Look smart: a new era of tech-driven grooming is a click away

Smart phone apps integrating with tech-driven grooming products
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The new app-controlled grooming devices use Wi-Fi and near-field communication to transmit useful data to your phone, from real-time correction of habits (posture, breathing, sun exposure) to diagnostic information (body fat percentage, oral health status, hair moisture levels), visualised in user-friendly ways.

When a prototype for the world’s first smart hairbrush launched in 2017, it seemed like a new era of tech-driven, diagnostic grooming was dawning. The hairbrush is still in development, but it promises to become a battery-fuelled detangler using an inbuilt microphone to collect data about split ends and frizziness, conductivity sensors to assess how dry hair is, and technology to measure brushing force. Health and beauty devices designed to diagnose without human intervention is an evolving area, but we are looking forward to integrating the first wearable UV sensor, an app-supported toothbrush by Dentii, posture trackers and smart scales into our lives.

Toothbrush, By Dentii

An app-supported, dentist-designed toothbrush that tracks brushing habits, as well as teeth and gum health. From £80, by Dentii.

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An app-supported, dentist-designed toothbrush that tracks brushing habits, as well as teeth and gum health. From £80, by Dentii.

Smart scale, by Fitbit

Fitbit’s update of its ‘Aria’ smart scale offers an app-controlled way to track weight, body fat, BMI and lean mass. $130, by Fitbit.

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Fitbit’s update of its ‘Aria’ smart scale offers an app-controlled way to track weight, body fat, BMI and lean mass. $130, by Fitbit.

UV sensor, by Fuseproject, for La Roche-Posay

The first battery-free wearable UV sensor is a tiny monitor that talks to a smartphone. Launching 2019, by Fuseproject, for La Roche-Posay.

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The first battery-free wearable UV sensor is a tiny monitor that talks to a smartphone. Launching 2019, by Fuseproject, for La Roche-Posay.

Posture tracker, by Prana

Prana’s posture tracker, which is still in development, attaches to a waistband and assists the correction of breathing and posture in real time.

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Prana’s posture tracker, which is still in development, attaches to a waistband and assists the correction of breathing and posture in real time.

Hairbrush, by Nokia Health

This smart hairbrush, launches by Withings, now in the hands of Nokia Health and still in development, monitors hair health.

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This smart hairbrush, launches by Withings, now in the hands of Nokia Health and still in development, monitors hair health.

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