo’s bristles create microbubbles that are powerfully activated by nearly 4 million cycles of ultrasound energy per brushing channeled by a patented ultrasound waveguide. Some of the features are:

Sonic Bristles With Power Tip: Sonic action bristles with power tip clean away plaque upon contact and create microbubbles.

Patented Ultrasound Waveguide: Channels ultrasound energy into the bubbles.

Auto Shut-Off Timer: Automatically shuts off after the dental professional-recommended 2 minutes of brushing time.

Brushing Interval Signal: Signals every 30 seconds to help you clean all areas of your mouth equally.

Programmable Brush Head Replacement Indicator: When it’s time to change your brush head, the word “REPLACE” will illuminate. Programmable for 1 or 2 users per handle.

Battery Charge Status Indicator: Tells you the level of charge on the battery. With a full charge, you can use Ultreo for up to 28 brushings without additional charging.

The Ultreo boasts cleaner, healthier, and whiter teeth. It’s easy to see that it will live up to its claims.

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