Sleep Scan: Tanita’s sensor-equipped mat monitors your sleep

Tanita to Release Sleep State Checker for Home Use. Tanita Corp will release a mat that enables to easily check the state of sleep at home in May 2010 in Japan. The mat, “Sleep Scan (SL-501),” is equipped with a sensor and can be used just by putting it under bedclothes and lying on the bed. The company expects that the mat will be used in medical institutions that can treat sleep disorders, care facilities and hotels as well as homes. It is priced at ¥36,750 (approx US$391). The sales goal is 10,000 units in the first year. The sensor embedded in the mat records the pulse rate, respiration rate and body motion of the user on an SD memory card. When the recorded data is read by a PC installed with accompanying dedicated software, the state of sleep is shown as a graph, etc. Specifically, it is possible to know sleeping hours, the time to get to sleep, the number of times when the user becomes awake and other information. Based on those data, a “sleeping score” is calculated. Also, the state of sleep can be graphed in chronological order by accumulating the

data.Purified water is used for the sensor. First, a capacitor microphone detects the vibration transmitted by the water contained in the mat. Then, the vibration is separated into three elements (pulse rate, respiration rate and body motion) based on the differences in frequency and strength. ~ Tanita is the world leader in precision electronic scales. With almost 50% of its domestic market share, the name of Tanita is now a household word in Japan. The company’s success and expanding global presence is the result of superior technology, unique design, and high manufacturing standards that have earned ISO 9001 certification, CE marking, membership in the JQA (Japanese Quality Association), FDA clearance and the Good Housekeeping Seal. In addition to the parent company headquarters in Tokyo, Tanita maintains six sister companies strategically located to meet the challenges of international business.For the last 40 years of its 63-year history, Tanita’s core business has been the manufacturing of precision scales. Today, Tanita is looking beyond scales to products that enable consumers to monitor their own health. Based on medical evidence linking excess body fat to heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers, Tanita introduced the world’s first

integrated body composition analyzer/scale to the professional markets in 1992. Using the same technology used in our professional analyzers Tanita developed the world’s first scale plus body fat monitor for home use in 1994. Tanita’s accuracy innovation and durability are trusted worldwide.This pioneering work has led to the creation of an entirely new category of consumer products that could make the conventional weight scale obsolete. In 1990, the Tanita Best Weight Research and Development Center was established to fulfill this commitment. The Center, located in Tokyo, studies the relationship between a person’s weight and well-being by analyzing not only medical and nutritional conditions, but also the impact of physical activity, psychological stress and sociological factors.Tanita commissions the Annual American Body Fat Perception Poll, a national research survey to measure Americans’ understanding of important health and fitness issues. To date, poll findings confirm Americans’ lack of understanding which may be putting them at increased risk for serious health complications. In addition, most falsely believe that reducing body fat is a short-term proposition. Tanita sponsors a Research Networking Program to develop credible research into body

composition issues. Tanita makes its equipment (professional and consumer) available and serves as a clearing house for up-to-the-minute information on weight management. Tanita is an active, charter member of the Partnership for Healthy Weight Management, a Federal Trade Commission sponsored coalition to promote sound guidance for achieving and maintaining healthy weight. It is comprised of over 40 organizations and individuals from industry, public advocacy, government agencies, scientific associations and academia.Together with other concerned organizations, Tanita has developed a Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign targeting the professional medical communities regarding the risks and implications of obesity and other weight management issues. The first of these messages appeared in the July 1999 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and American Family Physician.Tanita proudly donates time, equipment, funding, and other resources to a variety of community and school events at local, state, national, and international levels. sources: techon.nikkeibp.co.jp  –  tanita.com  ~ GoodNews International

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