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The Forever Alone Back Massager


Vibrating, ball-toting devices that are meant to be used on your back are wonderful for relieving aches and pains. But they require an extra accessory that doesn’t come in the packaging: a second person to roll them around on your back. Not so if you buy the above Ergonomical Back Massager. It features a long, curved handle that allows you to keep your hands at waist level while rolling a plastic ball around on your own back. An oscillating motor provides vibrations in the 4,500 to 5,500-rpm range, while one of three interchangeable heads make for different types of massage: “[There’s] a “point” [head] for precise trigger point release, [a] “knuckle” [head] for multiple knots in the same area, and a “palm” [head] to help promote circulation.”

Scratching, or rather, massaging your own back isn’t exactly the cheapest of options, at $100. But it’s perhaps a small price to pay for someone with a knotted dorsal area, and no one around to smoothe those knots out.

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Ate Too Much? No Worries, Just Use This Machine to Pump 30% of the Food Out

Stomach Pump

The AspireAssist Aspiration Therapy System, shown above, is basically a ‘feeding tube in reverse.’ Instead of pumping food in, it pumps food out. It was created with a pretty good purpose, although I can’t help but feel that this might end up being misused by people who put too much weight on their, well, weight.

Anyway, the food-reversal pump was developed by Segway inventor Dean Kamen and a team of doctors who wanted to help people struggling with over-eating. What it does is pump out 30% of the person’s stomach contents twenty minutes after they eat so that all those extra calories won’t be digested. Sounds cool and all, but the big catch? The ‘installation’ and usage of the system involves creating a hole in your belly where the food is supposed to pass out. Doesn’t sound very appealing now, does it?

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A Stairlift For Dogs

We’re lucky to live in a society plagued by abundance, as opposed to say, rampant disease or violence. The same can’t be said of every part of the world, of course, but it’s getting to the point where not only are people fat, but their pets are as well. We could obviously embark on a collective diet and exercise regimen, but let’s face it, it won’t happen anytime soon. In the meantime, your pooch still has trouble going up a flight of stairs (as do you, perhaps), so the Stair Of The Dog 2022 was created earlier this year. It’s a chairlift that your dog can use. It features a large button that can easily be pressed with a paw, and can presumably handle pretty large dogs. Currently only a prototype, the machine would cost about $8,000 should it ever come to market.

It was made by UK insurance company More Th>n (that’s not a typo, that’s a “greater than” sign instead of the ‘a’), seemingly as a statement about the rising pet health epidemic. It’s estimated that by 2022, more than 50% of the dogs in the UK will be overweight.

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Smart Undies Prevent Bedsores by Shocking Its Wearers’ Behinds

Smart Underwear

It’s kind of sad how sick people sometimes get sicker, just because they have to (or prefer to) stay in bed a lot. You know what I’m talking about: bedsores. While I don’t exactly know what it feels like to get one, I’ve heard that it’s painful, agitates the patient even more, and might even cause an infection.

Simply turning over once in a while might help prevent the onslaught of bedsores, but if you’re extremely sick and tired, chances are you won’t be moving around like you should. That’s where the smart underwear comes in. It’ll send tiny electric shocks periodically on the patients’ bottoms to make their bodies think that they’ve been moved around or re-positioned. Sounds like an interesting concept, doesn’t it? But the coolest thing is that it’s pretty effective, too, since results from a trial showed that none of the smart undie-wearing patients developed any sores.Continue Reading

This Wheelchair Can’t Do Handstands, But It Can Climb Stairs for You

Robotic Wheelchair

The wheelchairs we have now are limited in functionality in the sense that they’re hard to maneuver when there’s a sharp curve or an obstacle. Don’t even get me started on how useless they are when it comes to stairs (since obviously, they can’t be used on stairs!) That might all change though when these wheelchairs of the future by researchers from the Chiba Institute of Technology are rolled out.

This four-wheel-drive, five-axis robotic wheelchair can climb stairs, ditches, and other obstacles since it’s wheels are ‘transformed’ into legs when the need arises. Team leader Shuro Nakajima, a Chiba associate professor, explains: “The robot has five sensors on its feet, to see if there’s anything nearby. It can also see how far it is from a step.” This is good news to persons with disabilities since their mobility is greatly increased with the features that this wheelchair boasts of.

Pretty awesome, right? You can watch a video of the wheelchair in action after the break.

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Larklife Wristband Helps You Keep Track of Your Life


Most people nowadays are too busy to keep a journal or monitor what they’re eating or how much exercise they’re getting. Keeping track of all this stuff isn’t really necessary to having a healthy life, although it can help because you can make lifestyle changes based on your daily records. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of work to jot down all that stuff. But fortunately, there’s something called the Larklife Wristband that can do all that for you.

It’s a splash-resistant (and, by association, sweat-resistant) band that works with an app to monitor your food consumption, sleep habits, and daily activity patterns. It’s also got a neat ‘Refresh’ feature that times productivity breaks for you and gives you productivity coaching to help you make the most of your day.

Hit the break to check out a video of the Larklife Wristband in action.

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Here’s The Poor Man’s Facelift

By David Ponce

No one likes wrinkles, that most depressing of reminders that with each passing day you’re getting one step closer to having both feet firmly planted in your grave. There are all manner of things people do to flatten them out, from going under the knife to rubbing expensive creams on them. In Japan, some people opt for the above. It’s called the Houreisen Face Exercise Mask. It looks silly, and we doubt it even works, but what do we know? It’s a rubbery mask that creates resistance for the muscles in your face, giving them a workout. You’re encouraged to “open and close your mouth for ten minutes each day and you will notice the results.”

Color us skeptical, and at $93, we won’t even try to find out. Not that we have any wrinkles to start with…

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Work That Chin Out, My Friends

By David Ponce

You can always count on Japan to come through with things like this. It’s called the “Rhythm Slim Chin Muscle Exercise – Beauty anti-aging face neck jaw pain gadget”. You put it under your chin, press down and hold for 10 seconds. Rest a bit and repeat the process for 3 minutes a day. It’ll work out the frontal part of your neck muscles and allegedly alleviate your aches and cramps while making your sagging skin recede.

I’m skeptical, and at $136 I think I’ll let someone else try it out.

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Steelcase Walkstation Won’t Let You Stay Fat

By David Ponce

The Holidays are over soon and you’ll get back in the office looking bloated. Come on, you know you are. But that’s ok, because it’ll be the new year and you’ll be full of motivation, determined to lose that gut. But how can you? You spend your entire day at work, sitting in front a desk, not burning any calories. Send your boss this article and explain just how much more productive the office would be if you all had this. It’s called the Steelcase Walkstation and is a workstation that happens to be a treadmill. For one, you’d cost your company less in health insurance. Also, after a while you’d have more energy since there’d be less of you to carry around. Heck, we don’t need to sell you on the benefits of being able to move all day vs. sitting. The Walkstation has a top speed of 2mph and is very silent, as it should in an office. One of the listed features is actually a little funny: “Motor designed to withstand the rigors of slow speeds and possible higher weights for long periods of use (our emphasis).”

Now… they aren’t cheap. $4,400 and up, depending on the sort of accessories you buy with them, such as the movable monitor arm, or other organizational elements; it is an office workstation after all.

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