Currently browsing category


What is Electronic Reverse Osmosis?

You asked and we shall tell. Electronic reverse osmosis may not be household words, but they are pertinent in certain circles. If you care about water purification technology, read on. In short, it’s a filtering system, plain and simple. Who doesn’t like clean water: mothers, fathers, kids, athletes, artists, you name it, we all want chemical-free hydration. It the modern way of life!

So how does it work? From a scientific perspective reverse osmosis will remove molecules and ions from liquid, even bacteria. While much of this stuff doesn’t kill us, we don’t want to take chances with our health. Bacteria be gone. Any device, especially electronic, should be used for the betterment of society. Right? Right. So here’s more of the story. According to the definition, a reverse osmosis system is used to overcome osmotic pressure to achieve potable water. Say what? It’s not mumbo jumbo, my friends. By means of a semipermeable membrane, this methodology reverses normal osmosis through the utilization of external pressure that alters natural flow. We don’t want to go into high and low solute concentrations and membrane pore sizes, lest we put you to sleep. It’s just that technology is so interesting and we can all benefit from its results.

So what’s the electronic component of this deal? It is just the way the process can be activated so we can have filtered water for cooking and drinking. That’s the goal. It is the power behind a filtering device that traps particles like rust and calcium carbonate. Some of the better systems have a second filter (aka membrane) for even smaller unwanted particles. A charcoal filter (or one made up of cellulose triacetate — some big words!) will nab the organic chemicals like chlorine. We can practically smell it upon hearing the word. A thin film composite membrane gets much of the credit for the reverse osmosis part, but if not, additional filters can quarantines and destroy what’s left. You may also find an ultraviolet lamp is used to sterilize escaping microbes. Get ‘em boys. When done right, not even a nano particle is left unscathed. They are trapped like prisoners in a mesh pen.

This implies that we want our water perfectly pure, and you can have it. You can put in a system if you like to be responsible for your own personal water purification (a noble goal) or buy bottles of it that have been treated with one at the plant. So for those who always wanted to know what was behind their daily guzzling, you now have the key!

By the way, portable electronic filtering systems are used in rural areas far from city pipes. Everyone needs clean water. You can use them traveling, boating, fishing, and camping. Reverse osmosis to the rescue. That’s our motto. Countries that are known for water pollution buys these in water processors in bulk. The big guns at the plants around the world use larger versions unless prohibited by law in the bottling of natural mineral water.

Non-competitive Water Tech

Swimming competitively has no counterpart in my book. You train forever and work at perfecting your skills. There are times, however, when you can lay back and enjoy a non-competitive session or two. The pool is quiet, the stands are not filled, and it is pure bliss.
Diving is an option at such times as well. Whatever I decide to do, I enjoy my time to the fullest. We all need such personal extracurricular opportunities. Sometimes special gear goes along with the endeavor chosen. When it comes to swimming and diving, a high tech dive watch is often found on my wrist. I actually have several in that my family and friends know what I like and they indulge me with great gifts. If you don’t get what you desire for Christmas, I have a few suggestions as to what to buy for yourself online or in stores.
If price is no object, you can go for the best of the best. If you are not a pro, it doesn’t matter. It will provide great features and benefits. I am talking about the Reactor Graviton 2 Chrono for men which goes for about $500. It is not the most expensive and is therefore suitable for most. This digital darling is made of stainless steel, has a high-contrast LCD screen (that can be turned off) with silvertone hands and markers, and a sturdy rubber strap. It is well made and reliable. The case has a screw-down crown and is guaranteed watertight. Even if the screws are loose, water does not penetrate.
Furthermore, the screwbars that attach the case to the strap are tougher than most. This is a no-fault watch to be sure. The manufacturer knows its craft and uses only the finest high-grade materials. Even if you change the battery time and again, you will always get a perfect seal. You also get dual alarms, a chronograph, and a countdown timer. Nothing you could want has been overlooked. You want tide chart accuracy for 275 North American locations? You got it until the year 2020. You want top lines display for the next two upcoming tide times and height, you got it. You also will find the current moon phase and a dot matrix line display of the date and time.
Dual time means digital and analog settings synchronized in a single movement. Other features include automatic sunrise sunset time, water and shock resistance to 600 feet, 1 ¾ inch case width, and a two-year warranty. I think I have covered the basic details. You can find testimonials and more info online. There are other choices out there, but this one strikes me as all purpose. I would definitely drop a few hints at birthday or holiday time! Sure, they come a lot cheaper with Casio and more expensive with Bulova and Montrek (both have versions good for 1,000 feet), but this mid-range option is my recommendation. A close second is the Swiss army Divemaster collection in various quartz and mechanical models. You will be happy with any of these choices.

