9 Home Tech Devices for a Healthier Home

By Kealia Reynolds
Photo by Jonah Pettrich

Though some technology, like cell phones and tablets, has adverse effects on mental, emotional, and physical health, there are some tech products that are actually beneficial to your health. From air purifiers to smart scales to light sensors, these nine home tech products can benefit your wellbeing and create a healthier home.

1. LYS

Since sleep is one of the most important factors in helping the human body function, why not prioritize it every time you crawl into bed? LYS is a tiny, wearable light tracker that accounts for your sleep-wake cycle, improves concentration and productivity, and boosts your energy and mood. This one-size-fits-all device is water- and dust-resistant and comes with a long battery life (it lasts for seven days on a single charge).

Pair LYS with your iPhone to track daily light levels against the recommended light exposure for your body. By clipping the LYS onto your everyday outfit, you’ll get a report that syncs to your phone to help you understand how light composition in your surroundings affects your sleep-wake cycle and overall wellbeing.

Price: $108.34

2. Molekule

The EPA states that indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. And since you spend about 90% of your life indoors, regulating the air you breathe should be a top priority.

Molekule is an air purifier that uses a dual-filtration system and nanotechnology to destroy pollutants on a molecular level. Allergens, mold, bacteria, viruses, and airborne chemicals are completely eliminated, improving indoor air quality and creating a safer home environment.

Because of its nanotechnology, Molekule is extremely quiet compared to conventional air purifiers and is way more energy-efficient. As an added bonus, this device features a clean design made from machined aluminum to fit seamlessly within your home.

Price: $799

3. QardioBase scale

The QardioBase wireless scale is an easy-to-use smart scale with a sleek, minimalist design that measures your weight, BMI, and full body composition (water, muscle, body fat percentage, and bone mass). After taking these measurements, QardioBase uses haptic feedback (a gentle vibration) to let you know your measurements have been taken and that you may step off the scale—this is a great feature for those who are visually impaired. The scale automatically sends the collected data to your Qardio app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Great for families, the QardioBase allows multiple family members to create personal profiles and set long-term fitness goals. One of the best features of the QardioBase scale? It provides smart feedback using smiley faces instead of numbers so you don’t have to feel bad about not hitting your weight goal.

Price: $149.99

4. Nokia Sleep mattress pad

Nokia Sleep offers a sleep sensing and home automation pad that provides sleep quality assessments (these include an analysis of deep, light, and REM cycles), snoring detection, heart rate tracking, a sleep coaching program, and an enhanced sleep environment. This sleeping pad also features IFTTT integration, allowing you to dim “smart lights” and adjust temperature settings on your smart thermostat.

Consumers should also take advantage of the dedicated, in-app sleep coaching program that helps reduce fatigue, improve health, and support weight management efforts through a balanced sleeping schedule.

Price: $121.80

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5. Netatmo Healthy Home Couch

Despite all the spring cleaning you do, your indoor air can still become polluted with aerosols from household cleaners, secondhand smoke, lead particles, or mold. Netatmo Healthy Home Couch is a smart indoor air quality monitor with four precise sensors to track humidity, air quality, noise, and temperature.

With a sleek and elegant design, this device blends in with your home décor and offers remote access through its app. The app determines what levels need to be adjusted to ensure a healthy and comfortable home environment for you and your family.

Price: $99.00

6. Vitruvi essential oil diffuser

Vitruvi believes in the power of smell to enhance mood and wellbeing, so they blend herbs and small batch essential oils into modern aromatherapy to create a sense of ritual and ceremony in daily life. Handcrafted from porcelain, this essential oil diffuser uses ultrasonic technology to diffuse oils into the air. Other features of this product include a safety-off switch, an optimal light for creating ambience, and a run time of up to 7.5 hours.

Price: $119.00

7. Ecotones Sound + Sleep Machine

Not only can white noise help you sleep better, this is the best white noise machine for achieving mental clarity and a quiet mind. Though the Sound + Sleep is on the pricier end of white noise machines, it stands out from other products by detecting noises in your environment and adjusting its sounds to mask them.

There are 10 different soundscapes, including fireplace, waterfall, and white noise, with an additional richness feature that allows you to add more “detail” to each of the soundscapes. For example, if you set your machine to the ocean setting and choose the richness feature, you’ll hear birds and seals in addition to waves.

Price: $84

8. Infant Optics DXR-8 Baby Monitor

If you have newborns in the home, this monitor will put your mind at ease and give you instant visual access to your child’s room. The Infant Optics DXR-8 is best known for its zoom lens that lets you see your baby up close. This device is also the first-ever monitor with interchangeable optical lens capability, allowing you to customize viewing angle and zoom.

And for all you busy and overwhelmed parents, don’t worry about plugging the monitor in overnight—it can last up to 10 hours in power-saving mode (providing sound monitoring while the display is off), and up to six hours with the display screen constantly on.

Price: $166

9. Sensio AIR

Though Sensio AIR isn’t available yet (it becomes available in the US later in 2018), it’s the only product in production that contains patented technology for allergen identification and symptom prevention. With state-of-the-art allergen detection, this device determines when allergens are present in your home and identifies the link between those allergens and your allergy symptoms.

With the Sensio AIR app, which is currently available for iOS download, you can track major airborne allergens and log your symptoms to request a personalized care report. In addition to monitoring allergens, Sensio AIR allows you to regulate optimal temperature, humidity, light, and sound levels within the home.

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