2018 New technology gadgets
So I was intrigued when I recently got an email about Foci, a wearable device designed to boost focus. I’ve tried more organic traffic
routes — dabbling (albeit superficially) in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness techniques — but my efforts were in vain against the omnipresent tug of my iPhone and the many senseless wonders of the World Wide Web. I asked them to send me a product for review and hoped I’d find a newfound, distraction-free mentality.
Foci is a biometric wearable that looks a lot like a bluetooth earpiece. The only difference — and this is important — is that you wear it on your waist instead of your face. The device uses tiny sensors to track your breathing patterns (which research and thousands of years of practice have linked to the mind) and runs them through a machine learning algorithm, which the creators say helps the device identify your cognitive state and keep your mind on track if it begins to wander. When you veer towards distraction, a few soft vibrations bring new technology gadgets it to your attention.
A WEARABLE FOR THE AGE OF MASS DISTRACTION
But the Lets Note line offers more on one machine than I've ever seen before. Many of the models on display at the Yodobashi store in Osaka had every port we could dream of: USB C, three regular electronic gadgets USBs, an SD card slot, options to plug into projectors, monitors and TVs, and a slot for a SIM card, so if you’re not in a Wi-Fi zone, you can go online via your wireless cell network.
Oh, and the screen pulls out and becomes a fully functioning tablet as well. The products start at around $1,300 and go up to $2,000.
For some reason, Panasonic, best known in the U.S for TVs and cameras, has chosen not to sell the Lets Note line in the U.S. But oh, if we could have these specs.
The Panasonic Let's Note series is Japan’s answer to the popularity of Apple MacBooks and MacBook Air laptops in the U.S. These are a premium, more expensive line of computers that are displayed as Made in Japan, a signal to local consumers that differentiates them from Chinese-made Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Apple, Dell high tech gadgets and other computers.
Call it what you will — addiction, obsession, or some strange form of cyborg dependency — but, whatever it is, our relationship with technology is fraught and unwell.
Whatever it is, our relationship with technology is fraught and unwell.
Panasonic bills the Let's Note laptops as the lightest laptops available today. This may or not be true, but in our comparison test, an Apple MacBook Air vs. a Lets Note, the Panasonic felt half the weight.
One of the most obvious issues is our inability to focus for more than a few minutes on end. It’s like we live our lives in little vignettes, punctuated by moments when we check the phone. If an alien civilization started observing humans just a decade ago, they’d probably assume cellphones were a power source we use to recharge.