Forget the stereotype of the gadget-loving couch potato. These innovations can help you stay trim, monitor your fitness and even save your life.
Seeing the light
Other technology researchers, meanwhile, have been focusing on creating a healthier home lifestyle, which can help us to relax, stay healthy and avoid illness.
Last year Philips launched the Wake Up Light – a lamp that simulates the rising sun in your bedroom and gently prepares your body to wake up. The firm claims natural light has been medically proven to improve your sense of well-being, leaving you energised and ready to wake up.
Another Philips technology, In Form, is a health system that monitors your physical condition, offers regular updates and provides personalised daily advice for steps you can take to improve matters.
You begin by stepping on the Scale, a small chair-like device that measures weight, body fat and hydration. Then you use a body tape – Philips refers to this as Shape – to measure the circumference of various body parts. The two sets of data can then be used in conjunction with one another.
Statistics gathered using Scale and Shape are displayed on Reflect, a mirror read-out. As well as the raw statistics, the system provides advice on physical activities and dietary needs, and sets you targets.
In Form uses biometric fingerprint-recognition technology to work out who it's analysing, which makes it easier for each member of the household to use the system to monitor their own status and receive personalised advice.
A final health-related Philips innovation is Water Font, a table-top water purifier that launched in India in the spring.
Water Font provides a continuous supply of fresh tap water and includes a visual ‘traffic light' to show when purification is complete. The system sterilises the water using ultraviolet light, then chills and filters it. If you wish to add supplements for nutritional or taste reasons, there's a spinner to mix these in.
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