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Jself (Massage Pillow)

Looks great.


Looks great. The Jself is a pillow with massage/heating/music functions built in. Looks like an ideal post-workout device. I'm keen to test one, though I suspect that the heating and massage functions feel pretty good regardless of their long-term abilities. And in the meantime, a spot of video :
The Jself.

What I Learned From Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Kids (Jennifer Reich)

A very positive way to look at the anti-vaccination issue, long term.



A very positive way to look at the anti-vaccination issue, long term. How about you - how do you typically respond?

Looking At : Feb 23, 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.

Accusage Thermo 7 in 1 (Hot & Cold Massage Wrap)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Accusage Thermo is a combination Heating/Cooling Massage Wrap - ideal for workout injuries. Until I try one personally I'm unable to speak to the device's ability, though I suspect the warmth & heating help things quite a bit (and probably feel great in the process). A spot of video :
The Accusage Thermo

Guardian XO Exoskeleton (Sarcos Robotics)

Thoughts?



Had a fascinating conversation over the weekend about the future of exoskeletons - to aid walking and to perform a variety of other tasks. The consensus? That things like the one in the video will help fund & develop the ones for mobility. Thoughts?

Looking At : Feb 16, 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.

Vie Zone (EEG earphones)

Interesting idea.


Interesting idea. The Vie Zone is a combination EEG Headset / earphones / smartphone app which uses music & various measurements to help you get into the right mental state for a workout/creativity/sleep etc. A spot of video will show you what I mean :
Although I somewhat skeptical of the device's abilities, I'm keen to check one out. How about you - ever tried one, or anything similar? The Vie Zone.

Training Like The Worlds Best Endurance Athletes (Stephen Seiler)

A very interesting approach.



A very interesting approach.

Looking At : Feb 9, 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.

Echelon Row (Rowing Machine With Connection To Virtual Classes)

Interesting combination.


Interesting combination. I'd love to see more pairings like this - a piece of equipment for the home gym & a virtual class of some sort. Online training, form guidance or a fitness class such as this. In this case the equipment is a rowing machine, the Echelon Row. A spot of video to show you what's on offer :
The Echelon Row.



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