The pursuit of health and wellbeing is an ongoing goal toward which most all of us strive. Given busy lifestyles and numerous demands from both personal and professional obligations, it’s not always easy to stay on track in this pursuit. Innovative developers recognize this fact and have begun creating gadgets and gizmos that are easy to plug into our always-on, mobile lives.
In this slideshow, we’ve gathered 20 unique and innovative gadgets focused on helping users maintain a healthier lifestyle. From gadgets that make exercise and coaching more accessible, to devices that work to improve sleep habits, to those that manage chronic conditions, we hope you find something that piques your interests and helps you on your journey.
Gadgets for Health and Wellbeing
Click through for 20 gadgets that can help keep your busy, mobile lifestyle on track toward your health and fitness goals.
Goji Play transforms any cardio equipment into a game machine, making 30 minutes of exercise feel like five. The wireless game controllers attach to cardio equipment such as elliptical trainers, treadmills, exercise bikes, or nearly any other piece of equipment. The Activity Sensor measures progress toward fitness goals and incorporates movement into the games.
SITU is a simple food scale that talks to your iPad. It weighs your food in calories and total nutrients, as well as in grams and ounces. That means SITU gives you the precise calorie and nutrient content of what you’re about to eat.
Cost: £79.99 / ~$120 (ships worldwide) – Available for pre-order
The Dreampad™ and Dreampad Mini™ deliver music through gentle, calming vibration that only you can hear. According to the company, preliminary data shows that the Dreampad stimulates your body’s relaxation response, which allows you to let go of stress and fall asleep. Along with the decrease in sleep-related problems comes improvement with daytime performance, including physical, emotional, social and executive functioning. Studies to date have included children and adults, with both groups seeing equal benefit.
The GYMWATCH Sensor is a fitness tracker that precisely measures the full range of motion and strength expended in every exercise and provides real-time personal coaching to help users perform exercises properly and get the maximum results from their workouts. GYMWATCH also has a free mobile app for both iOS and Android that allows you to choose from over 900 different exercises and get real-time feedback on your routine.
Cost: Starts at $199
Boogio is a set of sensory stickers and tiny computers that activates any shoe to play in mobile and virtual reality games, tracks movement from the ground up to improve physical performance and health, and takes hands-free control of technology. Boogio was distilled to the lightest and thinnest design so it becomes almost invisible when installed on a person’s favorite pair of shoes. It can sense gravitational force, center of balance, and 3D acceleration of the feet.
Cost: $189 – Available for pre-order
Cefaly is an FDA-approved medical device for use in helping to reduce migraine occurrences. Cefaly has been approved for use in adults 18 years of age and older. According to the vendor, patients who followed the recommended guidelines for use saw a 77 percent reduction in migraines and a 75 percent reduction in use of medications.
Caution: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.
USB Heating Pad
This is the reusable gel heating pad that adheres directly to the specific area you wish to treat, delivering therapeutic warmth without bulky belts and fasteners. The low-voltage device combines a patented aerospace-grade carbon fiber fabric covered with a non-toxic, non-irritating reusable gel. A tethered controller sets the heat to one of three levels from 108º F to 118º F and automatically shuts off after 30 minutes to prevent over-treatment. The thin, flexible pad adheres comfortably on the lower back, shoulder, knee, abdomen, or wrist and lasts for 50-100 treatments, making it an economical alternative to disposable single-use heating pads. Powered by a 6′ long USB AC/DC adapter.
Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Shirt
Ralph Lauren with be debuting the Polo Tech Shirt in 2015. Biosensing silver fibers are woven directly into the core of the shirt, which provides comprehensive biometric data in real time directly to your smartphone or tablet. You’ll be able to track distance, calories burned, intensity of movement, heart rate, stress rate and more.
Violet is the first wearable device that provides customized user guidance on optimal sun exposure. In sync with a mobile phone app, Violet monitors your real-time UV exposure, alerts you before potential skin damage, and calculates your daily natural vitamin D production. By quantitatively measuring both detrimental and beneficial effects of UV light, Violet provides objective guidance to help users achieve optimal sun balance.
Cost: $99 – Available for pre-order.
Quell utilizes NeuroMetrix’s proprietary non-invasive neurostimulation technology to provide relief from chronic pain, particularly nerve pain such as that due to diabetes and lower back problems. The advanced wearable device is lightweight and can be worn during the day while active, and at night while sleeping. It has been cleared by the FDA for treatment of chronic pain without a prescription. Users of the device will also have the option of using their smartphone to automatically track and personalize their pain therapy.
