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Gadget Freak Review: Bluetooth Padlock; System Tracks Sleep Behavior

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Elizabeth M
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Good "Sense"
Elizabeth M   8/21/2014 9:24:06 AM
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I like the "Sense" app a lot. I have trouble sleeping and wake up a lot during the night, so sometimes in the morning I don't feel well rested because perhaps I didn't complete a proper sleep cycle. Some simple help without having to go get analyzed or something like that at a sleep clinic would be appreciated.

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Re: Good "Sense"
Cadman-LT   8/21/2014 10:18:09 AM
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I don't know Elizabeth. I have really bad trouble sleeping too, but I don't see how this can help with that. I still have to get up. All it seems to do is tell me how bad of a night I had, which I already know. But, seeing from how much money they got, I must be wrong. Pretty sure I know what they mean by a proper sleep cycle, I'm also pretty sure I haven't had one in years...lol

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Re: Good "Sense"
AnandY   8/21/2014 2:36:24 PM
@Elizabeth: Sense is a good app, granted, but when will be an app developed that helps us to sleep faster and also sleep deeper? The app can enable the smartphone to fire off waves that will sync with the brain waves and instruct the brain to go to sleep. It is not impossible, just needs the proper funding.

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Re: Good "Sense"
Nancy Golden   8/21/2014 10:49:37 PM
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I am very skeptical of Sense - in theory it sounds good but in real world application I think it has a lot of challenges. One I can think of right off the bat which is not addressed in their FAQs is how does it distinguish having to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and the "half-asleep" state they describe as what they define as the correct prelude for getting up (which will cause the alarm to go off)? While I am not a fan - apparently lots of folks have bought into it. From what I have heard, Kickstarter crowd funding does not require much in the way of credibility - the burden falls on the person investing. It will be interesting to see how this product does in the future.

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Re: Good "Sense"
Ralphy Boy   8/22/2014 12:45:03 PM
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I can see the sleep Sense helping in some cases to aid in identifing middle of the night rousing events. For instance, perhaps a certain neighbor leaves to or returns from work at 3 am every night. Their lights on your window, or the sound of their car door closing might be enough to disturb a sleep.

 

Over a short period of time something like that would show up as a well-documented repeating event which might then be addressable.

 

Same thought with bathroom trips. I don't know but it might be better to a night's sleep to get up and go at a pre-set time as opposed to tossing for an hour every night starting around 1 am... only to get up and go at 2 am.

 

I would like to see that one also have a db register/record. Though I would stop short of actually recording sounds. I want no record of what I mumble in my sleep.   

 

As to the Noke lock, nice gift for a gadget lover... Especially one that bikes or has some other reason to use a padlock frequently. My locking cable is made for a bike though and they need to get away from the bulky padlock to make me want this for my ride.

 

I looked at cell phone controllable home alarm systems a while back. Some of those included remotely controllable door locks. It is a cool tech. I may do one of those on my front door at my retirement place soon. If not phone controllable I'll go with the RFID card lock. We have those at work and they are pretty good. And extra cards are a breeze to set up, hand out, collect and cancel.   

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Re: Good "Sense"
Daniyal_Ali   8/24/2014 6:14:09 AM
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Cool. I never thought we could analyze so much about our self while we sleep.

P.S: The alarm clock wasn't enough?! Now we have to deal with this! Lol.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Good "Sense"
Elizabeth M   8/25/2014 7:33:23 AM
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Ah, Daniyal, I know what you mean. I am one of those people fortunate enough to not have to use an alarm to wake up, because I have a flexible work schedule (I use an alarm only if I need to be up really early for something), and your comment made me think what a luxury that is. Imagine just sleeping through until you've gotten a decent night's sleep instead of being jarred awake by a machine! So the idea of even more intrusion into sleep probably isn't that inviting. Then again, as I said in my previous comment, because my sleep is often interrupted, it might be nice to know how I can change that.

