Thursday, April 25, 2013

Change The World with Google One Today!

I've always wanted to get involved with a charity, but with SO many out there (over 1.5 million in the U.S. alone), where do you even start? And how do you know which ones are legit? Often this just leads me to me giving up. Well Google is about to change all that with their newest app Google One Today.

One Today makes donating to charities and projects around the world an effortless process and it can be done right from your smartphone. With the touch of a button, you can donate $1 to a great cause.  The app is currently only available to Android users and since it's still in beta, you need to receive an invite to get started which you sign up for HERE

Once you've downloaded the app, you'll be presented with a cause or charity to donate to with info on how many people have donated and how much has been earned so far.

Scrolling down presents you with more detail about the cause. You'll get more information about what exactly your money is going towards and how it will help.

Scrolling even further down will show you how much has been donated so far and what that money translates to. You'll also see a list of recent givers, and yes that means if you choose to donate, others will be able to see. I believe it pulls your name from your Google+ account.

Another awesome feature of the app is if you're passionate about a particular cause, you can share it with your friends and even offer to match their donations. You can also choose to match donations with everyone who donates that day, but that may get a little rough on the bank account once the app becomes more public. 

Within the app, you can keep track of all the causes you've donated to and how much money was raised. As you can see in the screenshot below, some generous individual offered to match everyone's donation to MANA Nutrition, so my $1 turned into $2. 

You're limited to $1 donations, which I think is what makes this even more appealing. $1 doesn't get you much in your day-to-day, but to those in need, it buys a lot. If you would like to donate more than that, then you'll have to challenge your friends to donate as well and offer to match the donations. All donations are paid through your Google Wallet account and you don't actually pay the money immediately. You can wait several days and donate to several charities and then pay all at once. You will get friendly reminders about settling your balance if you take too long though, and if you wait too long, certain features of the app will be locked out and you'll be unable to continue donating until your balance is paid up. 

Currently, you are not able to search for a specific cause to support and are limited to what's presented to you that day. But an interesting feature is that as you donate, One Today will learn what projects interest you and tailor it's suggestions accordingly. 

Give it a try! It's only a dollar and it's awesome seeing what exactly your $1 is going towards and how it's going to help. It's better than having sad puppies and Sarah McLachlan music thrown at you. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Redbox Instant: Because You'll Instantly Want Your Money Back

  Redbox, with the help of Netflix, has successfully made video rental places such as Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, etc. obsolete. Gone are the days of walking aimlessly around a video store, staring at hundreds of box covers, finally settling on a movie that you want to see only to discover that it's out of stock. And now Redbox is aiming to do the same to Netflix.

  Now all we have to do is turn on our favorite gaming console, smart TV, Blu-Ray player, smartphone or run down to one of thousands of Redbox kiosks to pick up a movie for the night. It's convenient, easier, and the titles are always in stock. How could it get much better? What if you didn't have to put pants on so you can go to a Redbox kiosk? Instead you could just rent something that's available at the kiosk immediately from the comfort of your own home while in your underwear. "Well, that sounds totally rad! Sign me up!" Well slow down, Champ and clean the Cheeto's dust of your fingers, because unfortunately, it just ain't that easy...yet.

  At first glance, Redbox Instant sounds great. For $8 a month, you get access to unlimited video streaming and 4 credits to be used at the kiosk. It's cheaper than Netflix and you still get the option of picking up a New Release DVD at any Redbox location, instead of waiting for it to come in the mail. Netflix has JUST become worthless, Right?! Well not quite..


  We're all familiar with how the Redbox kiosk works, so let's jump straight into Netflix's newest competition, Redbox Instant. Redbox Instant works just the same as Netflix. You get thousands of movies that can be streamed at any time. There's even an app for Android and iOS, with an app for Xbox coming in the near future.

  But as we all know, a streaming service will only be successful if it has a good selection of titles to watch, and here is Redbox Instant is behind. Now I don't want to judge them too harshly on this quite yet, as all streaming services are going to start off with a limited selection and then grow with time. Redbox Instant has actually grown quite a bit since I joined the beta close to a month ago, but it still has a ways to go to catch up to Netflix and currently, the streaming titles are limited to Movies with no TV Shows available as of yet. This may change in the future, but Redbox has not mentioned if that's coming any time soon.

