Category: Telephones

Aug 1

This doorbell links wireless phone technology and an electronic door lock to let you talk with someone at the door and open the door using your cell phone.

waleli.pngMade by the European-based Waleli company, the phone is being marketed in Northern Europe with plans to sell it internationally.

We see several aspects of convenience and safety. People with mobility issues could talk to the person at the door, and let them in, without actually having to go to the door.

And when you are away, you can give the impression you are at home because the doorbell still would ring your phone, whether you are at work, on vacation or while running errands.

You also could open the door from afar if you’re running late and guests come early or the plumber arrives and you’re at work.

(via Gearlog.com)

Jul 25

Warning: Cait & Marty gush over Apple iPhone - again

Being gadget crazy yet technologically impaired, we are gung ho to control their home lights, appliances and security system with the iPhone Marty bought herself and then loaned to Cait, who hasn’t given it back.

iphone.pngWe know X-10 wireless gadetry that makes this work, but we see how this could give you more independence at home.

For example, using Marty’s iPhone Cait could control her TiVo (if she had one), her computer, her home security system and her lights - inside and out.

Using the iPhone as a remote control would save Cait extra steps when she inadvertently leaves the stove on and it would be lovely to light the bathroom before she walks in.

Again, remember, we know from bubkus of what we speak, but we have faith in Apple and your local Apple store or seek a geek who worships All Things Apple.

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Click here to see a brief video of the iPhone being used as a remote.

Eds Note: As we’ve noted previously, we have leaned on Apple products for years and appreciate their elegance, simplicity and intuitiveness. Apple, in our opinion, nearly has mastered the right side of the brain. Once software for Apple products easily and accurately translate speech into the written word, we will be in Code Monkey heaven.

May 2

Warning: Cait & Marty gush over an Apple Product

AT&T has introduced a new Internet and text messaging plan for the Apple iPhone designed to help people with hearing and speech impairments stay connected. The company’s new “Text Accessibility Plan” offers unlimited text messaging, Web browsing and access to e-mail for $40 a month.

Cait & Marty share an iPhone - yes, share. Marty bought it but Cait ends up using it most of the time, including on her recent trip through the American South, where she found it to be an “addictive” and easy-to-use travel aid with all its maps, wireless functions, weather reports, camera and locators.

AT&T, the exclusive provider of voice and data services for the iPhone, said the new plan is available to new and current iPhone users with qualifying disabilities through AT&T’s National Center for Customers with Disabilities (NCCD).

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(Via The State Journal)

Eds Note: Being technologically impaired, we have used Apple products for years and appreciate their elegance, simplicity and intuitiveness. In our opinion, Apple nearly has mastered the right side of the brain. Once Apple contains software that easily and accurately translates speech into the written word, we will be in Code Monkey heaven.

Jun 28

Imagine a cellphone that does nothing but make phone calls — no Internet, camera, music, text messaging, or other complicated gimmicks.

GreatCall has built one and named it the Jitterbug — a “big finger-friendly flip phone with huge light-up number buttons,” says David Pogue, the technology writer for the New York Times.

Any big-name cell carrier can beat this phone on price, network coverage and features, Pogue says. But for we aging Gimpy types, the Jitterbug is an idea that works. Learn more