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CES 2015 Gadgets: Great Or Silly?
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Stratustician
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1/7/2015 | 3:37:27 PM
Re: Scout's the winner
Great point, while these gadgets and devices sound great in teory, they need to be connected at all times.  It's easy for a coffee machine that is sitting at home with Wi-Fi streaming 24/7, but to track pets outside the Wi-Fi range? Perhaps not so useful.

Ofcourse, we are also assuming that a disembodied voice telling a dog to stop barking at birds will not wear off after they've figured out that there is no actual follow-up since you are at work.
TerryB
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1/7/2015 | 1:14:30 PM
Re: Scout's the winner
Is WiFi that pervasive now? What WiFi is it connecting to, just anyone in area who leaves their personal WiFi wide open? Surely people aren't paying $30-$50 a month for cellular data to do this?

I used to have a 20 acre "farm" in Ohio outside a city. My stupid dogs used to somehow get out of fencing all the time while I was at work and disappear into the surrounding woodlands until they tired enough to come home. I'm not seeing WiFi helping me with that, even today.
Ellis Booker
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Ellis Booker,
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1/7/2015 | 12:30:36 PM
Who wouldn't want an automatic belt?
Seems I missed one.

If you're like me, you're too busy to adjust your belt throughout the day. Enter The Belty from Emiota, which automatically adjusts to your waistline, tracks your overall heath and bugs you if you've been sitting too long. Does it shock your middle? 

 
Ariella
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1/7/2015 | 11:58:07 AM
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@soozyg That kind of system miscommunication is also in their photo service. I uploaded pictures to be printed out at my local CVS weeks ago. They claimed that they were going to be mailed rather than printed on the premise to account for a week's delay on the usual 48 hour turnaround. Then I was told that they were ready, but no one could find them. The system alert remains in place, so that each time I make a purchase, the cashier tells me I have pictues. And each time I have to tell them, that people have tried to find them twice and could not.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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1/7/2015 | 11:26:10 AM
Re: text alert programs
Ariella, thank you for the explanation!
Ariella
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Ariella,
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1/7/2015 | 11:11:35 AM
Re: text alert programs
@soozyg that's likely because CVS is inherently disorganized. We get the automated calls for prescriptions. They sometimes come only after we've picked up the refill. And on one occasion I got the call and then was told that the refill was not available. The problem was a clash of two different systems. Without my knowing it, as the doctor has the prescriptions go straight to the pharmacy and not through me, the mail order was put through. CVS's system picked up on that and so blocked the pick up. But somehow it failed to communicate that to the system that calls the patient's household.
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/7/2015 | 11:05:17 AM
Scout's the winner
The Scout pet tracker is the one item on this list that's more great than silly. The others are fun and interesting, but not necessary enough to spend good money on. The Scout 5000 would be very useful if your dog is restless and you have to leave him/her alone for long stretches. But it would probably be overkill for a calm, well-behaved dog.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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1/7/2015 | 10:25:48 AM
text alert programs
I can understand how a text alert program that is connected to a machine would work well. However, it doesn't work so well in other non-machine situations such as airline delays and prescription fill alerts. I signed up with CVS to receive text messages when my prescriptions are ready. I received one text one time and it was just after I had already paid. Haven't received one since--even though I got an email from CVS soliciting me to use the service.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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1/7/2015 | 10:22:05 AM
pet tracker
A friend of mine has the pet tracker, though it might not be the actual model mentioned--I don't know if there is more than one model out yet. He loves it. His dog is always climbing or skurrying under fences and the app has really cut down on my friend's stress!
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