Health tech received a major boost, as manufacturers unveiled a slew of snackable wellness solutions and advanced trackers that keep the whole body under surveillance. Consumers’ continuing pursuit of wellness is taking a new turn: the wellness digital. As they seek to create wellness cocoons that can protect them from threats to their health, environment and emotional state – wherever they are. These 12 innovations will be use in the future by the grocery industry. Indeed, nowadays the consumers are paying attention to the wellness and their wish is to improve the quality and well being of their daily life. In this article you will see how modern technologies and can improve the consumer’s sleep, sportings activities or even mental health !
Fitness and sportswear
Example: Activity listener– Misfit Specter
Benefit: Tracks activity and sleep, and syncs with Misfit’s mobile app over Bluetooth
How it works: Details of pricing and availability have not yet been confirmed.
Example: Ombra by Canadian sportswear startup OmSignal
Benefit: Measures and reports back on fitness metrics such as distance, heart rate and calories via the company’s OmRun platform
How it works: The OmBra gives instant feedback to the user via the accompanying app, allowing them to measure the effects of their training and workouts
Pocket health check/monitor
Example: Refit Card
Benefit: Lets users check their pulse and stress levels when the card is behind their smartphone.
How it works: The batteryless, near-field-communication based ECG monitor – a world first. It is developed by by South Korean health-tech company Solmitech. Price: $49
Example: San Francisco-based Sproutling, has developed a health sensing wearable device for babies. The device retails for $299, but the site currently shows that its sold out. Users area able to put their name in for a device on the waitlist.
Benefits: Designed to give insight into a baby’s wellbeing and predict sleeping patterns.
How it works: It tracks a baby’s heart rate, skin temperature, motion and sleep position. This is possible thanks to a wearable sensor in the form of a hypoallergenic anklet. Besides, it monitors room temperature, humidity, sound and light. Then it provides clear indicators of the optimum environment for sleep, as well as sending real-time updates to smartphone app.
Treatment and therapy
Example: Quell, a wearable band. Lets users check their pulse and stress levels when the card is behind their smartphone.
Benefit: That relieves pain, measure sleep duration and quality
How it works: Relieves pain by stimulating the user’s nerves, has been updated with an Overnight Therapy mode that will measure sleep duration and quality
Example: Fineck by Beijing studio Veari, is a wearable for the neck that tracks subtle movements via an app.
Benefit: Targeting people who experience neck strain and discomfort, tracks the neck activity and warn consumer when they are in a bad posture for too long. It also encourages consumer to adjust and exercise their neck muscles via app-based games and prompts.
How it works: Based on motion sensing.
Smart sleeper thanks to wellness digital
Example: Sleep Number’s bed mattress
Benefit: Track your heart rate, breathing and movement during sleep, and recommend when to go to bed and when to wake up to gain the most benefit
How it works: It Bed features sensors that track movement, heart rate and breathing, and then suggests ways to improve the user’s rest patterns – such as improved levels of firmness, comfort and support for their mattress
Example: A San Diego-based startup company, Hush, consists of 3 engineers have create the smart noise cancelling ear buds.
Benefit: To help deliver a peaceful sleep regardless of our surroundings.
How it works: Hush reduces sound in two ways: The sound eliminating foam provides passive noise reduction as a first sound barrier. The in-ear speaker plays a track to mask any residual sound that the earplugs do not block out.
Mood and mental health
Example: Brain-sensing headbands –Muse, created by Canadian tech company InteraXon
Benefit: The brain sensing headband helps you get the most out of your meditation practice by giving you real time biofeedback of what’s going on in your mind.
How it works: The headband uses brain-sensing technology to measure whether your mind is calm or active, and translates those signals into guiding sounds. Use the app to monitor your progress.
Example: Simi hormone-tracking
Benefit: Help women predict their future moods and fertility.
How it works: A saliva-based monitor and app analytics, through its calendar interface, the prototype can issue a warning when the user might be grumpy – handy for important meetings.
Example: Oxie – the first, smart, neck-worn air purifier
Benefit: It purifies the surrounding air from smoke, microorganisms and allergens.
How it works: Sleek enough to fit under your shirt collar, it places you in an “invisible bubble“
How it works: The rug is fitted with hydraulic connections that plug into domestic radiators, allowing it to heat up to 60⁰C every few month to kill off dust mitest. Soon to be released in Japan, British brand Dyson’s latest humidifier combines its bladeless technology with ultraviolet light to kill off 99.9% of waterborne bacteria.
So, the disruption in terms of wellness iseverywhere and the digital is definitely the future of the grocery market !
Nowadays the terms “smart beauty” and “smart makeup” usually refers to multi-benefits products, such as BB and CC creams or all in one shower gels.
Therefore, those terms are quickly becoming linked with “connected beauty” – in other words, the mix of beauty and technology. The market leader, L’Oréal, is quickly adapting to this new trend and being a pioneer in smart and connected beauty products.
L’Oréal’s My UV patch is a pioneer
When you’re lying on the beach and enjoying your summer it’s always difficult to know when you need to apply more sunscreen. You follow the guidelines on the bottle, but you still wonder whether if SPF 30, 45 is enough for your skin type and the current weather. This is where connected beauty is stepping in. L’Oréal has created the My UV Patch, designed to monitor UV radiation exposure and advice you when to apply more sunscreen.
