PSFK Picks: Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week

PSFK Picks: Top Five Health Innovations Of The Week

A chair that reads your vital signs and a perfume that helps with dieting. Innovative stories from the world of wellness.

  • 3 november 2013

Each week with its partner Boehringer Ingelheim brings you a snapshot of five innovative ideas that are reshaping the health care industry. This week’s innovations include a chair that reads your vital signs and a perfume that helps with dieting.


Doctor Chair Brings Healthcare Into The Living Room
Japanese electronics company Sharp has developed a healthcare support chair that can measure the user’s blood pressure, pulse, temperature, body motion, and other vital signs. The data can then be shared remotely, which creates the possibility for physicians to examine a patient without actually needing to meet them in person. The concept chair consists of a recliner in a circular frame and three display screens, with sensors that take the health measurements integrated in the chair itself and its armrests. The system also allows for videoconferencing with a doctor if the user needs to consult with one in real-time.


Web Robot Can Analyze People’s Moods Through Their Voice
MIVOR is a Mood Interpreting Voice-Operated Robot that is designed to visualize the user’s inner self. Created by Seattle-based creative studio WINTR, MIVOR prompts the user with questions, which the user answers by speaking into their computer’s microphone. The device then converts what the user is saying into text, which is interpreted with code. The text is analyzed and depending on the words or sentiments behind the words, MIVOR determines whether what the user said is positive or negative. MIVOR pulls info from a database to analyze the sentiments of words and phrases. Based on the the general sentiment of the user’s responses, MIVOR then creates a visualization of the user’s general state of mind.


Keyring Makes Medical Records Portable And Secure
The MedicalKeyring is a mobile storage device that helps anyone to carry their medical records wherever they go, protected by biometric security. The keyring takes the form of a 8GB USB stick embedded with what the company calls the world’s smallest fingerprint scanner. When connected to a computer, a simple swipe of the finger enables users to access their entire medical history, including information that may be vital in an emergency situation. Users can access and manage their data – including any conditions or allergies they have, medication they’re taking, and their emergency contacts – through the device’s built-in software. Images such as x-rays or MRI scans can also be stored on the hard drive.


Fitness Program Uses Google Glass To Gamify Running
Race Yourself is the first app specifically made for Google Glass that enables users to augment their surroundings while exercising. Race Yourself turns running or other types of exercise into a game, and allows for in-the-moment competition against friends or personal records. Tracking the time, distance, pace and burned calories, Race Yourself displays the entire workout right before users’ eyes and will even project a virtual competitor to help users shatter their personal record.


Slimming Perfume Repulses Dieters From Snacking
Stink Yourself Slim, which markets itself as the ‘world’s first malodorant,’ is a non-toxic but foul-smelling perfume that people can spray around the food that they want to stop eating. The smell is designed to put them off the food for an extended length of time. The perfume was created by British businesswoman Alex Fontaine who thought of the idea when she was unable to eat a local dish because of the bad smell. She realized that the bad smell decreased her appetite for the food and was inspired to create an air propellant that could help her stop overeating. The final perfume was created after 18 months of studies, tests, and working closely with experts in eating behavior, odor creation, and manufacturing.

PSFK has partnered with  Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a steady stream of inspiring news and ideas in the health and wellness space. Once each week, we will be posting an article on If you would like to gain access to the full stream of content, please check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook Page, where they are publishing a regular stream of inspiring and informative content.

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