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Digital healthcare brand Withings has reintroduced Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) measurements, an indicator of cardiovascular health, on its Body Cardio connected scales in Europe.
From today, users are once again able to get daily analysis of their PWV along with their weight, body composition (body fat, water %, muscle & bone mass), BMI and standing heart rate by simply stepping on the scale.
Widely recognised as a standalone indicator of cardiovascular health, PWV is a measurement of arterial stiffness, a key indicator of heart health and associated with risks of cardiac incidents such as hypertension, high cholesterol, organ failure, stroke and heart attack.
It is defined as the speed at which heartbeat-generated vibrations spread out along the arterial walls of the body’s circulation system. An elevated PWV is a sign of arterial stiffness and associated with higher blood pressure (as more force is required to circulate the blood), while lower PWV indicates greater artery flexibility and a sign of overall good heart health.
Originally launched in 2016, PWV analysis was introduced on the Body Cardio Scales to help users better understand their cardiovascular health and receive advice to make improvements. However, in January 2018, Withings voluntarily suspended PWV capabilities, while it sought clarification on how regulators would categorise the device.
After working with regulators in Europe and carrying out its own legal review, Withings is assured no further regulatory approval is required in the EU, allowing it to reactivate this innovative feature. Discussions with US regulators are currently ongoing, and it’s hope PWV will be reintroduced to American users soon
Says Eric Carreel, president of Withings:
“I’m delighted to return PWV to European customers. Not only is it one of our customers’ most beloved features, it has the potential to make a huge impact in people’s lives as it gives the ability to receive a daily heart checkup simply by standing on a scale.”
Body Cardio is the most advanced Wi-Fi scale on the market, claims Withings, providing a daily snapshot of overall health and wellbeing. As well as weight, it will also measure, track and provide analysis of body composition (body fat, water %, muscle & bone mass), BMI, standing heart rate and PWV. In addition, it has a range of advanced features including:
Pregnancy Tracker – A mode for expectant mothers that provides personalised tracking and offers obstetrician-reviewed wellness advice
Baby Mode – Allows parents to easily weigh their little one just by stepping on the scale with baby in their arms
Family Mode – Up to 8 profiles can be synched to one device for the whole family to use
Athletic Mode – Optimises the scale for performance athletes and for those who work out more than 8 hours a week and have a resting heart rate of below 60 bpm
Weather Updates – Daily weather reports on screen to help inform users of the day ahead
Step Tracking – An activity tracker can be paired with the scale, allowing the previous day’s step total to be reviewed on the scale screen
Long battery life – 12 month rechargeable battery
Body Cardio displays all of its data on its screen as well as in more detail within the accompany Health Mate App that it connects to via Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth. Data within the app can be tracked over time while providing ongoing analysis, motivation and advice.
For PWV, the app will provide an indication of whether a user’s PWV is normal, optimal or at risk as well as lifestyle modifications to improve cardiovascular health such as losing weight, engaging in physical exercise and limiting salt and alcohol intake.
Finally, within the Health Mate app, users can customise what measurements and information appear on the Body Cardio display as well as the order in which they are shown.
Withings Body Cardio is available in black and white for £129.95. Existing customers will receive the new capability as an over-the-air update.
A great looking cycling cape from Dashing Tweeds. Love the matching tights/bike frame combo too
With cycle shorts on the catwalk, cycling wear is finally becoming chic. Catherine Bedford of Dashel Helmets checks out some of the best clobber around for the fashion-conscious cyclist …
In the catwalk collections for S/S19 and A/W 19, over 45 major fashion designers featured cycle shorts, including: Chanel, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood, and Prada. So is fashion now taking inspiration from cycling ?
As a keen city cyclist, I have definitely noticed a trend away from functional but unfashionable cycle wear to clothing and accessories that are both practical and fashionable. Scandinavian lifestyles and designs have long been aspirational in the UK – and they have always cycled to get about in a relaxed, upright style.
It is estimated that around 1.5 million people commute everyday, rising to 2.6 million people who make at least three trips a week. The rise in e-bikes, which are now available to hire by the minute in London via Lime Bike, has put an end to the sweaty commute and looking good when you rock up at the office is all part of the fun.