As far as the quality of the streaming, well we'll talk about that later. Here's a little preview: it's terrible.


  Here is where I thought Redbox was going to steal the show. "$1 movie rentals without having to leave the house?! Goodbye Netflix!" Oh if only it were that easy.

  Unfortunately, the rentals aren't that cheap. No $1 rentals here. Instead, the same movie that I could rent at a Redbox kiosk for $1 is closer to $5 or $6, as you can see in the screenshot below.

  Of course you get the convenience of not having to leave the house, but a $5 difference is pretty substantial and it puts them at the same price as other popular streaming services such as Amazon. Something that could set them apart is if you could use one of your four free rental credits per month towards a streaming rental, even if it only gave you a couple of dollars off, but as of yet, that's not an option.


  So how well does the app work? Let me describe it in one word: BLECH! This app is horrendous. It's slow, crashes often, and movies will stop in the middle and buffer endlessly even while on a high speed wifi connection. And when the movie is streaming, the quality is terrible. It's like trying to watch Avatar on your Atari 2600. The regular Redbox app for reserving movies is built so much better. Instead of just adding a streaming tab to the regular app, they went and built a buggy, ugly mess.

  And for all you rooted Android users out there, sorry, this app just won't work. I have a strong feeling that Verizon has something to do with this as they have a strong hate for rooted phones and they helped build this app.


  SAVE YOUR MONEY! Put that $8 towards renting 8 DVD's at a Redbox kiosk. The selection is terrible, rentals are the same price as everyone else, the app is absolutely awful, and streaming quality is nonexistent.

Stick to using Redbox for new release rentals at the kiosk and get your streaming video elsewhere. Redbox will not be dethroning Netflix as the king of streaming anytime soon.

  Of course, Redbox Instant is still in beta and may have many improvements coming before it's publicly released. But the service should've been a lot further along before even releasing it to a private beta. There is way too much competition for Redbox to release such a broken service.


Amazon- My personal favorite in the on demand renting department- With an Amazon Prime membership, you get access to thousands of TV Shows and Movies. Amazon is quickly rivaling Netflix and it's actually a cheaper alternative. Netflix is $96/year or $8/month, while Prime is $79/year which has even more value if you're a frequent Amazon shopper such as myself, including free two-day shipping or $4 overnight and free book rentals if you own a Kindle device. Streaming quality is great and Amazon tends to throw free $5 video credits in with many purchases, so you build up a bunch of free rentals quite quickly. The only downside is that there currently isn't an Amazon streaming app available for on the go outside of owning a Kindle Fire. But it is available on game consoles and Blu-Ray players.

Netflix- The grandad and current king of streaming. With the biggest selection of movie titles and TV shows, Netflix is the go to for all streaming needs. Also, Netflix has begun producing their own TV Shows only available on their service such as House of Cards (Excellent show) and they have an exclusive deal with the new Arrested Development episodes. Netflix has fantastic HD streaming quality and is available on almost any device that runs on batteries. It's only downside is not having the options to pay to rent a newer release title.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Come join MySpace!

   Never thought I'd say that ever again. No that isn't a typo and you're still in 2012. You didn't slip in the shower and bump your head, transporting you through a wormhole back in time. We are actually talking about MySpace again.

   The new MySpace at is currently in beta, therefore you have to submit your email address and wait for an invitation. After signing up more than 3 months ago, I finally received my invite last night and decided to check it out.

   MySpace has went under a serious overhaul, and I have to say... it has a good chance of rivaling facebook. That is, if you can get your friends to make the jump as well. Because let's face it, a website can be beautiful and well built, but if nobody uses it, it's worthless cough Google+ cough.

   So what's so good about it. Well let's talk about what has carried over from the old MySpace that you once logged into for hours at a time, picking the song that represented 14 year old you, posting on your friends page, and picking the most gaudy background and text that made your eyes burn when you tried to read it.


  Yup. Background songs are still here. You'll still be listening to your friends current favorite song (that they'll forget to update and you'll be listening to Nicki Minaj every time you visit their page, and you start looking around for the nearest pencil to stick through your eardrum). What may be a new feature, is that you can now queue up several songs to play in a row so that's it not the same song over and over again. You can even queue up songs to listen to while your browsing other friends pages.

