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CES: DreamWave M.8 Massage Chair

The DreamWave M.8 is designed to incorporate Japanese shiatsu massage into a motorised massage chair. It delivers an Eastern massage catering to the needs of the mind and body, creating what is makers call a singular, transcendent massage experience.

Cliff Levin, CEO of DreamWave, said: “Imagine a state of physical and mental wellbeing, where stress melts away and relaxation is absolute. The DreamWave M.8 creates a personalized, immersive, sensory massage environment that allows for disconnecting, recharging, and rejuvenating both body and mind.”

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Designed by Ken Okuyama, the M.8 integrates visual refinements that deliver a great massage experience. Inspired by Okuyama’s automotive roots with Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati, the M.8 incorporates rear-swinging doors to deliver convenience in the massage chair. 

“Getting in and out of a traditional massage chair can be a challenge for older users and anyone with back issues,” says Levin. “The M.8 is the only massage chair on the market that has successfully addressed this issue.”

The M.8 boasts a number of advanced features, including:

  • DeltaWave massage engine provides robust massage capability and movements of knead, tap, pulse, and roll in a wide range of speeds, allowing simultaneous pneumatic and mechanical intensity adjustments that offer with many intensity settings.
  • Choreographed and refined to feel human, the M.8 offers a wide variety of movements like “delta knead,” and “delta tap”, which constantly changes the rate of movement to imitate the professional human hand massage experience. 
  • An ultra-slow tap creates a “pressing” sensation, while a proprietary “breathe” sequence allows users to match their rate of respiration to the breathing movements of the M.8.
  • MaxTrack seat and back massage track geometry conforms to the user’s body and offers independent adjustment of back, legs, and seat.
  • Auto-Adaptive Design and Shiatsu Point Locator personalises the massage and automatically adjusts to user height, then detects shoulder position before a massage begins. Using the scanned data, the chair focuses on the shiatsu points of the back and glutes specific to the user’s body, resulting in a customised experience.  
  • Heated DeltaWave rollers help loosen muscles and promote improved blood circulation. Additional area heat in the neck, shoulders, foot, palm, back, and seat gently warm and relax the body.
  • Proprietary rear-swinging door design allows for ease of entry and exit. 
  • Bluetooth speakers integrated into the headrest of the chair allow users to connect their devices to play music, relaxing tones, or guided meditations to enhance their experience.

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Acer’s latest Chromebook means serious business

The latest Acer Chromebooks for business have arrived in South Africa. BRYAN TURNER reviewed the Acer Chromebook 715.

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The Chromebook market has been perceived as very consumer-focused, until the recent introduction of management tools for Chrome OS.

To complement these corporate management tools, Acer has released the Chromebook 715, aimed at the business person that works in the cloud, in South Africa.

The unit we reviewed contained an Intel Core i5-8250U, 16GB of RAM, and 128GB of eMMC storage. All of this was housed in a sturdy aluminium body. 

On the left side, the computer features a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, a standard USB Type-A port, and a headphone jack, while on the right it has a Kensington Lock, another USB Type-C port just for connectivity and a microSD card slot. 

When open, the narrow bezelled 15.6″-inch display has a Full HD resolution for crisp lettering in documents. The wide colour gamut also ensures that colours are accurately represented on screen. 

The keyboard features a first for Chromebooks: a num-pad. This is especially useful for those working with spreadsheets on Google Sheets or Excel Online, or accountants working in web apps like Xero.

The overall design of this computer shows the professional look Acer was going for with a business-facing Chromebook. It has a grey aluminium body, which looks heavy, but comes to a mere 1.8kg. It’s much lighter than it looks for an almost 16″ laptop.

The performance is great and switching between web apps is fast. This is thanks to the embedded i5 processor, which doesn’t make as much of a noise as its Windows counterparts.

The computer isn’t for the “slashie”: those who run their personal and business lives on the same device. As a result, games don’t run on the computer because it doesn’t run applications. This asserts the device’s status as a purely business-focused device.

Apart from the hardware features, the computer is handled via the lightweight Chrome OS. 

Chrome OS is Google’s answer for those who only work with web apps, and don’t want their computer’s performance hindered by unnecessary apps. With the increasing power offered from web apps, the computer application as we know is likely to disappear eventually. 

With Google’s Apps for Work platform, the Chromebook lends itself to the same admin management tools that exist on other platforms. 
The integrated 45 Wh battery may seem small but operates for around 9 hours, thanks to the lightweight software and good battery management.  

Overall, for those who want a no-nonsense approach to computing, the Acer Chromebook 715 may be their best next device. However, its pricing at R7,999 may deter those who would expect to pay less.

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Philips’s new toothbrush does more than clean teeth

Philips’s new Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush comes with five brushing modes, including one focused on gum care.

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Brushing one’s teeth and following a daily oral healthcare routine has more than just cosmetic gain.

Plaque forms a film of bacteria between one’s teeth and gums, that if not properly removed can lead to gum disease and a range of diseases like diabetes and coronary heart disease. With statistics from Philips indicating that an estimated 90% of South Africans suffer from gum disease at some point in their life, good oral health has never been more important.

This is why the company has created the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush.

The Philips Sonicare is tough on plaque but gentle on gums.

Its brushstrokes drive fluid deep between a user’s teeth and along the gumline. According to Philips, one brush with this toothbrush does more than a manual toothbrush does in a month.

It features 5 modes to cover more brushing needs, such as Clean, Polish, White Sensitive and Gum Care, it offers a customisable experience providing up to 7x more plaque removal than a manual toothbrush. Philips says the users of this brush can also get a whiter smile in one week with the DiamondClean brush head and improved gum health in just 2 weeks.

For the person on the go, the USB travel case doubles up as a charger to ensure the device remains charged. For home charging, the charger glass doubles as a glass for rinsing after brushing. To activate charge, place the brush into the glass to experience two weeks of regular use from a single charge.

Available in a range of colours at Takealot and Dis-Chem for a recommended retail price of  R3299.

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