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Medirom and MATRIX Industries Deliver Wearable Health Monitor that Never Needs Charging at CES 2020



Medirom announced a partnership with MATRIX Industries enabling users in the US and Japan to monitor their health activities 24/7 by delivering the world’s first health monitoring smartband – MOTHER – that never requires charging.

As research shows, the number one reason consumers stop using wearables is because they take them off to charge and forget that they exist. By partnering with MATRIX, Medirom hopes to develop a smart-tracker that never requires charging and can provide accessible options for consumers.

MATRIX has developed PowerWatch – the world’s first smartwatch that never requires charging – by applying innovative technology like its Gemini TEG (Thermoelectric Generator) and Mercury Boost Converter that enables body heat to generate electricity. With PowerWatch, it is possible to measure calorie consumption, activity and sleep, without ever needing to stop and charge.

MOTHER is a smart tracker that never requires charging and can provide accessible options for consumers. With MOTHER, Medirom and MATRIX are particular about the unisex design that can be worn stylishly regardless of gender and distinguish from other trackers on the market.

With MOTHER, they will open up the SDK (Software Development Kit) for apps to help any healthcare service provider to build and expand their own service easily.


Airthings Hub Debuts at CES



Norwegian air quality experts Airthings announced the new Airthings Hub at CES 2020 this week. Centralising the collection of air quality data from the Wave range of monitoring devices, the Hub helps provide a comprehensive understanding of air quality in the home.

Building on the popularity of smart homes and recognising the health benefits relating to air quality, Airthings brought the Wave Plus radon detector to the market in 2008. Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the Wave Plus was recently named in Time Magazine’s list of 100 Best Inventions.

Next came the Wave Mini which measures temperature, humidity and indoor air quality level. The Airthings complementary app provides real-time information on indoor air quality using data collected wirelessly from the Wave devices.

With more people than ever relying on smart home ecosystems to provide them with the critical information they need to live healthy and productive lives, we felt it was crucial to deliver a Hub that will simplify the process of indoor air quality monitoring and make it an essential aspect of our customers’ everyday routines,” said Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings. “In order to truly gain an understanding of your home’s IAQ and threats like Radon and VOCs, regular monitoring is necessary. Our goal is to educate people everywhere about how air quality can impact their daily lives on both a short-term and long-term scale. By helping people track their air quality in real-time, even when they’re not at home, Airthings Hub will empower customers to breathe easy by keeping tabs on their air quality no matter the time or the location.

The Airthings Hub will be available for pre-order throughout Europe and the US beginning January 6 with an MSRP of US$79.99. The product is compatible with Airthings Wave (2nd generation), Wave Plus, and Wave Mini devices. For more information on the Airthings Hub, indoor air quality and why long-term monitoring is important, visit the Airthings website.

Airthings are at CES in Booth #40646 in the Smart Home area of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.


Whisk’s Food AI Provides Personalized Cooking Experience at CES 2020



Whisk, a smart food platform acquired by Samsung NEXT last year, unveiled its advanced Food AI developed in a collaboration with nutritionists, food scientists, software engineers and grocery retailers from the US, UK, Korea and Europe.

Whisk’s Food AI brings together user preferences, intent and context to deliver personalized cooking experiences. To inform the AI, users simply save a few of their favorite recipes into Whisk’s recipe box and, if they wish, share personal food preferences (e.g. likes, dietary restrictions, usual retailers) and their location. Users then receive personalized food recommendations based on their preferences, saved recipes and other context (e.g. local weather, seasonal goods).

The personalized cooking experience shown at CES 2020 is brought to life by the combination of Food AI and the new Samsung Family Hub with the ViewInside camera, where AI-powered image recognition is used to first understand what’s inside the fridge. Then, the fridge recommends a curated feed of recipes that incorporate the ingredients you already have with your preferences, desires and situational needs.

“In the US an average person wastes 238 pounds of food per year – that’s a staggering 21 percent of the food they buy. Wasted ingredients also cost the average household $1,800 per year. When coupled with the fact that people generally end up cooking the same 7-9 dishes on repeat, people are not being inspired to find creative solutions to use up leftover ingredients, wasting food, time and money,” said Nick Holzherr, Head of Product, Whisk at Samsung NEXT. “Whisk’s Food AI takes the ingredients you have and finds uses for them through an understanding of the kinds of recipes you enjoy, making your cooking experience simpler and smarter.”

Last month, Whisk launched its first set of multi-platform apps to empower users with a faster way to plan and shop for meals by turning saved recipes into collaborative, smarter shopping lists.

Visit Whisk at CES 2020 to see Food AI and the new Samsung Family Hub with the ViewInside camera in action at Booth #15006 in the Connected Living zone.