   The whole site actually seems to be heavily music focused. There are pages for selecting songs or artists that you like and you can connect to other people with the same interests. There are tabs for building your own mixes that you can make public, ala Spotify.

Cover Page

   Here's where the new layout is looks really good. When you click on you or friends home page, you're presented with of course their profile pic, but also their cover photo, reminiscent of facebook, only it takes up the whole background.

   The layout is nice and sharp, as you can see. Scrolling to the right lets you see all of your status updates, photos uploaded, songs added, similar to your wall on facebook.

All in all, the layout is nice and clean. Everything is easily readable, unlike the MySpace of old. Although I'm sure todays 15 year olds will find a way to use the worse background possible.


  The stream page will be the first page your presented when you log in. Here's where the status updates of people you've connected with will appear. Photos they've uploaded, songs they've added, posts they've...posted.

Final Opinion

   Honestly, I like it. Of course I've only played with it for less than 24 hours, and I don't currently have any friends on there to see how the stream layout looks. But I give MySpace some props for completely redesigning their aging site and making it look good. And if enough people switch over to it, it could definitely give facebook a run for their money, especially if they are able to make a mobile that works as well as their site (I'm looking at you Facebook for Android). But it will only last if people use it. Google+ has a great layout and the mobile app is one of most well built apps for social media. But it's currently dead in the water because nobody uses it. We'll see if MySpace can do the right marketing. They should probably wait until facebook makes their next big change to do the public launch. Catch the facebooks users while their grumpy from the change.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fight Disease with a Game Console?

Update: So it seems Sony will be updating the PS3 firmware version to 4.30 starting in November which, unfortunately, removes the Life with Playstation app including the Folding@Home section. So to anyone wanting to contribute, be sure to get all you can in now, as after the update, you'll no longer be able to. (Folding@Home is still available on your PC)

How would you like to do your part in contributing to disease research by just turning on your gaming console? "Ryan, there's no way it's that easy." Well you're right, reader. You have to download a couple of things first, but THEN, it does become that easy.

Folding@Home is a research program set up by scientists at Stanford University that can be ran on your computer or on your PS3. These scientists specialize in protein folding research. Protein folding is what a protein has to do before it can carry out its specific function, and when proteins don't fold correctly, it can lead to diseases such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow, Parkinson's, and many types of cancer. The problem is that the folding process is still a big mystery and if it can be better understood, then medicine can be created to combat these types of illnesses. An added hurdle is that research for protein folding takes a ton of processing power. The more computers that are doing the research, the sooner cures are found. Imagine if we got every computer in the world to contribute to this research!

Now here is where you and your game console (Or computer) come into play. The Folding@Home program allows the scientists at Stanford to take advantage of all the unused processing power out there. It's a simple program that runs in the background and only uses whatever your computer doesn't need at that time. Note: Whatever it is that you're using your computer for will always have priority. This program will not slow your computer down. A "Work Unit" is downloaded to your computer or PS3 and then the program uses your computer to run simulations and gathers data on how the protein folds. That info is sent back to Stanford and is used in their research. And the Folding@Home program is already part of your PS3 dashboard, you just have to run it. It's that simple.

Now if you're competitive like me, Folding@Home also gives you points based on how much you contribute, along with global leaderboards to see where you rank. You can even create or join teams to contribute together. If you'd like to join my team, Superman's Laundry, I'll put the details in the instructions below.

Before you get started in curing the world, you can visit the Folding@Home homepage to find out more about the program and the software here: Stanford University Folding@Home

Now, let's get you set up. Below is a quite humorous video from Stanford University's website on how to set it up on your PS3. I'll also detail the instructions.

