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iPosture helps you stand up straight, without books on your head

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2008

Posture helps you stand up straight, without books on your head
It used to be that when you wanted to improve your posture, you would put a large hardbound book on your cranium and practice walking with it. Just one of the many things I learned from old TV shows. Thank you magic moving picture box. Your parents can do the same thing by telling you to stand up straight, but you may not live with them any longer and need some reminding before you turn into Quasimodo.

The iPosture is a small device that can be clipped onto clothing or stuck to the skin. When it senses that you aren’t sitting or standing with a straight back, it wll nag you through vibration until you straighten up. After a while, proper posture should be second nature to you.

Skin gun shoots Stem Cells to heal wounds

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2008

Skin gun shoots Stem Cells to heal wounds
It’s bound to be controversial, because the dreaded “Stem Cells” have been mentioned, but this gun could be a great life saver on the battlefield. Or if you get cut up battling aliens and the like. Or if you are a cutter like Amy Winehouse, you could spray it on everytime you leave the house.

The Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine has officially invested $250 million in the project. With the help of this gun, gaping wounds could heal in a matter of just hours, getting soldiers on their feet to fight again. It could save lives, money and time. It will be interesting to see what comes of this. Probably be applied to the face-lift industry somehow.

Infant Pacifier Thermometer

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2008

Infant Pacifier ThermometerTaking a baby’s temperature can be very frustrating, even dangerous if they’re moving around a ton. You could get one of those ear thermometers, but they’re expensive. Well, this item from Summer Infant is a Pacifier/Thermometer that works just by being in the child’s mouth.

Perfect if your kid is Maggie Simpson and you just can’t get her to do anything besides sucking on the pacifier. It’s simple, just insert in mouth and wait for the beep. Best of all it only costs $9.99

Aroma Travel Pillow: Life preserver for your sense of smell

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2008

Aroma Travel Pillow: Life preserver for your sense of smell
Is this woman, A: Listening to music from a butterflies wings that she crushed? B: The recipient of an inflatible ear transplant? or C: Wearing a life preserver on her neck? The answer is none of the above. It’s the Aroma Travel Pillow, which will let you snooze and at the same time, mask your funky BO from your delicate nose, by using aromatherapy oils.

What better way to relax then to have youir fellow travelers point and make dumbo jokes. When deflated, it’s light and compact, when inflated it’s odd and an attention grabber. It will cost you $20.

Microsoft, HoMedics, others bring HealthVault to devices

Posted in Health by Nino Marchetti on June 9th, 2008

homedics-microsoft.jpgMicrosoft is teaming with select health hardware partners to tie consumer health products into the software company’s HealthVault online health service. One particular partner is HoMedics and the product in question is its Thera-P Blood Pressure Monitors.

HoMedics said that, beginning in August, one will be able to download a driver from the HealthVault Web site and also purchase a USB cable from HoMedics. These two items will let one transfer and store in their HealthVault all the information obtained from a HoMedics blood pressure monitor.

LED CPR flashlight: Never leave home without it

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2008

LED CPR flashlight: Never leave home without itIn an emergency situation, you want to be prepared. But not everyone has life-saving knowledge. Let’s say someone has drowned, but you never learned CPR so you can’t raise the dead. That’s where this product combo could really come in handy.

It’s an LED flashlight that walks, or rather talks you through the basic steps of CPR. The whole thing measures only 4 inches, with push-button on/off and CPR read-off features. It covers adult, child and baby instructions. I hope it talks fast enough that it’s not completely useless. Great idea.

Google Health launched for free to the public

Posted in Health by Darrin Olson on May 21st, 2008

Google Launches Google HealthGoogle seems to always have something new coming out and this week Google Health is taking the spotlight. We had first heard about Google Health last October and until now the service has only been available to a select few.

The new service is now open to the public (in beta, of course) and is being offered as a free service to help store and manage all of your health related information in one central location, accessible from anywhere. The service allows you to log in with your Google account to build an online health profile, import medical records and prescriptions from hospitals and pharmacies, find education health resources, find doctors or hospitals in your area and provides connections with other online health services.

IV Drip Cafes emerge in Japan

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2008

IV Drip Cafes emerge in Japan
Oxygen bars are nothing new, and are designed to increase your health, but in Japan they have once again upped the ante with IV drip cafes. Tenteki10 is located in Ebisu, Tokyo, and offers customers a walk-in service where they can get IV drips starting at $20. The service is said to provide a skin care boost, while acting as an anti-aging remedy and alleviating stress and exhaustion. Big claims. Somehow I doubt it.

IVs are administered by on-site nurses, so Japanese men will no longer have to go to the hospital to hit on them. Great for those freaky medical fetish types too, I guess. How much you want to bet they start serving caffeine via IV at this place as well?

