Remember back in the '90s when having a Nokia 3310 with Snake was as advanced as it got? And then remember when the iPod launched and we collectively lost our minds? Now we can't even remember what our lives were really like before the iPhone. Games and listening to music are the boring part. Instead, we can track our steps, check our heart rate and ask a body-less person to tell us what the weather is like today. But Apple isn't the only company giving us incredible technology we can wear to track our health. There are plenty of our devices in the wellness world that can improve our health.
As far back as 2014, Wired revealed that one study by IDC said that by the year 2018 "the wearable technology market will see about 111.9 million wearables being used around the globe." Guys, that's less than six months away, and we can totally see how that would happen with devices to aid sleep, digestion, skincare and more.
To see just how futuristic your health could be, we've rounded up the most incredible pieces of wellness technology. Keep scrolling for how to make your life better with just a few devices.
Michael Kors Sofie Pavé Silver-Tone Smartwatch
Don't be deceived by its classically chic appearance; this watch is smart. Compatible with iPhone and Android phones, it offers all manner of alerts from social and app to text and email. It has built-in fitness tracking, is water-resistant and is voice-activated so you can ask Google anything on the go, without having to root around for your phone. Think of it like a personal assistant on your wrist.
Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Fitness Headphones
Completely wireless and designed to stay put, these earbud headphones are ideal for workouts when you don't need cords getting in your way. Controlled by a finger tap or swipe, you can skip tracks, control the volume and even answer calls. They'll make the ideal Christmas gift for any gym-goers you now, FYI.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask
We've spoken about this incredible mask before, but it really is a game changer for people with problem skin. The mask emits two different lights, both red and blue, to help treat acne and target spots before they appear. It has been scientifically shown to target acne-causing bacteria and also reduces breakouts. By just using it for 10 minutes a day, the breakouts can be held at bay. When it launched at the beginning of April, it almost sold out across the UK, selling an amazing 14 units every hour.
If you suffer from bloating or even IBS, then what we're about to tell you is very exciting: There's a portable digestive tracker device that could help eliminate those problems. This product is a breath test that can "help you find the foods that are most compatible with your digestive system." This is all based on FODMAPs and how your body breaks down certain carbohydrates. A new diet can therefore be constructed from the test. It's ready to pre-order now.
Worried about how much pollution there is around your home and how it's affecting your allergies and asthma? Well, there's an app for that. Using algorithms to understand your triggers, the app asks you to fill in data on how you're feeling but also pulling in data about your surroundings. Pretty clever, eh?
La Roche-Posay My UV Patch
There's nothing that ages you quicker than UV rays. We probably don't need to tell you that. To help combat this problem, skincare brand La Roche-Posay has created a UV patch that works with a smartphone app to tell you when you're exposed to UV rays so you can act accordingly.
Do act accordingly and apply an SPF daily. Sun protection is one of the first steps for anti-aging.
These are called "the world's first sleep-sensing headphones"—but what does that actually mean? Essentially, Kokoon incredibly manages to monitor your brain's electrical activity and adjusts the sound on your headphones so you can sleep better. Not only that, it also cancels out sound around you (making it great for travelling) so you won't be disturbed. Sounds pretty incredible right? You can pre-order the device right now.
Hello Clue App
You're probably used to your own menstrual cycle, but have you ever wanted to find out more? Perhaps you want to know how long your cycle is, or you just want to be prepared for when to expect a week of PMS. Clue is the app for you. Easy to use and free, it asks you to put in basic details such as how long you think your cycle is. You can then add in more info daily, so you get a better picture of your hormone changes throughout the month. You can also find out when your fertile window is, so whether you're trying for a baby or not, you'll know which days to avoid (or to not avoid).
Sana Sleep Mask
Put down the silk, there's a new sleep mask in town and it can actually help you get to sleep. Using light and sound stimulation, this chic cover guides your "brain through the sequence of patterns present in the very best natural sleep cycles." While it's not available yet, you can sign up to find out more at sana.io.
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