Intermittent Fasting and Diet Trends

The first noteworthy diets were created in the early eighteenth century. Doctors like George Cheyne and John Rollo published the first essays aimed at those suffering from obesity and diabetes, helping people find ways to reduce their weight without depriving them of necessary nutrients. Still in print today, the first diet to receive mainstream recognition was called ‘Banting’, named after the mortician who created it, William Banting, in 1863. All diets are designed around the same central principle; in order to lose weight, one must consume less calories than they burn off throughout each day. Which foods should be consumed or avoided remains a subject of debate amongst nutritionists, and as a result, dozens of diets have become popular and faded to obscurity over the years. Dieting fads have become dime a dozen in today’s society. Now more than ever, people are concerned with losing weight and achieving levels of personal fitness usually seen by models and actors, not the average nine to five worker. Popular culture bombards us with images of the skinny and the beautiful, to the point where the concepts are intertwined in our subconscious thoughts. This obsession with losing weight has led to the development of an entire industry of dieting plans and supplements for weight loss. Every year there seems to be a new best-selling book about the best diet to lose weight in a short amount of time without developing unhealthy eating habits. This allows authors and publishers to make millions, praying on the …

Cybersecurity

In this new era we live in, the age of computers, all aspects of our lives are becoming increasingly reliant on computer systems. More and more of the devices we use are equipped with internet capabilities, and almost all kinds of public and private information can be accessed through these networks.  As a result of this unprecedented level of interconnectivity, this information has never been more vulnerable to outside threats from hackers and viruses alike. More than just private information as at risk however; lives are very much at stake as well. Everything from the financial system, to basic utilities, and even medical equipment can be compromised through a competent cyberattack. The first computer worm was discovered in 1988, created by a curious college student attempting to find out exactly how many computers were connected to the internet. No real damage was done, as the malware simply slowed down the computers it had infected. The second notable breach in cybersecurity was far less innocuous. In 1994, the United States Air Force’s central command facility was completely compromised by several hackers, giving them access to classified information and several other public and private institutions including NASA. In 2007, the home goods company TJX was hacked, aimed at the financial information of hundreds of thousands of customers. Seven years later, both Target and Home Depot were hacked as well, leading to the theft of more than one hundred million credit card numbers. In 2015, what are believed to be Chinese hackers accessed …

Electric Vehicles

Fossil fuels are used to produce more than eighty-five percent of the world’s energy. This is a state of affairs that can not continue for much longer, for a variety of reasons. First and foremost among them, is that fossil fuels are not a renewable resource. Eventually, the global supply will be exhausted, and it will take millions of years to begin replenishing that supply. Secondly, these fuels create carbon dioxide as a byproduct, releasing billions of tonnes of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere each year. The damage being done to the environment by this reckless use of fossil fuels is becoming the driving force in the development of more efficient electric vehicles. The first electric motor was invented in 1827 by the Hungarian priest Ányos Jedlik and was used to power a small automobile. Less than twenty years later the first patents were being issued for locomotives powered by rails used to conduct electricity. Electric cars were not mass produced however until the early twentieth century, when the first electric cars capable of competing with gasoline powered vehicles entered the market. Unfortunately for the producers of these vehicles, Henry Ford’s implementation of mass production of his gas-powered cars significantly lowered the costs when compared to their electric counterparts. This status quo then lasted for nearly a hundred years. Electricity-powered trains have remained the norm throughout the years, and the technology involved has continually evolved in order to keep pace with internal combustion engines. Electric cars on the other …

