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RAVE Reviews Releases Ranking of Best Massage Chairs

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

RAVE Reviews Releases Ranking of Best Massage Chairs There are many proven physical and mental benefits of massage therapy. It can promote muscle recovery during injury, release toxins from the body, and the most important factor, it feels great. Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources or physical capability to visit a masseuse every week. An in-home massage chair may be the most viable option.office electric massage chair As with any large ticket item, making a confident buying decision can be a challenge. That's why RAVE Reviews did the heavy lifting for us. The models featured in RAVE's review are newer models with updated tech and features. These aren't the same models like the ones originally placed inside malls. You know, the ones that tried to rip out your spine or take a chunk of your calf instead of gently massage your muscles? "From heat therapy to zero-gravity design to integrated smart sensing technology, massage chairs are offering more and more advanced features to choose from," said Hillary Miller, Managing Editor of RAVE Reviews. "Our ranking will help readers find a massage chair that offers exactly what they want." In determining which chairs to feature, RAVE compared reviews from multiple sources across the web and then added in factors such as design, price, and options.RAVE Reviews is an authoritative and entertaining guide for consumer goods, entertainment, and travel. It's not a product review site or a lifestyle magazine. But if those two met on an online dating site, 9 months later, you'd have RAVE Reviews.

Towelkinis are the bizarre beach accessory no one asked for

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

Towelkinis are the bizarre beach accessory no one asked for If you're still getting over denim swimsuits, brace yourself. There's another wacky poolside style in town, and it might just make you laugh out loud. Allow us to introduce the Towelkini, aka the hilariously genius beach accessory looking to make a splash this summer.If you've ever wished for an all-in-one accessory to help you lighten your beach-bag load, the Towelkini attempts to serve as a towel and an outfit in one.Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Towel "Towelkini by Aria McManus melds the two essentials for all things beach, no need to carry a cumbersome towel and an easy to lose swimsuit – here they come as one, materialized as ideal," the product description reads. Conceptual designer Aria McManus is the mind behind this bizarre style, which she first introduced to the world last summer.If you're a bit confused by the Towelkini, you're not alone. It claims to replace the need for a swimsuit, but there's one little problem: The back is totally exposed! It does, however seem like a fun alternative to a cover up. And it would be pretty convenient to have a towel attached right to your body so you can plop right down and take in some rays in comfort.The Towelkini is made of 100% cotton and leaves your legs exposed so you can stay cool in the sun. And it comes in two summer-ready colors: hot pink and athletic gold.

THE TOWELKINI IS A BEACH TOWEL AND SWIMSUIT COVER-UP ALL IN ONE

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

THE TOWELKINI IS A BEACH TOWEL AND SWIMSUIT COVER-UP ALL IN ONE You won’t have to remember to grab a towel the next time you head to the beach, because the Towelkini is both a towel and outfit. How could this possibly be? Well, let us explain. The warm-weather accessory was created by Aria McManus, a conceptual designer based in New York City, and was released in July 2018. The idea is that you can lay down by the beach, pool, or wherever and have the comfort of a towel under your head, but be able to stand up and be dressed — in a sense.microfiber beach towel suppliers The towel leaves your legs exposed, to be hot-weather-friendly. Also keep in mind that the butt area is open as well, so you’ll probably want to wear some kind of bottoms. You can put it on backwards for when you’re lying face-down in the sand, and then your front will be exposed when you stand up. “Towelkini by Aria McManus melds the two essentials for all things beach, no need to carry a cumbersome towel and an easy to lose swimsuit — here they come as one, materialized as ideal,” the description says. Now I don’t know about this being a replacement for a bathing suit, since your butt is literally out in the open, but I can see this being a swimsuit cover-up.The Towelkini is made “from the finest grade of terry cloth” and Hot Pink and Athletic Gold colors. It’s 70 inches long and 34 inches wide (about 5.8 feet by 2.8 feet) and comes in one-size-fits-all. You can get a Towelkini on Special Special for $199 each. Still not sure how you feel about this design? That’s OK, neither do we. But we can’t stop looking at it, which has to count for something!

