Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Health and Wellbeing

Ferrari unveils a gym machine

Ferrari is one of the world's most valuable brands, bestowing its values of success, style and engineering prowess on any product wearing the prancing horse logo. In recent times the licensing department has been working overtime as Ferrari has collaborated in the design of everything from digital cameras to notebooks. Now Ferrari is now entering the fitness market with the Unica, a multi-purpose fitness-training machine.  Read More

Miniature robot for exploring your inner self (quite literally)

A fantastic journey in medicine is beginning with recent advances in miniaturisation by Japanese company RF System Lab. The Norika 3 RF Endoscopic Robot Capsule brings the body alive with live video of the patient's gastrointestinal system. Norika 3 uses a 1/6 inch colour 410,000-pixel CCD camera inside a micro capsule that is swallowed by the user. Image technology allows for variable focus by disc type magnets and a profound and dynamic range of microscopic data. The capsule camera travels through the digestive system and can be controlled by rotor coils for tilt control by remote operation with a joystick. Lighting volume can be adjusted and switched to infrared spectrum for multiple analyses.  Read More

The 1st Class Sleeper

The 1st Class Sleeper is a new and vastly improved design based on the same principles as theold blow-up neck support that gives some respite from the discomfort of an extended flight in cattle class. The light weight pillow folds to the size of a travel umbrella and is great for supporting your back, neck and head when you are in any recliner, though it clearly has a market as an in-flight accessory above all others. The First Class Sleeper can be purchased on-line at the company's web site for US$ 49.95  Read More

World's first male fertility test for the home

Given a choice, many men would prefer to bury their heads in sand than see their doctor to determine their fertility. Thankfully, help is on the way with the release of the Element, the first medical test kit for determining male fertility which can be administered in the privacy of the home.  Read More

Blood pressure and body fat monitoring wristwatch

When we first saw this on The Red Ferret Journal, we thought there had been a breakthrough in technology, with them being able to miniaturise a blood pressure and body fat monitor to fit the form factor of a wristwatch but ... then we saw how big it was. Still, the MF-90 Body Fat Blood Pressure Monitor as it is an improvement on anything previously available in home health monitoring.  Read More

Horseback Riding Machine

Go horseback riding for a few days and you'll understand why all those rodeo Marlboro man types packs Men's Health abs. Riding stimulates seldom-used muscles in the dorsal and abdominal regions and brings many core health benefits, the most appealing being that the user gets fit without actually having to do anything. Based on the above, Japanese manufacturers of exercise machines are releasing a new range of machines which are proving to be quite a success story in Japan. Aimed at a wide range of people from those who suffer from lifestyle injuries, to the middle-aged and older generations, these new exercise machines have one very special facet to the way they are used: the user does not need to do anything.  Read More

Teeth cleaning, without a toothbrush, or water

Brushing one's teeth is a reviving experience which some of us just can't feel comfortable without. Now there's a new type of toothbrush which could extend the custom considerably - The Oral-B Brush-Up slips onto the human finger and performs most of the functions of a disposable pre-impregnated toothbrush except it doesn't need water. The textured teeth wipes give you a clean mouth and fresh mint breath when you're on the go-no water or sink required.  Read More

Contact lenses you wear at night for daytime benefits

Paragon Vision Sciences has been granted approval by the US FDA for its Paragon CRT Corneal Refractive Therapy contact lens - this new approach involves wearing special contact lenses overnight to achieve corneal reshaping for the temporary reduction of myopia.  Read More

Navigation system offers travel autonomy for the blind

A new device which enables blind people to navigate without other assistance promises unprecedented autonomy for the sight impaired. The Tormes system is a small computer using the Sonobraille platform, which includes a Braille keyboard and voice synthesiser, plus several navigation technologies to give a high degree of positioning accuracy. The system can be queried and responds with verbal directions, like any GPS device in a car, but weighing less than one kilo it can be carried over the shoulder. It can be used in two ways: to guide the user to their destination or to tell them where they are as they walk around.  Read More

Omron software scales track weight management

Omron has created an ingenious set of bathroom scales which combines a built-in, clip-out, pedometer and a software package to enable the monitoring of exercise and overall bodily health.The clever bit which enables connectivity to the PC is the pedometer which clips out of the scales so you an carry it with you to monitor the steps you take, then transfer the data to a PC via a USB connection on the pedometer. The scales also use bioelectrical impedance to calculate body fat percentage and this can then be tracked over time to see the results of your efforts - far better than measuring just weight.  Read More

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