Beautiful gadgets

Innovation and invention is not only nerdy but is also beautiful. There are gadgets that make you wonder what is it that has not been invented or discovered yet. Just imagine able to get rid of heating packs and instead be able to alleviate soreness without raising a finger. Imagine a shower head that is so smart it conserves water or even becoming an actual sleeping beauty.

Ice and heating packs alone aren’t always enough to alleviate soreness. NeuroMetrix’s Quell, a wearable device that attaches to the calf, aims to do better with the help of electricity.
Quell stimulates the body’s opiate production via highly targeted, sequential shocks. Electrodes perform transcutaneous electrical wave stimulation (TENS), or the transfer of electricity from electrodes on Quell’s underside to specific nerves on the skin’s surface.
NeuroMetrix has clinical studies and white papers to back up its effectiveness, and Quell has been approved for the treatment of certain ailments by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s been deemed safe for long-term use — as many as 24 hours on-body and over 40 hours on a single charge.
But Quell’s form of pain relief doesn’t come cheap. Quell costs $250, and an additional $30 per month for replacement electrode strips. The company is hoping insurance companies will pick up the cost, but it didn’t have any news to announce on that front at CES.

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Water conservation should not just be a UNEP thing. Everyone should play their role and what better way to do this than to actually have a showerhead that conserves 70 % of water? Instead of using the typical 20 gallons of water you only use six. That is being conservative as well as being smart.

A fancy new showerhead promises to use 70 percent less water, all while turning your shower into a misty tropical heaven. And Kickstarter is going crazy.

The design features an adjustable-height showerhead and a wand that can either dock on your shower wall or be held in your hand. The showerhead atomizes water into millions of droplets, each with more surface area than a regular drop of shower water. You can adjust the Nebia for strength if you want to feel water pressure, or just use the standard setting, which features different nozzles to release drops at different times and speeds.

According to the manufacturers, that increased surface area means more water actually comes into contact with your body, so you get clean while using 70 percent less water. An average shower uses 20 gallons of water, but the Nebia only needs six.
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 Everyone has read the story of sleeping beauty and now there is a way for this to become your story too. You will simply need to go to bed and then your beauty regimen begins. It is not hard at all, just set the alarm and sleep.

Bedding That Improves Your Skin?

Six months ago we predicted that your sheets would one day be infused with skin-smoothing ingredients. Our prescience was impressive (if we say so ourselves) because souped-up bed linens have already arrived. SkinGlow bedding ($20 to $250; has copper ions woven into its pillow covers and comforters to supposedly smooth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet and other skin imperfections. “The copper is released when it makes contact with the moisture on your skin as you sleep,” says Anna Faktorovich, the manufacturer’s director of strategic development. A study commissioned by two independent labs showed a “statistically significant reduction of the appearance of facial wrinkles and crow’s-feet/fine lines” in subjects who slept on one of their pillowcases for four weeks. But while certain topical copper formulations have been shown to enhance collagen production, “without any independent research, these claims are very generous,” warns Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Tulane University. Farris believes a more effective line smoother would be a pillow that keeps you on your back all night, “because sleeping on your face can cause wrinkling.” — Jenny Bailly

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