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Get Some Sleep with Kokoon Relax Headphones at CES



Sleep deprivation seems to be the curse of the 20th Century but for most people, the problem is simply living busy lives. According to NHS Choices, 1 in 3 people in the UK are affected by insomnia, with 50% of respondents in a recent survey by Mintel reporting struggles with sleep. All of us will have occasionally experienced those nights, lying awake, unable to switch off, but usually we’re back to ourselves the next night. However, for some, getting to sleep can be a clinical problem that needs help beyond getting to bed early.

For those people, there are CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) techniques that can help with the problem. Tim Antos was one such sufferer and it was his experience of guided audio relaxation techniques that encouraged him to setup Kokoon with the mission to help people relax and sleep easier. After attending many sessions at a sleep clinic he “wanted to make all this knowledge, all these great tools I learnt in the sleep clinic more accessible to the everyday consumer to use on their own terms”.

Developed with staff at Europe’s largest sleep laboratory, the Kokoon Relax headphones combine bio-sensing with adaptive audio within an ergonomic noise cancelling headphone to provide personalised, bespoke assistance to help people switch off and relax. Simplistically, that means it uses EEG sensors to monitor brainwaves, motion and heart rate, and adjusts the sounds depending on how sleepy the wearer is.

The Kokoon app features techniques, tracks and concepts developed with sleep professionals to optimise the chances of falling asleep. The app helps insomnia sufferers by delivering a customised content experience developed for the individual using the sensor data gathered from their body and environment. For example, as the wearer falls asleep, the audio changes in response, fading out the content and introducing white noise to mask out disturbances. The system also tracks what helps someone doze off, then personalising content for greater effect.

On top of this, the Kokoon Relax headphones have been designed with comfort as a priority. There’s no point getting to sleep only to be woken up by uncomfortable headphones digging into the scalp. The Flexmould Comfort patented design helps Kokoon headphones conform to the shape of the user’s head, and by using high quality natural fibre fabric, air flows easily through the ear cups to keep the wearer’s ears cool and comfortable (I often get hot ears). The ear cushions are detachable for washing too.

The Relax headphones can be used just like any other Bluetooth 4 headphone. With great sound from 40mm electro-dynamic drivers, it makes them ideal for listening to music and watching movies whilst travelling, or simply relaxing in a busy place. And at only 350g or 12oz they make the perfect travel companion with folding earcups and a carry case is included too. There’s a choice of two colours, black or grey.

The Kokoon Relax headphones are now shipping internationally from Kokoon.io for US$349 / GB£315, and there are some new year offers on. They can also be purchased from Amazon.com and selected retailer.


CES 2020 Innovations Honoree Olive Union Launches Olive Smart Ear



Olive Union – named a CES 2020 Innovation Honoree by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) for outstanding design and engineering – is launching the Olive Smart Ear hearing amplifier at CES 2020. Olive Union will exhibit the Olive Smart Ear hearing amplifier at booth #44164 at Tech West, Sands Expo.

Whether you’re in a crowded restaurant struggling to hear a story or trying to enjoy your favorite show, the wireless Olive Smart Ear seamlessly improves the sound of your everyday life. When paired to your smartphone with Bluetooth, the Olive Smart Ear amplifies your phone conversations, so you don’t miss a thing. Participate more fully in your daily conversations and enjoy a crystal-clear listening experience when watching television.

There’s no need for a time-consuming fitting: simply complete a five-minute hearing test on your smartphone using Olive’s free app. It automatically optimizes frequencies while canceling background noise and feedback and is customized to your own hearing.

Using patented hearing amplification technology for clear and balanced sound, Olive Smart Ear’s pre-set modes instantly adjust to various listening environments. The rechargeable battery offers up to 12 hours of talk time and up to 10 days of standby time and recharges in a sleek, portable charging case.

Inspired by his own uncle’s experience with hearing impairment, Olive Union Founder and CEO Owen Song designed the Smart Ear to avoid the embarrassment that’s associated with wearing conventional hearing aids. As a result, the Olive Smart Ear is surprisingly elegant, functional and comfortable. Song also made the product affordable and accessible – so there’s no astronomical markup typical of traditional hearing amplifiers.

The Olive Smart Ear will be available in white or black for $249 for a single earbud with portable charging case.


CareOS Poseidon Smart Mirror is CES 2020 Innovation Award Nominee



CareOS announced that it has been named a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree for its new Poseidon Smart Mirror. Poseidon is the first made-to-measure connected mirror with CareOS built in. CareOS is a privacy-first, intuitive, open personal platform that improves wellbeing and long term health. Together, they bring holistic personal care to any bathroom.

“Last year, we liberated the information locked in single-product personal care apps and other disjointed wellness tools, and showed what an integrated digital system for the bathroom could do to improve happiness and long term health,” said Thomas Serval, CareOS CEO. “This year, we are making that experience a practical reality for any environment from the smallest powder room to a grand suite at a retail store. This award confirms the importance of making great technology, and making it work for everyone.”

