Weighing each byte
Withings is an intelligent scale that connects to WiFi. It not only calculates your weight, fat, muscle and BMI, it also charts your variations and connects to your computer or smartphone.
Why it matters
It seems WiFi is being incorporated into everything that has a screen nowadays. But this scale’s WiFi capabilities do serve their purpose: by syncing with your smartphone you can actually use the data to plan your weekly exercise and eating regime. Can this scale do more for consumers than current apps and platforms like Wii Fit provide?
People who suffer from sleep apnea – a sleep disorder characterised by abnormal pauses in breathing – now have a new device that could help them get a better night’s sleep. Japanese scientists have developed a teddy bear shaped pillow (called Jukusi-kun) that monitors a person’s frequency of breath and blood oxygen levels. The bear then wakes them up with a “paw move” to correct their sleeping position.
Rent-a-Fun is a small bike rental company that has repositioned its offering from tourism to health. The idea came from a local baker who used Rent-a-Fun for half and hours exercise cycling in Lisbon. There is no gym membership or other hidden costs besides the €3.50 for a class of 45 to 60 minutes – that includes the bicycles, necessary equipment and a nutrition consultation.