Firestone’s Ride-Rite & Air Spring Manufacturing and Technology

Air spring suspensions are a type of vehicle suspension powered by a special type of air pump or compressor, through a relatively simple process and design. Simply put, the pump or compressor forces air into bellows, usually made out of rubber due to its flexibility. As the bellows is inflated by the increase in air pressure, it raises up the frame of the vehicle. These air spring suspensions have almost entirely replaced steel spring suspensions in passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses. The purpose of this system is not only to keep the motor vehicle level, but also to improve the way it maneuvers and brakes when weighed or in rough conditions.  The most recent developments in air spring technology have been advances in the process of computerization and the ability to self-level the vehicle. This is particularly useful in buses, as the weight distribution is often quite uneven, due to passengers not spreading out throughout the vehicle. In trucks, this has done quite a bit to help slow down the process of tire wear, reducing costs for distributors of a variety of products. Firestone Industrial Products, founded in 1936, was created when Firestone Tire & Rubber Company decided to purchase a factory and expand its business activities. In 1938, barely two years later, we created the first pneumatic suspension device, called the Firestone Airide Air Spring. Since then, for more than seventy years, Firestone Industrial Products has remained on the cutting edge of air spring suspension technology. Acknowledged worldwide as …

WMR Competition Performance & Motocross

Motocross is a specific form of off-road motorcycle racing that takes place on unpaved enclosed circuits. Evolved from motorcycle trial competitions in the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century, motocross is now a popular sport across the world, sometimes referred to as dirt bike racing. As this form of racing became more popular throughout various countries, manufacturers of motorcycles were forced to develop new technical improvements and upgrades in order to stay competitive over such rough terrain. Gradually, the differences between motorcycles used on the street and those used off-road became more pronounced. Rigid frames became replaced by suspensions years before they were incorporated by manufacturers into street bikes as well. By the 1960s, new developments in two stroke engine technology relegated the traditional models obsolete, opening the market further to foreign competition. By the 1980s, Japanese manufacturers had overtaken almost all of their competitors, and maintained a gap in the level of technological advancement for another twenty years. Recently, European motorcycle manufacturers have been making a comeback in popularity among motocross enthusiasts, bringing a level of healthy competition back to the industry. Founded in 1994, WMR Competition Performance is one of the most successful distributors of off-road motorcycles and motorcycle equipment in all of South Florida. Whether you just need a part repaired, a regular tune-up, or a new motorcycle entirely, there is no better choice to make than WMR Competition Performance for your motocross needs. WMR will custom build you a motorcycle to your exact specifications from …

Hargrave Custom Yachts and Yacht Building Industry

Originally used by the Dutch to target pirate vessels, today’s yachts are luxurious ships used by the rich for leisure and sport. The yacht building industry, as a result of the expensive nature of the product being produced, has a very small consumer base able to support it. Even the least expensive yachts available cost at least several hundreds of thousands of dollars on average. Further compounding this problem, is the variety of different options consumers with these kinds of discretionary funds have available for their leisure options. Not only are the manufacturers competing with other yacht builders, but also the distributors of sports cars and other expensive toys for the rich and influential.  Competition within the yacht construction industry itself is fierce, with about a dozen manufacturers controlling close to eighty percent of the total market share. With high starting costs in material and labor, it is a difficult industry to gain entry into. An aspiring entrepreneur needs architects, engineers and managers to oversee the construction of the yachts, and highly skilled employees of this kind are paid at a rate commensurate with their talents. Although in recent years there has been a reduction of the costs of the materials used in the construction process, the price of the finished product has also gone down, keeping profits at a fairly stable level. Those who have the ability and the drive to work past these challenges however, find themselves supplying some of the wealthiest customers in the world with a …

Sears Garage Solutions & Garage Door Solutions

Garage doors as they exist today first came into use at the beginning of the twentieth century. As the largest moving object in your home, one that can often take up about one third of the area of the front of the house, a garage door that malfunctions represents a huge risk to the safety of the home’s inhabitants. Most garage doors are fitted with torsion springs, supporting a system that allows the garage door to be raised as the springs unwind, and the tension in the springs is released. As the door is lowered, the springs are rewound to full tension, and the opening cycle is completed.  In general, manufacturers of garage doors offer a spring that provides approximately thirty thousand of these cycles. Because the frequency with which any given homeowner opens and closes their garage door varies widely, it is hard to estimate the amount of time that these springs can last. However, most companies guarantee a cycle life of about ten years.  Because a garage door can cause injury to the homeowner and expensive property damage, proper maintenance is crucial. The system that operates a garage door is complex, with many moving parts that make it difficult to repair by yourself. Even the upkeep is beyond the average homeowner, as even something as seemingly simple as proper insulation to prevent the buildup of moisture involves technical know-how most individuals do not possess. And this is assuming the garage door was installed properly to begin with, not …