For those who don't want to watch the video, here's the step-by-step:

  1. From your PS3 dashboard, scroll to the Network icon. Under it, if you have the latest Dashboard update, you should see Playstation Store followed by Life with Playstation. Select Life with Playstation.
  2. You may be prompted at this point to download some updates. They don't take but a few minutes on a decent internet connection. 
  3. Once inside, hold the Square button on your controller to make the menu pop up. Scroll to the bottom and select Folding@Home.
  4. After the details screen, your PS3 should immediately go to work in it's protein research.
Want to join a team? Here's how:

  1. From the main Folding@Home page, hit the Triangle on your controller to bring up the options menu.
  2. Now scroll to Identity
  • From here, you can change your Donor Name. By default, it's PS3. This can be used to distinguish between your console and your computer if you decide to have both contributing.
  • You can also join an existing team, as long as you know the team number of the team you want to join. It will be a 6 digit code. If you'd like to join my team, Superman's Laundry, (Get it? Because Superman would fold fast? It's a knee slapper) then enter 221635. 
  • You can also create your own team from here as well
That's it! You've done it. You are now contributing to disease research. Just remember, you have to have your PS3 or computer on in order for it to run. I researched this pretty thoroughly before allowing my PS3 to run all the time, and everybody who leaves their PS3 on 24/7 has had no issues with it shortening its life.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It has a Super AMOLED Retina LCD Plasma display...What?

So I'm sure at one point during our phone shopping careers we've seen ads bragging about the type of display it has. Retina (Apple), Super LCD (Sony),or Super AMOLED (Samsung). There are many others, but let's focus on Retina and Super AMOLED for today, as they are best available currently. We'll talk about what these terms mean and why you should even care. I don't plan to discuss the technology behind either one, as there have been plenty of articles written that explain that subject in full detail. This article will concentrate on what ther terms actually mean (with a fun little activity about pixels) and the pros and cons of each. Let's get this started!

First things first: What the heck is a Retina display? Apple was very proud of their new display technology when it debuted on the iPhone 4 in 2010, as they should've been. The display was gorgeous. It had a 960x640 pixel LED display, which could produce very sharp detail.

"Ryan. What in the world does 960x640 mean?" Try not to jump ahead, ok? We'll get to that.

Jump ahead a year or so, and in comes the Samsung Galaxy S2, featuring a Super AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode. Thank Cthulu for acronymns) display, which had a resolution of 800x480. As you can see when comparing that with the iPhone display of 960x640, the S2 has less of a pixel count, which results in a still very sharp picture, but not as "smooth" as the iPhone's. (See experiment below on why pixel count matters). BUT, and this is a big BUT, an AMOLED screen has far better color quality than a standard LED display. The colors tend to pop off the screen. AMOLED displays offer a "richer" color experience.

Then we jump ahead to 2012 and the release of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The S3 has a 1280x720 Super AMOLED PLUS display. The PLUS, means more subpixels, which is basically a pixel within a pixel resulting in an very sharp picture combined with the color quality of a AMOLED display. This. Thing. Is. Gorgeous!

But what does all this technobabble mean?! And how does it make Farmville look better?

Apple claims that the iPhone contains so many pixels per inch(ppi), that they become small enough to where human eyes can't see them individually, creating a "smoother" image. Apple's specs state that there are 326ppi on their iPhone and iPod Touch Retina displays. Note: The iPad and new Macbook Pro's also claim a Retina Display, but they have less ppi than the iPhone with the 3rd Generation iPad having 264ppi and the Macbook Pro with 220ppi, far less than the iPhone. So according to Apple, anything with a ppi higher than 220 could be considered a Retina Display. The Galaxy S3 comes in around 319ppi, meaning it could be considered a Retina Display as well, under Apple's definition, and let's face it, when we're talking a ppi count that high, 7ppi less is a very small difference. So how does having more pixels create a smoother image?

Well I'm glad you asked, anonymous blog reader. Let's do a little experiment that you can easily reproduce at home with some sticky notes. Each sticky note will represent one pixel. Pixels in displays are actually square shaped as well, so this is just like making a little bitty pixel big enough to see closely.

I like to refer back to early video games because it's easy to see the difference adding more pixels make. I'm sure we have all seen the game Pong at some point in our lives. It's been on every gaming platform since its inception. Well do you remember what the ball looked like? It wasn't really a ball at all. It was a square that bounced back and forth. The reason it looked like a square was because the technology at the time could only create so many pixels. So let's say it had 4 pixels to work with to make the ball. If you take 4 sticky notes, try to make a circular shape. And remember, the sticky notes have to be in a grid pattern, so they have to be all lined up.

