Omron Sees a Bright Future
The Daily Yomiuri – the English edition of Japan’s largest daily newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun – carries an excellent feature on Omron Healthcare. Anyone interested in trends in personal health monitors should read the entire article.
- Building on its strengths in the home medical field, the company is now working to boost its presence in the professional medical domain.
- The company is working to develop a new business in healthcare support services.
- It sees the home medical instrument business polarizing into cheap products offering basic functions and more expensive models of high quality. Omron expects to be in the latter group.
- Domestic Japanese sales are just under half of total healthcare turnover, with America about one quarter. Blood pressure monitors account for up to 80% of overseas sales, though the company is experiencing rapid growth in bathroom scales and body composition monitors.
Electronic Pets to Monitor Your Health
Bathroom Scales – a Love/Hate Relationship
I feel that most people probably won’t need this, but the Washington Post has published a short feature on how to get the most out of your bathroom scales. According to the report:
Most of us have a love/hate relationship with our bathroom scale: adore it when we get a low reading, curse it when the numbers inch up. Yet we keep stepping up to the plate: 48 percent of us weigh ourselves every day, 44 percent weigh in weekly, and 4 percent once a month, according to research conducted by HoMedics, a leading manufacturer of health and wellness products. Herb Conroy, group marketing manager for HoMedics, says that how we use the scale affects the reliability of readings.
New Breathalyzer - AlcoHawk Slim
You don't need to be wealthy to get healthy. In an age where gym memberships cost hundreds of dollars per year, personal trainers around $100 an hour and state-of-the-art exercise equipment in the thousands, it might strike some readers as unrealistic that $200 will have much impact. Allow us to demure. [The writer presumably means “demur”.]
Among the items selected:
…which not only monitors heart rates but also creates its own workout program that tells wearers how much they need to exercise to reach their goals. A suntanned personal trainer with rock-hard abs can do the same thing, but the F11 only costs $159.
To help keep track of all that weight you are losing, there are few bigger motivators than a scale, and few scales are as high-tech--and affordable--as the Tanita BC553 Body Composition Monitor, which has a list price of around $120. It not only tells you your weight but also body fat, body water percentage, bone mass, basal metabolic rate, metabolic age and muscle mass.
January 5th, 2006
Oregon Scientific MP121 Waterproof MP3 Player and Pedometer
Oregon Scientific’s new waterproof MP3 player/pedometer has attracted a couple of online reviews, and I’ve placed a short report of these on the site here. The short Gizmodo review is titled “Oregon Scientific’s Wonky MP3 Player,” though is pretty favorable. However, one reader has posted a comment wondering if a swimmer really needs a pedometer. Good point.
January 4th, 2006