CareOS Poseidon will be on display in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2020. Poseidon can also be seen at CareOS’s CES booth #43949, which will also feature partners Wella, Roca, and Pierre Fabre. CareOS recently launched a retail experience for Pierre Fabre’s Le Lab, which will be featured in the CareOS booth at CES.

CareOS provides order to an increasingly digital, but disjointed bathroom, connecting, synthesizing, and enhancing information from personal care devices, apps, and experts to help people make smart choices about their health and appearance while preserving their privacy.

CareOS Poseidon delivers this experience through a customizable interface for installation restraints and other preferences. Customizable features include:

  • Look and Feel: Customers choose from a broad range of materials for the frame
  • Orientation: Landscape or portrait orientation mode for the glass and user interface
  • Size: Starting from 32 to 55 inches. Premium oversize mirrors can be developed on request.

CareOS Poseidon delivers practical benefits that improve wellness on a daily basis, including:

  • Tracking skin details, even on your back with 360° visualization
  • Zooming on a face detail with Magnifying feature
  • Hygiene education, such as teeth brushing games for kids
  • Displaying tutorials for everything from posture to make-up application
  • Seeing trends for your weight and cross referencing it with nutrition
  • Adapting lighting to your mood.

CareOS Poseidon will be available mid-2020 for a retail price of $3,000 to $5,000 depending on configuration.


Mateo Smart Bathroom Mat a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree



Mateo has been named a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree for its new Smart Bathroom Mat in the Health & Wellness Category. It’s slim, flexible form and comfortable, interchangeable cover make it indistinguishable from a standard cloth mat, but it captures and tracks a host of meaningful health data including weight, posture and body composition. The product will be on display at CES 2020 for the first time anywhere.

“Many people have complicated feelings about knowing their weight. They know it is an important metric to track, but don’t want to start their day frustrated over even slight weight gains, and would rather lose the data point than step on the scale,” said Lenny Dehan, CEO of Mateo. “Our mat is the bathroom’s new secret weapon for improving health. Anyone can capture a host of data any time they stand on the mat, and can know that data immediately, check it later, or simply let Mateo alert them when they’ve hit meaningful thresholds. Because the data is tracked over time, and because it is stress-free to use Mateo, it is easier to see the trends and correlate them with fitness efforts so users can see the benefits or make adjustments as needed.”

The Mateo Smart Bathroom Mat will be on display in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2020 at Mateo’s CES booth (#50981) and the CareOS booth (Sands, Hall A-D, #43949).

Thanks to its unique 7000 dot pressure mapping, Mateo recognizes each registered user or family member and delivers the body metrics and tailored advice via a companion app that can be accessed from a smartphone or a connected mirror. The app provides easy access to each user’s history along with relevant dietary recommendations and personalized exercises to improve posture.

Mateo’s Smart Bathroom Mat incorporates medical-grade pressure sensing technology, AI to recognize meaningful data in an environment where people might only partially stand on the mat or be in various states of dress, a variety of covers to complement each user’s style and décor, and a companion app to help people easily understand the meaning and a wide range of data (weight, muscle, bone and fat mass, hydration, pressure footprint, balance and posture).

Mateo’s mat and app do not send data to the public internet, and follow strict privacy protocols to keep user’s data secure.


Sleep Number’s Climate360 Bed has Personal Microclimates at CES 2020



Sleep Number launched the first commercialized smart bed at CES 2014. This year, they are excited to unveil all-new innovations to its 360 smart bed portfolio at CES 2020.

The new Climate360 smart bed has advanced technology that helps you fall asleep faster and effortlessly keep you there. It’s the first ever bed to offer personal microclimates that automatically adjust to you, creating the ultimate sleep oasis.

A CES 2020 “Best of Innovation,” Sleep Number’s Climate360 smart bed features advanced temperature technology that is proven to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night. It works by gently warming either side of the bed-proven to send you to sleep faster.

Then, it actively cools the sleeper’s body several degrees with ambient air, balancing the sleeper’s temperature, to keep them asleep longer. Additionally, the Climate360 offers the other signature features of the 360 smart bed, including automatic adjustments to keep the sleeper resting comfortably throughout the night and personalized sleep insights available through SleepIQ technology.

Sleep Number is also introducing advancements to its award-winning 360 smart beds. SleepIQ technology, the operating system of the 360 smart bed, will provide wellness reports that deliver personalized insights to the sleeper around heart rate variability, circadian rhythm, sleep data and more.

New temperature-balancing layers and comfort technologies will address common sleep disturbances and provide superior comfort – and, of course, the bed will continue to sense and respond to the sleeper’s movement and personal biometrics, automatically adjusting firmness, comfort and support on each side throughout the night.

