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In an age where connectedness and efficiency reign supreme, next-generation innovations such as smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) have emerged. These kinds of technology can now be found everywhere we look; from the phones we carry to the homes we live in — effectively transforming the world around us and paving the way for the smart-enabled lifestyles we now enjoy.
With all the buzz surrounding smart technology, let’s find out what exactly makes a device “smart” and why they have become so essential in our modern lives, even influencing the way we prioritize wellness and self-care today.
What are Smart Devices?
A smart device usually comes with sophisticated sensors and software with wireless connectivity capabilities among other enhanced features or bells and whistles built-in. It is called “smart” because unlike its traditional or “dumb” counterparts, a smart device can collect and exchange data with other smart devices, learn your user preferences and even craft customized data-driven experiences once connected to the internet or WiFi network.
Many of these tools are typically designed to be portable to allow constant connectivity and immediate access to data on the move. Additionally, their capability to be wireless and intuitive adds an extra layer of “smartness” into the mix.
Characteristics of Smart Devices
• Interconnectivity: To connect to the internet and communicate with other devices.
• Customizable: To meet specific preferences and needs of its user.
• Advanced features: Smart devices utilize touchscreen functionality, voice control, and interactive displays.
• App-enabled: Smart devices often have dedicated mobile apps for control and integration with other devices.
• Artificial intelligence: Artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities can be used to enable them to learn user preferences and offer personalized experiences.
What is IoT?
Naturally, as the number of smart devices we use stack up, an ecosystem can emerge where these individual devices talk to each other and form an even smarter whole known as the IoT ecosystem. This network of devices offers connectivity, personalization, and convenience, transforming various aspects of our lives.
IoT involves connected devices that communicate with the user and each other for automation, monitoring, and control of physical objects or environments. While smart devices are just a part of the IoT which covers a more complex and wider array of technologies and systems at play.
Unlike many smart devices, IoT expands its focus beyond consumer use. This is why IoT devices are often applied in industrial, commercial, or infrastructure settings to optimize processes, enhance efficiency, and enable remote management.
Characteristics of IoT Devices
• Interoperability: Can work together and communicate with each other, regardless of the technology used.
• Self-Adaptability: Can adjust operations, configurations, or behaviors based on the context or data they receive.
• Scalability: Can be easily deployed and expanded within an IoT network.
• Architecture: Built on a specific architecture that defines how they connect, communicate, and interact within the IoT ecosystem.
What is the Role of Smart Devices in Your Wellness?
The Weekend Warrior
Let's say you're a weekend warrior and have just completed a challenging workout that leaves you feeling proud. You feel your hard work is paying off, but now you know it because you recently bought a RENPHO Elis Smart Body Scale that can regularly track your progress.
Upon stepping onto your Elis Smart Body Scale, it instantly connects to your smartphone via the RENPHO Health App using Bluetooth (or WiFi).
The scale not only measures your weight but also your body composition metrics, such as body fat percentage and muscle mass. These results are automatically saved in your app profile, along with your previous data and historical trends which chart your progress over time.
This gives you a clear view of where you need to take your fitness to keep improving your wellness.
Now you’re craving a post-workout meal so it’s time to use your RENPHO Calibra 1 Smart Nutrition Scale, which, like the Elis, can connect to the RENPHO Health App and measure the nutrition value within the food you eat.
In the smart app, you can log and track calorie intake, weigh food items for portion control, and access an extensive food database to make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to function properly.
By combining the data from the Elis Smart Body Scale and the Smart Food Scale, you’re able to gain a better understanding of your body composition and the nutritional aspects of your diet.
The Allergy Aware
If you’re allergic to just so much as a whiff of pollen, a RENPHO Smart Air Purifier can be used to stop the sniffles and ensure that even the most minuscule pollen particles won't stand a chance. The automatic sensor is able to continuously track the air quality in your space and — when connected to the Gennec app — trends over time can be viewed alongside controlling the device via a paired smartphone, Alexa, or Google Assistant.
Let’s not forget that puffy eyes caused by allergies are also a problem, so you’ve also prepped yourself with an Eyeris Smart Eye Massager to help you unwind and relax after a particularly sneezy spell. When linked to the RENPHO Health App, the device’s settings can be remotely adjusted with ease for a fully personalized experience.
The seamless synergy among intelligent devices creates a holistic approach that empowers you to make informed choices and adapt your lifestyle, fitness, and nutrition plans accordingly, with the end goal of enhancing your overall well-being.
The Bottom Line
Smart devices have undoubtedly transformed how each one of us live, work, and interact with others and our surroundings. From managing our homes to enhancing our well-being, they have become indispensable companions in our modern lives.
Now you know how smart devices can be used to help shape our lives for the better, think about the devices in your home and what smart healthy solutions currently exist to help you on your wellness journey. And don’t forget, for whatever goals you have in mind RENPHO is here for you!
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