With one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world, Singapore is incentivizing its citizens to stay fit and healthy in an entirely new way — using Apple Watch and a new app called LumiHealth.
Created in collaboration with a team of physicians and public health experts, LumiHealth is a personalized program that encourages healthy activities and behavior.
It’s designed by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board in partnership with Apple. The program is part of the country’s Smart Nation initiative, Singapore’s nationwide effort to leverage technology to deliver benefits to its citizens and businesses.
LumiHealth uses behavioral insights to encourage Singaporeans and residents to adopt healthy habits and complete wellness challenges through personalized reminders, programs, activity coaching, and incentives.
Within the LumiHealth app, users travel through worlds with a friendly intergalactic explorer who guides them through tasks that are personalized based on their age, gender, and weight. They include weekly activity goals that can be met through not just walking, but also swimming, yoga, and other activities.
By completing these goals and challenges, users help the intergalactic explorer get back home, all while being able to earn rewards worth up to SG$ 380 over the two-year duration of the program.
An Apple Watch is necessary to participate in the challenges, as is downloading the LumiHealth app from the App Store.
LumiHealth also reminds users to go for health screenings and immunizations, as well as participate in wellness challenges that aim to improve sleep habits and mindfulness as well as encourage better food choices.
“Even as all of us around the world are dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, we must keep investing in our future. And there is no better investment than in our own personal health,” said Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister. “This partnership between Singapore and Apple will enable Singaporeans to lead healthier lives, but equally important, it will contribute valuable insights to improving the health of people all over the world.”
The LumiHealth app, designed with user privacy and security at its core, is available in the App Store for pre-order now, and the two-year program will be offered from late October 2020.
Huawei unveils largest Health Lab facility
Customer health monitoring a key focus
Huawei’s Consumer Business Group unveiled through a virtual tour its new Huawei Health Lab facility based in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, China.
The lab is a SG$ 42.5 million research and development investment that supports more than 80 types of simulation tests targeted to improve Huawei’s smart wearable products in years to come.
These tests support and provide data for the R&D department that covers extensive research on human health and fitness, incubation and testing of Huawei’s smart wearable products.
Huawei currently runs multiple Health Labs to study health-related technology, including its lab in Xi’an, China which focuses on innovative applications for health and fitness.
The latest HUAWEI Health Lab in Dongguan, China aims to become a world class health and fitness technology institute dedicated to product R&D, standards R&D, certification, exhibitions, and industry incubation activities.
Customer health monitoring a key focus
Huawei’s smart wearable and health business has brought many innovative, science-based health and fitness products and services to consumers in recent years.
The new state-of-the-art facility includes a SG$ 638,000 plateau blood oxygen simulation laboratory which replicates high-altitude environments up to 6,000 meters above sea level to test how oxygen saturation affects the human body.
The lab contains the facilities necessary for researchers to measure the changes in the human body under different altitudes and climate conditions and obtain more accurate data for analysis.
The lab also has a professional optical motion capture system which records a wide range of subjects including moving bullets with millimetre-level accuracy.
By studying the movement of the human body along with attitude data, Huawei hopes to develop new and innovative features it can add to its smart wearable products.
Exercise lab for accuracy
The exercise physiology research area of the lab also comes equipped with cardiopulmonary function and metabolism meters, heart rate belts, and high-performance treadmills that researchers can use to monitor as VO2 max, calorie consumption, and workout heart rate.
This will be ideal in coming up with features for customers who use Huawei’s wearables primarily for fitness functions.
Thanks in large part to these labs, Huawei’s smart wearable products support more than 100 workout modes which include even rock-climbing, swimming, golf, and more.
Scenario-based health experiences
The new HUAWEI Health Lab also serves as an incubator for scenario-based experiences and service packages that consumers can directly enjoy, including micro-physical examination, home fitness, and digital sports.
In the lab’s micro-physical examination area, users can use Huawei wearable products to measure physical indicators such as blood pressure and SpO2 monitoring.
In the indoor fitness area, users can start tracking their exercise by connecting a Huawei smartwatch, a HUAWEI Vision TV, and other third-party equipment.
Meanwhile, the digital sports area enables users to compete with friends while using rowing machines and spinning bikes.
The HUAWEI Health App now also offers 11 types of training courses including running, cycling, yoga, fitness, skipping, and more.
Huawei Watch GT 3
The new Huawei Watch GT 3 will offer higher accuracy in monitoring their health and fitness performance backed by scientific data.
Customers in Singapore can look forward to experience the smartwatch in December 2021.