LG Chem looking at second electric vehicle battery plant in US, report says

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

LG Chem looking at second electric vehicle battery plant in US, report says LG Chem provides batteries for a number of both domestic and foreign automakers, almost all of which are slowly ramping up electrification efforts by adding plug-in hybrids and, eventually, more battery-electric vehicles. Of course, that demand needs to be met with supply, and a new report claims the supplier is looking to expand its production capacity in the US.green Energy Storage Battery LG Chem, based in South Korea, is investigating the idea of opening a second EV battery factory in the US, Reuters reports, citing three sources familiar with the company's ideas. LG Chem did not immediately return a request for comment, but the company told Reuters in a statement that it has no concrete plans at the moment. According to Reuters' sources, the battery supplier is considering a $1.7 billion investment in a plant that could start producing batteries as soon as 2022. The sources also told Reuters that Kentucky and Tennessee are two states in the running for such a factory, and that a decision on a potential site could arrive as soon as the end of July. LG Chem's first, and currently only US factory is located in Michigan, but it has other plants in China, Poland and South Korea. The sources also told Reuters about potential clients for these new batteries. According to the report, the new factory could be responsible for delivering batteries to Fiat Chrysler and Volvo, with other potential automakers including GM, Hyundai and Volkswagen. The supplier already manufactures batteries for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and other models. It's no surprise that LG Chem is looking to increase its production figures. Automakers around the world have committed to electrifying their vehicle lineups in short order, and whether it's plug-in hybrids or full-on EVs, the demand for batteries will only multiply as we enter the 2020s. Getting ahead of the curve and opening another factory could give LG Chem an advantage over competitors like Panasonic or SK Innovation, the latter of which was the target of a LG Chem lawsuit over alleged trade-secret theft.

European Electric Car Market News — Triple The Number Of Models & More Battery Factories

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

European Electric Car Market News — Triple The Number Of Models & More Battery Factories Recently, the European Federation for Transport and Environment asked IHS Markit to analyze the automobile market in the EU and predict what the future for electric cars will be like in the near term. The analysis found that manufacturers plan to triple the number of models with plugs by the end of 2021 — from 60 today to 210 — just eighteen months from now. Of those, 92 will be battery electric and 118 will be plug-in hybrids.cheap Lithium battery pack According to a report by the BBC, if that prediction holds true, 22% of vehicles produced and sold in the EU could have a plug by 2025. If this happens, that would make it possible for car makers to easily meet the 95 grams per kilometer carbon dioxide emissions goal required by EU regulations by 2025. “Thanks to the EU car CO2 standards, Europe is about to see a wave of new, longer range, and more affordable electric cars hit the market,” said Lucien Mathieu, a transport and e-mobility analyst at T&E. “That is good news, but the job is not yet done. We need governments to help roll out electric vehicle charging at home and at work, and we need changes to car taxation to make electric cars even more attractive than polluting diesel, petrol or poor plug-in hybrid vehicles.” The Continent will need one more thing to make the IHS Markit prediction a reality — a larger supply of batteries to power all those electric cars. Green Tech Media this week is featuring a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that says lithium ion battery production in Europe will top 198 gigawatt-hours by 2023 — up dramatically from 18 gigawatt-hours today. “Europe is moving away from being a laggard to committing serious amounts of capital and state support,” according to Logan Goldie-Scot, head of energy storage at BNEF. That will move Europe past the United States in total battery production, most of which comes from Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. But it will pale in comparison to the 800 gigawatt-hours per year Chinese manufacturers are expected to produce by 2023 — two thirds of the global total of 1.2 terawatt-hours. What worries European leaders is that much of the production capacity on the Continent will be owned by Chinese companies. In a report published in April, the European Commission warned: “The EU’s high dependency on battery cell imports could expose industry to high costs and risks in the supply chain and undermine the automotive industry’s ability to compete with foreign competitors.”

Solid-State Batteries Could Power Electric Vehicle Breakthrough

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

Solid-State Batteries Could Power Electric Vehicle Breakthrough


Move over lithium-ion batteries, solid-state technology is on the way. It looks to spur massive growth in electric vehicle acceptance.

The heavy weight and limited energy density of lithium-ion batteries contribute to the range anxiety that hampers public acceptance of electric vehicles.But solid-state batteries will increase energy storage without adding weight or bulk. That will extend the range of electric vehicles. They also eliminate the flammability issues that are inherent in lithium-ion batteries.Electric Vehicle Battery technology

Researchers say a solid-state battery pack could give electric vehicles 500- to 1,000 miles of range on a single charge. Automakers today struggle to reach 300 miles.The technology is advancing rapidly and could be ready for commercial use within a few years. That's the assessment of a report from ABI Research, a New York-based advanced technologies research firm.

Solid-state technology could grow the global number of electric vehicles from 8 million last year to 100 million by 2028, the report said.

