It almost seems poetic with how biophilic wellness solutions are growing like a fresh sapling in residential technology and design. From air and water purification to human-centric lighting to soundscapes and the myriad ways we can reconnect with the natural world, wellness and nature’s role in it is a focus that is now extending beyond the smart home sector.
At the recently staged Digital CES 2021 virtual event, plenty of companies were pitching wellness/biophilia solutions, some out-of-the-box in terms of what many were used to seeing, but technology can have a curious way of taking root and flourishing within the industry.
Going into it with that mindset, the following a five solutions presented at CES 2021 that highlighted the range of currently or soon-to-be-available products for homes covering the myriad aspects of wellness and biophilia.
CleanAirZone Bio-Based Air Purifier
CleanAirZone is taking the biophilic aspect of air purification quite literally, taking consumers back to how nature impacted the environment eons ago. The company says its Bio-Based Air Purifier employs a bio-scrubbing solution that uses biotics and enzymes taken from nature via a proprietary green technology formula: no filters required.
CleanAirZone claims its filter-less system, eliminates 99.99% of contaminants, capable of capturing ultrafine particles (0.00006u). The two-step technology first captures pollutants by using the electrical charge of harmful airborne particles to grab them within a grounded area inside the device “similar to the way dust gravitates toward and clings to a computer monitor.” Contaminants are then digested by the enzymes in the BioCAZ Solution, which eliminates the pollution via oxidation process.
The company adds that the technology has been “extensively tested and proven in both lab and field settings for eliminating” all types of volatile organic compounds [VOCs], mold, bacteria, allergens, gases, odors, TB and viruses including H1N1, influenza B and COVID-19.
Environmental microbiology lab AssuredBio, has even demonstrated efficacy of the system using a DNA-based test to eradicate the presence of COVID-19 in the environment. And the even better news is that the solution can be used in both residential and commercial settings, especially as air quality becomes a prescient concern across all sectors.
Ergomotion Adjustable Base Smart Beds
Sleep is a key tenet of home wellness, and the Ergomotion offers a variety of solutions via its Wellness Retreat in Relax, Restore, Renew and Rewind editions, with each model having unique wellness and lifestyle features in addition to integrated technologies and adjustable base and bed from.
Rewind, for instance, includes sleep tracking data integration; Wi-Fi smart home integration via Amazon Alexa and Google Home support for automating associated devices like thermostats and security systems with sleep cycles; relaxation therapy sonic massage; calm cycles,TV/lounge, flat and Zero G adjustability presets; underbed spa lights; dual USB charging ports; head up/foot up and auto heat tilt; and optional customizable headboards and underbed storage.
Other versions incorporate even more therapeutic elements into the main bed. Treatments like aromatherapy, a heating cocoon for arms and legs and a customized “circulation cycle” to help soothe muscles name just a few.
TOTO Wellness Toilet
With 100 years of innovation in their portfolio, TOTO knows how to make a bathroom product, and the latest reveal from the company remains at the cutting edge of wellness in the residential bathroom.
“The Wellness Toilet uses multiple cutting-edge sensing technologies to support our customers’ wellness,” says Ryoji Nakamura, general manager of TOTO’s Digital Innovation Division. “It tracks and analyzes the individual’s physical and mental status, and provides various recommendations to improve their health and diet. With the Wellness Toilet, we plan to become integrated into customers’ daily routine to support their wellbeing.”
The toilet scans a person when they sit down while an app delivers wellness and health info, plus recommendations via a dashboard. While wearables are a common health trend, however, the toilet tracks wellness in ways not yet witnessed in the home: through human skin and waste.
Stool samples are a common way for doctors to measure health, and the Wellness Toilet seeks to tap into that wealth of wellness data. In fact, the product has been produced in collaboration with many experts in the field worldwide, in line with TOTO’s mantra of open innovation.
GardenStuff ELIoT Vertical Indoor IoT Garden
Every year, 78% of indoor plants die and are replaced, making them one of the most constantly replaced items in our home, but Italian start-up brand Garden Stuff looked to grow its audience—so to speak—with its “compact and intelligent” vertical IoT garden.
But GardenStuff doesn’t want to stop at helping indoor plants thrive. They want the greener companions to become more synergistic and ubiquitous within homes for more comfortable and healthy environments.
The ELIoT garden pieces – featuring Italian design and 100% sustainable/recycled materials – and accompanying app “uses IoT and thanks to the multiple customizations, its central processing unit first starts analyzing the environment and discovers the perfect-match plant environment,” explains Francesco Tirinnanzi, CEO. “And after, it lets you keep in touch with the plants and let them grow as best [as possible].”
Surrounding data like soil condition and air quality are collected every six minutes within the ELIoT app, which then sends the data to the company’s server, where AI algorithms analyze the data, charts and forecasts and then quickly respond with advice, reminders and recommendations so owners’ plants can keep on growing.
Lify Smart Wellness Remedy System
The kitchen is fast becoming a focal point for the modern home, and wellness is “well” on its way to becoming commonplace in this section of the home. Like a Keurig for the wellness crowd, the Lify Wellness solution combines the company’s Smart Herbal Brewer smart app and what the company describes as “100% natural remedies and science-backed health boosters.”
The IoT kitchen solution rose partly out of the pandemic to help busy people relieve stress, relax, sleep or remain focused. Working with wellness professionals – herbal scientists, traditional medical practitioners and tea masters – the solution launched with 12 wellness formulas with ingredients like antioxidants and vitamins that cater to the aforementioned needs of the individual. The Wellness Companion app recommends brews based on aspects such as physical conditions and diet and lifestyle habits.
The Lify herbal disks are also made from biodegradable material, the company says, with multi-layers to withstand the high-pressure extraction process and maintain freshness.
Another version of this article previously appeared on CE Pro.