In the Philippines, the Huawei Watch GT Series is already available for pre-order now until December 9, 2021.
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Fitbit’s Daily Readiness Score will determine if you’re ready for a workout
A handy feature for Fitbit lovers!
Heads up, Fitbit users!
Daily Readiness Score is now available in Fitbit Premium. Through the feature, your Fitbit device will be able to use insights from your body based on your activity, heart rate variability, and recent sleep patterns. This will help the device to determine if you should work out or prioritize recovery.
There’ll be a personalized score each morning that identifies the problems, together with suggestions such as recommended activity level, and Premium content to follow.
The feature will be accessible through the Fitbit app for Premium members with Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe, or Inspire 2 devices. For Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 users, the score will be available for preview right on your wrist.
How the We-Vibe Melt helped with my insomnia
And fulfilled my sexual needs
The following is intended for readers 18+
Ever since I was introduced to the world of sex toys, I have always used them for the obvious reason: sexual pleasure. As an advocate of sex positivity, sex toys allowed me to know myself and my body more, which helped me boost my sexual confidence.
But it was not until I owned a clit stimulator that I personally experienced the other benefits aside from fulfilling my sexual needs.
Sex toys promote good health
I was experiencing insomnia in the past few weeks and despite purposely tiring myself in the day or even increasing the dosage of my melatonin supplement, I still can’t get my eyes shut.
Studies suggest that masturbation/having orgasm helps in releasing hormones that can aid sleep. In my quest for natural remedies, I decided to give it a try.
So when I got my hands on We-Vibe’s Melt, a clit stimulator that uses air pressure technology, I tried using it mostly before bedtime. True enough, it took just a while to help me finally doze off.
How does We-Vibe Melt work?
Compared to other sex toys, the We-Vibe Melt is pretty discreet: it uses innovative pressure wave technology to arouse a woman’s clitoris or C-spot. Since it uses air for stimulation, the sound that comes off is not as loud as a vibrator.
The product is very easy to use–just place it right above the clit. It has 12 intensity levels, and it can be controlled with + or — buttons in the device, or through the app We-Connect. It looks small, but it guarantees big orgasms that will make you melt.
While it is advertised as a toy for couples, it can also be used for self-pleasure–a wild treat for those with a very sensitive clit a.k.a. me.
Perfect for beginners
The very first sex toys I owned are vibrating dildos, and I admit they can be intense for a first-timer, especially for those who are still intimidated in trying sex toys.
When I tried the We-Vibe Melt, I really thought: “Where have you been all my life?!” I wished I knew about it sooner.
We-Vibe Melt is the brand’s first dedicated pressure-wave/suction toy. It is less invasive yet very powerful. Perfect for beginners who are not comfortable with penetrative toys yet but want to achieve a mind-blowing orgasm. Yup, this little thing can blow your mind.
It looks and feels premium
This is the most expensive toy I have owned to date, and I can say that you really get what you pay for. It’s silky smooth and has an easy grip. The quality is superb, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to malfunction any sooner. Not to mention, it’s also easy to clean and dry.
The buttons are easy to navigate too, and it comes with a magnetic charger that’s easy to remove.
One of my favorite things about this We-Vibe Melt is it’s waterproof–so yes, it’s safe to do the deed in the shower!
It’s a great option whether you’re single, or with a partner
While the product description says it’s made for couples, it’s satisfying enough for a solo sesh. I got multiple orgasms after using it for several minutes, and I didn’t even get a penetration!
The app also has a “Connect to Partner” feature, which is great news for LDR couples. Through this feature, the partner can control the We-Vibe Melt, whether they’re beside you or they’re on the other side of the world. There’s also a wide range of pressure levels to choose from, and believe me, it’s fun exploring the different sensations.
Is this your PlayMatch?
For the high-end quality, guaranteed sexual satisfaction, and of course, its health benefits, We-Vibe Melt is a must-buy.
The only thing I didn’t like about it is isn’t as quiet as it claimed to be. The higher vibration modes can be quite loud. But if you’re worrying someone might hear you from the other room, here’s a tip: turn up your room’s air-conditioning/electric fan plus air purifier and their sounds will overpower the sound of the device.
We-Vibe Melt is priced at US$ 149.00, quite pricey compared to other brands that provide similar products in the market, but for a product that will last long, the extra bucks won’t hurt.
Overall, We-Vibe Melt is a premium product that I would definitely recommend to my friends. I am actually excited to try other lineups of We-Vibe after this because when it comes to quality and aesthetics, the brand really delivers well.
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