iOS devices that make little sense

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Michelle Steiner, May 23, 2011.

  1. Well, at least not much sense to me.

    At 100 bucks, you can get a blood-pressure meter. There's another company
    that makes one for $129.

    For another $100, you can get the iGrill, which is a meat thermometer that
    connects to your iDevice via Bluetooth.

    Then for $169, you can get a scale that connects to the internet via WiFi;
    you can use a web browser on any computer or an iOS app to read the results
    and charts, etc. It also computes bodyfat percentage and (if you program
    your height) BMI.

    Oh, these devices are, or soon will be, available for Android too.
    Michelle Steiner, May 23, 2011
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    Jim Gibson Guest

    I would have bought that 3 years ago, when I was diagnosed with high
    blood pressure. My doctor wanted me to measure my blood pressure
    several times a day for a few weeks. I could have just bought a cheap
    blood pressure monitor and written down the values, but being a gadget
    guy, I purchased one of these:


    The software (Windows only, of course) could print measurements as
    tables or plot graphs, but there was no version for Mac. I had to boot
    up in boot camp to be able to fetch data from the device.

    Lots of people need to monitor their blood pressure daily.
    Jim Gibson, May 23, 2011
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  3. True; my BP meter stores the readings in nonvolatile memory. So does my
    glucose meter.
    Michelle Steiner, May 23, 2011
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    Wes Groleau Guest

    For a mere $400+, you can buy a home thermostat with WiFi. Includes
    software to control it from somewhere else by iPhone.

    Almost as cheap as buying an extra house key, calling a friend to go set
    your twenty dollar thermostat, and paying for his gas to get there.
    Wes Groleau, May 24, 2011
  5. As a Mac user since 1985, I have grown quite used to the concept of paying
    a premium for quality, convenience, and ease-of-use. If I had any medical
    conditions that required me to log anything, I would certainly consider a
    device that allowed data capture, storage, and display on my iPad
    (preferred) or Mac.

    And if I thought that a $169 scale would actually motivate me to
    successfully lose weight, I would buy it in an instant... :)

    I don't know about the meat thermometer, but I would be sorely tempted if
    somebody sold an under $100 ATSC tuner for the iPad...

    Quite honestly, I have been a bit disappointed that there haven't been more
    devices that connect either directly or via BT to the iPad.
    Jim Glidewell, May 24, 2011
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    Guest Guest

    or you can do that by spending much less too. there are various models
    from several different manufacturers.
    only if said friend will do so at any time day or night, regardless of
    weather, as often as you want.
    Guest, May 24, 2011
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    Doc O'Leary Guest

    Most hardware companies don't know how to become software companies.
    Doc O'Leary, May 24, 2011
  8. Nor coffee nor trucking companies either.

    One interesting hardware company made Steve Jobs the largest
    stockholder of Disney. The purpose of Pixar wasn't to make movies.

    "In no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be found,
    than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace
    to the legislature, and not to the executive department."

    - James Madison
    Howard Brazee, May 24, 2011
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    Davoud Guest

    Jim Glidewell:
    Yes. But here's a great start <>. See SkyWire
    and SkyFi. iThingie control of an astronomical telescope mount via wire
    or WiFi.

    Davoud, May 25, 2011
  10. Now, that is something that definitely makes sense.
    Michelle Steiner, May 25, 2011
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    Dillon Pyron Guest

    My BP meter stores the data in an .XLS file and looks like any other
    stick to the computer. Of course, .xls reads just fine with OOo 3.x,
    so I'm FDH.

    - dillon I am not invalid

    "You idiots, it's rape, pillage,THEN BURN!!!"
    --- chief of the Aggie Vikings
    Dillon Pyron, May 27, 2011
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    Dillon Pyron Guest

    And because there's a sucker born every minute.
    I wrote a program for the Palm III that was a learning remote for my
    VCR, TV and stereo. I even was quoted in the San Jose Mercury-Times
    (or whatever it's called) about this, although I was still writing it
    at the time. Sadly, my Palm went tango uniform when the onboard
    battery finally died and whole thing bricked itself. But it lived for
    almost 12 years.
    I still have an iPaq that I use with Mini Stumbler to war walk. Not
    as challenging as it used to be with all of the intentionally open
    WiFi locations. But still fun to find (yes, I found this one)

    Plenty of toys back then for our toys.

    Of course, why would I pay for a scope set up for an iPad when I can
    get a much faster scope for less money? But folks are doing just

    - dillon I am not invalid

    "You idiots, it's rape, pillage,THEN BURN!!!"
    --- chief of the Aggie Vikings
    Dillon Pyron, May 27, 2011
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