Archive | August, 2013

Rock my cover!

29 Aug

imageDid you know you could customise your Rokform cover ?
One mouse click away and here I was on Rokform.com doing my little custo … Top, bottom, grip and bumper can be selected in lots of different colours. You can mix them to match your socks, eyewear, sports team or flag for 49$.

That’s what I just did for my 2nd cover (I already had the black/bullet gray standard cover) and decided to go Brazilian with yellow bottom and top and green grip and bumper (I’m already ready for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil;-)
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Then, I went to bed and the next day I mailed Rokform to ask if I could order by the unit, I want to have different bumper colours to have more possibilities … And Britney from Rokform mailed me back asking for which colours I wanted!
I chose the white, yellow, orange and pink. Then Britney billed me on my PayPal account and here it is! Got my spare parts and I can protect and custom my cover as I want.
So if you want to buy parts of the Rokform cover, just mail them and they will make it happen!
The grip costs 5$, the bumper 9$.

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PS1: Thanks Britney and Rokform.
PS2: The design of the bumper slightly changed and don’t protect the home button anymore which is better because I had to push hard on it and it didn’t like it.

Going electric? Even on the pavement!

19 Aug

Photo 15-08-13 9 23 13 AMToday, I decided to test the Solowheel, an urban solution to walkers to stop walking and start gliding in style on the pavement.
Photo 14-08-13 4 49 22 PMAfter some discussion with Vincent, the distributor of Solowheel in Europe and here I was both feet on the foot pedals on each side of the wheel.

Let’s start with the beginning. What is the Solowheel ? It’s an individual electric way of transportation.
Under the hood there’s a gyro-stabilized electric unicycle. Lean forward and you will ride, lean back and it breaks, can’t be easier!

Ok, now that I had the basics, I push carefully the switch on, put a first foot on the foldable foot platform, the 2nd foot on the other foot platform and I was ready to start my initiation.
First, there’s no noise … Of course it’s electric!
The lateral balance is not easy to find, so I started my first meter of urban glide with the help of Vincent who nicely held my arm. Then, I continued the practice with the help of a handrail.

When I lost balance I just jumped out and the wheel just stopped.
Be careful not to touch the wheel, just the handle and the switch to avoid contact with the moving wheel on your legs or fingers.
Then, I pushed the switch of and on again and hop on to continue the practicing.

After an hour, although I’m not ready to cruise the city, I need to sleep on it and I think that next sessions will be easier and I will leave the handrail and extend my perimeter of autonomy.

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The whole Solowheel is strong and will survive the beginner trials until ready to devour the road (and you can change any part if needed).
The Solowheel is strongly built, the handle is easy to grab and to carry.

Charged in one hour , it will give you an autonomy of 11km/6,35miles, plenty enough to reach the office or cruising downtown.

Photo 15-08-13 9 38 36 AMThis is definitively a great urban “personal mover” to consider: compact, easy to store and fast to charge. But like any other activity, no pain no gain, so after a little bit of practice, you’ll be the queen or king of the asphalt!

Specs
Photo 15-08-13 9 25 24 AM. Charged in one hour and half
. 11 km autonomy
. 11kg, 22Lb
. 1000W motor power
. Lithium iron phosphate 122 Wh battery which will last 1000 charge cycles
. Built-in handle to carry it around at the office, in the bus, … but not too far away because it’s heavy
. Priced under the 2Keuros (1.899euros)

ChaseIt or BChased ?
I would ChaseIt because
. it’s really the future of personal transportation for cities like Paris, NY, London, Brussels, … where it will really cut your time walking and expand your perimeter of action without using your car
. it’s a stylish and cool urban way to move around
. it’s easy to charge
. it’s less expensive than a Segway
BChased if
. you don’t want to practice to use it

More info about the SolowheelPhoto 16-08-13 10 34 55 AM
. Official French website
. Like SoloWheel Facebook page
. Contact Vincent (vincent@solowheel.fr) for questions or a trial
. US Solowheel website

Shake your body!

12 Aug

Photo 01-08-13 10 09 11For a long time now I’ve been looking for the perfect fitness app.
I started with Fitness Class (great fitness portal where, for a monthly flat fee of $9,99, you can access all the fitness videos Photo 1-08-13 10 49 16 AMavailable and start working the muscles you want to target).
You need to be connected to the Internet to enjoy the courses (or download the exercises), the length of the session is variable from 8 to 60 minutes, with or without equipment. As sometimes I was not connected and forgot to download exercises, I was disappointed and …

