To say there’s a multitude of health and fitness-related devices available right now would be an understatement to say the least. The health tech market is booming.
But not all gadgets have to be made specifically with health improvements in mind to help you keep in tip-top shape. There’s plenty of gadgets have health benefits, and in ways you never expected.
Here’s seven, to get you started…
Wacaco Minipresso NS portable espresso maker
Whether your next trip away involves backpacking, camping or slumming it in a hotel with no coffee-making facilities, the Wacaco Minipresso espresso maker is small, light and portable enough to ensure you never miss out on your morning coffee again. And it’s a good job. Regularly slurping a cup of the black stuff is associated with endless benefits, such as a lower incidence of Parkinson’s and certain types of cancers, and even reduced rates of DNA damage. The Center for Cohort Studies at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, recently noted that drinking coffee could also reduce the risk of clogged arteries, which can lead to heart attacks. A cup of coffee a day keeps the illness away.
JosephJoseph Titan Trash Compactor
Available for £199 from JosephJoseph
While you might not think of your trash can when you think of keeping healthy, it’s actually becoming a bigger health problem by the day. Dealing with waste is a global problem, with 1.3 billion tonnes generated each year. And the more we produce, the more valuable space it takes up in our home and outdoor areas. But Joseph Joseph is looking to counteract that with the Titan, a compaction bin that holds three times more waste than a similar-sized unit after compaction.
The tech involved in its patented, hygienic compaction design means only the inside of liner touches the trash, leaving you with clean hands and a clean bin. Titan also features anti-tear technology that guides the liner downwards as you compact, and air channels so a full liner can be easily removed. Then, there’s an odor filter discreetly integrated into the lid, which holds a replaceable carbon filter, to help eliminate any unpleasant odors.
Google Daydream VR
Made from the same soft fabric as your clothes for comfort and familiarity, Google’s Daydream VR headset is the ideal way to escape if you need a break from reality for a moment. Just slot your phone in the front and dive into far away cities, distant lands or even other planets. It’s good to switch off. A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that VR experiences can be good therapy the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. Perfect respite if you’ve had a particularly traumatic day in the office.
Designed to be a companion for both adrenaline junkies and travel addicts alike, the GoPro Hero 5 Black works to capture your most exhilarating moments right out of the box, whatever you’re up to. Wet or dry, it’s designed to tackle far-flung escapades with its rugged, waterproof design. Packing a touchscreen and support for 4K and high-speed recording, its GoPro’s best action camera yet for inspiring adventure, something that’s been proven to be beneficial for our cognitive function. According to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Real Cause, Real Cure, adrenaline-fuelled adventures such as extreme sports require intense focus and thus can increases alertness and awareness, improving memory and overall health.
B&O Play Beolit 15
Developed by Danish industrial designer Cecilie Manz, B&O Play’s Beolit 15 portable wireless speaker doesn’t only look the part for a dinner party, but its wrap-around design offers an impressive 360-degree surround sound that will keep all your guests entertained, even when you run out of red. And when you’re looking to burn off the meal from the night before, the Beolit 15’s audio quality will work equally as well for a home gym, too. According to the School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, listening to powerful music is scientifically proven to increase workout endurance, boosting physical performance during a tough exercise session. Though we doubt that’s the case with all kinds of music, so perhaps steer clear of that power ballad playlist.