US$59.99 Tesla Watch Steampunk Chronometer for that special Christmas Geek

With the current obsession with smartwatches, it’s good to note that very few of them have been made for the Fandom crowd or the Tech geek.

After all, a longer battery life and the ability to withstand wear, tear as in the case of the Garmin Forerunner 15 (Deer, 2015, July 23) with a dash of water resistance as with the Garmin Vivofit 2 (Deer, 2015, July 22) are compelling reason to buy a fitness tracker.

But if you’ve purchased the US$19.99 16-Bit Game Controller Doormat and Critical Hit D20 Doormat (Deer, 2015, January 19), you’d be thinking to up your geek cred with something you can actually wear!

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That’s where the US$59.99 Tesla Watch, (ThinkGeek, 2015, August 27) a Chronometer that says a lot about the wearer admiration for Nikola Tesla, the Father of Telecom and our current modern era powered by Alternating Current Generators.

Built with a steampunk aesthetic that’s sure to please, the weather beaten brass look of the 304 stainless steel case reminds me of those old brass locks or even the SuperMags (Deer, 2015, July 14) from Trintec Industries that adorn my refrigerator.

So aside from looking so retro that it’ll make even Hipsters swoon, what else is there other than aesthetics to compel to you to spend US$59.99 on a chronometer?

US$59.99 Tesla Watch boosts your Geek cred with a Steampunk Chronometer

The super-accurate Japanese Movement Tesla Watch has two (2) faux vacuum tubes, really LED who’s function you can turn on an off via the dial that’s reminiscent of a pressure gauge dial.

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Despite being a battery powered beauty, it still comes with an ornamental winding key to add to that steampunk aesthetic.

The Watch face itself, made of glass, is two separate faces, with the larger 1” diameter face having dials to track the hours and minutes and a smaller dial in the upper left of the watch face to track the seconds.

The total diameter of the watch is 1.6” and the total height of the entire Tesla Watch including the vacuum tubes is 2.7”.

With so many mechanical parts, the Tesla Watch consumers a lot of power and requires three (3) batteries to maintain its accuracy:

  • SR626SW button cell batteries for minutes/hour watch face
  • SR521SW button cell batteries for seconds watch face
  • CR2032 button cell batteries for LEDs

A 1.2” wide leather strap that fits a wrist 6.75” to 8” completes the look of the weathered-brass look of this adorable one-of-a-kind US$59.99 Tesla Watch. My only complaint is that for all its trappings, it could at least have been made waterproof.

Also making some part of this chronometer Solar Powered with a rechargeable battery would not have hurt its accuracy, albeit the year long lifespan would have been significantly curtailed.

The US$59.99 Tesla Watch, which comes in an elegant carrying case made of tin, will make an excellent wristwatch tribute to the greatness of Nikola Tesla for that geek (Kooser, 2015) in your life…especially when playing Dungeons and Dragons at your apartment!

Here’s the link:

Tesla Watch Chronometer from ThinkGeek


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How to use Alternative Treatments for Asthma and Bronchitis

“Bronchitis is an inflammation of the large airways. Bronchitis can be caused by a number of different things, most commonly infections”

Professor of medicine and associate director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Texas Houston Medical School, Richard Castriotta, MD, speaking about the difference between Asthma and Bronchitis.

I’m a chronic sufferer from Bronchitis, not Asthma, as I may have previously mentioned (Deer, 2015, May 1) on my Blog My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica. The two diseases are very similar (Vann, 2011), but have important differences.

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My doctor and my parents have set me straight on the facts, as I’d have died a long time ago, really. BOTH Asthma and Bronchitis (Zanni, 2013) are lung disease that involve the inflammation of the bronchial tubes, making it hard for the sufferer to breathe.

However, Asthma is a chronic disease whereas Bronchitis can either be:

  • Acute (short term)
  • Chronic (long term)

This inflammation is caused either by infections or exposure to irritants, such as cigarette smoke, blocking the airways to the lungs. Mucus is produced by the bronchial tubes resulting in the sufferer having a persistent cough, the body’s way of clearing the blocked passage way in order to breathe.