It’s likely you’ll have made the journey to work quicker, easier and with less stress than those in the car or on the train, with the added bonus that you may have achieved your daily workout too.
When you are commuting in the city, lycra and clip on shoes aren’t necessary – or very appealing. So, if you want to bring some chic to your cycling without losing functionality – what brands should you look out for? Here we check out a few.
Dashing Tweeds (pictured above and top) create modern, urban tweeds woven in the UK for bespoke and ready to wear tailoring. Their cycling range is designed with the knowledge that the time spent cycling to meetings in the city is only a small part of the day, so it is made with a Lumatwill cloth woven with 3M. The 3M reflects car headlights at night, but by day the fibres look like elegant silver threads. Their range includes blazers, bomber jackets, tailored trousers and capes (see top picture).
One of the most important items for cycling safely is, of course, the helmet. Traditionally this has been one of the ugliest items in a cyclist’s wardrobe but that has changed with the creation of the Dashel range of retro-styled cycle helmets.
The only cycle helmet that wouldn’t look out of place with your Prada shorts, it’s made in the UK from carbon-fibre. A Dashel helmet is extremely slim fitting and light, without compromising on safety. It’s tailored to fit, via some special coolmax pads inside which keep you cool and prevent any helmet hair.
The Pendle Travel and Cycle body bag is a handy marsupial zip up pouch that can be worn in a number of way: crossbody and close to the chest or around the waist. Named after British cycling hero, Victoria Pendleton, these bags work brilliantly from bike to office. No more clunky rucksacks that need to be dragged around during the day, and no need to carry an extra ‘going for drinks after work’ bag with you too. This bag is practical and will look stylish all day long.
The grey sheen of Geek leather cycling shoes is subtle in appearance in daylight, but at night, once illuminated, it reflects the light with an incredible high-vis impact. These look great when cycling and great when you’re not – the perfect peddle to pavement footwear.
Any clothes made from natural fabrics allow breathability when cycling and merino wool is prized by cyclists for its warmth. Findra, a Scottish company, only use ethically sourced merino from Australia. Their neck warmers are more practical than a traditional scarf when cycling and have no seams for the ultimate in comfort.
A leisurely commute would ideally involve coffee, but carrying your coffee on the bike is pretty impractical and unsafe. Not anymore, with this elegant, copper holder that affixes to your bike with a spring mechanism that holds fast over any bumps in the road.
New research commissioned by computer firm HP shows that nearly 70% of the women across the UK are interested in jobs in the tech sector. Specialised technical roles could also see a significant increase in female recruits, with one third of the women willing to consider that kind of work.
The new poll suggests that an untapped pool of young women keen to explore possible tech careers have misconceptions around the opportunities and a perceived lack of access to them. Some 45% of women expressed a willingness to retrain in a technical job, suggesting a huge opportunity to increase female representation through retraining and up-skilling for those already starting careers. Currently women comprise only 17% of the UK’s tech workforce.
At a roundtable discussion looking at the barriers to women entering tech, held by HP UK in partnership with the Fawcett Society and The Tech Talent Charter, young women from across the country and experts in the field came together to discuss what the industry, government and education can do to address this.
An independent survey commissioned by HP polled 1,000 women aged 20 to 32 across the UK on the barriers to a career in tech
Nearly half say they would be willing to retrain, addressing the 1 in 3 who express concern about lacking qualifications
The study also shows a clear desire among young women to learn more about tech careers
Tech careers offer a solution to one of women’s top priorities when choosing a career: work-life balance
Vicky Ford MP, who sits on the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology, said: “We are living in a digital revolution, technology is key to our future. Female employment is at a record high, but the percentage of women working in the tech sector remains low. There are many examples of great achievements by women in this sector. It is important to enable more young women to access these opportunities.”
While 97% of women consider technology to be key to the future success of the UK economy, one in five women who didn’t choose to study STEM said it was because they ‘didn’t know anything about it’, suggesting that negative associations or an initial lack of interest to the field starts early and persists into adulthood.