Washlets? Who Knew?

I didn’t know about this until I traveled to Japan for an athletic event. So tourists—be on alert for a surprising but pleasant experience in the bathroom department. Many ball players I know participate in foreign games so it is not impossible that some of you will experience this odd luxury.

In nice hotels in Japan, for example, the newer more modern places, the bathrooms are important sites of superior cleanliness. Yes, cleanliness is next to godliness in this foreign land. It is not enough to have one of the best flushing toilets in the world, or something with an automatic flusher – we all have seen that! It does spare you from touching germ-laden levers, however. But the updated toilet designs target hygiene to the max.
They look similar to the old models, but they will shower you (literally) with a spray of tepid or warm water in place of harsh paper products. You can be sure that no trace of anything will remain. It is a kind of bidet substitute more in tune with the needs of men who shun the French bathing alternative. Some fancy toilets have adjustable temperature gauges and water flow regulators. This more than mere practicality.

It is a spa concept called by some a “washlet”. If you live in the country, you might be lucky enough to have one in your apartment or condo. If you own your place of residence, it is easy to have one installed. You will be right in line with the top executives and high earners of corporate Japan. You will live well beyond the style of most Americans at home who have never even heard of this innovation.

But here it is, ready to be tested. Most people like it after a few tries. It is the ultimate kind of toilet experience if you can conceive of having one. It is such a routine and mundane act as a rule and has become a focal point of Japanese life in its new incarnation. I guess you do it often enough that you might as well make a deal out of it.
By the way, refill is practically instantaneous and silent. Gosh, you could mediate on this porcelain throne. Americans have so many names for toilets like the “oval office” or the “the head” but none do justice to this ingenious beauty.

There are many options such as tankless designs, low water consumption, and assorted colors like sandy beige. The flushing systems are pure state-of-the-art. You can have such a toilet for about $3,000 in the US which covers a cyclone system and an air dryer. I kid you not. You want a deodorizer built in? You got it. You can import your favorite style from Toto, Japan. It is the oldest and largest plumbing products manufacturers and a leader in research and development. So you know you have made a good choice with any washlet item in their line. Talk about high performance! And you can opt for an elongated or round bowl as you like. Their unit looks like a ceramic cabinet and if you do indulge, put it in your guest bath for sure.

Electronics must haves for athletes

I’ve always been an athletic person: swimming is my passion. Swimmers are quite similar to any other professional athlete, we’re just in water instead of on land. We have a lot of the same techniques and training regimens, and our mindsets are identical. So I know that any product that can highlight your strengths and weaknesses, or give you up-to-the-minute information is an athlete’s dream. Durability is key too: training can a lot of bumps and bruises for you and your device. There’s a lot of electronic equipment to choose from, so sorting the worst from the best can be overwhelming. Luckily I’ve worked with a lot of these gadgets, so I can give you the scoop on the best electronic gadgets for athletes currently on the market.

Many athletes, like runners, use music to get their blood pumping and set the mood for their training session. Although many people swear by the iPod Shuffle (it is a great product), I personally like the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip 4 GB. Sansa has one of the best lines of mp3 players: the audio is phenomenal and the 4GB model is available for under $40. Just clip it anywhere on you and your ready to go. What I like best is that you don’t need iTunes to get your music, you can simply drop and drag any mp3 music files. It also plays podcasts and audio books, so you can listen to whatever motivates you with no hassles.

GPS watches are an essential tool for athletes: it can track your pulse, distance and other statistics in real time to streamline your routine and see real progress in your training and performance. For me there is no better GPS watch than the Garmin Forerunner 210. At $249 RRP (but you can get them cheaper online) it is reasonably priced for Garmin, which is tops in this field. The interface is simple to use, even for those who are technologically challenged and has a quick connection to area satellites for immediate data. It comes with or without the heart-rate monitor, and can be used indoors or out, making it a must-have for any athlete.

The Basis B1 is the most comprehensive of all the trackers I’ve used. At $199 it does practically everything, you would swear it could read your mind. The device tracks heart rate and calories, as well as skin temperature and perspiration. What impressed me is that it was able to differentiate between cycling, running and walking, it KNOWS what you’re doing. You can load your data onto your to study long-term stats like resting heart-rate, sweat levels and fitness patterns. It also can sync with certain Android and iPhones. I found it to be very useful, it gave me a chance to step back and review my data with a clear eye.

These devices are all able to stand up to heat, water and pressure, so you don’t have to worry about breakage. Each of these items offers something different to help serious athletes take their training to the next level.