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?
Re-Timer glasses emit a soft green light into a wearer’s eyes to reset the body’s internal clock. It is meant to reduce the effects of jet lag, increase energy during long winter months, overcome sleeplessness, and manage fatigue if you’re a shift worker.
The glasses have an ergonomic and lightweight design with a rechargeable battery in the frame and a USB cable for charging. The light stimulates the part of the brain responsible for regulating the 24-hour body clock.
It’s recommended to wear the glasses for 50 minutes either in the morning to advance the body clock, or at night to delay it.
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.