Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga Enthusiasts in LA

Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts

Aaron Thornton, a yoga enthusiast, invented the YoYo Mat as a better alternative to traditional yoga mats that are difficult to roll up, as well as become bulky when rolled up. The YoYo Mat, in contrast, rolls up on its own and stays tightly rolled up even without straps and carrying bags.  

This yoga mat is made from TPE, a latex-free, PVC-free biodegradable material that also doesn’t contain harmful substances like DEHP, BBP, DBP and DNOP phthalates. Suffice it to say that it’s safe to use even for people with sensitive skin.

Keeping a firm grip on the YoYo Mat even when it’s wet is easy, thanks to its anti-slip surface pattern. The round corners mean there are no jagged edges that will dig into your skin when you’re doing poses or carrying the mat.  

Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts
Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts

This has dual layers measuring 5.5 millimeters, the perfect thickness for support and comfort when in use. It’s also light enough to be carried from the gym to your car, or to any other place.  It doesn’t have straps and a carrying bag but these are unnecessary because the YoYo Mat can be easily carried in your hand or under your arm, even placed inside your gym bag.

Many traditional yoga mats become smelly because of the buildup of sweat and the like on their surfaces. With YoYo Mat’s closed-cell construction, which seals the mats against sweat, dead skin cells, and bacteria, you won’t have to deal with malodorous smells.

How does it work? Its self-rolling mechanism was inspired by the slap-on wristbands. When you have to use it, place it on the floor with its top side facing up, unroll it completely, and lock it with a click so it stays flat.

When you have to roll it, just flip it so that its bottom side faces up and it lies completely flat at first. Then give it a click and watch it roll by itself – look Ma, no hands!  

The YoYo Mat measures 72 x 28 inches.  Its self-rolling bands are hidden within its folds so these don’t interfere with your yoga poses.

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Ultra Comfy Hoodie Made in LA by Former Art Director at Macy’s

Ultra Comfy Hoodie Created by Former LA Art Director at Macy's

Los Angeles is one of the biggest apparel manufacturing hubs in the United States, its where some of the coolest under-the-radar clothing is created (like Carbon38, Clare V, BackBeat Rags, The Great). Colby Kane the inventor of the Aviator Hoodie Collection, is a designer and art director who moved to Los Angeles, California from New York City, New York in search of a better work-life balance. During his search, he came upon the idea of The Red Eye Hoodie and later the First Class Hoodie, both of which are now bestselling products.

Through it all, Kane has nurtured his passion for using amazing materials and designs sourced from around the world and then adapting them for his products. He is also passionate about making his products in Los Angeles as well as providing great value to his customers and selling directly to them. He, indeed, takes pride in the fact that his products are proudly made in the City of Angels.  

The First Class Hoodie is available in two types of fabric. First, the Comfort Hoodie is made from natural bamboo fiber, a sustainable material that feels as soft as cashmere. It also has moisture wicking, antimicrobial, and breathable qualities that make it your best choice for everyday wear and leisure activities.

Second, the Sports Hoodie is made from synthetic fibers chosen for their performance qualities. It’s a great choice for more strenuous physical activities while also retaining the comfortable and convenient qualities of the First Class Hoodie. It has a sportier design, too, so you can wear it to most outdoor sports activities, such as hiking.   

Every hoodie in the Aviator Hoodie Collection has practical features that distinguish it from the competition. The cuff can be worn three ways – as a standard cuff, as a mitten, and as a fingerless glove. The hood can also be worn as a standard hood or as a sleep mask.

The hardware used is also of the highest quality. The premium UCan zippers allow for a smooth opening and closing while the Paracord 550 hoodie drawstrings can withstand countless use.  Both zippers and drawstrings have a gunmetal finish for a stylish look.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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Military-Grade Encryption VPN Device Created by Former JPL Mechanical Engineers

Military-Grade Encryption VPN Device Created by LA Mechanical Engineers from JPL

Many savvy smartphones, tablet, and laptop users utilize a virtual private network (VPN) to surf anonymously, stay protected from malware, and avoid censorship, among others. But why stop there? There’s a new gadget that can provide these useful services, as well as allow individuals and organizations secure and remote access to their home and office networks.

The izzbie ONE is an all-in-one VPN device that offers a personal cloud, online security, and a private local area network. This means that as you access your private network at home or in the office, your online activities will be protected without encryption.  

Plus, there’s no need to go through third-party providers, such as Apple and Dropbox. These providers can encrypt files and messages but keep in mind that these can still be hacked in theory.

With izzbie ONE, you can also access geo-restricted websites and their contents, as is the case with the strict censorship laws in China. Basically, it’s a useful tool for accessing the Internet without your location determining the content you can see.  

You will then be able to enjoy complete privacy and safety online. No wonder that it’s a device gaining more acceptance among digital nomads, the entrepreneurs running their own businesses on the road.

The izzbie ONE is a small black box device with plug-and-play features. Just plug it into your router using an Ethernet connection, go to your computer’s control panel, and add the internal IP addresses of the items that will be connected.

These can be your network attached storage (NAS), IP cameras, video game devices, and wireless printers. You can connect as many local networks as you want, too. You can, for example, print a paper from your laptop while in a hotel to your printer at home.

You may also build a virtual mesh network with multiple locations provided these are all connected to izzbie ONE. Think of it as being in all or any of these locations without physically being there.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

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This LA Food Startup Baked Up Some Super Delicious Low Carb Cookies

It is the bane of every cookie lover: you want to eat all those cookies but you’re worried about the calorie count and what it will do to your weight. Check out NUI Cookies, the low car keto snack cookies. You get the best of both worlds, a delicious cookie with only two grams of carbohydrates.

Keto Kookie is the product of Victor Macias and Kristoffer Quiaoit, buddies who discovered the benefits of the ketogenic diet. However the two had a difficult time finding a tasty but low carb cookie so they decided to make one, and the results have been pretty good.

The results are Keto Kookies, delicious low carb cookies that are keto friendly, paleo friendly and non-GMO. These cookies have no added sugar and gluten-free. The ingredients in these cookies also provide nourishment so you can keep going throughout the day. You can eat the cookies anytime, but they’re most effective during the mornings as they work like energy bars.

The natural ingredients in Keto Kookies provide you with extra strength and the energy needed to do your workouts. With each cookie, you get coconut oils and flour that serve as brain fuel. Monkfruit extract manages cholesterol and blood sugar while almond flour and butter are rich in magnesium and protein.

Keto Kookies also have grass-fed butter which is rich in vitamin K2 and omega 3, superior to ordinary butter. It also contains erythritol, a natural sugar alternative that doesn’t have any adverse effect on insulin.

Keto Kookies is available in many flavors including peanut butter, Birthday Cake, chocolate chip, Snickerdoodle, and double chocolate. A single Keto Kookie has only 3 net carbs, 2 g of natural sugar and 6 g of protein. Compare this with other cookies that have 23 g of carbs 13 g of sugar and 4 g of protein.

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