The Healthiest Tech Devices
Technology has provided health-conscious consumers some help in 2013.
Four new gadgets use innovative technology to take the guesswork out of creating and maintaining a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.
Lapka is a personal environmental monitor made up of four analog sensors that measure background radiation, the density of electromagnetic fields, temperature and relative humidity and the concentration of nitrates in produce. It costs $220.
Lapka is small and light enough to carry with you in a number of different places — whether to the grocery store to check to see if the produce is truly organic or measuring radiation on an airplane in which you’re flying.
“What’s exciting about Lapka is that all these technologies have existed for a long time but have now reached a point where these tools can be beautiful, elegant and accessible,” company spokesman Gregory Fong said.
Another device meant to go where you go is the Basis health tracker wristband and online dashboard designed to monitor your daily health habits.
The band’s four sensors measure the blood flow, motion, perspiration and temperature of the body, breaking down the data and displaying it on the device’s corresponding dashboard. Health-oriented habits such as sleeping more or increasing exercise are then displayed, helping the user achieve optimum health. It sells for $199.
But what about keeping your plants in the best possible health? Parrot’s “Flower Power” is a new Bluetooth sensor that sits in a garden bed or flowerpot sensing light, temperature, water moisture and fertilizer in the soil. It takes readings every 15 minutes and sends that information every hour to a corresponding app installed on a tablet or phone that provides users with real-time information about how to keep their plants healthy. [See also: Bitponics Web-Connected Sensors Help Your Indoor Garden Grow]
And for those who hate all those pesky cords in the kitchen, there’s the wireless blender made by the China-based company Haier. A box mounted underneath the counter supplies magnetic induction to the blender sitting on the counter. The price of the handy invention is still being determined.