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Proxxi saves workers from getting electrocuted

There are some gadgets that are nice to have – iPhones, sous vide wands – and some gadgets that you must have. Proxxi fits in the latter camp. Proxxi is an always-on sensor that buzzes when it gets too close to high voltage electricity. It’s worn by mechanics and electricians and alerts them when they’re approaching something dangerous. The Vancouver-based company just sold out of its initial commercial evaluation units and they’re building a huge business supplying these clever little bracelets to GE, Con Edison, Exelon, Baker Hughes, Schneider Electric and ABB. The bracelet connects to an app that lets workers silence warnings if they’re working on something that is energized and it also tracks the number of potentially harmful interactions wirelessly. This lets management know exactly where the trouble spots are before they happen. If, for example, it senses many close brushes with highly charged gear it lets management investigate and take care of the problem. Founded by Richard Sim and Campbell Macdonald, the company has orders for thousands of units, a testament to the must-have nature of their product. They raised $700,000 in angel funding. “All of this is critical to enterprises looking to mitigate risk from catastrophic injuries: operational disruption, PR nightmare, stock analyst markdowns and insurance premiums,” said Macdonald. “This represents a whole new class of hardware protection for industrial workers who are used to protection being process driven or protective gear like gloves and masks.” The company began when British Columbia Hydro tasked Sim to research a product that would protect workers from electricity. Macdonald, whose background is in hardware and programming, instead built a prototype and showed it around. “We initially found that all utilities and electricians wanted this,” he said. “The most exciting thing we have discovered in the last year is that the opportunity is much larger covering manufacturing, oil and gas, and construction.” “It’s a $40 billion problem,” he said. The goal is to create something that can be used all day. Unlike other sensors that are used only in dangerous situations, Proxxi is designed to be put on in the…

13 game-changing iPhone X and iOS 11 hacks for marketing your small business

Part of the fun of getting a new iPhone is learning all the new hacks for preserving your precious battery life, taking best photos, and more. We all love our iPhones and the way they make our lives easier, faster, and just plain fun. But iPhones also make our jobs easier, and that’s especially true if you’re trying to market your business yourself. Here are our top iPhone X and iOS 11 tricks for new marketers. 1. QR code scanning Don’t call it a comeback, but the new iPhone X camera comes equipped to scan and read QR codes. Just point your camera at the QR code and it will ask you if you want to open it in Safari. Since users no longer need a standalone app for QR codes, marketers can return to using them in their promotion efforts. Let customers unlock special coupons in-store or access exclusive content at events with a quick scan on their camera. 2. Live Photo effects Swiping up on a Live Photo opens a menu to create loop, bounce, and long exposure effects. These fun features let marketers create repetitive GIFs, images that bounce back and forth, or long exposure photos that look like a professional took them. You’ll have no problem finding these when you’re ready to share them to social media, since iOS 11 now saves GIFs to a new “Animated” album where they play like GIFs instead of sitting there like boring still images. Live Photos are also automatically turned into GIFs whenever you share them via email, and you can trim the beginning and end from the edit screen. 3. Portrait Mode While it was made for selfies, the new Portrait Mode is perfect for product photos as well. The depth effect brings your product into the foreground while blurring everything else. Everyone who loves a good two-for-one deal will be happy to hear that both the normal version and the Portrait Mode version are saved to your Photos app . Just click on “DEPTH” at the top of the viewing screen to toggle between versions. ( 4. Camera…

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