Latest tech gadgets to help you relax

October 2, 2009 4:50:43 PM PDT
CNET's Molly Wood has the latest relaxation tech gadgets that won't stress your wallet.

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STRESS RELIEF: Instead of the hassle and expense of going to a masseuse, these products do the work for you on your schedule.

  • The Temple and Eye Massager soothes pressure points around your temples, forehead, and eyes, common stress points for those who work on computers or read often. The massage relieves sinus pressure and alleviates headaches without the use of medication. A remote lets you customize the intensity, heat, type, and duration of massage. During the 5-15 minute massage, nature sounds play in the headpiece, encouraging relaxation.

  • StressEraser Most of our stress can be mitigated through self-control, not medication, but personal biofeedback appointments can be expensive. StressEraser is non-invasive and monitors your pulse to guide you to proper breathing and focus. This FDA-regulated portable device can fit in your pocket for use anywhere.

    LIGHT THERAPY: Part of getting away is soaking up some sun, but you can bring the benefits of sun indoors with these gadgets.

  • Therapy Station For a multi-dimensional experience, this Therapy Station lulls you into relaxation step by step. First, soothing sounds relax you and then the blue LED lights turn on in a therapeutic model. Herbal aromatherapy is then emitted with your choice of rosemary, jasmine, or lavender. Finally, a burst of negative ions purifies the air you're breathing.

    SLEEP SOLUTIONS: Resting up on a vacation comes from normally poor sleep, but with these products you can sleep like you're on vacation all the time.

  • Memory Foam MP3 Blackout Shades At times, we don't necessarily need an entire vacation, but a little escape would be nice. These blackout shades mold to the contours of your face, blocking out light. Hook up your MP3 player to the attached headphones so that you can play the soundtrack to your personal getaway.

  • The Zeo Sleep Coach gives you data on the quantity, quality, and depth of the sleep you get each night by monitoring electrical signals from your brain. After it has a baseline of your sleeping habits, it gives you suggestions on how to increase the quality of your sleep.

    Abut Molly Wood, Executive Editor, CNET.com Molly Wood is an executive editor for CNET.com. She uses her expertise and passion for the world of technology for ruthless analysis in column, blog, podcast, and video form. As host of the "Buzz Out Loud" video blog, Molly provides a fresh and funny perspective on the latest consumer electronic products to hit the market, as well as commentary on the stories and development that she thinks are truly buzz worthy. She is also co-host of "Buzz out Loud," CNET's "podcast of indeterminate length," which entertains listeners with a funny and skeptical take on the day's technology news. Her second podcast, "Gadget Girls," is proof that girls can be geeks too.

    Before joining CNET in 2000, Molly was senior associate editor at MacHome Journal, where she wrote and edited Macintosh-specific product reviews, news, features and trend stories. Prior to MacHome Journal, Molly was a reporter and editor at The Associated Press (AP), where she assigned, wrote, and edited state, national and international news.

    She lives in San Francisco with her son and husband.
    Website: http://www.cnet.com


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