R.V Trip Wizard & Visual Planning Tool

Technology has changed the way the people travel across the country. Finding hotels to stay at, landmarks to visit, and restaurants to eat at used to be difficult to say the least. And of course, first you needed to plan out your route using a map, another time consuming activity. Budgeting for the trip could take hours, and it was difficult to do with any degree of accuracy. Finding out the local price of gas, toll charges, and any other incidental expenses was also a struggle. Staying in campgrounds would help you save some money, but you needed to find the campgrounds in advance, something easier said than done.  The internet has solved the majority of these problems. Search engines like Google give you access to an unbelievable amount of information, some of which could never have been found in the pre-internet era. Everything from gas prices to restaurant reviews is just a search and a click away. But because of this abundance of information, it is challenging to find exactly what you’re looking for. There are websites that can help you plan a vacation, but they focus primarily on plane or train tickets, and hotel bookings, nothing that is very helpful when planning a road trip.  So for the average RV enthusiast looking to plan a trip across the United States, things seemed more difficult than they needed to be. RV Trip Wizard is the solution to this problem. A visual planning tool, similar in concept to something like …

Ovention & Food Service Equipment Technology

The food service equipment industry has shown consistent growth over the last decade. Valued at approximately 39 billion dollars in 2015, the global market for these products is one of the largest in any sector. As the lifestyle of the average person has changed, the technological development has accelerated to match that change. Globalization has played a large role in this process. Less economically developed nations now have the resources and the population to support an increasingly advanced standard of technological development. The demand for refrigerated food products, Internet-enabled equipment, and multi-function appliances is growing at a steady rate. As this demand grows, the quality of the equipment grows as well. Suppliers who refuse to innovate are being left behind, overtaken by companies with a focus on increased automation and decreased energy waste. Governments across the world are creating stricter standards for everything from hygiene to energy efficiency. These standards have further accelerated the process of enhanced digitization and the adoption of more complex products. In the United States, the results of this progress can be seen most clearly. Members of the food service industry have adopted a plethora of technological advancements in order to distinguish themselves from their competitors. As our world becomes more heavily computerized, restaurant and hotel owners have adapted in order to remain relevant. When the consumer is accustomed to having any product they want, just a click away, members of this industry need both speed and advanced features in their food equipment technology in order …

Lancer Corporation & Beverage Dispensers

Beverage dispensers are, as the name suggests, the products used for dispensing beverages to consumers. This includes everything from water fountains to beer taps, used in a variety of commercial locations. While they are ubiquitous in both restaurants and bars, they are also commonly found in offices, institutional buildings, and even private residences. Developments in this technology are less visible than in other sectors, but nevertheless are what drives market growth and encourage competition. New designs and increased digitization have allowed customization and increased efficiency, increasing both the cost and demand for these products. Across the globe, the demand for beverage dispensers has never been higher. Predominantly however, the product in highest demand is fountain soda dispensers. They can be found in almost any gas station, restaurant or hotel in the United States. Every restaurant chain has at least one in every location, and as more of these businesses enter new markets, the beverage dispensers follow in their wake. Fast food is the most obvious example of this phenomenon. For every McDonalds, there are at least two of these beverage dispensers to be found, often more. The product in highest demand may be the fountain soda dispenser, but alcoholic beverage dispensers are not far behind. In almost every bar and restaurant, you can find a beverage dispenser that serves beer. Because the product they dispense is sold at a higher price, the dispensers themselves are usually more expensive as well. As a result, while there may be less units sold, …