5 health and wellness devices (that aren’t smartwatches) – Rappler

We all love our smartwatches, although there has been some research that these nifty wearables haven’t exactly encouraged people to move more. Still, we suppose having the option of being able to measure your steps or your heart rate is a nice-to-have for the times when you do get into one of those intense fitness moods. We’re in a gadget era where we’re obsessed about measuring everything.

And of course, it’s not just smartwatches. From toothbrushes that monitor your brushing pressure to home exercise systems that measure your bicep curling form, here are five interesting devices meant to encourage you to get into healthier habits by giving you a way to quantifiably measure your current state and track your improvements.

There are dozens more out there, from smart exercise mats that detect your exercise movements to smart ovens that can detect what food you’re cooking, and automatically suggest the proper settings for cooking it, but we’ll start with these five.

Many of the devices in this category are also quite more expensive than their usual non-smart counterparts, so there’s always the question, “Do I really need to spend P15,000 for my toothbrush to tell me that I’m a very good brusher of teeth?”

If you answered yes, well, this list is for you. At the very least, and pushing aside price for the meantime, these present interesting applications of wellness-oriented, sensor-equipped monitoring tech, which may be more affordable to more in the future.

  1. A headband that trains you to meditate

Released in October 2021, the second generation Muse S headband features an EEG (electroencephalography) sensor to monitor brain activity, PPG (photoplethysmography) sensor to monitor heart rate, a pulse oximetry to measure blood oxygen saturation, and a gyroscope and accelerometer to monitor movement. 

Photo from Muse website

Through an accompanying app, it offers guided meditation. How calm you were when you were meditating is measured by the sensors, and delivered to the app so you can see if your meditation skills, and mindfulness ability are improving. The sounds that the app produces may also change from a loud storm to sunshine-y chirping depending on the state of your brainwaves.

Forbes in its review said, “In essence, Muse S is a technology-filled meditation and sleep training tool that accurately measures the success of your efforts and provides instant feedback and advice on how to improve your mental state.” 

It can also be used for sleep assistance, with the audio – comprised of repeating stories, guided meditations, sleep music, soundscapes according to Forbes – lowering down automatically as the user falls asleep.

The review also noted that you could just merely download a meditation app without additional hardware, but what the Muse headband is there for is to give you an option of accurately measuring your efforts in practicing to be mindful and being able to meditate.

  1. A toothbrush that tells you how well you’re brushing your teeth

The Oral-B iO Series 9 is known as one of the smartest toothbrushes in the, well, smart toothbrush industry. It features an oscillating brush and sensors that detect whether you’re applying too much or too little pressure. A blue light tells you to increase pressure and a red light tells you to ease up a little. Using the accompanying smartphone app, the brush detects which set of teeth you’re brushing, and tells …….

Source: https://www.rappler.com/technology/gadgets/health-wellness-devices-2022-that-are-not-smartwatches/

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