[CEATEC] Networked Electronics might Save Metabolic Syndrome Patients

Oct 5, 2007
Mayuko Uno, Nikkei Electronics
The "healthcare networking system" displayed by Matsushita Electric Works. Visitors can try the "JOBA" fitness machine at this booth.
The "healthcare networking system" displayed by Matsushita Electric Works. Visitors can try the "JOBA" fitness machine at this booth.
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Matsushita Electric Works Ltd. presented a reference "healthcare networking system," which makes the most of its "JOBA" fitness machine and digital TV in combination with body composition and activity meters for health enhancement at CEATEC Japan 2007, which runs from Oct. 2 to 6, 2007 at Makuhari Messe.

The system collects users' health data using the company's wellness products via its "Lifinity" LANs for home appliances and sends the integrated data to the company's server. Based on the transmitted data, the system then delivers an appropriate exercise menu and advice to users' digital TVs.

The company also expects to offer a service to deliver video content on how to exercise using JOBA for users who wish to remedy metabolic syndrome or correct their posture.

The greatest attraction of this system is that it can provide the most suitable exercises by networking various pieces of equipment and measuring the state of the user's health at that moment, Matsushita said. The company encourages customers to use JOBA by including a DVD with it, etc., but "Some customers are unable to continue with the JOBA exercises, even though all they require is nothing more than riding," said an attendant at Matsushita's booth.

The system is based on a concept that it encourages users more if the system presents an appropriate exercise menu after having users see their own data such as weight and body fat measured with the body composition meter, the strength and time of their activities measured with the activity meter and how far they have walked that day.

Matsushita is considering using its "balance design studio RINTO," a JOBA-based exercise studio that the company has opened, for video content. The company said it may be able to make the studio class with an instructor and practitioners into a video content, which makes viewers feel as if they were exercising with them.