Tech Talk Thursday: Apps & Gadgets – Bonus Edition!

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Today is HSL Info Expo day! By popular demand, we’ll be showcasing some cool “Apps & Gadgets.” This winter’s Info Expo theme is “New Year, New You” and we’ll be focusing on exercise, fitness, and nutrition apps and gadgets to help you meet your goals for a better you in 2017. We could go and on and on about this subject because there are SO many cool gizmos out there, especially when it comes to health and fitness, but since we’re limited to just fifteen minutes, we thought we would bring you some of the apps and gadgets that didn’t make the cut (but are still pretty awesome, and you should totally check them out!).


Charity Miles app

Charity Miles app

 Charity Miles  

Free from iTunes or Google Play Store.

This week some of us participated in “Giving Tuesday” after the craziness of post-Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. The Charity Miles app is a great way to keep that momentum going. The app not only tracks your walking, running, and biking, but also allows you to earn money for your favorite charities. Each time you use the app, various sponsors like Humana and Johnson & Johnson, who display their information in the form of ads, agree to donate a few cents for each mile you complete. Every little bit helps!


RunSocial app

RunSocial app


Free from iTunes or Google Play Store

Stuck running on a treamill all the time? I know I am! RunSocial helps you spice up those boring indoor workouts by providing you real-world videos of gorgeous locations to watch while you run. See an avatar of yourself and others (hence the “social” part!) and feel like you’re running through Paris, on the beach, and other awesome places. RunSocial even tracks your running speed for a more lifelike experience. Watch on your iPad or even a larger screen for an amazing run.


Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

$49.99 from

Amazon’s sleek hands-free, voice-controlled speaker featuring Alexa (Amazon’s virtual butler akin to Apple’s Siri) allows you to not only play music throughout your entire house, but also control the various smart devices in your home to turn on and of lights, fans, thermostats, etc.; answer questions, read the news or recipes out loud; set alarms; shop; and so much more.





 $89.99 from

Reliefband is a “clinically proven, FDA cleared” wearable treatment for nausea and vomiting from morning sickness, motion sickness, or virtual reality (VR) gaming. Relief band, which looks like a watch, works by emitting gentle pulses to the underside of your wrist. These create tingling sensations in your palm and middle fingers, which in turn activate certain neural pathways in your body to alleviate symptoms of nausea. No medication and no side effects!

 We hope some of these apps and gadgets inspire you to become a healthier and fitter you in 2017. We look forward to seeing some of our COM colleagues at Info Expo at noon today!




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