Joining the Digital Health Revolution
The Mind Booster PSiO1.1 audio-visual stimulation glasses ($349 retail) use orchestrated patterns of synchronized sound and light to relieve stress. “It gets people to relax, to actually quiet the brain chatter,” said PSiO’s Kelsey Butler. “The comments we get are always the same: ‘I feel like I just took a nap.’” The company is actively looking for retailers across the country. Wholesale price is $200, depending on quantity and commitment.
The palm-size PM3030 electroTHERAPY pain reliever ($69.99 retail) uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation technology to relieve muscle and joint pain by delivering massage-like pulses to pads that adhere to your skin. The unit has five intensity levels and can be set for arm, lower back or leg/foot pain.
A follow-up to the Wi-Fi Body Scale introduced in 2010, the Smart Body Analyzer ($149.95 retail) is billed as the world’s first smart scale to target weight, heart health and sleep. Step on the scale and it sends weight, body fat and heart rate data to Withings’ Health Mate app. The scale also measures temperature and CO2 levels. “We’re moving from weight-only to a platform that can give you a much broader sense of your well-being,” said Withings’ Philippe Schwartz. “Besides weight, we’re able to track your heart beat and analyze the quality of the air; too much carbon dioxide interferes with your ability to sleep well.” The company follows an open-platform approach, which means its products work with more than 60 partner apps and devices.
The patent-pending SmartDiet Scale ($99.99) has sensors that weigh up to four portions of a meal and uses an app to calculate nutritional value on a USB-connected smartphone or tablet. You place portions on four defined sections of a supplied microwave-safe plate and look up and select each food type from a list of 6,000 items, or use the voice-activation feature to call out food types while the app calculates nutritional value. You can track caloric intake and the nutritional value of your meals, and use pre-installed programs to help with weight loss, diabetic management or fitness. Inventor/owner Nick Batsikouras hopes to bring the product to market within six months.