In this article, I have listed some technologies and gadgets that are designed to help you relax and unwind.
Want to relax and unwind after a long day at work? There was a time when that would have meant sitting in front of the TV or reading a book, but now it can just as easily mean relaxing with the right gadget or device.
Many gadgets you see are designed not for work or even necessarily entertainment, but rather to simply help us unwind and chill out. Here we will look at some of the best such technology that can help you to really switch off and feel better after a busy day.
Massage chairs have often been viewed as something of a gimmick, but actually they can do a lot of good for your back and help you to ease your muscles and doze off. The best of these massage chairs will have multiple settings, let you use heat as well as the mechanical parts, and also allow you to control the position of the motors manually using a remote. This way you can avoid a situation where you are getting massaged in the exact same place over and over which can actually become uncomfortable.
Most of us assume that we need to take a trip to the spa in order to have a go in the sauna, but actually infrared saunas exist for the home and are relatively affordable and easy to maintain. These will then allow you to bask in warmth after a day at work and feel as though you’re on some tropical island in the sun. Better yet, they will also provide a number of different health benefits, which include relaxation for the muscles, sweating to get rid of toxins and more.
While we’re on the spa-theme, why not also invest in a hot tub for your home? These will have all the same relaxing benefits and are also great for entertaining guests. The best hot tubs are the ones you have outside – allowing you to be out in the cold looking up at the stars while feeling completely warm in yourself.
Okay, so a game like Call of Duty isn’t exactly going to be relaxing, but these days games consoles are aimed at a wider audience and as such there are many games available that are far more relaxing and have a much slower pace.
One example of this is Child of Eden for the Xbox and Kinect. This game has you slowly drifting through a beautiful environment and moving your hands rhythmically – which is enough to help anyone to unwind. Even a game like Mario could be considered somewhat relaxing as you explore colourful worlds at a relatively leisurely pace.
There are also a range of different types of lighting that can help to create a relaxing ambience. These include lava lamps which create a very ethereal light that moves in a somewhat hypnotic way, fountains with LEDs which make you feel as though you’re in some kind of underwater palace and even star projectors that can emulate the feeling of relaxing under a blanket of stars – minus the cold weather.
iDosers are sounds that are designed to ‘entrain’ the brain waves and thus help us to fall into more relaxed states. They do this through generating white noise, and while the science behind the idea is debatable, the white noise itself is at least calming.
Curling up with a good book and a fireplace is the traditional way to relax – the Kindle just takes this into the 21st century by giving you access to millions of books all on one light and smart device. It’s all the reading with none of the tiring page-turning…
Virtual Fish Tanks
Whether you buy a digital fish tank or download an app, virtual fish tanks provide you with the same ‘calm company’ that you get from having fish as well as the trickling sound of water and dim lighting. What they don’t include however is the work that you need to do to maintain a real aquarium, meaning you get all the relaxing benefits with none of the stress or work.