Our connected world has created a whole new host of health issues which -- while joked about in headlines and on TV -- can lead to real and lasting pain. Think “text neck” from walking hunched over or “screen slouch” from sitting in front of a computer all day.
Ironically, we’re now turning to tech to solve many of the problems that its predecessors created. Over the past decade, companies have invested in thousands of health devices. Today, there are gadgets and wearables to cure whatever ails you, whether it’s a sore neck, back pain, headaches or even high blood pressure.
Anyone who suffers from chronic pain (or even chronic uncomfort) can attest to how even a small change in your health can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life. So, if you want to improve your posture, boost your performance or just reduce your stress, check out these seven innovative devices.
You have to walk before you can run, and no one believes this more than ZIKTO Walk. ZIKTO Walk is a wearable posture and activity coach that analyses your walking patterns through a series of motion sensors. When it detects an imbalance, such as if you’re walking hunched over or detrimentally slowly, it sends a gentle vibration through its sleek wristband to remind you to correct your posture. The device comes in a range of Italian leather straps, bracelets and colors to fit seamlessly with your style.
UPRIGHT GO | Smart Wearable Posture Trainer
In the same family as ZIKTO is UPRIGHT GO, which promises to help you improve your posture and alleviate back pain. However, unlike ZIKTO, which sits on your wrist, UPRIGHT GO adheres to your skin between the shoulder blades. The minimalist white device immediately provides posture feedback, which you can analyse and track on the accompanying iOS or Android App. The adhesive strips are incredibly sticky and built to last multiple uses, so whether you’re sitting, standing, walking or driving, your UPRIGHT GO will go with you.
Did you know that the pores on your fingertips are especially sensitive to changing stress levels? This knowledge drove researchers to create a tiny device that captures these changes and communicates them to you in beautiful visual displays. Pip is no bigger than a watch face and is held between your thumb and forefinger. Once you’ve set your baseline levels, Pip is able to analyze your body’s changing stress levels so you can take a step back (or use their companion apps to de-stress through games and activities)
They say standing is the new smoking, so it’s high time we had a device that encouraged us to sit less (or at least sit better). Darma calls itself the world’s first smart cushion. Using built-in sensors, it monitors your posture, sitting time and stress levels, reminding you to sit properly by sending gentle vibrations through the cushion as well as alerts through the Darma app. It even alerts you to take sitting breaks according to your pre-set goals.
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor is a tech-infused cuff that you can slip on and off to analyze your blood pressure. This FDA-cleared device provides highly accurate blood pressure monitoring that you can track using the accompanying app and send to your doctor at the touch of a button. Keep your MD in the loop by sharing real-time measurements and feel confident knowing you’ve taken control of your health.
The most interesting aspect of Zepp’s products is that, instead of being worn on your body, they attach to your gear to analyze your performance. Currently available for soccer, tennis and golf, the Zepp 2 sensors capture every swing of the club or kick of the ball to help you improve your game even faster. The sensors attach easily to any golf glove, tennis racket or calf sleeve and weigh less than half an ounce. Zepp is currently offering free shipping for any order over $50 in the U.S.
There are many apps out now that can assist your meditation practice, but Muse takes it one step further by creating truly custom experiences. The brain sensing headband monitors the real-time state of your brain, adjusting its suggestions to help you obtain a deeper sense of focus. Track your sessions and work towards set goals over time -- with the peace of mind that what you’re doing is actually working.
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