According to the OSIM Wellness Survey, conducted between May and June 2021, 97.1% of the respondents who owned smart devices reported that their devices have helped them better manage their overall well-being. In particular, smart devices were cited as being useful in reminding users to practice good habits (58.9%), helping them inculcate better habits (56%) and making it easier for users to access individual health and wellness metrics (46.9%).
As such, about 88.5% of smart device users (out of a total of 419 respondents) report an improvement in their overall sense of well-being from the use of such smart devices. The survey also highlighted the ownership of smart wellness technology products including smart massage chairs (23.3%), smart beds (12.1%) and smart clothing (12%) by respondents.
As individuals continue spending more time at home, the survey results indicate that a notable number of consumers are already looking at managing well-being holistically. Many are starting from home, building an ecosystem that integrates their work and play. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased our collective awareness of health and well-being. OSIM firmly believes that this wellness-centric mindset will carry forward and grow in the post-pandemic years.”
– Ms Lynn Tan, Deputy CEO of OSIM International
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, more than half (52.2%) of the respondents indicated that they had made the decision to purchase smart devices during this time to proactively take care of their overall wellness. Reasons cited being more concerned about their physical health (68.8%), overall well-being¹ (66.1%), and wanting to inculcate better habits to deal with the pandemic (33%). Notably, only 10.1% stated that they did so due to work-from-home arrangements.
What kind of smart devices play a significant role?
A sizeable number of respondents also indicated that the home environment is one of the areas where smart wellness technology features significantly in their lives. While wearables such as fitness trackers (75.2%) and smart watches (62.4%), as well as health apps (72.3%) remain the most popular, a significant pool of respondents indicated that they have already begun integrating smart wellness technologies into their homes. Almost a quarter (23.3%) of respondents shared that they currently own smart massage chairs, while 26.3% and 12.1% own smart air quality monitors and smart beds respectively.
While the results of the survey indicated that smart device owners enjoyed the health and wellness benefits brought about by their devices, the survey also sought to assess the pain points experienced by consumers and what could be done to address these concerns.
Many smart device owners indicated they had no problems with their smart devices (43.1%). However, some concerns respondents had raised included the accuracy of statistics (42.1%), smart devices not having enough smart features (39.2%), and data privacy (34.4%).
Across both owners and non-owners of smart devices, respondents revealed that they would like to see more accurate measurements of their health statistics (55.6%), more user-friendly features (55.1%), more in-depth data about their state of wellness (47.7%), and functions that can actively help them address their health and wellness issues (43.9%) such as through personalised recommendations and programmes.
Transforming wellness mindsets for the post-pandemic era
Looking ahead, the findings illustrate that many consumers are open to including smart devices as a part of their daily lives. Of the respondents that do not currently own smart devices, 61% stated that they would consider purchasing a device for well-being management if the COVID-19 situation persists.
For owners of smart devices, many perceive them as an integral part of managing overall health and wellness, with a vast majority (88.5%) reporting the benefits of smart device usage in bettering their overall well-being. 94% of these respondents also indicated that the use of smart devices to manage their well-being is even more important now, due to the COVID-19 situation.
With the increased amount of time individuals are spending at home due to the pandemic, and the desire to better manage overall well-being, there is a clear need for a holistic and broad approach to enhancing wellness.
Catering to such modern needs, OSIM released the world’s first smart well-being chair – the uDream, in 2020 and this year, they’ll be releasing the uDream Pro. A software upgrade that melds Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities to enhance the uDream’s smart features, the uDream Pro features a range of brand-new functions that help users better measure, monitor and manage their health and wellness needs from the comfort of their own homes. For instance, the uDream Pro features upgraded well-being indicators in addition to the uDream’s signature body tension score, such as heart age index and respiratory rate counters.
For more information about the OSIM uDream Pro and other wellness devices, do visit their website https://sg.osim.com.
¹Overall well-being encompasses both physical and emotional well-being
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