Minister for Digital, Margot James, said: “Diversity makes good business sense and we risk losing a huge amount of potential talent if women are not applying for the fantastic opportunities in the tech industry.”
“We recently announced a £1.2 million fund for people from underrepresented groups, including women, to get digital skills, and our funding for the Tech Talent Charter initiative has led more than 300 firms to commit to getting more women into tech jobs,” she added.
Results also highlight a lack of confidence and of being under-qualified as a key driver behind the shortfall of women in the sector. One in four women who didn’t study STEM said it was because they didn’t believe they could do it while just under one in three (32%) of women not in a specialist technical role believe they don’t have the right qualifications – leading them to disregard a career in tech.
Many roles in tech can offer an answer to one of the top three priorities when choosing their career – work-life balance. However greater awareness is needed as only 25% of women surveyed associate this with the tech sector. Demonstrating flexibility and balance when advertising jobs can therefore help firms attract more women. In terms of other priorities, unsurprisingly, salary and job location are also listed in the top three.
Dietary supplements have gained popularity in the recent years, owing to the marketing of several benefits that they bring. However, given their widespread nature, choosing a supplement of choice can be challenging. Here are a few things to consider when evaluating the perfect supplement stack for your needs:
1)Buy From Trusted Websites
Searching the internet for supplements brings all kinds of sources. Currently, there are tons of websites with each claiming to be the trusted supplier of quality supplement stacks. However, the large spectrum of websites only means that making your buying decision can prove challenging.
The best approach to take is to stick to reliable websites only. It is said that when the deal is too good, think twice. Therefore, you should be wary of those sites that promise more than they can deliver. They will talk about things such as curing diseases, impressive sexual prowess, and instant weight loss.
Instead, it would be best if you opt for websites that provide current sound information with references and guarantee easy access to communication. Contaminated products and those with questionable qualities are exclusively available online, so it would be wiser to check out reputable websites such asWilson Supplements to stay on the safer side.
2)Not Ideal for Quick Fixes
They may be ideal for supporting your health in important ways, but at the end of the day, they are just dietary supplements. They never guarantee immediate effects, and even if they were to complement a drug, then it would take a considerable amount of time, unlike the prescription drugs that assure instant results.
Understanding this will enable you to know the quality of the purchased product. Any product that gives dramatic effects might have been spiked or could be entirely unsafe for use. In such a case, it would be reasonable to call your doctor right away.
3)Pay Keen Attention to Product Labels and Ingredients
Labels play a key role in catching your attention so that you can buy the product. Manufacturers have to follow certain rules regarding health claims. However, this has not prevented them from twisting the labels to suit their preferences.
Checking the claims on the front label and reviewing the ingredients will give you a hint on what is in the bottle and the quantity you should take. You will also find the manufacturer’s name and contact information here. Undisclosed ingredients say a lot about the credibility of the company and you should be wary of such situations.
4)Know Why You Need the Supplement Pack
Supplements are not only important in preventing nutritional gaps, but they also provide therapeutic support as a complement to medication. Additionally, they help in replenishing stores of essential vitamins and minerals. It is crucial to understand if and why you need the supplement. If you decide to use the supplement, then have your levels checked before picking the right one that meets all your needs.
5)Only Choose Legal Products
Only opt for legal products. Certainly, you will come across such statements as “barely legal” or “in limited supply.” This should sound an alarm on the credibility of the sellers as well as the legality and safety of such products.
Once, if small business wanted to promote themselves they would have to place an ad in their local newspaper or perhaps – if budget allowed – produce a shaky little promo video that appeared at their local cinema. Who can remember those classic Pearl and Dean gems from the 1970s and 1980s that you would have to sit through before the main feature began?
Thankfully things have moved on a little. The arrival of super fast broadband and 4G, soon to be 5G, smartphones now makes it much easier and cheaper for anyone, including brands, to produce and distribute their own video content to audiences.
Ahead of the Brighton SEO conference starting today, Chris Price talks to Phil Nottingham of video software provider Wistia about the importance of video marketing in the digital age. Based in Boston, Wistia has just been nominated for a Webby award for its own branded-content series, One, Ten, One Hundred, all about how to get the best results from your video content on a budget.