The batteries provide many benefits, the researchers said. They include greater longevity, reliability and more energy density. The batteries are lighter and have less bulk than lithium-ion batteries. And they eliminate the fire risk posed by lithium-ion batteries' flammable liquid electrolyte by replacing it with a solid material.The Fremont, Calif., company has bet heavily on lithium-ion technology. It is working on new lithium-ion chemistry with Dalhousie University in Canada. Tesla said the new technology offers the energy density of solid-state batteries while maintaining the same format as today's lithium-ion cells.

That allows the current manufacturing equipment to make the batteries, enabling them to reach the market sooner than solid-state batteries.Getting electron ions to flow freely through the solid electrolyte has been the major stumbling block solid-state battery developers have been working to eliminate.

Ford, Toyota, Daimler, Volkswagen, Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Hyundai are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in solid-state battery research and development. All build commercial trucks as well as passenger cars and light trucks.

BMW and start-up luxury EV maker Fisker Inc. also are working on solid-state, as are several Chinese EV companies.

Automakers are investing in several U.S.-based solid-state battery development companies, including Kentucky-based Solid Power and Ionic Materials of Massachusetts. Earlier this year, Volkswagen invested $100 million in QuantumScape, a Massachusetts-based solid-state battery developer.

Toyota has pursued solid-state battery development for years. It has a technology-sharing agreement with Suzuki, Subaru and Mazda. The automaker also has a joint-development pact with Nissan, Honda, battery maker Panasonic and the Japanese government.

Comparing RFID and NFC Access Control Systems

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

Comparing RFID and NFC Access Control Systems

 

When you're putting in an access control system, you're presented with plenty of options, whether it's which type of ID badge to choose, where to put access points, or how you want to authenticate cardholders. But when it comes time to choose between RFID and NFC card readers, it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two technologies. But it isn't exactly comparing apples to oranges - each type of reader has its own benefits and drawbacks which can impact their performance in your facility. Read on to find out what, exactly, distinguishes RFID from NFC access control.access control system using rfid

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. RFID technology makes use of electromagnetic waves to capture and read transmitted data; the information is electronically stored on a tag that is attached to an object or to the carrier, and that tag's chip is activated to share its information when it's near a reader. These tags can be detected from several feet away by the receiver, making them useful in access control for buildings with many cardholders.

RFID technology is popularly employed in access control systems to allow only the entry of authenticated and authorized personnel to secure spaces. Elsewhere, RFID technology is also applied in several other fields, such as supply chain inventory, gate control in parking garages, retail checkout lines and even race timing. RFID can be either active, in which it has its own power source and a high range, or passive, in which it is powered by a reader and works at shorter distances.
The most common use of RFID in access control is in door entry systems for personnel. RFID-enabled tags are employed on a very basic level as the identification badges of the workers for any company or industry that uses access control systems. The RFID applications for personnel identification normally operates at quite a low frequency, almost 140 KHz, for badge detection. The information of a cardholder, object or reader is electronically stored in the RFID cards or tags, which can contain only small pieces of information such as identification numbers, prices or codes.

Door readers also use this same technology. Each RFID reader is equipped with a small antenna, which sends its own radio waves with the purpose of detecting any RFID tag or card within its range. This range can vary for each reader depending upon the frequency of the radio waves it emits, anywhere from about 10 centimeters to around one meter. The RFID reader decodes the unique stored information being emitted from the corresponding RFID badge and sends the signal to its host software, which either grants or denies access to the user.

The Best Access Control Systems Of 2019

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

The Best Access Control Systems Of 2019


Keeping your employees and facility secure is a top priority for any business owner. A facility access control system is one of the most efficient ways to not only prevent unauthorized visitors from entering your business, but also to manage employee access. door lock quotes

Honestly, it's not practical to give each employee their own set of keys. An access control system is a better option, as it lets employees enter locked facilities with specialized credentials - such as a key card, PIN, key fob or mobile phone app - that they input into a reader to unlock the door. Kisi is our choice for the best overall access control system because it's a highly automated, cloud-based system that provides simple, modernized access control for your business. Kisi works well for every type of business, including small and very small, and provides a variety of customizable credential options such as a mobile app, personalized key cards, key fobs, or temporary links sent to a mobile phone.

Kisi also provides remote management and easy integration with more than 20 services, such as scheduling, intrusion alarms and surveillance.Access control systems also let employers restrict the locations each employee can enter, setting levels of security to balance their workers' safety and convenience. When an employee leaves the company, their credentials can simply be deactivated to prevent them from gaining unauthorized access.

