2 Tech Gadgets for the Summer
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Whether you’re in the pool, at the park or on the basketball court, these gadgets and apps will help you play safely, have fun, improve your game, and stay connected.


When it’s hot, the swimming pool or public beach is the first place people head. As temperatures increase, water can be your best friend. But it can also be dangerous. The iSwimband helps create a safer swimming environment. This portable personal drowning detection system can be used to notify parents and caregivers when a child or disabled adult has been submerged beyond preset limits, or if a non-swimmer enters the water. Using Bluetooth technology and a companion app, an alert will sound on your smartphone or tablet when anyone wearing the device meets the above criteria. The app monitors up to eight iSwimbands per device. For $59.99, purchasers will receive a iSwimband headband/goggle strap, one iSwimband wrist band, and one iSwimband sensor with clip. The app can be downloaded for free through the Apple App Store, Google Play marketplace or Amazon Apps for Kindle users; https://www.iswimband.com/Products/.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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