Impossible Foods Serves Impossible Pork at CES 2020



Impossible Foods is serving up Impossible Pork Made from Plants and Impossible Sausage Made from Plants – the startup’s first all-new products since the blockbuster Impossible Burger debuted in 2016. Find them at CES 2020 at the Impossible Foods’ pop-up restaurant which will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. from January 7-9, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on January 10, 2020.

Impossible Pork is a delicious, nutritious, gluten-free, plant-based ground meat that can be used in any recipe that calls for ground pork from pigs. Impossible Pork delivers everything that matters to people who love pork:

  • Taste: Impossible Pork is delicious in any ground meat dish, including spring rolls, stuffed vegetables, dumplings, wontons or sausage links. Like ground meat from pigs, Impossible Pork is characterized by its mildly savory flavor, adding delicate depth and umami richness without being gamey or overpowering.
  •  Nutrition: Impossible Pork contains no gluten, no animal hormones and no antibiotics. It has 16 g protein, 3 mg iron, 0 mg cholesterol, 13 g total fat, 7 g saturated fat and 220 calories in a 4-oz serving. Conventional 70/30 pork from animals contains 17 g protein, 1 mg iron, 86 mg cholesterol, 32 g total fat, 11 g saturated fat and 350 calories in a 4-oz serving.
  • Versatility: Impossible Pork is easy to cook in the steamer, oven, charbroiler, flat-top grill or sauté pan. Chefs can use Impossible Pork in recipes from stir-fry to meatballs to dim sum or links. Impossible Pork is designed to be eligible for kosher and halal certification if produced in a kosher- or halal-certified plant.

In addition to providing an exclusive first taste of Impossible Pork at CES, Impossible Foods is launching Impossible Sausage – a juicy, savory meat that pairs perfectly with traditional breakfast accompaniments or steals the show as a center-of-the-plate delicacy at any meal. The plant-based, pre-seasoned product can be used in any recipe or dish that calls for animal-derived sausage.

Impossible Sausage contains no gluten, no animal hormones and no antibiotics. A raw, 2-ounce serving has 7 g protein, 1.69 mg iron, 0 mg cholesterol, 9 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat and 130 calories. A 2-ounce serving of conventional Jimmy Dean’s raw pork sausage made from pigs contains 7 g protein, 0.36 mg iron, 40 mg cholesterol, 21g total fat, 7g saturated fat and 220 calories.

Impossible Sausage will debut in late January exclusively at 139 Burger King restaurants in five test regions: Savannah, Georgia; Lansing, Michigan; Springfield, Illinois; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Montgomery, Alabama. The all-new, limited-time-only Impossible Crossan’wich features a toasted croissant, egg, cheese, and a seasoned plant-based sausage from Impossible Foods. This test makes Burger King restaurants the first restaurant to sell Impossible Sausage in a breakfast sandwich.

The leading food tech startup launched its award-winning Impossible Burger in 2016 with America’s top chefs. Impossible Burger is now available in more than 17,000 restaurants in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.


Olive Healthcare’s Bello Accurately Measures Your Belly Fat



Olive Healthcare is the creator of Bello, the easiest way to determine your body’s overall health. Bello provides accurate measurements of your belly fat, provided in real time, giving you precision reports on your current status, potential risks, and personalized guides for food and exercise. It is now live on Indiegogo.

Bello is the world’s first portable device that directly measures belly fat with an app providing a guide for personalized food and activities. It only takes three seconds to scan your belly fat. Bello provides personalized health guidance with real-time belly fat measurement to help you manage your belly fat and make changes for lasting results.

Near-infrared technology behind Bello measures lipid, water, oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin. Bello is the first and only portable device that can directly quantify lipid underneath the skin and provide the most accurate measurement of belly fat, anytime, anywhere.

Why focus on belly fat? Bello states that belly fat is known to be one of the critical factors that accelerate metabolic disease and determine the outlook of one’s overall health. Unfortunately, there has been a lack of scientifically accurate solutions that measure belly fat quantitatively and provide personalized oversight.

How does Bello measure body fat? Bello’s proprietary DMW-NRIS (Discrete Multi-Wavelengths Near-Infrared Spectroscopy) has multiple near infrared wavelengths that scan soft tissues and detect reflectance signals. By analyzing the reflectance signals, Bello calculates fat density from the area of the body scanned. The fat density information is then sent to the Bello app which predicts subcutaneous & visceral fat and provides precision reports on belly status and risk level.

Bello is a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree. Visit Olive Healthcare at CES 2020, Sands Halls A-D Booth #45522 to learn more about Bello.


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.