As you can see, it's hard to make a round shape when using square pixels. And since pixels can't be round, the solution is to make the pixels smaller, allowing you use more pixels in the same amount of space and tricking the human eye into seeing a rounder shape, like so:

In this situation, we just doubled the resolution which gives us 4 times as many pixels to use. So instead of working with a grid that is 2 pixels high by 2 pixels high (or 2x2, its Resolution. This should answer your 980x640 question. See how we came full circle, or full square in this case.), we are now working with a grid that is 4x4, so it has 2 times the resolution of the 2x2. As you can see, you don't have to use every pixel in a grid. Some can be turned off, which is represented by the white sticky notes.

So what happens if we add even more pixels? "Now you're just getting crazy, Ryan." Let's double the resolution again so that we are working with a 8x8 grid:

And with more pixels available, we can start to put designs within the ball:

As you can see, everytime we double the resolution, the ball appears to be more rounded and gets "smoother" around the edges.

Now in the experiment with the sticky notes, we kept the pixels the same size due to me being lazy and not wanting to cut a bunch of little squares. On a phone display, the amount of space you'd be working with would stay the same, but the pixels would just get smaller.'

So what's the Best Display available?

We've discussed Apple's Retina display and all of its pixels per inch, and we've also discussed the Color Rich Super AMOLED Plus display from Samsung. Which one is better?

Well if you've ever shopped for a TV, you'll know that resolution and display type don't mean diddly if it doesn't look good to your own two eyes. I'm a huge fan of Plasma TV's and I can argue all day with an LED lover, but in the end, it's just personal preference.

The Retina display on the iPhone is gorgeous display, but its one downfall is that it's only available on a 3.5" display and compared to current smartphones, it's just way too small. Of course that's my personal preference and you may like the smaller display. I own an iPod Touch and when I compare it to phones with bigger displays, it just looks dwarfed.

The Samsung Super AMOLED Plus display is just as, if not more, gorgeous than the iPhone display. Colors seem to jump off of the large 4.9" screen. And by Apple's standards, the Galaxy S3 can also be considered a Retina Display.

Hopefully this cleared up some of the vagueness that surrounds advertising and offers a little insight as to why the display type matters.

The pixelated ball is in your court now.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Nike FuelBand

I had been looking for some sort of motivation when it comes to working out, so when I read about the Nike FuelBand on Gizmodo back in January, I was immediately intrigued. I immediately pre-ordered one and have been using it for a little over three months.

For those not familiar with the FuelBand, it's a bracelet similar in style to those rubber bands you may see people wearing (i.e. yellow Livestrong bracelets) that tracks your activity throughout the day. (See picture below)

As you can see, it's almost 5:30pm and I've barely made a dent in my Fuel goal. Eek.

Along with measuring your calories burned and steps, it also measures in what Nike calls Fuel. How Nike Fuel is actually calculated I have no idea, but that's not really important. When you first set up your Fuelband, you create a Nike account on, enter in some specific info about yourself, and then pick a daily Nike Fuel goal. It gives you a goal example to get you started by asking if you about your typical day. (Are you an athlete, do you have a desk job, etc.) which you can stick with or input your own custom goal. And that's pretty much it to the setup. Slap it on your wrist and go.


As you can see from the photo, it's a fairly small device unlike other activity monitors like the MotoACTV by Motorola. It's very light and the only time I really notice that it's there is when typing because I rest my wrists on the table. It's obviously thicker than rubber bracelets, but it's not thick by any means. It has a rubbery feel to it on the outside, but smooth plastic on the inside, so it doesn't pull your arm hairs. It's rated as being water-resistant to handle sweat and light splashes, but I wouldn't recommend wearing it into the shower or pool.

Also included in the box are two extra pieces for adjusting the size. Unlike a watch with adjustable holes, the FuelBand needs to be customized a little, and Nike provides incremental adjustment pieces to get it just right.

Battery life seems to be great, as I consistently get 4 to 5 days between recharges and charge time is fairly quick at about an hour. When it's time for a recharge, it plugs into a standard USB port and also comes with the cable and wall charger if your not around your computer. I prefer to charge it via computer because it also uploads all of your data (Nike Fuel earned per day, days in a row hitting goal, etc.) to your Nike account, which you can then post to Facebook if you would like your friends to give you some encouragement.

