CES 2010: Home Technology That Tries To Heal
In part three of this week's five-part series looking at Technology on the Horizon, NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report on some innovations designed to improve our health.
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Technology is trying to help even bedtime become more productive through the Zeo personal sleep coach.
“The product is this lightweight headband that uses these soft silver sensors, which are a breakthrough innovation in actually measuring your sleep in your own home,” explains Benjamin Rubin of Zeo.
“And this is coupled with an alarm clock that sits on your bedside that shows you your ‘ZQ,’ which is a single number that shows your sleep quality, as well as your light sleep, deep sleep, and REM sleep," says Zeo. "All of this is coupled with an online coaching program that actually brings you through seven steps to improve your sleep quality and sleep fitness.”
Another spot you might not traditionally find much technology, a sauna, is also getting revamped. Developer Sunlighten showed off an infrared sauna, where each person can get a different experience based on their particular health goals.
“We have a touch-screen display where you can actually show weight loss, pain relief, skin detoxification,” says Sunlighten’s Mike Sheehan. “It’s not necessarily how hot it is, it's how much infrared, mid-infrared and low infrared and how much it infiltrates the body.”
Finally, technology has expanded beyond just helping us exercise and is now exercising for us.
"The VibaBody Slimmer] is a vibration platform used for exercise,” says Kevin Mach of VibaBody Slimmer. “So as you stand on the plate, you try to maintain stability, so your muscle fibers are constantly firing. Ten minutes on the machine is like 40 minutes on a treadmill, as far as how many calories it burns and what it does to your muscles.”
Developers point to a few studies out of Oregon State University that help prove some of the device's claims.