Available Spring 2015
Sensoria smart socks are infused with comfortable, textile pressure sensors. They inform you in real time when you are striking with the heel or the ball of your foot and monitor your foot-landing technique as you run. Subtle increases in step rate can substantially reduce excessive pressure on hip and knee joints, beneficial to avoid running-related injuries. Sensors on the sock count actual steps taken and provide accurate cadence monitoring. Use the metronome feature or get voice feedback as you run so you are keeping to the desired steps per minute. Simply pair your Sensoria Fitness socks to your smartphone running the Sensoria Fitness mobile app. The Sensoria Virtual Coach within the app continuously monitors your running form and provides you real-time feedback through audio and video cues during your run.
Cost: Fitness Bundle $199
Holi created SleepCompanion, the connected LED light, to improve natural sleep. SleepCompanion is a clinically proven lighting solution: It combines an exclusive light bulb designed to synchronize the body’s biological rhythm with a smartphone app that analyzes sleep quality and provides personalized advice to improve sleep. SleepCompanion works with the sleeping phase and the awakening phase, and provides analysis to help better understand the importance of sleep and its environment. This unique bulb combines 20 different light sources to produce precise light wavelengths that are needed by a body to sleep and wake up naturally. The SleepCompanion app measures and analyzes the duration, quality and environment of sleep, with capabilities to identify any disturbance and give insights to make the necessary changes for better sleep.
Altra Halo Shoe
The Altra Halo shoe features sensors in the midsole that monitor foot strike zone, cadence and ground force impact. Data from the sensor is displayed on a smartphone app or the iFit Ridge GPS watch.
Most runners have a gait analysis perhaps only once a year, when they visit a specialty running store to buy new running shoes. “The opportunity with the Altra Halo shoe is real-time feedback as you run, so you can quickly adjust and improve your running form before bad habits take hold,” explains Brian Beckstead, vice president of sales for Altra.
The Altra Halo shoe will be available Christmas 2015, and will be $180. The iFit Ridge and Peak watches will be available July 1, 2015, and will be $120.
SleepPhones / RunPhones
The SleepPhones headband contains thin removable speakers to play any type of music, audiobooks, meditation, white noise or talk radio. It plugs into any audio device with the standard 3.5mm (1/8 inch) headphone jack. Regular headphones and ear buds are simply not comfortable to wear all night long. SleepPhones are fully padded, with nothing sticking into the ears, and comfortable even for side sleepers. Lightweight, washable, hypoallergenic, and RoHS/CE compliant with the highest standards for electronics, SleepPhones come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and satisfaction guarantee.
The company also offers a version for runners called RunPhones.
Cost: Starts at $39.99
Runtastic Orbit is a 24-hour activity, fitness and sleep tracker. Monitor daily activities, learn more about your sleep habits, set personal goals and get inspired by this new, exciting wearable. Orbit provides information about steps and distance, calories burned, sleep duration and cycles, and allows you to set and reach your goals, utilize vibrating idle notifications and track your happiest moments. Orbit also boasts time and alarm modes, negating the need for yet another gadget on your wrist!
NordicTrack Desk Treadmill
The NordicTrack Desk gives both corporate and home workers an easy option to incorporate movement into their workday. The large desk surface quickly swings out of the way while keeping your laptop and projects in place. Then the treadmill easily unfolds into position to walk or run at speeds up to 10 mph and incline to 10 percent. The desk height can be adjusted up to 14 inches of range for sitting, standing and walking/running positions.
Got five minutes? Then you have time for a Fitnet workout. From the new mom to the road warrior and everyone in between, Fitnet’s short workouts fit right into your schedule, no matter how busy. You want to get the most out of your exercise time. With Fitnet, your device’s webcam intelligently analyzes your synchronicity with the Trainer and you are provided with real-time feedback on your performance. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
Health o meter nuyu Sleep System
The newest introduction from the Health o meter® brand is the Health o meter® nuyu™ Sleep System. More than monitoring sleep, the Sleep System tracks sleep and works with the body’s natural sleep patterns in order to help naturally fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night and wake up more refreshed. Making its retail debut in September 2015, the System is part of the nuyu™-branded collection of Bluetooth®-enabled technology designed to measure and improve quality of life, all via the nuyu™ app.
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Through the GoBe, Healbe FLOW Technology measures calorie intake through your skin — by reading the glucose in your cells. It tracks your activity, calories burned, stress, hydration and sleep habits.
What if you could burn calories while watching your favorite TV show … at home? The embedded sensors inside the TAO Chair‘s armrests track your force in every direction. All you need to do is push and watch the burned calories pile up on the chair’s display screen. The chair works out different muscle groups all over the body using the Variobics system, designed specifically for TAO products. In addition to the arm display, it also comes with a TAO mobile app that can coach you through dozens of exercises.