Once a sword fighting stuntman, Wistia’s Phil Nottingham now helps companies to produce more engaging video content (not necessarily with swords!)
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I originally worked in TV and film as a stuntman, mostly doing sword fights on set. Then I worked for a technology company which did a lot of streaming for Sky TV before going into video marketing.
Do you think producing great content is important for brands these days?
I do, but it’s largely subjective. The key is to understand who the content is for and whether it really speaks to the audience for which it’s intended. A lot of big brands are making content which is quite well produced and slick but it isn’t really speaking to anyone, while some of the smaller brands go wrong by producing content which is just a bit low quality and generic.
How do companies start to produce their own content?
First of all they need to be clear what their brand offering actually is and who they are actually speaking to. Where Wistia has succeeded is that it’s aimed at people who work in businesses which want to make videos but don’t necessarily have the skills. They’ve made it quite easy to understand how to shoot a great video on your iPhone or how to build a little lighting kit to help your videos stand out.
Why should companies invest in video rather than different types of social media marketing which may be cheaper to produce?
I think social media marketing is video marketing. Increasingly social media platforms are video platforms and video, along with text and images, is one of the fundamental languages of the web. If you’re not using video you are not using the language that everyone else is using to communicate.
Wistia’s entertainment series about making the same video ad on different budgets – One, Ten, One Hundred – has been nominated for a Webby award
Do you think there is any difference in the way people interact with video to other forms of marketing?
It’s different in that it’s more passive so the provider is doing the work whereas with text the user has to be more active. It’s like the difference between reading a book and watching a movie.
How do you measure the success of video marketing?
Video advertising has traditionally been measured on metrics like number of impressions because that’s what advertisers in the TV world are used to. However, these numbers aren’t particularly meaningful. Wistia is working on a more sophisticated engagement metric at the moment which is about qualified time watched, discounting everything that is an irrelevant interaction, like an ad skip or only a very limited time viewed. The advantage of video is that it’s much more measurable than text – you can actually see how much a user has watched and engaged with the content which is more difficult with text when people leave their tabs open.
Are there any plans to help brands develop engaging and more successful content?
Yes absolutely. We are rolling out new features, starting with A/B testing where companies can upload different videos with different thumbnails and text overlay and see how they compare in terms of engagement. Historically a lot of brands have made videos to be shared everywhere on social media. However, the style of videos that work on YouTube isn’t the same as those on LinkedIn or Facebook. For example, around 95 per cent of video plays on Facebook are silent which makes text overlays important. We’re providing the tool suite that allows marketers to produce videos that are appropriate to each platform, including one that will automatically convert voice into captions.
Why should anyone use a company like Wistia rather than YouTube to produce as well as distribute their video content?
The problem with YouTube, especially for brands, is that it’s very much incentivised to serve more ads which is increasingly divorced from serving the needs of business. What most brands care about isn’t ad distribution but meaningful engagement.
Is SEO (search engine optimisation) still important for brands and can video really have an impact?
A marketing strategy that doesn’t have SEO at its centre is one that is inevitably going to fail. And where video integrates into your website – which pages it sits on – is very important for SEO. If you have video on a page it’s going to allow you to rank for more highly. Video is also being included more and more in blended search results. It’s become an essential ingredient for search marketing.
It’s perhaps a sad indictment of our society, but not particularly surprising that one in five Brits adults now feel ‘more comfortable’ interacting with people online than they do face-to-face, according to new research.
A detailed study found a large percentage of the population have become so used to communicating via tablets, PCs and smart phones that they now consider traditional first-hand socialising a ‘challenge’.
As many as one third of those who took part admitted fretting about what they will say and worrying they’ll make an embarrassing faux pas. Others confirmed they would rather converse with friends over the internet because they feel ‘less intimidated’ doing so.
Furthermore, 33 per cent feel nervous when meeting people face-to-face for the first time and four in 10 experience pangs of worry at the mere thought of going out – even with their own friends.
These worrying revelation may partly explain why half of those polled admitted feeling lonely and disconnected from wider society.
The stats emerged following research into social anxiety and the impact of pets can have in reducing symptoms associated with this condition – including low self-esteem, panic attacks and avoiding social activities.
