Hello Lumio!

Sometimes you find some cool gadgets when you least expect it. This one was recently spied by Jody Victor’s crew on Shark Tank. This gadget even started a bidding war between most of the sharks.

So what is it? It is called Lumio Book Lamp. It looks like a book or journal. When you open it (it can go to 360°), it lights up. You can rest it like an open book flat on a surface or standing up. The end covers are also magnetic so you can stick them to metal cabinets, refrigerator or anywhere you have metal.

With the accessories you can clip it when you open to full extent. There are also pegs to stand it up. Presently they are being sold at several art museums around the country and online. The rechargeable batteries are charged via USB.

It currently comes in two size. The mini is ready for presale for $100.00 right now with 3 color options: orange/black; red/gray; yellow/navy blue. The regular price is $125.00. It measures 3.75″ W x 5.5″ H x .875″ thick and weighs about 0.75 lbs. The ambient light for the mini will continue for up to 10 hours of continuous use.

The full-size Lumio Book Lamp comes in dark walnut or blonde maple and sells for $190.00. It is 6.5″ W x 8.5″ H x 1.25″ thick and weighs about 1.5 lbs. The ambient light will continue for up to 8 hours of continuous use.

Not every one uses the Internet

Jody‘s crew found an article citing one in seven Americans don’t use the Internet. In the article, Steven Vaughan-Nichols talks about a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project from May 2013 that 34% of the Americans not using the Internet aren’t even interested in it. They say it’s not relevant to them. 32% say it’s not easy to use, frustrating, and they are afraid of spam, hackers, spyware. 19% state it’s too expensive to own a computer or pay for connection.

Nearly half of the non-Internet users are over 65. Maybe some of you tech-savvy youngsters can help your family connect!

Jody Victor® discovers a site dealing with communication and technology manners

Jody Victor wondered about proper communications with today’s technology and found a site that has several articles dealing with “etiquette” by Emily Post.

She has a section on being a Good Conversationalist which also covers some American sign language. Another section on Notes and Letters that includes E-vitations, a section on telephone, cellphone, and texting manners, a section on personal communication devices which includes articles on smartphone and tablet use, video and conference call etiquette, mobile and texting manners. Finally there is a section on computers and communication which covers iPad etiquette, using computers in public, LinkedIn networking tips and email tips.

Jody hopes you will take the time to read some of these articles.

Jody Victor® finds out about Raspberry Pi

Yum – that sounds good! But it’s spelled wrong!

No, Jody, it isn’t – Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It can do many of the things your desktop computer can do … for as little as $25!

Currently there are 2 models: A and B. Model A has 256 MB memory, one USB port. Model B has 512 MB memory, 2 USB ports and an ethernet port with necessary networking chip.

It is just a circuit board – cases, power supplies etc are extra.

Raspberry Pi is a charity-based organization registered in the UK. The idea behind it was to put more computers in the hands of children for their education. This small computer has captured the interest of developing countries in areas where they can’t afford the power, hardware, and connections necessary to run desktop computers. Some people have even expressed interest in incorporating it into a robot.

Unfortunately, due to high demand, sales of the B Model have temporarily been suspended.

Jody Victor, we will have to get on the list to get one!