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Feeling lonely? Here’s a robot who exists to love and be loved.

Meet Tomato and Wasabi. These Lovots (derived from the words Love and Robot) were developed by a Japanese startup called GrooveX.

They aren’t the typical robots that try to be an all-around helper. Its purpose is to stay cute, get your attention, interact with you, and make you happy. Emotional bonds with robots may seem implausible, but it’s difficult to ignore them. Especially with their kind, googly eyes that draw your attention.

Moreover, they laugh when you play with them, fall asleep when you cuddle and remembers if you were mean as if they have emotions.

While this may be shocking and groundbreaking, the creators of Lovot believe this robot can make an impact on relieving stress. For now, it’s too early to tell but one thing’s for sure: Lovots are here for you to love and they won’t leave you, unlike your ex.


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Latest LumiHealth stats show encouraging findings

Helping Singaporeans become fitter

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Since its launch in Singapore in partnership with Apple two years ago, the LumiHealth program has been enjoying success, as reflected in latest statistics from Apple Newsroom.

Here are some encouraging findings since LumiHealth was introduced to the island back in October 2020:

  • There have been over 300,000 downloads
  • Over 19 million health and wellness challenges have been issued
  • Over 32.9 million workouts completed on Apple Watch

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When it comes to exercises, walking and running are the two most popular with over 18 million kilometers tracked. Cycling comes next with 16.8 million km, while 948,000 hours of yoga have also been tallied.

LumiHealth also found out that at least 1 in 4 users are using their Apple Watch to discover new workouts with the program, incorporating them to their weekly physical activities.

Low activity, high BMI, seniors benefitting

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LumiHealth has also been a handy tool for those categorized under low activity, high BMI, and seniors. These are manifested in the following numbers:

  • High BMI individuals have increased weekly exercise minutes by 44 percent
  • Sedentary and lightly active users increased weekly exercise minutes by 88 percent. They make up 86 percent of the total LumiHealth user base.
  • Seniors have also increased weekly activity by 75 percent. They have become informed on how to prevent or protect selves from falls.

More features in store

Continuing to build on their success and supporting fitness goals, LumiHealth has also introduced more challenges and feature programs.

These include cardiovascular-related challenges to urge individuals to take care of their heart health, and the 30-day Minutes to Mindfulness program that focuses on practicing mindfulness through breathing exercises and reflections.

Incentive program

Aside from their new campaigns, MiniHealth and Apple Watch will also offer users more incentives. This is to encourage them to be part of the program.

From July 15 to August 14, 2022, new users can get a free SG$ 40 Apple Retail gift card for those who purchase a new Apple Watch and join LumiHealth.

In addition, current participants who refer friends and family to LumiHealth during this period will be awarded 10,000 bonus points for each successful referral.

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KonsultamD, HealthNow, AIDE to combine into one health superapp

To be available by early 2023

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The companies behind KonsultaMD, HealthNow, and AIDE are consolidating to form a one-stop health superapp.

The game-changing move will allow the services of each company to be available in one full-service health superapp that is expected to go live by the first quarter of 2023.

Of course, each of the three apps are known for their respective medical and healthcare services offered:

  • KonsultaMD: teleconsultations
  • HealthNow: medicine deliveries
  • AIDE: laboratory tests, home care

Amidst lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has been utilized to offer such services through easy-to-use apps, and all three have gained popularity over the past two years for their respective services.

KonsultaMD is the dominant player in online health consultations with over a million users. Their services have also been packaged as part of Globe’s postpaid plans.

HealthNow and AIDE have also emerged as crucial players in the AC Health ecosystem. It has a base of over a million registered users as well.

HealthNow, in particular, has provided a platform for patients to book COVID-19 vaccination schedules.

The consolidating of all three will benefit millions of users as all services will now be easily accessible via just one app.

 

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On being mindful in your everyday activities

The OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 are the perfect pair to help you tune your mind and body

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With everything that’s happening, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel lost. One coping mechanism that might work is being mindful and intentional in your activities. I used to face my issues head-on, aggressively putting up a fight and jumping onto anything that might help me feel better.

For the past few weeks, I used the OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 to aid me in my quest to become mindful in my everyday activities. It helps me reduce my anxiety about the future, and helped me stay grounded to be more present in my life and within my relationships.

Stay away from ruminating and going on a negative downward spiral. Here are mindful practices that allow you to use technology in helping you become more present.

1 | Start the day with a purpose

Let me be real here: There are no ‘candid’ mornings that are aesthetically pleasing and seemingly picture-perfect. Par exemple, the vlogs you see from social media personalities and the snippets they upload on their platforms.

No one wakes up every day looking pretty, vibing in front of the camera. But there’s one thing that a lot of people consistently do — and it’s waking up mindfully.