Commissioned by Mars Petcare UK, the research of 2,000 adults found 54 per cent of pet owners who took part in the study found socialising ‘easier’ upon getting an animal.
The study was carried out by the pet product manufacturer to launch its ‘Thank You Pets’ campaign and to celebrate National Pet Day, which takes place tomorrow (Thursday 11 April).
It found nine in 10 reported feeling less lonely and two thirds experienced a new sense of purpose in life.
In fact, almost 50 per cent said their feeling of loneliness started to fade within days of getting a cat or dog.
Corinne Sweet, humanistic psychotherapist and author, said: “Building a relationship with a pet is a major step towards breaking down feelings of isolation, loneliness and anxiety.
“People confide in their pets; calm down by stroking and grooming them and get exercise by taking them for walks – even a trip to the vet is a way of getting out and meeting new people.
“Pets can welcome you home, give you physical and emotional contact, and make you feel important.
“They can help with heartbreak, illness and separation, and be a family ‘hub’ when times are tough.
“On an ‘evolutionary psychological’ level humans have always interacted and co-existed with animals, so it is a symbiotic relationship with deep emotional roots.”
Those polled typically feel anxious around five times a week. However getting a cat or a dog could reduce these anxieties among those without a pet – according to many of those who already have a four-legged companion.
More than half of those who don’t have a pet admit they would like to get one in the future.
But the Mars Petcare UK research carried out through OnePoll found there are a number of barriers to this.
The biggest ones include leading a lifestyle, which isn’t conducive to having an animal – such as working long hours, – and not having a big enough home.
Deri Watkins, general manager of Mars Petcare UK, said: “We know that when people bring pets into their lives, there are proven benefits to general well-being, mental health and social cohesion.
“The vast range of positives that pets bring is something that we want to celebrate this National Pet Day by saying thank you to all pets.
“Everyone deserves the right to enjoy the benefits that pets bring to our lives.”
Corduroy is back in fashion, Polaroids are the new ‘must have’ cameras and vinyl sales have reached a 25-year high. But is it possible to stay on-trend and still ensure audio excellence? In conjunction with Audiolab, we provide our top tips for looking after vinyl this Record Store Day and beyond….
Vinyl record sales reached a 25-year high in 2018, with 4.2 million records sold in the UK alone. Thanks in no small part to Record Store Day – the worldwide celebration of independent record stores which takes place on Saturday 13th April – many people are taking the power back when it comes to owning our music.
But while vinyl is back – and so are record players of all sizes and prices – do you have to forego great audio for that authentic vinyl sound? Thankfully not. Here’s our advice to ensure you get the most out of your record collection.
1. Spin the right records
Good music is essential here, and thankfully we’re spoilt for choice this year. Prince, Bob Dylan, The Charlatans and Morrissey are all releasing special edition albums with limited copies being pressed, so our advice would be to grab them while you can. No matter what genre you’re into, there is something for everyone. Baby shark is even getting a vinyl release, if you’re into that sort of thing!
2. Pick your spot
Make sure you place your record player as far away from any vibrations as possible, including your speakers. It needs to be level and have a good support so not to allow footfall to affect it. Turntables with rubber feet can stop any vibrations affecting the record, but always make sure you place the turntable in the correct place with good support.
3. Choose a decent turntable
The right turntable can make or break a record. Unlike streaming or CDs, a lack of care when choosing a turntable can ruin the final sound. For example, while cheap portable record players may look pretty cool, they may not deliver the best sound, leaving you disappointed in the long run. Also do your research and make sure you set everything up correctly – it will make all the effort worth it when it feels like you’re listening to your favourite album for the first time again.
Pairing your turntable with the right speakers is also important. Wharfedale’s limited edition 85th Anniversary Denton speakers have that classic vintage look with a mahogany finish. However, other models are available too so shop around!
4. Take care of your vinyl
Storing your vinyl collection is not as easy as storing CDs. They can scratch and warp easily, so you have to take care. Store them upright, keep them in their sleeves, and make sure they stay cool and dry. Always handle with care and look into good airtight containers to store them in.