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In the case of Asthma, this persistent cough (Campbell, 2015, May 18) is often accompanied by repeated flare ups of the disease with the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Wheezing during an attack

Bronchitis on the other hand, has on peculiar symptom (Vann, 2011) that differentiates it from Asthma; a mild fever:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Wheezing during an attack

Albeit the condition is often associated with smokers, I assure you, I do not smoke, but I do get attacks when around people who smoke. Both Asthma and Bronchitis can be caused by smoke from cigarettes, cigars, Industrial smoke (Esposito, 2015) and even e-cigarettes!

The cause of both diseases is unknown but attacks are triggered by a variety of stimuli:

  • Allergies
  • Air pollution
  • Respiratory infections
  • Emotions
  • Weather conditions
  • Sulfites in food and certain medications

So what drugs are there to treat Asthma and Bronchitis? Well I can tell you what I use!

Current Asthma Medication – Why I absolutely hate Salbutamol and Beclometasone inhalers

There are many medical treatments for Asthma or Bronchitis, mainly involving taking Salbutamol pills or the use of a Salbutamol and Beclometasone inhalers.

Salbutamol (C13H21NO3) is also called albuterol and is often marketed as Ventolin, Ventoline, Ventilan, Aerolin, or Ventorlin.

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It’s used as a relief of bronchospasm, the rapid contraction of the bronchial smooth muscles during a Chronic Asthma or Bronchitis or a combination of both plus emphysema called COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

Salbutamol’s side effect (Wikipedia, 2015, August 27) includes:

  • Anxiety
  • Arrhythmia
  • Disturbances of sleep and behaviour
  • Dry mouth
  • Fine tremor
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Myocardial ischemia
  • Palpitation
  • Tachycardia

Beclometasone, more properly called Beclometasone Dipropionate, (C28H37ClO7), potent glucocorticoid steroid, is used to reduce the formation of more mucus.

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This means it’s a prophylactic of Asthma, preventing a simple Bronchitis attach from escalating into a Bronchial Asthma attack.

Side effects from the use of Beclometasone include:

  • Cough upon inhalation
  • Deposition on the tongue and throat
  • Headache
  • Hoarseness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Pain
  • Smell similar to burning plastic
  • Unpleasant taste
  • Visual changes

I usually take the Salbutamol as 4mg pills of Salbutamol Sulpate, and I have both a Salbutamol and Beclometasone inhalers on standby at all times.

But I dislike the taste of these medications as well as their side effects. Salbutamol Sulphate pills causes your heart to race if you take more than two (2) them and without the Beclometasone inhaler, their effects take a good 20 minutes to kick in fully.

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By then your heart is racing and pumping at a phenomenal rate, implying that this is really a steroid and can potentially give you a heart attack or a serious stroke.

But worse to me is the inhalers, especially if you have the combined Salbutamol/Beclometasone inhalers. I’ve found that the best way to alleviate those symptoms is to just simply sterilize my inhalers with alcohol with bleach before use and then brush my teeth immediately after to get rid of the taste.

This as I often get a throat cold every time I use my inhalers, as often, albeit covered with their caps, I don’t clean them after each use as dust, mucus and spit may swirl and congregate on them inside of my bag where I keep them while attention the MICO University College.

This unpleasantness has forced me to seek alternative treatments

Alternatives for Asthma and Bronchitis Sufferers – Dietary change and Medicinal Herbs and Spices

Some simple alternative remedies such as acupuncture, massage and herbal remedies (Parikh, 2015) can bring relief from the symptoms without the need to resort to taking drugs.

However, I’ve been exploring herbal remedies, especially as I do spend a lot of time shopping downtown (Deer, 2015, May 7) and I realize a change of diet to vegetables and less meat has been doing me a world of good.

First, you’ll have to change your diet and lifestyle (Vann, 2011) to prevent the condition that causes an Asthma, Bronchitis or COPD Attack from occurring:

  • Don’t expose yourself to triggers that case an attack
  • Don’t smoke, and avoid being around cigarette smoke
  • Get a pneumonia shot
  • Get an annual flu shot
  • Remove salt from your diet

That last bit of advice on the pneumonia shot applies if you are over age 65 with emphysema, diabetes, and heart disease.

But back to the herbal remedies! I’ve have had experience with making alcoholic suspensions via organic separation method, particularly with Marijuana (Deer, 2013, October 24), so these methods can be expanded to preparing your own home remedies.