Daniyal_Ali
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Re: Good "Sense"
Daniyal_Ali   8/27/2014 10:38:10 AM
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*Sigh*

I envy you. But we are all not as lucky as you are.
And yes, if my sleep is uninterrupted i would love to see the analysis too.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Good "Sense"
Elizabeth M   8/28/2014 7:16:16 AM
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Indeed, Daniyal, I thank my lucky stars every day. ;) But if it's any consolation, today I used an alrm! And yes, any device that can help me figure out why my sleep is so disturbed would be a handy device for me.

Cadman-LT
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Noke
Cadman-LT   8/21/2014 10:14:16 AM
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I like the Noke. They seem to have addressed everything. I had concerns, but as I read through, they had already thought oif them all.

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naperlou   8/21/2014 11:26:03 AM
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I agree with you, Cadman-LT.  When I started reading and looked at the picture, I had misgivings, but they overcame them with the list of features.  The history is very important.  The problem with a padlock is that someone could have opend it and, generally, you would not know.  This is really nice.

AnandY
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The hand guided plane
AnandY   8/21/2014 2:33:57 PM
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I really like the idea of a hand guided plane. It seriously makes other things possible. For example, such gloves can be worn by pizza delivery men who would use such aeroplanes (or drones) to deliver pizzas. It can also be used in the military to direct missiles and set up beacons.

Daniyal_Ali
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Daniyal_Ali   8/24/2014 6:09:36 AM
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Those examples you mentioned can also be implemented by using the remote controlled plane as well. The thing that i love about the hand-guided plane is that it makes the controlling easier and gets rid of the remote. So it kind of adds fun to the whole idea of remote controlled planes, and makes it more realistic.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Maybe go with a 100 year-old Lagacy
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/22/2014 3:43:30 PM
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I like the idea of the Noke proximity lock; it is identical in concept to my Nissan Altima Keyless entry system.  I didn't realize how much I would love the keyless-entry/keyless-ignition system until I actually got a new car that had that option as a standard feature.  It is a great innovation, and I certainly have grown very accustomed to it. 

My only thought about the Noke as a product might be the robustness of the lock itself.  I would think a good business approach would be to get the Noke project going on Kickstarter, but immediately license the technology to a 100 year old Lock Company, such as Diebold, Master, or Schlage for example.  Let the experienced lock manufactures expand their 21st century product line, without risking lock integrity.

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Re: Maybe go with a 100 year-old Lagacy
William K.   8/22/2014 5:16:02 PM
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Not even with a reputable hundred year old company. Given that it must be turned on to work, somebody w9ill keep messing with it and run down the battery in a hurry. And how do you open it without a functional battery? Some clue was given that it could happen, but then why bother with the phone control mode? And no matter what the thing will not be weather proof, and water-resistant is no place near weather proof.

Also I have serious reservations about the overall ruggedness, since it must come apart to change the battery.

mrdon
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Re: Maybe go with a 100 year-old Lagacy
mrdon   8/23/2014 9:40:50 PM
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William K

Good observation. If the batteries need to be replaced with the lock, the safety integrity of the device has been comprised. I hope instead of replacing the batteries via a compartment, the lock uses LiPoly ion batteries for rapid charging.

William K.
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Re: Maybe go with a 100 year-old Lagacy
William K.   8/23/2014 9:51:09 PM
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If charging terminals are accessable with the lock engaged then they will be a real challenge to eplace. There is no reasonable way to do anything inside a padlock with a battery, and so I conclude that the whole conceprt is deffective.

mrdon
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Re: Maybe go with a 100 year-old Lagacy
mrdon   8/23/2014 9:54:48 PM
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WilliamK

It does seem the lock has some obvious security deficiencies. I'm curious to see how the Kickstarter campaign is moving along for this product concept.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Maybe go with a 100 year-old Lagacy
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   8/25/2014 9:33:08 AM
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Being a custom product designer, I've designed many robust products beyond "weather-resistant" --  (some even submersible) -- which have changeable batteries;  so that's not really a difficult hurdle to overcome.  More to your other point, where the  integrity of the lock "body" itself may be something less than solid to accommodate battery , circuitry & antenna.  That was the original though behind the comment to let an experienced lock company to do it.  ( ,,,and I just notice I spelled "Legacy" wrong in the Red Headline!  [Sorry!]  )

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