5. Amplify your sound
Listening to vinyl is a great experience. You want to elevate and help that sound as much as possible without distorting or ruining it. So you need a decent amplifier.
One option is Audiolab’s 6000A, with a built-in phono pre-amp which should deliver a beautifully engaging, yet refined, crisp sound. The 6000A will let your record soar and rebalance any bass lost during recording.
Audiolab 6000A amplifier available from Richer Sounds for £599 Wharfedale Denton 85th Anniversary Limited Edition Speakers available from Audio Affair for £349
About Record Store Day
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. This year’s Record Store Day takes place on April 13th, 2019. For more information go to https://recordstoreday.com
Luxury electronics brand Bang & Olufsen has unveiled the Beovision Harmony at Milan Design Week – a TV experience, the manufacturer claims, ‘elevates the design of any living space and fills it with spectacular sound’.
When Beovision Harmony is turned off or just playing music, the thin screen rests close to the floor, partially covered by two crafted oak and aluminium fronts, which house the powerful sound centre.
But when the Harmony is turned on, the two fronts fan out, rather like a butterfly opening its wings, and the screen rises to the perfect viewing height. Turn off the TV, and the finely choreographed sequence plays out in reverse.
Designed as a centrepiece for home entertainment, Beovision Harmony pairs a three-channel, fully active DSP-based sound centre with LG’s top-class 77inch OLED screen.
Beovision Harmony also integrates seamlessly with Bang & Olufsen’s growing collection of multiroom products. For example, it comes with a built-in 7.1 surround sound decoder, making it possible to connect up to eight Beolab speakers such as Beolab 18, Beolab 50 and Beolab 90.
Beovision Harmony is designed as a centrepiece for home entertainment offering music streaming from integrated music services like Tune-In and Deezer. You can stream musicdirectly from your smartphone via Apple Airplay 2, Chromecast built-in or Bluetooth while LG’s most recent webOS 4.5 platform allows you to access your favourite media service providers such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.
Says John Mollanger, Bang & Olufsen’s Executive Vice President of Brand and Markets.
“Pristine picture performance combined with truly immersive sound ensures a mesmerizing viewing experience. But the presence of a big screen is rarely a welcoming addition to living spaces. With Beovision Harmony, we wanted to create a meaningful object for the interior that reduces the visual presence of the TV and transforms it into something that people will develop an emotional attachment to.”
All sources and connected devices can be controlled with the Beoremote One which has been ergonomically designed and crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminium.
Beovision Harmony, including the LG OLED C9 77” TV optimized for Bang & Olufsen, will be available in Bang & Olufsen stores starting October 2019, retailing at an estimated starting price of £16,100. It will be available with a combined oak wood/aluminium front or a combined Grey Melange two-tone fabric/aluminium front and comes with two placement options: floor stand and wall bracket.
The concept behind Beovision Harmony builds on some of Bang & Olufsen’s most cherished products. For example, the Capri series, introduced in 1959, was designed to fully integrate with the living room. Hence the TV was built in teak, which was the preferred wood for furniture at the time. And the 1964 Beovision Capri 611 FM SJ TV even integrated both a TV and a radio into a single cabinet, allowing people to hide the electronics completely when not in use.
Rock stars have been smashing guitars for decades. However, Sandvik has created what it claims is the word’s first smash-proof 3D printed guitar!
To demonstrate its unbreakability, the global engineering company gave the instrument to Swedish-born guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. Named one of the ten greatest electric guitar players in the world by TIME Magazine, Malmsteen is well known for his virtuoso performances – as well as the fury he unleashes on his guitars. A master of neo-classical heavy metal, he has produced 30 albums and has been smashing guitars onstage for over 30 years!
For the guitar’s 3D printed body, Sandvik relied on its expertise in metal powder and additive manufacturing. Lasers traced a design in beds of fine titanium powder, fusing layers of material one on top of the other. The layers, each thinner than a human hair, built up to make the body of the guitar.
“Additive manufacturing allows us to build highly complex designs in small production runs,” said Amelie Norrby, additive manufacturing engineer at Sandvik. “It lets us create lighter, stronger and more flexible components with internal structures that would be impossible to mill traditionally. And it is more sustainable because you only use the material you need for the component, minimizing waste.”