It has been developed by a team of 25 scientists
When you take a picture of the patch with your smartphone, you’ll see exactly how much UV exposure you’ve had and whether you should apply more sunscreen or not. The patch is designed to give you advice and recommendations depending on your skin tone, color, and type. Therefore the patches are only meant to be worn for up to five days, you then throw the patch away and start a new one. My UV Patch is a major first step into smart skincare and will be soon implemented for La Roche Posay sun cream products. The company has confirmed that it is planning to launch 10 more wearables in the near future.
When the cosmetics big players are striving for solutions that would make connected packaging affordable, a design student may have invented the first connected beauty accessory.
In fact the fashion student Lucie Davis, a Design undergrad at London’s Central Saint Martin’s school, has come up with a way to do just that. She invented an ’Oyster Card Acrylic Nails’ a stylish manicure that also doubles as an Oyster card – the travel pass used to get around the UK capital.
The concept works thanks to an RFID chip taken from an Oyster card and hidden in one of the acrylic nails, allowing the wearer to simply touch their way in and out of the London Underground. The set of falsies, which are painted in the same blue and white pattern as the card, to drive the point home, can also be topped up in the same way as a traditional pass. The creator was inspired to create the nails for her final project about the way we engage with our daily surroundings, and immediately thought of her city commute.
It might be conceptual for the moment, but this is one wearable tech trend that could really get bigger in the coming years.
The Internet of Things is full of many subdomains. Among them , the Internet of Food is particularly interested in our plate.
With the increase in food allergies and types of pesticide problems, diseases such as bird flu, consumers are becoming more careful with their meal. As part of the meat industry, the goal is to enforce as much as possible the cold chain, essential for the conservation of food so they do not develop bacteria.
Analyzing food at the molecular level helps us understand what’s going into our bodies!
In this new quest for food traceability, lab Clear Labs offers pragmatic solutions for industry and consumers. They want to index, list in their database all the food present in the world to create hygiene standards in this area. To carry out their work, these engineers and genetics specialists use a powerful tool called ClearView. This gives them the opportunity to analyze in detail the products offered by major brands to consumers. It is based on the latest generation of DNA sequencing tool. In fact, this technology is very similar to that used for clinical trials in humans. Thus it is quite possible to detect the presence of GMOs and to determine if the present rate in a dish meets the standards of a country. The company identifies and tests the quality of ingredients, origin, bacteriological contamination, allergens, nutritional data and additives for a full report on the observed samples. The company is particularly interested in the indexing of the products prepared in a genomic database to give customers and manufacturers a precise molecular view on the food eaten, bought and sold.
What Clear Labs does and how?
It’s all about changing the paradigm from food safety to food quality — Sasan Amini, Clear Labs
Consumer Education Food Information Videos
This powerful solution that combines genetic and cloud platform is not omniscient. Any items that do not affect the DNA are not spotted. Among these, hormones, pesticides and antibiotics. The massive use of these three elements in agricultural production for mass consumption could undermine the work of Clear Labs. However, the data collected already provide conclusive results. The young Californian company launched in 2013 was recently put to the video. It produces educational videos to educate American consumers about what they buy in supermarkets.
The videos are well developed and showcase how errors in labeling happen. What’s more (as in the turkey video) we learn that many mass brands can sometimes be the safest things to consume based on label and content accuracy. Clear Labs believes that the reaction to their reports by consumers, industry, nonprofits, and government affirms that they doing the right thing.
The Internet of Food, a much broader phenomenon
Of course, the analysis of the food is a counterpart of the Internet of Food . For manufacturers and farmers , the term refers to a wider dimension: the connected operation. The use of sensors and IoT platforms can help agri-food specialists in all areas: from production to marketing. Respect for entrants crops, aerial field analysis to identify needs and faults of sensors on drafts robots capable of measuring the quality of milk from a cow and the health of the animal, measuring temperature of the earth, pigsties, chicken coops , etc. The contribution of IoT in this field replaces infrastructure previously used for the manager receive data at any time on his farm and where they are through their smartphone .
For industrial use, it is to know where its goods have an accurate inventory of its stocks in real time , respect the cold chain if necessary, get automatic accounts of the products on the pallets ready for shipment , etc. Molecular analysis also looks for food produce 100% gluten-free foods or detect bacteria.
Consumers in the foreground with SCIO
Consumer concerns echo those of industry and laboratories. The tendency of self QUANTIFY opens a market for connected objects on measuring calories of glucose, etc. For example, the Israeli startup Consumer Physics has developed a handheld scanner of this type for the general public. SCIO can be used to observe the food, but also your body, plants and objects of all kinds. The company has raised over $ 2.7 million to bring its project. At CES 2015, Scio won the “Last Gadget Standing Award”, an award that recognizes the efforts of the designers. In another genre, the connected vessels emerging from all sides. Gourd, Lunchbox, tins, bottle, etc. These objects related to applications also offer healthy recipes. Here are some examples of which are part of the Internet of Food. This market, much broader than one might think, has a bright future.