With access control security, you know who enters your business, when they enter and what door they use. These systems also include analytics that allow you to track where your employees are. In addition, they allow you to section off rooms or areas to authorized employees and receive reports of suspicious activity, such as if someone tries to enter an area where they don't belong.

This guide provides reviews of some of the top systems on the market, as well as details on the features these systems include and what you can expect to pay for an access control system. Pricing for access control systems vary greatly depending on the specific hardware you want, the number of access points you have, and whether you choose a traditional or IP system. Pricing also changes if you have the system professionally installed rather than doing it yourself. You will likely need to speak with a company representative about your specific needs before you can receive an accurate estimate of what your access control system will cost. Most companies will provide you with a free quote.

More Power to the HEV/EV Connector for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

More Power to the HEV/EV Connector for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles


The continued development of hybrid vehicles (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV) is central to most car manufacturers' future strategies. One day in the not too distant future, HEVs and EVs will dominate the roadways. Electric and hybrid vehicle technology has made significant performance advancements in recent years and offers many advantages over traditional internal combustion engines. Because they use less gasoline (HEV) or no gasoline (EV), these vehicles are much quieter, cleaner during operation, less costly to refuel, and typically require less maintenance due to fewer moving parts and subsequent wear and tear.mixed Signal connector

However, HEV/EV vehicle manufacturers still face many challenges to increase public acceptance worldwide. The battery systems in these vehicles require additional improvements and increased efficiencies to increase the time and distance they can travel, reduce charging time, and enhance power quality - all within footprints that are smaller and lighter than present-day systems. Advancements to rugged connectors within the battery management system (BMS) can help increase performance in all three areas. More specifically, BMS applications need higher-power connectors in a smaller footprint, all while meeting the requirements of the harsh environment conditions found in automotive applications.

An HEV/EV battery system consists of many battery cells packaged together. These individual battery cells can have different performance characteristics. When manufacturers package battery cells into packs, they attempt to group cells from the same batch and with similar performance characteristics so that cell-to-cell variations are minimized. However, battery performance often deviates from cell to cell depending on the operating temperature, charging/discharging current, state of charge (SOC), and state of health (SOH).

An HEV/EV battery management system combines sensors, controllers, connectors, and computation equipment with sophisticated software algorithms to maximize battery performance and communicate vital information, including charge/discharge current, SOC (i.e., battery life), and SOH from the battery pack to the driver. A BMS monitors and controls charge/discharge rates depending on variables such as power load demand, power cell voltage, current, temperature, and battery SOC to optimize system performance.

Cell balancing is another essential function of an automotive BMS, as it allows the system to compensate and correct for individual cells that are not functioning properly.

HEV/EV battery performance also depends on the quality of charging. As a result, BMS includes both charging and discharging control. HEV/EV batteries can also recharge as a result of regenerative braking - capturing and storing the kinetic energy of the moving vehicle for future use - which makes battery management systems even more complex.

Best Smartwatches 2019

August 15, 2019 by freemexy  

Best Smartwatches 2019


The best smartwatch is more than just a way to get smartphone notifications on your wrist. The device has to be everything in one: a fitness tracker, a wallet and even a phone.

Smartwatch shipments increased by 48 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2019, due in large part to the Apple Watch, according to Counterpoint Research. One in three smartwatches shipped is an Apple Watch.smart bracelet watch bluetooth

After spending hundreds of hours testing dozens of smartwatches, our pick for best smartwatch is the Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS (starting at $399), which has a huge display, ultra-fast processor, Raise to Speak Siri, fall detection and a built-in electrical heart rate sensor for taking on-the-go electrocardiograms. It also runs watchOS 5, which makes the watch even more useful with automatic workout-tracking, offline podcast playback and a Walkie-Talkie voice chat feature.

However, the Apple Watch 3 is still a very good value, so be sure to check out our Apple Watch 3 vs Apple Watch 4 comparison. The improved watchOS 6 is coming this Fall with even more improvements for both models.
The best smartwatch for Android users is Samsung's $200 Galaxy Watch Active. In addition to a sleek, sporty design, the Galaxy Watch Active offers built-in GPS, heart rate sensor, water-resistance, Samsung Pay support, plus advanced heart health features for $130 less than its predecessor. You can also download music from Spotify to the watch for offline listening. However, it runs Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS, so you get far fewer apps than you would with a Wear OS watch. Samsung also sells a 42-mm Galaxy Watch ($329) and a 46-mm model with a rotating bezel if you're looking for a larger option with better battery life.

The new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 goes on sale September 27 for $279; based on our hands-on with the new watch, it looks like a winner. Stay tuned for our full review.