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Instead of reaching for your phone the moment you open your eyes, try to take guided breathing exercises and drink your water. The OPPO Watch Free has guided meditation tips and reminders to hydrate — which you can set the notifications on depending on your schedule.

Once your breath settled into its own rhythm and you feel at ease, it’s time to begin your ‘daily’ habit. The OPPO Enco Air2 is the perfect accessory to help you focus on your morning routine.

In my case, I alternate my mornings between reading a self-help book, drinking my coffee in utter silence, or journaling my thoughts and/or dreams. Afterward, I prepare my to-do list to ensure my productivity levels will be stable as the day goes on.

2 | Check in with yourself

Throughout the day, it’s easy to neglect your mind and body’s alignment as you press on to meet your deadlines. Wearing your lifestyle devices should truncate the hustle-bustle of your everyday life so you can do more of what makes your soul alive.

Ask yourself: How do you feel about your well-being? Most smartwatches can give you a glimpse of what’s happening in your body. If you’re unsure where to begin, start there.

The OPPO Watch Free carries basic smartwatch functions that might seem elementary to some. It monitors the blood oxygen and heart rate variability in real-time. If you forget to check in with yourself, it doesn’t.

The watch, if you set it up accordingly, will always vibrate at certain times to remind you to drink your water. It also encourages you to stand up when you’ve been sitting for an hour or longer.

At night, you can utilize a watch’s sleep monitoring capabilities. OPPO calls it the OSleep All-Scenario Sleep Monitoring, which records your entire sleep journey. Plus, it also monitors if you snore during your sleep.

You can get a glimpse of the personalized sleep report through the watch’s vivid 1.64-inch AMOLED screen. For a more comprehensive report, you can get more details through the HeyTap Health app.

3 | Pause and recalibrate

There are days when it gets really overwhelming, you might even drown in stress and anxiety. If you encounter one of those days, it’s time to press pause and recalibrate your mind, body, and soul.

I find it relaxing to plug the OPPO Enco Air2 and revel in its clear sound and boosted bass. To adjust your preferences and make the settings personalized, the wearable can be linked to the HeyMelody app. Even if the pair of wireless earbuds don’t snug tightly in my earhole, I can still listen richly as if I’m in a different world.

Call it escapism, but it helps me re-center my thoughts. I find it easy to look at my issues objectively when I step away and detach. I don’t even have to open my smartphone to control my music playback since the Enco Air2 and the Watch Free work seamlessly together. Either I use its touch controls or navigate the smartwatch to change my tunes on Spotify.

Notifications are easily received through the watch, allowing me to check if the message is important enough to warrant an immediate response. Otherwise, I’ll get lost in my little world for a few minutes before I hop back into reality.

4 | Activate your mind and body

For athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and seasoned gym-goers, there’s no need to rely on a smartwatch’s workout and exercise modes. It doesn’t, in any way, help progress their training because their fitness level is of a different magnitude. I, myself, am part of that category. My focused training isn’t covered by any smartwatch features because it requires me to remove any wearable to perform exceptionally.

For what it’s worth, the OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 helped me become mindful during my active rest days. Often, I forget to turn on the walking and/or running mode when I take my fifteen-minute stride to the gym or when I hit the treadmill to wake up my senses.

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The watch automatically activates the basic exercises mode it detects. If you’re beginning your fitness journey, there are over 100 workout modes that you can use to track and record your progress.

Moreover, I don’t have to worry about my sweat dripping since the Enco Air2 has an IPX4 certification. Simply put, it can handle splashes of water. Heavy sweating included.

In a way, both devices can help you tune your mind and body as you perform physical activities. They can accompany you on your journey, and they can surely keep up as you level up.

5 | Becoming more present

The pair of the OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 might seem like basic accessories — but they focus on what’s truly essential. Both devices come with long battery life. The OPPO Watch Free, as advertised, has 14 days of battery life. I’ve proven this to be true since, at the end of the thirteenth day, I still have 13 percent battery left.

The same goes for the OPPO Enco Air2, which played music consecutively for four hours. Yes, I sometimes continuously work on my desk for more than four hours straight. Accompanied only by a pair of wireless earbuds and a gigantic, hydration bottle.

Although, the Enco Air2 can be charged multiple times allowing you to get up to 24 hours of music playback. I didn’t find a need for that, though.

At the very least, both devices allowed me to reduce my screentime and severe smartphone usage. I started being more mindful in my everyday activities that don’t involve endless scrolling and wasting hours. It allows me to enjoy life offline and be more present, while still connected with technology.

Where to get this perfect pair?

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The OPPO Watch Free retails for PhP 5,999 and comes in two colors: Vanilla and Black. Meanwhile, the OPPO Enco Air2 is available for PhP 3,499 in two colorways: White and Blue.

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