The following herbs and spices that you can find in Downtown Kingston are great for Asthma and Bronchitis:

  • Coffee
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Marijuana
  • Mustard Oil
  • Noni Wine

Masticate them and make an alcoholic suspension to preserve them for use later or use distilled water (Deer, 2013, February 5) to boil a tea and drink. I’ve been using them and they all provide relief, sometimes without even drinking but from merely inhaling the vapours.

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Noni (Deer, 2014, October 31) also works to relieve Asthma, Bronchitis and COPD, though it’s harder to prepare and requires skill for extraction.

These alternatives work without any of the side effect and as I’ve used them all, I can personally attest to their curative properties.

Here’s the link:

Home Remedies for Asthma


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Why Sony’s Aerosense VTOL Drones will make US$82.6 million by 2020

“By making it automated, drones will be considerably safer because many of accidents today are caused by human errors”

Chief Executive of Aerospace and ZMP, Hisashi Taniguchi in a News Conference, commenting on their Drone Services to be provided by joint partnership company Aerosense

Sony had launched a Drone Services company (Deer, 2015, July 25) called Aerosense in partnership with Japanese robotics and automation company, ZMP.

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Their plan is to make money from providing Drone services to corporate and Enterprise clients as follows:

  • Aerial Surveillance
  • Cadastral Mapping Services
  • Plant Inspection services

These clients may need Drones to perform specific task but don’t want all the hassle of owning a drone. This means their potential client base is very wide:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Oil Exploration
  • Telecoms
  • Town Planning

However, I haven’t seen their drone in action. Until now!

Sony’s Aerosense Drones – Low-Maintenance Autonomous VTOL Drones

According to an article from the Wall Street Journal (Mochizuki, 2015), their drone has some interesting specs:

  • 2 Hours maximum flight time
  • 6 km/h (106 mph) maximum speed
  • 98 kg (22 lb) maximum laden weight

Most likely it can acts as both a surveillance drone as well as perform the function of delivering packages as part of its service offering. I suspect it might also have defensive capabilities as well (Matyszczyk, 2015) being as weapons can be mounted on drones.

CEO of Aerospace and ZMP, Hisashi Taniguchi, is projecting revenues of US$82.6 million (Y10 billion) in revenue by 2020, which based on this video below, is certainly possible.

More interestingly, these drones are VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing); they take off vertically and then switch to forward motion via rotating the central propellers as shown in the video.

This versatile feature plus the fact that these drones fly autonomously without a human pilot makes them potentially very desirable to potential clients. They are low maintenance and can be programmed by the client to survey and inspect areas based on coordinates and possibly using image recognition software to spot certain features.

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No word on any collision avoidance technology or if they can work in groups or swarms, (Deer, 2015, May 14) something Amazon has been pursuing. However, they’ll have some difficulty with their business in the US of A (Deer, 2015, February 15) and Jamaica (Deer, 2015, August 14), as in both jurisdictions Aviation Authority doesn’t permit remote piloted autonomous drones.

Still, this is one amazing machine to watch in action and I certainly hope they achieve their aim of making profit from this service by 2020.


  1. Deer, L. (2015, August 14). JCAA Drones Regulations – Why GOJ Double-Standard suggest Commercial Drone Pilot Licenses are coming. Retrieved from
  2. Deer, L. (2015, February 15). FAA’s Regulations for Drones – How UAS Benefit American Economy despite Restrictive FAA Regulations by 2016. Retrieved from
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  4. Deer, L. (2015, May 14). Amazon’s Prime Air Patent – How Swarm Intelligence pilots @Amazon Autonomous Drones via White Spaces Network with Call Center Agent Personal Touch. Retrieved from
  5. Matyszczyk, C. (2015, August 25). Watch Sony’s new drone take off like a chopper. Retrieved from
  6. Mochizuki, T. (2015, August 24). Sony Venture Unveils Drone Prototype. Retrieved from



How Twitter and Google partner for Desktop Search Breaking News Tweets

Twitter and Google have now entered a partnership to make tweets searchable on the Desktop (Schwartz, 2015) as well as mobile.

So says their official tweet announcing the partnership, which they’d been experimenting with since May 2015 (Wiggers, 2015) and then later down in August 2015 (Sullivan, 2015 August), based on changes noticed in Search Engine results.

Now you can search for a twitter account, #hashtag or Trending topic (Nield, 2015) and have the results appear in desktop search. You’ll get a rotating carousel of Tweets in English at the Top or at the bottom depending on your search query and you can even click on tweets in the requested Twitter profile.