Visit Sleep Number at CES 2020 Booth #44113.


HiMirror Expands With Skin Analyser and Scales at CES



Previous CES Innovation Award Honoree (2017) HiMirror are expanding their range of smart well-being products with two new devices announced at this year’s CES. The handheld HiSkin rapidly analyses skin condition and the Smart Body Scale measures a range of body metrics from weight (mass) and BMI, through water level and muscle-to-fat ratios.

The HiSkin is a pocket size hand-held device which connects to the HiMirror (and smartphone) to provide rapid analysis of skin’s condition. By simply holding the HiSkin on the face, the unit analyses conditions that can’t be seen with the naked eye, such as hydration and melanin. For melanin, HiSkin allows for continuous daily measurements to help observe changes in skin colour and evaluate increases in hyperpigmentation. Meanwhile, for hydration, it monitors changes in the skins moisture and evaluates the effectiveness of skincare habit, i.e. is the moisturiser any good?

Through HiSkin’s analysis, users can understand how seemingly small changes in their diet and lifestyle impact their skin, helping them better protect and maintain good complexion. The device achieves this by combining electronic and bio-medical engineering to non-invasively analyse the facial skin’s condition in five parts: forehead, eyes, upper cheek, lower cheek and chin. The HiSkin also detects and analyses dark circles and acne scars.

Interestingly, it’s suggested that HiSkin can also be used while shopping. Users can try desired skincare products before they buy them by using HiSkin to help them know which products or foundation will work best for their skin.

The HiSkin communicates via Bluetooth and works with HiMirror and the user’s smartphone via the HiSkin app, which is available for both Android and iOS. HiSkin is available online from HiMirror for £49.

The Smart Body Scale helps users stay in shape by measuring weight, body mass index, basal metabolic rate, total body water, skeletal muscle and bone mass, as well as muscle to fat ratios. If available, all the data is uploaded to user’s HiMirror in real-time via Bluetooth, or else the data is sent to the HiFit app on the user’s smartphone (available for both Android and iOS shortly).

Using the data gathered, the Smart Body Scale can propose a variety of body improvement strategies and fitness videos on the HiMirror for attaining a healthier, more-toned body, all within the comfort of your own home.  For use outside of the bathroom, the HiMirror Scale has a neutral coloured plush cover which lets it blends into any decor.

The Scale is a certified IEC standard medical device and is available online from HiMirror for £111.

Simon Shen, CEO of Taipei-based New Kinpo Group, which owns HiMirror, said: “We are elated to be exhibiting again at CES 2019, showcasing our brand innovations to some of the most influential and substantial names in the business. Our latest launches are elevating our product portfolio exponentially and filling voids in the marketplace. We strive to evolve with the ever-changing beauty/skincare industry and know these tools will enhance both the consumer and business experience.


Skin Care Gets Smart with HiMirror



HiMirror‘s range of smart mirrors aim to be “your at-home beauty and health consultant”, and use high resolution digital cameras to record and assess skin condition including wrinkles, fine lines, clarity, dark circles, dark spots, red spots and pores to both identify problem areas and track improvement. Simply, the smart mirror takes a picture of the face, analyses it and recommends personal skincare routines to help improve skin quality.

Combined with a database of over 10,000 skincare products, the HiMirror measures and tracks product performance through changes to skin condition. With objective data, it’s now possible to work out which skincare products and routines actually make a difference to the skin, and those that don’t. Using “big data”, the system has been developed in conjunction with professional consultants in the fields of dermatology, cosmetics, skincare and medical beauty, and HiMirror have won awards at CES in both 2017 and 2018.

The device is a mirror with a flat screen display behind it, which lets the HiMirror interact with the user to show skincare information and videos. The HiMirror responds to both voice and gestures, and there’s a handheld remote control too. No self-respecting smart mirror would be without a digital assistant and Alexa is built-in.

Announced at IFA today, HiMirror has a couple of new models, including one smaller version and two aimed at the professional beautician.

The HiMirror Mini Premium is a compact model with a 13″ x 9″  touch screen for easy navigation. As with other HiMirrors, it can analyse skin and offer personalised skincare recommendations. Other features includes Skin Safe which spots allergens in health products and it also provides help with applying makeup for different light levels, such as dimly lit restaurants or brightly lit offices. HiMirror Mini Premium will be available to pre-order from the HiMirror website from 31st August 2018, with products shipping in November. UK price is GB£239.

On the commercial side the Enterprise Lite and Enterprise Pro will be joining the HiMirror line-up shortly. These models are aimed at beauty professionals and beauty salons as these mirrors can have unlimited accounts or profiles. With one profile for each client, historical data and photos can be stored individually to track progress over time.

I particularly like the HiMirror Mini Premium and I can see it being a popular choice in the smaller size. Perfect for dressing tables….