While CES 2022 may not have been the return to normal many were hoping for, it still managed to be a standout event in a lot of cases. It was the first CES to have a keynote presented by a healthcare company, and that precedent was reflected in many of the products on display. Health and wellness gadgets had a large turnout this year, ranging from unique concept to improvements on existing technologies.
There were no earth-shaking developments, however, the products we saw all represented incremental steps forward. They were items that we could get excited about, thinking about how they might develop or how they might fit into homes once they’re available.
Here, we’re listing off a few of our favorite wellness gadgets that we think will make some great additions to homes once they become available.
Samsung’s Bespoke Family Hub Refrigerators
While we have yet to reach the point where our refrigerators can intelligently order fresh, healthy food for us, Samsung is making inroads to ensure that the smart fridge doesn’t stick out in the kitchen. Their Family Hub smart refrigerator is now getting added to their Bespoke line of customizable appliances.
This means more character, cleaner lines and overall, a kitchen mainstay that can be better built around the kitchen. The fridge will now come in 12 color options, ranging from bright and energetic yellow to flashy pink, and have an option for glass or metallic finishes.
It will also come in three styles, four-door flex and three- or four-door French door models, which come in full or counter depth. Overall, the changes help make what is supposed to be the brains of the smart kitchen, more adaptable to the needs of the kitchen.
Colors and design aren’t the only updates to the Family Hub, however. The ingrained touchscreen display will come with a bezel-less design while the internal cameras have been upgraded to better scan food labels inside of the refrigerator. Samsung has also been adding new functions throughout the year so that the refrigerator can now set schedules, calendars and write shopping and To-Do lists.
Coway’s Smart Care Air Mattress
We covered a decent chunk of Coway’s showcase in one of our previous articles, but one of the things that stood out the most to us was their foray into the smart sleep category. Long known for their work in wellness with air quality, they’re still sticking to what they know by developing a mattress supported entirely by air.
However, the air pockets are far more functional than just being replacements for traditional springs. These features adjust their pressure based on one’s sleeping position to provide the optimal sleep posture for users. The bed can even make microadjustments based on the body’s subtle movements during sleep, thereby curtailing the development of any discomfort in the night.
But Coway isn’t stopping there. As they demonstrated at their booth, the bed is more than capable of running a room with its software. By connecting to Coway’s air purifiers and humidifiers, the company showcased how the bed can be used to create a sumptuous sleep sanctuary for users in the home. The bed can even control IoT powered lighting.
When nighttime rolls around, the bed shifts the room into an environment more conducive to sleep, switching to amber colored lights and adjusting the air quality to more comfortable levels. Likewise, in the morning, the bed has a gentle wake routine that can slowly raise position without affecting posture while also adjusting the lights to a cooler, brighter hue.
Kohler’s PerfectFill Technology (and Stillness Bath)
Introduced at CES 2019, Kohler’s PerfectFill technology is finally ready to hit the market. For those who have yet to hear of it, it’s a smart drain and digital controller mixed with a bath filler that allows users to better control temperature and depth when taking a bath. The technology enables this to be done either through a remote control, or via voice commands. Users can then use these same features to remotely drain the tub as well.
Starting at $2,700, this technology is not just restricted to a single bath unit. It can be applied to any number of Kohler’s tubs, however, this also means that users will need to factor in the price of both the bath and the system. That might not be a problem with one of Kohler’s other announcements, though.
Meant to stimulate a traditional Japanese forest bathing experience with multisensory engagement through light, fog and splashing water, the Stillness Bath comes with a steep projected price point at $8,000. However, part of that price tag includes the PerfectFill technology that the bath comes fitted with standard, creating perhaps one of the smartest at-home wellness spa set-ups on the market.
We also covered the Stillness Bath more in-depth in another article, so you should check that out for more info on some of the bath’s features.
Echelon EX-8s Fitness Bike
Personally, I would love to include the LG Virtual Ride here as well, however, that particular innovation remains a concept for the time being. This, however, is very real, even if it does look like its been pulled from a cyberpunk style future.
The bike itself comes baseline with all the classes and features one has come to expect from Echelon, however, there are two new additions that make it stand out from the rest. The bike comes with a 24-inch curved screen and bike wheels lined with striking LEDs that bring the energy of many high-end fitness clubs right into the home.
Not only can users adjust the lighting to their preferred display style, but they can also sync the lighting with metric data the bike records. This means the lighting on the bike can be set up to increase in intensity as the workout does, adding a satisfying synergy to the traditional workout. The bike also utilizes a dual-ring system in the rear flywheel to provide added stability and smoothness during operation.
What’s even better is that users aren’t confined to just the bike. The screen can rotate to a full 180 degrees to accommodate other workout routines, and the lights on the wheels can continue to function alongside that. It’s a small innovation that opens up completely new worlds for the utility of this exercise bike.