Wearable technology started booming in 2016 when the likes of Fitbit and Jawbone kindly started reminding us about our 10,000 steps per day (I aim more to get 13,000, but that’s a personal milestone more than anything).
With tailored nutrition and tailored fitness becoming more and more buzzwords you should be looking out for, wearables and tech are becoming a real asset to our overall wellbeing – including new UV sense in the form of nail art.
Unlike the fitness tracker your wear on your wrist to show you how much REM sleep you got last night, a lot of these new devices are taking the whole tracking experience to a new level.
Snuggle up with a robot
Let’s welcome a brand new generation of pillows. Somnox sleep robot is a bean-shaped pillow that can improve your night sleep by naturally synchronising your breathing with its own slow, meditative rhythm, which research has shown can help reduce stress and induce sleep.
On top of aiding you with your breath, it can also play any sound you want – including bespoke meditations.
According to Fast Company, Somnox finished its first Kickstarter campaign last month, raising about $240,000, and now you can preorder your own bean-shaped sleep companion for a whopping $600. If you are not ready to take the plunge just yet, there are plenty of other ways to improve your sleep.
A pill for your gut health
In the very early stages of trailing, a revolutionary new gas-sensing device that’s about the size of a vitamin may be able to tell you a lot about your gut: once ingested, the capsule’s sensors detect and measure your gut gases (such as hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide).
Yes, a small pill that ingested can provide data about your gut health. It may sound just like something that came out of a Black Mirror episode, nevertheless, the studies have proven to have positive applications in the nearby future.
A small trial study found that swallowable sensors have the potential to tell you a lot about your gut health: “We found that the stomach releases oxidizing chemicals to break down and beat foreign compounds that are staying in the stomach for longer than usual,” said Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, PhD, study lead and capsule co-inventor, in a press release. “This could represent a gastric protection system against foreign bodies. Such an immune mechanism has never been reported before.”
The rise of smart underwear
Yes, your panties might be able to read your mood.
Say hello to Skiin, its new line of “smart” underwear and bras, tech-filled undergarments that can track what’s happening in your body and even control your smart home. For $70 per pair, Skiin can track your heart rate, body fat, hydration levels, body temperature, and more through six sensors sewn into the fabric. These sensors are constantly collecting and analysing data and beaming the insights to an app on your phone.
You may have to start getting used to the idea or recharging your undergarments (and pay $279 for four pairs of undies – AHEM), but all that data can help you track your health and fitness in real time, according to the company.
According to Mashable, Skiin is still developing the API software that will allow the duds to integrate with loads of smart devices, as well as sync with Spotify (to launch playlists based on your mood).