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ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring On ANY Apple Watch With AliveCor’s ‘KardiaBand’.

by Anura Guruge

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Link to AliveCor’s product page.

This is pretty clever BUT, at present, too limited in that it ONLY works with Apple Watches & exploitatively priced!

It is definitely worth $99 and I say that as somebody who just a month ago bought a $99 ‘KardiMobile‘ that works with BOTH Android & Apple and does NOT require the $99 Premium Membership.

IF they make one that is Garmin compatible and does NOT require the Premium Membership I will get one — as long as the strap is not too ugly.

Great idea. Poor execution.

I have noticed this with AliveCor. They seem DESPERATE for cash. Continually trying to get you to buy membership.

I am not sure what the PATENT situation is with this technology. I would LOVE to see others enter the arena and make an effort to work with Garmin.

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Do I Plan To Upgrade From My Google Pixel 2 To The Pixel 3 That Was Announced Today?

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Honestly, right this minute I have no intentions of upgrading. I am fairly happy with my Google Pixel 2 and don’t see that much of a ‘Big Bang’ in the Pixel 3 to justify an upgrade. IF they had come up with new camera hardware that would have been a whole different matter. Two cameras, for wide-selfies, doesn’t excite me that much — especially since I take selfies, my-way, using the REAR camera.

So for now I have no plans to upgrade.

I know that Google will do its best to convince me with offers. Maybe next year.

Yes, today I traded up to a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus from my older Fenix 5. But, I got a real sweet deal on that.

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IF I Didn’t Have A Real Camera I Would Consider This ‘Pictar Pro’ For My Google Pixel 2.

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IF I didn’t have a real camera (or in my case two, i.e., Sony a7 II & Nikon P900) I would consider getting this ‘Pictar Pro‘ to use with my Google Pixel 2 phone. I miss having a GRIP and control wheels. But, I can’t justify it. If I want the feel of a real camera I can use one of my real cameras. Yes, I use the Google Pixel 2 phone in places, e.g., shows, where I cannot take a camera — BUT I can see that using this will lead to trouble. Does make your phone look like a camera.

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Respected ‘The Verge’ Claims That Google Pixel 2 Camera Is Better Than That On iPhone X!

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Click here for ‘The Verge’ original — in FULL.

The equally credible “Android Central” then joined in.

Of course I am chuffed. I should be. The above post says it all. I did a ton of research before I opted for my Google Pixel 2 because of its camera.

It sure takes some wonderful pictures and you can’t deny that. But, the Samsung Galaxy S9, from what I can see, takes pictures as good, if NOT better. That is why I am blown away to hear that the latest iPhone can’t beat the Pixel 2’s year old technology. That is quite the thing.

It is all subjective in the end. I tend to be very critical of the pictures I take and I tend to look at them on a BIG screen. That shows a level of detail that you don’t see on a phone’s screen. Plus,to paraphrase the bumper sticker seen on cars: “my other camera is a full-frame Sony a7 II“! So, I have that as a comparison too.

This was a picture I took with my Google Pixel 2 two weeks ago. Just a point-and-shoot, outside of Uno’s in Concord, NH. I was blown away when I saw it. That is pretty close to perfection. I would have had a hard time capturing that with my Sony a7 II!

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Overcoming My ‘Apple Watch 4’ ECG ENVY With $99 ‘Add On’ To My Garmin Fenix 5.

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One of the articles I read about the ECG feature on the newly announced Apple Watch Series 4 mentioned this ‘Alivecor‘ device — BUT said it was only compatible with iPhones. I think they also alluded that Apple might have got their ECG technology from Alivecor.

So, this morning I did some digging around. The first thing I discovered, to my delight, was that it had some Android capability and listed the Google Pixel with Android 8. Well, I have a Google Pixel 2 with Android 9, but I knew that I was going to be OK. Well, the APP, ‘Kardia‘, downloaded and installed, no problem. I even have an account set up.

Well, $99 is a CHEAP price to pay for an ECG monitor, especially if you are labelled as ‘heart attack waiting to happen‘. The last time I was taken to ER with a suspected heart attack, I ended up coughing up around $600 and all that was wrong with me was but a broken rib above my heart from falling on my shovel while shoveling snow — and that had been 2 weeks previously. Waste of money. Well, when I started to order it, Amazon told me I had $64.76 in AMAZON REWARD POINTS and $18.65 on a Gift Card (most likely because I had complained about anorder that got screwed up). It was going to cost me a GRAND TOTAL of $15.59.

$15.59 to overcome my Apple Watch 4 Envy — and I didn’t have to get an iPhone. Too good to be true.

I should have it Saturday. It should be interesting. Actually, I am DREADING it. My heart is pretty dicky. So, this thing can force me to start seeing a cardiologist on a daily basis. Hhhhmmm.

I will, of course, tell you what I think and find. Keep your fingers crossed for I. Thanks.

P.S. — I know that it STRICTLY is NOT an ‘Add On’ to my Garmin Fenix 5. But, now I don’t have to get rid of my Fenix 5. 

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Flowers Of “Made On Earth”, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — July 9, 2018.

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Taken with my Google Pixel 2.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Made on Earth“, the iconic, landmark store in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (the ‘Oldest Summer Resort‘ in the US), and I go back 25-years when I first started visiting them and getting to know the owners and their son. Well, last year, ‘Mary Beth’, the famous owner, asked me to help her with her Website. That was special. So, it is not often that I can visit Wolfeboro without stopping by “Made on Earth“.

That was also the case yesterday and in the Summer there is an added bonus. Mary Beth maintains an exquisite plot of earthly delights in from of her store. So, here are some pictures from Mary Beth’s “Made on Earth”. They were too delectable to be lumped in with my other pictures of ‘The Flowers of Wolfeboro — July 9, 2018‘.

Enjoy. If you are in Wolfeboro you really must swing by. It will make you smile, inside and out.

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