Photo 1-08-13 11 04 54 AMthen I switched to “abs” which featured a 2D athlete working out his abs with you. There are 3 levels available (level1 is free, then you have to pay to unlock level 2 ($1,99) and level 3 ($1,99)).
Lesson 1 lasts 8 minutes, lesson 2 and 3 are customized in term of how many times you can repeat an exercise. Also you can interchange the exercises inside your work session. It’s a good app but … I could only work on my abs …
then I tried the Nike Fitness Club (free), but I didn’t the like the videos (shows you how but it doestn’t do it with you!), so I erased it …
I was still missing fully customized work sessions to my needs …

then I was introduced to iMuscle2, $2,99.
Photo 01-08-13 10 09 53My friends used it to show me where he was injured zooming in on a 3D human body. And it was a waouw moment! Really impressive.
Basically touch the muscle you want to work, and a selection of more than 600 exercises available are proposed (you can even filter the exercices with or without equipment).
When you launch iMuscle2, the app will customize your experience and asks for your age, sex, weight and height. It will then calculate your BMI and body fat! I like it!

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So now, let’s build our workout sessions, 3 scenarios are possible
1. Choose the muscles you want to exercise and start building your session while playing with the 3D human body by touching the muscles you want to target and add the selected exercises to your very own session.

2. Go to the exercises sessions.
Then choose which type of session (body weight, cardio, flexibility, …), which area you want to work on and with which equipment you want to work out, the app will then propose a filtered selection of exercises. Handy!

3. If you prefer, already made sessions are ready to be used. Of course, you can edit/add/delete exercises!

The last rubric “Progress &Stats” will follow your progress.

You can go deeper in the tracking of your improvements when you edit your measurements from neck to ankle and follow your progress.

This is definitively the most accurate, and yet-fun app to use. Special mention to the scalpel tool to add/remove layers and discover what you are made of. It’s also educational because you will easily learn the names of each muscle.

I asked to Rodney Marshall (USTA strength and conditioning specialist, @RocketRM) to prepare us some sweet workout sessions to get in shape using iMuscle2.

Rocket 101 is for you if you have a desk job and are ready to spend 15 minutes of your day exercising to feel better.

With this session, zero excuse, no equipment no problem and you can exercise anywhere especially while traveling! Don’t forget to stretch during 10-15 minutes after workout.
Bodyweight circuit, duration 15-20 minutes each exercise (2-3 sets of 30 seconds for each exercise), 1-2 minute rest only after completing full set of circuit).
This workout has toning component to develop muscles like Rocket and also cardio elements to keep heart strong.
. Push-ups- upper body strength
. Plank- core
. Crunches-core
. Jumping jacks– cardio, plyometrics
. Hip Bridges- glute stability, lower body
. Mountain climbers

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Rocket102, If you want to shape your body and loose your beer belly and buttocks to feel good on the beach ?
. Plank
. Mountain climbers
. Crunches to target the core

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Don’t forget, after workout always perform 5-10 minutes of static stretching to keep muscles flexible.

Now, let’s do it, no more excuses and at the same time you’ll learn the names of your muscles!

Special thanks to Helen from 3D4Medical for her help, @rocketRM for his support and help building the work sessions.

Visit http://www.3d4medical.com and like their Facebook page

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Twitter ?

6 Aug

You have a twitter account ?
So do I, let’s connect! @chaseitorbchase

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Got your degree in cables management ?

3 Aug

On the way to get graduated on cables management, what about you ?

1. The cables ties.
Let’s start slow with the Gear Tie from Niteize.
I use them everyday to tie my iPhone cables as well as my headset cables.
It works well, gives me the opportunity to save room, untangle them nicely when I need to use them.
The gear ties come in different colours and sizes (3-inch, 6-inch , assorted 16 Pack, …), with it you can basically tie anything (even big and heavy things) with style.

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That’s already a nice effort to keep it clean but …

2. Cables management 101, the tip of the iceberg.
Photo 3-08-13 6 46 47 PMI discovered the Un-Jungle Kickstarter project some months ago.
It should help me sort my cables out on my desk. Nice effort. It should arrive very soon in my mailbox … I’m impatient.

But what’s going on under my desk or behind the TV? Freaky, full of dusty cables not really looking  design … I need a solution!

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3. Cables management 102, let’s solve the issue with …
the Blue Lounge Design cable box management system.
The Cable box, big enough to store your power strip, the cables and adapters (max length 15.6in/39,8cm on 6in/15,4cm, heights is 5.3in/13,4cm).
No many colour choices are available but as the goal is to lay low and not attract the eyes … black or white will do.
This box comes with rubber feet so it won’t slip.

It also exist in a mini version and various colors (blue, yellow, green, orange, pink, white and black).CB_desc_01
Now, you know what to do to keep it clean and untangled, happy Back to School 😉
 Follow @niteize, @bluelounge, @unjunglekit

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