It has just one button on it and the interface is very simple. With a touch of the button the all black face lights up to tell you the time, calories burned, steps, and of course your Nike Fuel. (The steps and calories burned can also be turned off via the desktop software, but the time and Fuel will always remain) It also has red, orange, and green lights underneath the display that give you a quick glimpse at how far you are from your daily goal. So even if you are looking at the time, (which is usually my default setting) you have a quick progress bar to look at, as well, which is very important when it comes to motivation.

It's overall looks usually grab someones attention on a daily basis. I usually get 3 to 4 people a week that will ask what it is or they will see me check the time on it and become immediately drawn to it when they see black band come to life. Nerds like myself will enjoy the attention it gets, as we all like to talk about our gadgets.

It has a built in pedometer and accelerometer for measuring movement, but does not contain any type of GPS, so there's no way to track your run distance. Having a limited way of measuring activity does have its drawbacks, which I'll get into in a little bit.

Nike Fuel

So this is the the big draw to the Nike FuelBand. Fuel is what's going to get you motivated to that little extra workout during the day or when you get home in the evening. Every little thing you do during the day earns Nike Fuel bringing you closer to your set goal for the day.

I use my FuelBand as my main watch for the day, so the Fuel meter is always in my face. I can tell it's been a particularly inactive day when I look down at noon and my meter is still in the red. This is where the motivation comes in. When your Fuel is that low, you immediately start to find ways to get it to fill up faster, whether it's taking the stairs instead of the escalator, going for a walk at lunch, or getting in a run or a workout before you plop down on the couch for the night.

There are some drawbacks to the way the FuelBand measure Fuel though. As I mentioned before, it only uses the pedometer and accelerometer to measure activity. I've found that when doing workouts at home (currently on week 2 of P90X) it doesn't measure push-ups, pull-ups, or some weight lifting very well. It also calculates running uphill the same as if you were running on a level surface. And the couple of times I've worn it while biking, it barely adds to my Fuel score since my wrists are generally not moving much.

I also noticed that when riding my motorcycle, the vibration caused the FuelBand to think I was running, I guess, and it would make me hit my goal very quickly. I look like a stud when you look at my daily graphs.

iOS App (Android Coming Soon)

If you happen to own an iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) you can download the Free Nike Fuel app. (Nike claims the Android app is coming soon, but that's been the case for about 3 months now) The Fuelband can then communicate with the app via bluetooth and you can upload your data on the go. I use my iPod Touch and the overall app looks very nice, but my biggest complaint is when uploading data. If you go a few days between uploads, it takes FOOOORRREEEEVVVVEEEERRRR. I'm not sure where the hold up is exactly, as bluetooth should be able to transfer fairly quickly, and I'm using my home wifi connection, which is well over 20Mbps. I mean we're talking 20 to 30 minutes to transfer about 3 or 4 days worth of data which may not seem like too much time, but it can drain the battery on your phone or iPod fairly rapidly. That's why I prefer to upload it via computer. Nike may release an update that rectifies this, though.

Outside of the slow transfer speed, the app is well built. You can view graphs of your past Fuel scores by day. You also get a strange little character that will celebrate with you when you hit certain achievements such as 3 day goal streaks, earning 100k Nike Fuel, etc. which you can then post to Facebook.

In the Box

The box is pretty fancy, as you can see in the pictures below, but there is not a whole lot in it, and there doesn't really need to be. You'll get a charging cable which is basically a USB extension cord, a little black stand that holds the band upgright while charging so you can easily see the battery indicator, two different extensions for adjusting the size of the band for the perfect fit, and of course the FuelBand and instruction booklet.


The Nike FuelBand has it's pros and cons. In my opinion, the FuelBand looks cool and does just what I need it for. It gives me that extra kick of motivation throughout the day. Since it is a sleek device that doubles as a watch, it's always in your face and provides your progress for the day everytime you check the time.

If your someone who wants to know all the data about your last run (Distance, time, elevation, etc.) then you would be better off getting the FitBit or the MotoACTV, or use the FuelBand in conjunction with a smartphone app that will track that other data. Nike does have plans to release more Nike+ products that will work together with the FuelBand though, so we may not be that far off from seeing more features added to it.


+Sleek design
+Good battery life (about 4 to 5 days)
+Great motivator and the Nike Fuel app are well designed
+Compatible with future Nike+ devices
-No GPS for tracking distance
-High price tag (about $150)
-Not always accurate as car and motorcycle rides can falsely add Fuel points