Nose Mask Pit fights allergens

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Nose Mask Pit fights allergens
Those with severe allergies can’t do much to avoid them without wearing a face mask, which no one wants to do. This little device should help and it will barely be noticable. They’re basically small air filters that sit up inside your nose.

I imagine they are not very comfortable, but they are very discrete. Only a small clear band is visible at the base of your nostrils. You can get a pack of them for around $14 and they’ll be a real life saver for those with severe allergies. My only concern would be that they might get stuck up my nose.

Overall Balance Scale says you’re out of shape

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2008

Overall Balance Scale says you’re out of shape
The Overall Health Balance Scale from Japan’s National Electric takes fitness feedback to a new level. The device hasn’t been released yet, and that may be due to the fact that it makes women look silly. Judging by the images, women have to pretend that they are piloting a plane while standing up. At the same time, it will help you avoid obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

It seemingly measures everything from weight and BMI, the amount of fat under your skin, organ fat, how muscular you are, and your metabolic rate. It takes all of the readings, then tells you how out of shape you are for your age on a scale of 1 to 5. If you want, put the sensor over your huge ass and see just how much junk is really in your trunk.

O2 Lounge massages you with multimedia

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2008

O2 Lounge massages you with multimedia
No, this is not a vintage Pink Floyd Album cover, but it looks bizarre enough that it could be. It’s also not a photo from the Brick’s new Borg-style Female Assimilation project.(We do have such a project, but it’s all pretty hush-hush. It looks alot like this actually.) The O2 Lounge is the latest fad in salons, spas, massage parlors, hotels, nightclubs, and apparently the great outdoors.

You get all the benefits of a Shiatsu Massage and an Aroma O2 Oxygen Maker. They throw in some audio/video therapy too. The Entertainment Oxygen Lounge has a multimedia DVD player with loudspeaker and hi-fi earphones, Music massage transfer with various massage techniques, and the Aroma O2 Oxygen Maker, along with the Aroma O2 Headset. It comes in four vibrant colors, with a price tag of $7,995, but for now, they are offering it for a special price of $4,595.

KissMe: Bad breath detector

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2008

KissMe:Bad breath detector
Is your own breath so bad that you pass out when you exhale? Can you walk through a field of fireflys at night and watch them all dim out and die as you breath on by? The dog won’t even kiss you? Maybe you should do some tests before going out on an important date, otherwise the first date will be your last.

The Kiss Me is for you. It’s a “Personal Breath Odor Detector” that measures how bad your breath stinks. There are 5 LED lights that indicate how good or bad you stink. It can go from “kissable” to “deadly”. At $19 why wouldn’t you want to try it. The way things are right now, your breath is likely to set the smoke detector off.

LED Spa looks like alien cocoon, no slime

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2008

LED Spa looks like alien cocoon, no slime
I can only assume that the women inside eat their way out once they transform into some sort of alien face hugger. Where’s Ripley when you need her? Despite it’s otherworldly looks, spas have now begun using LEDs as an effective tool in spa capsules. The Med Spa Clinic at Tunbridge Wells are claiming the world’s first usage of LEDs in a whole capsule. I’m claiming them the creepiest.

The Oxy-LED Light Spa Capsule will treat your entire body, helping you lose weight. You’ll be hit with LED light in wavelengths ranging from 625 to 980 nm, which will cause some sort of intense physical stimulation. The treatment can be combined with other spa treatments, like the more traditional dry thermal heat and vibratory massages.

Honda develops walking assist device for the elderly

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2008

Honda develops walking assist device for the elderly
Honda is known for it’s cars and motorcycles, but the company’s sights reach into other areas as well. Now that they have their robot, Asimo walking on his own, Honda is using robotics technology for some other things. Like an experimental walking assist device for disabled or elderly individuals.

Honda will be showcasing the device at the International Trade Fair on Barrier Free Equipments & Rehabilitation for the Elderly & the Disabled. The device is available in three sizes and uses brushless DC motors powered by lithium ion batteries that will provide up to two hours of walking assistance per charge. The assimilation of our elderly will soon be underway. Soon after they will be flying around in giant Borg cubes and harassing the Enterprise.

O2-B portable oxygen bar

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2008

O2-B portable oxygen bar
If for some reason you feel like this rotating blue marble doesn’t have enough oxygen to suit your needs, why not get this portable oxygen bar for $729. Maybe you just want cleaner air. It’s lightweight and portable, even offers timed blasts of 10 to 30 minutes via a headset, five nose hoses and 12 mouthpiece filters.

You also get a free additional intake filter so you can have an O2 shot whenever you need a kick. The Oxygen Bar promises to increase energy, stamina, concentration and alertness as well as help with relaxation and rejuvenate athletes. It would also help your breathing in higher elevations and in cities. Basically, it’s a breath of fresh air.