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Another January. Another trip to Sin City to check out the next-level tech at CES. With everything from freshly baked bread vending machines to smart, self-cleaning kitty litter boxes making their debuts in Las Vegas, there’s one thing that can’t be ignored: the future of health and wellness technology is pretty bright—like transforming every aspect of your well-being bright.
Welcome to the age of voice-commanded bathtubs that can automatically fill and set the temperature for you. Now, that’s relaxation reinvented. This year, it was all about making your self-care smarter and simpler while creating a more personalized experience. After roaming the floor and listening to our VP of Consumer Products, Doug Hecht, speak about financial and physical wellness with MoneyLion, we found what wonderful wellness is trending in the tech world.
Last year, it was evident sleep science was a go-to topic. This year, it’s all about giving you the deepest sleep you’ll ever experience. Think headbands. Yes, headbands. Part headband part ear warmer, Philips exhibited their SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband which delivers “pink noise” to enhance your resting periods. French-startup Dreem showcased their second-gen deep sleep headband and app, which assesses the problems that inhibit you from getting that perfect night’s rest. What caught our attention mixed old world practice with the future, thanks to Muse’s Softband. Utilizing brain-sensing technology, Muse enables you to meditate to a better night’s sleep. Plus, Muse offers guided meditations via their headband, and you can book Muse-branded classes via studios on the MINDBODY app!
AI is being integrated into every aspect of health and wellness—and machine learning to make you feel (and be better) is a trending topic. How about a smart mirror that gives you a holistic view of your well-being and beauty? Count us in! The biggest and most amazing AI-meets-technology unveiling that had us starry-eyed at CES was Samsung’s Bot Care. A bot that can showcase it’s owner’s vital statistics in real-time, the voice-commanded Bot Care can do everything from giving you exercise and stretching guidance to even tracking your sleep patterns. It might sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but the future of robots that help you manage your health is here.
Monitoring your fitness activity isn’t anything new, but how about a wearable that tells your car how stressed you are? Or a self-powered smartwatch that stays charged from your body heat and solar energy? The idea of wearables are constantly evolving—and making them hotter than ever is a top priority. Our favorite tracking device was easily Atomic’s Hawx Ultra Connected, a smartly connected ski boot. In the company of avid skiers, we were totally enamored. Featuring digital tracking and analysis, you can get *instant* on-slope feedback on how you perform. It’s like having a ski coach in the palm of your hand—or boot!
Anti-aging has never been so futuristic—or fashionable. With big beauty brands descending on CES, it’s no shock that high-tech solutions for skincare are part of the conversation. Procter & Gamble showed off their Olay Feature You Simulation tool utilizing AI, which shows users what their skin will look like in the future, for example, if you don’t wear sunscreen (eek!). They also released Olay’s new Smart Wand, which can provide electromagnetic treatment to personalize your skin care and pinpoint problem areas. L'Oréal unveiled a wearable adhesive skin sensor that monitors pH in real-time. Neutrogena stepped up their game with a new product called MaskiD™. An app that analyzes your skin, their technology enables you to measure your face and create a customized mask to fit with target treatments. Beauty is (finally) buzzworthy at CES.
The Kohler booth never disappoints at CES, and this year’s technology combines total relaxation and *really* good home products (that I can’t afford anytime soon). With a full line of pricey smart bathroom items that include an Amazon Alexa-enabled toilet featuring soft lighting, speakers, and a voice-controlled lighted mirror, brands like Kohler are making the bathroom less of a need-to-use space and more of a zen zone experience. Kohler’s Veil Lighted Bathroom collection blew our minds. Imagine your bath, intelligent toilet, lighted mirror, and 3-piece vanity all working together with integrated lighting. A girl can dream of the perfect, tech-driving bathroom, right?
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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