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The partnership makes sense as Twitter is the No. 1 place for Breaking News on the Internet, a fact that Twitter is seeking to exploit this fact with Project Lightning (Deer, 2015, August 15), which seeks to leverage the fact that they’re a source of Breaking News.

Exciting times are ahead for Twitter, as an IPO might be in the works. A partnership with Google will definitely be to their advantage and also help Google build up some Social Media standing.


  1. Deer, L. (2015, August 15). Twitter’s new 10,000 Character DM Limit – How Social Media News can grow @Twitter in untapped Developing World Markets. Retrieved from
  2. Nield, D. (2015, August 22). Google-Twitter integration arrives for Desktop Search Results. Retrieved from
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How US$149 Pocketscan Wireless Scanner makes Document Scanning easy

Remember the Pocketscan, the kickstarter for the world’s smallest Wireless handheld (Deer, 2014, June 24) scanner made by Switzerland-based Dacuda back in June 2014?

Well, the Kickstarter had succeeded with some 4,586 backers pledging some US$542,732 (Edwin, 2015) making it one of the most successful kickstarters in history.

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The US$149 product allows you to scan whole pages of text, images and graphic and wirelessly send it to a Wireless Printer, such as the US$89 Canon Pixma MG5620 (Deer, 2015, April 29) for college student or the more business-friendly (Deer, 2015, August 6) Epson EcoTank Wireless Printer Series.

Pocketscan Wireless Scanner – Desktop Scanning in the palm of your hands

The Pocketscan has dimensions of 95 x 50 x 27 mm (2” x 3.75” x 1”) and weighs in at 85g.

It’s powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion Battery and is able to synch to your Smartphone, Desktop, Laptop or even directly to your Printer via Bluetooth. In case your smartphone is not close by, its internal memory can hold some four hundred (400) scans.

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It recognizes all popular formats of paper be it Letter size, Legal or A4 just to name a few and has an eye-poppin’ scan resolution of 400 dpi. It can even translate what it scans in about one hundred and thirty (130) different languages, allowing the Blind to read non-braille Text.

Best of all it works with Windows, Mac OS, Apple iOS and Google Android products and an App exists for both smartphone and Tablet.

Pocketscan has Pocket sized problems – Bluetooth Synching device versus Apps on smartphones

That said, it will give some difficulty to synch up with your smartphone or device (Sawers, 2015) and you’ll have to master the scrubbing motion required to properly scan a surface.

But the results are astounding when compared to other scanning products such as the free Google Handwriting Input App (Deer, 2015, April 21), which uses the smartphone camera and OCR (Optical Character recognition) software to convert text, images and graphic and save them to a file on your smartphone.

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Another free App Challenger, the Microsoft Office Lens OCR Scanner, can turn your smartphone into a Microsoft Office Scanner (Deer, 2015, April 12) that saves what it scans to either Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel Documents.

Those free apps might be convenient, but their prone to the vagaries of your smartphone camera’s imaging CCD (Charge Coupled Device) megapixel count, the lighting conditions in the surroundings, presence of a flash to provide illumination and the steadiness of your hand.

The Pocketscan has its own built in LED light that illuminates the surface of the object it’s scanning, resulting in very clean scan of even old, degraded documents.

This might be a problem though, as museum curators cannot afford to damage their old manuscripts by running a portable scanner all over its surface. Also, although it can translate some one hundred and thirty (130) languages, it can’t solve mathematical equations like the Photomath App (Deer, 2014, October 29), a High School Mathematics student’s best friend.

Not to mention being an indispensable product for a blind person to have in case a Braille Reader isn’t handy.

At US$149, it’s an investment for a small Jamaican MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprise) to pay to have a portable scanner to archive your business documents and print to your Epson EcoTank Wireless Printer with two (2) years worth of Ink.

Students rejoice as it’ll be yet another great way to photocopy library books and will go well with your US$89 Canon Pixma MG5620 printer.

Here’s the link:

Pocketscan by Dacuda

Pocketscan on Google Play Store

Pocketscan on Apple iTunes Store


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  7. Edwin (2015, June 23). Dacuda unveils PocketScan wireless scanner. Retrieved from
  8. Sawers, P. (2015, June 18). PocketScan: The ‘world’s smallest scanner’ goes on sale for $170 [Review]. Retrieved from