It's not always possible to dedicate enough time to a long bath, so the Medical Shower concept has been designed to provide users with a soothing, refreshing and herbal shower experience that's just as relaxing and soothing.
The device has a specially designed shower head, which allows you to add a small amount of herbs to a teabag-like sachet which is placed into the centre of the device. This then acts as a kind of filter and the water becomes infused with the aromatic and medicinal herbs.
The Medical Shower was an IDEA 2011 winner created by several innovative designers.
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Italian designer Denis Guidone has come up with the concept for a clever watch called Wherever, which can tell the time in multiple time zones.
The watch has an extra hour hand in a different color which shows the alternative time and is a perfect accessory for those who have family, friends or work clients in a different country, so they know when would be the best time to call them.
The clean, minimalist design is also a plus, anything smaller with more detail may have looked too cluttered with the three hands.
It's worrying how many modern day offices don't have adequate air conditioning facilities, so in summer a long and tiring working day becomes even more unbearable and uncomfortable than usual.
The USB Seat Cooler from Thanko has been designed to improve the situation a little by cooling your seat and lower body with the help of lots of tiny fans. You simply plug the seat cooler into your computer to power it up, or even use a USB charging adapter and hook it up to your car's cigarette lighter.
We have to admit, it's a bit strange that the seat cooler is full of tiny fans - would that really be the most comfortable experience? - but, we can imagine it'd be a god-send for hot, stuffy and sauna-like offices during the summer months.
J!NS, an innovative Japanese eyewear company, has created the Monitor glasses, which keep your eyes refreshed and hydrated during long hours staring at a computer screen.
On either side of the frames next to the lenses there's a small 'reservoir' that can be filled with water or eye drops which are then administered whenever your eyes are feeling a bit dry and itchy.
The Monitor glasses are available from October for around $50, visit the J!NS website for more information.
The affects of food allergies can range from the small and minor to the serious and life-threatening, which is why it's important for anyone with a known allergy to make sure they have an EpiPen with them at all times.
However, that's much easier said than done, as they're not always compact or easy to remember. The Epi-Inject collection from Maria Pitallano addresses that problem, with a kind of Epipen for personal use that's small and easy to administer and another for public use, which can be installed anywhere.
Not only could Pitallano's Epi inventions really help someone if they suffer a bad reaction, they could also take the stigma away from having a severe food allergy by putting the medication in public spaces.
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Spanish design studio Kawamura-Ganjavian created the Ostrich, which is essentially just a huge, wearable head pillow, for those that need power naps to get through the day.
I understand why it'd be useful and I don't doubt that it'd probably be very comfortable, but imagine walking into an office to find all of your colleagues wearing Ostrichs on their heads, wouldn't it look like a scene from a low-budget alien invasion movie?!
Now the brand has created a kind of bracelet called The Up Band which has been specially designed to keep a close eye on your body. Used alongside a mobile app, the band monitors everything from your movements to your sleeping patterns in an attempt to make you fitter and healthier.
I'm never sure whether gadgets that closely monitor our bodies actually work to change our habits or just make us feel even worse! However, the recent popularity of apps such as Runkeeper and Nike+ certainly proves that people are increasingly using their gadgets to improve their fitness, so maybe The Up Band is the next step...
A new 'social x-ray' glasses concept dreamed up by Rosalind Picard from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can identify human expressions, including whether someone is thinking, agreeing, disagreeing or confused.
A tiny camera inside the glasses works by tracking certain points on a person's face which it then runs through special software. This software compares what's going on at each point to a big database of faces and known expressions. The glasses then somehow tell you which kind of expression the person has.
You'd imagine that most people can pick up on these kinds of social cues automatically, but according to New Scientist we often miss important expressions because they're so small and quick. The glasses could also be a huge help to people that find it hard to understand different expressions, like those living with autism.
Researchers at Oxford University have been working on a special pair of glasses which could work to massively improve the lives of those with poor vision.
Withings has created a blood pressure monitor which hooks up to your iPhone device, allowing you to keep track of your statistics as well as pairing them up with information about your weight and general health.
Although a little pricey at $129, the monitor is a good way of getting people to take more responsibility for their health. The results could well be a scary wake up call for those living unhealthy lifestyles, or just a way of generally healthy people keeping a closer eye on their bodies.