Techno life

Lewis Findlay, managing director of spread-betting company Cantor Index, takes advantage of the latest technology to ease his back pain.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Lewis Findlay, managing director of spread-betting company Cantor Index, takes advantage of the latest technology to ease his back pain. Short on time, he's aware that he doesn't get the most from his gadgets, so everything he learns is on a need-to-know basis. Findlay finds the video conferencer more 'honest' than e-mails, but his dream gadget has yet to be invented: a dinosaur fossil detector



The massager is very geriatric, but I've got a bad back and I need it.

It does two things: it vibrates but it also has heat pads. They are brilliant, especially in the winter when it's cold. The massager works on three areas - thighs, lower back and upper back - but it is noisy. If I've got it on full steam and somebody walks in, they don't know what it is. The cool thing is that when the heat pads are on, it looks like Captain Kirk's chair. I have it on for only 20 minutes at a time - I get a bit seasick.



The XDA II has the functionality I need while I'm getting from my workstation in the office to home. We have XDAs because we've developed our own software for it. I've also got PA's newsfeed, so I can watch how things progress.

I've got all my company's betting prices as well, and all our financial prices too. My existence is on it, really. I can stay in touch with the financial markets and the sports world.



If it wasn't for talk of their battery life and that they don't arrive with all your tracks ready-loaded, I'd love an iPod. There's another gizmo I would love, if it existed. The thing I find that takes me away from life for a little bit of relaxation is dinosaur fossil-collecting. Finding something that's 200 million years old and imagining what it used to do is quite incredible. My dream gizmo would be the fossil equivalent of a metal detector: a dinosaur fossil detector.



At the moment, it's purely an internal medium for communication within Cantor Fitzgerald. I use it far more for speaking to New York than anywhere else, because my boss is there. I love it because I'm getting more and more averse to e-mail, as it's easily misinterpreted and so easy to hide behind. When you're video conferencing, as long as the person doesn't move too much, it's like being with them. You can see their eyes and their expression. It more than doubles the experience in terms of trust, belief, levels of feeling. It's a great solution.



Because of a prolapsed disc in my back, my running machine has become my walking machine. I can play online poker on it because my laptop just slots in above the controls on a shelf. I used to run for an hour at a time. Now I walk for 90 minutes and play poker the whole time, unless I get knocked out. You can adjust the speed and the gradient. I attach a heart monitor to myself and the machine will adjust the degree of the slope to keep the heart at the maximum fat-burning rate.

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