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STUDIO (Smart Hub For Your Home Gym)

Interesting approach.


Interesting approach. The STUDIO is a large screen which sits in the corner of your home gym, connecting to any cardio machines you have available. Any age, any brand - as long as they support bluetooth (and there are sensors available for any that don't). The screen displays various workout classes, as well as the information the machines capture. Running speed, a bike's cadence, your heart rate - whatever you're tracking. Although it's a fairly crowded market, the ability to connect to older equipment is interesting. A little video to give you an idea of what's on offer :
The STUDIO.

What To Eat/Drink During Your Next Ultra (Courtney Dauwalter on the Spartan Endurance Podcast)

A fascinating glimpse into Courtney's nutritional intake during a race.



A fascinating glimpse into Courtney's nutritional intake during a race.

Looking At : Oct 18, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

SpoonTEK (Taste-Enhancing Spoon)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The SpoonTEK spoon is a typical piece of cutlery with an intriguing addition - the use of a small electrical current to stimulate your taste buds, enhancing the flavour of any food. I'm curious to see how it performs on a particularly bland diet, or an unfamiliar one. As well as for people with a damaged sense of smell. The video will give you an idea of what's on offer :
The SpoonTEK spoon.

Carbon Nanotubes Help Eat Plaque Responsible for Heart Attacks (ColdFusion)

A wonderful look at a recent discovery of nanotech's ability to help eat the plaque responsible for heart attacks.



The TBI 'nanocage' we pointed to yesterday got plenty of people discussing medical nanotechnology in general. Here's a wonderful look at a recent discovery of nanotech's ability to help eat the plaque responsible for heart attacks.

Looking At : Oct 11, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Skill Board (Balance Board)

Deceptively simple.


Deceptively simple. The Skill Board is a balance board & ball (rather than the typical cylinder) - challenging your moves in 360 degrees. Think of it as the foundation of several types of agility training. Although I'm keen to test it out myself, I'm also curious to see what it commonly gets paired with. Will it make its way into the home gym, or is it best suited to more commercial spaces? Keen to hear everyone's thoughts. A little video :
The Skill Board.

3D-Printing Human Parts - The Future of Our Bodies (Venture City)

Although we've touched on several of these possibilities over the years, it's wonderful to see them all in a single video.



Although we've touched on several of these possibilities over the years, it's wonderful to see them all in a single video.

Looking At : Oct 4, 2020

What we were talking about this week on Facebook, Twitter and in The Daily 'Paper'.



During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Facebook, Twitter, in The Daily 'Paper' and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

Ghost Pacer (Holographic Training Partner)

Virtual Workout Partner? Yep - for runners, anyway.


Very interesting idea. Although I'm keen to test it out myself, I'm also curious to see the second and third generations of a product like this. Something a bit closer to the 'Virtual Training Partners' concept we discussed years ago. While I'm waiting for mine to arrive, a little video :
The Ghost Pacer.



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