Philips Innovation Experience
In the heart of downtown Johannesburg there’s a Philips experience taking place this week that showcases Philips innovation in the sectors of meditech and lighting.
To some load-shedding may seem like a distant memory but we’ve already heard disturbing news from the utility that it may be back by May next year and they way we’re throwing up new buildings all over country, demand will soon outstrip supply yet again.
Philips showcased their first Community Life Center in Kiambu Kenya.
What is it?
The Philips Community Life Centre goes beyond health care by turning a health facility into a community hub where technology is bundled with services. The technology package includes solar power, efficient and durable indoor and outdoor LED-lighting (enabling extended opening hours and providing security to patients and staff), health care equipment , laboratory equipment , refrigeration , IT-solutions and water supply and purification.
Estimates in energy savings are as high as 35% by just switching all lighting to LED.
Did you know?
Heating, cooling and lighting together account for 70% of a building’s energy usage. (Frost and Sullivan)
This information suggests that we should be turning off lighting, ventilation, heating etc. when staff leave buildings and with the new PoE (Power over Ethernet) control, users can personalise their workspace via an app on their mobile device.
What is it?
The new lighting system uses Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to connect office lighting fixtures to a building’s IT network. The system acts as an information pathway, enabling workers to access and control services – such as lighting and heating – via their smartphones, allowing them to enjoy greater visual comfort and productivity.
Of particular interest to us at RunRideDive are the wireless health monitoring and treatment equipment options for sportsmen and women labled as PulseRelief and BlueTouch.
Philips’ PulseRelief and BlueTouch devices offer a drug-free solution to help chronic pain sufferers manage their pain discreetly and flexibly. These devices are wireless and easy to use, and the app helps users to get the most out of them. BlueTouch and PulseRelief with the treatment app allows users to track pain before and after treatment, and over time. The devices can be operated by a mobile device and are thus designed to help support a more active lifestyle.
Did you know?
1. Musculoskeletal pain from overuse affects 33% of adults and accounts for 29% of lost workdays due to illness1.
2. Low back pain is the most common work-related injury in Western society, and it is the most costly work-related musculoskeletal disorder2.
3. Physical activity is beneficial for people suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain such as osteoarthritis of the knee. It can help relieve pain and maintain mobility.
PulseRelief – uses TENS (Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation) therapy to help relieve mild to moderate chronic musculoskeletal pain. During TENS treatment, electrodes stimulate the sensory nerves in the skin. These electrical pulses stimulate the body’s natural ability to suppress pain by stopping pain signals to the brain and releasing endorphins.
BlueTouch – uses blue light therapy to help relieve muscular back pain with a dual effect: delivering soothing warmth and stimulating the release of the body’s own nitric oxide. The result is locally increased blood flow that supports the body’s natural recovery processes.
The Philips health watch – a connected watch using our latest technology, including a proprietary optical heart rate sensor and accelerometer for lifestyle tracking. It continuously and automatically measures a wide range of health biometrics (including heart rate, activity, and sleep patterns). It is unique in that it is being designed as a medical device to help prevent or mitigate lifestyle-induced chronic conditions. It wirelessly connects to the Philips HealthSuite Health app to measure and track your health biometrics and to make healthy lifestyle choices easier, with a personalized health program that supports and motivates you.
• The Philips upper arm blood pressure monitor – a tubeless, rechargeable device that allows you to measure your systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as your heart rate. It sports an easy-to-read display with a large backlit screen.
• The Philips wrist blood pressure monitor – a smaller and easy-to-carry device that allows you to measure your systolic & diastolic blood pressure as well as your heart rate. Is rechargeable via USB.
• The Philips body analysis scale – an elegant device that measures weight, estimates body fat through Bio-Impedance Analysis, and calculates BMI. This device supports the entire family with up to eight user profiles.
• The Philips ear thermometer – an easy-to-use device that allows you to accurately measure body temperature. It has been designed with adults, children and new-borns in mind for accurate results in two seconds.