The next challenge was to strengthen the fret and neck as they extended into the guitar’s body. That solution took the form of a new, super-light lattice structure that was sandwiched between the guitar’s neck and fretboard. Made from hyper-duplex steel, a recent Sandvik innovation, the lattice structure is the strongest in the world for a given weight, claims Sandvik.
But the real test is whether the guitar is actually smash proof. Thankfully it does seem to be – at least so far.
Says Malmsteen: “This guitar is a beast! Sandvik are obviously on top of their game. They put the work in, they do their hours. The results are amazing. I gave everything I had, but it was impossible to smash.”
You can see how the world’s first smash-proof guitar was made in this YouTube video below:
Sandvik Let's Create: How it's Made - The World's First Smash-Proof Guitar - YouTube
– The guitar body was produced by additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, a technique involving laser-melting titanium powder in microscopically thin layers – The guitar’s volume knobs and tailpiece which anchors the strings, were also created with 3D printing. – Extra material was milled from between frets to meet Malmsteen’s preference for a scalloped fretboard. – The back of the guitar’s neck is hollowed out from the inside and is only 1mm thick in places. – Advanced software allowed Sandvik Coromant to simulate milling digitally before the first cut was made, enabling the correct choice of tools, saving manufacturing time and ensuring desirable outcomes. – Made of hyper-duplex steel, the lattice structure inside the guitar neck is the strongest in the world. – Before the guitar was built, Sandvik simulated potential impact forces in the same way as car makers digitally crash-test new models.
Zize bikes are arguably the best bikes for big guys. Customers who have used these bikes have nothing but praise for them. Zize’s brand strength comes from the passion and commitment of the founder, Joan Denizot.
Joan’s main goal was to make bikes that are safe for big guys. Joan, a plus-size woman, came to realize that there was a gap in the market when it came to bikes for heavy people. That’s when she decided to make them, and in 2005, Zize Bikes was born.
The company has over the years cut a niche as the only bicycle in the world built for 550 pounds. That’s not hyperbole. To understand why the Zize Bike is the best, let’s analyze some of its core features.
1. The frame
Zize bikes frames are made of chrome-moly steel tubing. This is the same material that is used in making airline frames. This should give you an idea of the strength of these frames. It’s the kind of frame that inspires confidence when riding, no matter how much you weigh.
After all, if the frame structure can handle the weight of an aircraft, then it should be able to handle a few hundred pounds. Besides its strength, Zize Bike’s steel frame is flexible and lightweight, making the bike comfortable to the rider.
2. The brakes
For big guys, the biggest fear when riding a bike is brake failure. That’s because, if the brake pads are weak, then the person’s weight would negatively impact on their functionality. This is not something to worry about when riding a Zize Bike.
That’s because, Zize Bikes don’t rely on the conventional pad attached to a caliper design. Instead, these bikes use disc brakes. This allows for comfortable braking at any speeds. It’s a brake system that instills confidence in a plus-size person who is into bikes.
3. The seats
The bike seat is one of the biggest challenges for plus-size individuals. When the bike seat is not strong enough, it starts to wriggle and this can be very uncomfortable for big guys.
With Zize Bikes, you will never have to deal with such challenges. That’s because, the seats installed on these bikes are taken through thousands of hours of tests. On top of that, to keep the rider comfortable, Zize Bike seats are integrated into the post, a revolutionary approach to bike seats.
4. The tires
Any plus-size person who has ever ridden a normal thin-tire bike knows that it’s an unpleasant experience. The tires start to flatten and it gets worse when riding over rough surfaces. Zize Bikes take care of these issues and help give big guys a smooth ride.
These bikes have wide tires, with 15 gauge spokes. These are super strong and would not even fit into standard bikes. On top of that, the tires have Slime sealing, which protects them from going flat due to the rider’s weight.
All these features ensure that plus-size people enjoy a smooth ride over all surfaces. It’s everything that plus-size bike enthusiasts would ever ask for. Clearly, it’s the only bicycle in the world built for 550 pounds.