How a new wave of smart wearables is humanizing technology

How a new wave of smart wearables is humanizing technology

For Zepp, tech humanism is not just a buzzword


During a time of social isolation and distancing, people have realised just how much human connection is essential to feel…well, human. Empathy and compassion have never been more important.

Zepp, a smart wearables brand, aims to empower users with personal health management. The company is a proponent of physical-mental-emotional wellness. Innovative features, such as the Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) health assessment platform, turns sophisticated information on users’ heart rates and daily activity levels into a single metric, to guide them on the state of their health. This simple gesture shows how the heart of the wearable technology company is humanism.

As we have seen from the pandemic, people are changing the ways they manage their health and well-being. During this challenging period where physical interaction is limited, it is even more important for tech companies use their innovation to serve the communities.


In light of the pandemic, Zepp worked with experts, including general practitioner Dr. Sarah Jarvis, to study whether the classic bodily indicators of attraction, such as your heart rate, have changed. The result is a rational reference-slash-personal checklist of tell-tale body reactions indicating genuine attraction.

Adding in a real-life element, the brand also chronicled two potential matches on a blind date and monitored their heart rates with the use of Zepp E smartwatches. The mini film provided a light-hearted and heartwarming relief during a season of virtual Christmas celebrations, prompting people to celebrate the healing power of human connections.

The inspiration behind Zepp’s vision stems from its history using sensors to empower humans to go further. Ten years ago, the company created waves in the North American exercise market by using a unique wearable sensor device to help people monitor and analyse their exercise data, enabling athletes to double their training results.

Fast forward to 2021 and Zepp is reimagining itself with a new look and feel, combining high-end design with superior health- and fitness-tracking capabilities. Since the brand’s relaunch in August 2020, it has unveiled several wellness-centric initiatives for the public:

Zepp Global Sleep Study + World Sleep Society

In October, in consultation with global sleep health authority World Sleep Society, Zepp commissioned an independent Global Sleep Study of 12,000 respondents from six countries to understand the concerns, perceptions, and attitudes around sleep quality in these unprecedented times.

In recognition of the importance of what Zepp was doing, Dr. Lourdes DelRosso, who represents the World Sleep Society and co-chairs World Sleep Day 2021, commented, “Sleep is a basic human need—a crucial component of survival, much like breathing, eating a healthy diet, or getting enough exercise. We thank supporters like ZEPP for helping to increase awareness about sleep and sleep disorders.”

Collaboration with Swedish creative masterminds to launch the Zepp Lullaby Generator

The Global Sleep Study also revealed music’s role in helping people fall asleep. The free Lullaby Generator helps to create customized music based on users’ sleep patterns for an enhanced night’s rest. The result is an immersive journey that combines music and sleep metrics. Existing Zepp users can log in to share their sleep metrics and automatically produce a unique and personalized lullaby. Non-users can also participate by answering a number of questions about their sleep habits.

It is no wonder the Lullaby Generator garnered a cadre of fans, with huge recorded impressions, and received shout-outs from fitness influencers Obi Obadike and Julie Germaine, actress and writer Natalie Anderson, and neuro-acoustic research expert Dr. Jeffrey Thompson.

From robust research to personalized extension of the smartwatch experience, Zepp’s efforts reveal an ambition for humanizing technology and extending its impact beyond physical wellness. In an age of dubious technology, Zepp continues to demonstrate an integration of technological innovation and human values, leveraging tech for good and putting people first.


How scientists negotiate the boundaries between religion and science

How scientists negotiate the boundaries between religion and science

by Rozanne Larsen, The Journalist’s Resource
September 27, 2011

Science and religion have a long history of conflict, but also of mutual study and profound debate. A 2011 study published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, “Scientists Negotiate Boundaries Between Religion and Science,” examined interviews with 275 natural and social scientists — from disciplines such as physics and chemistry to political science and psychology — to look at their views on reconciling science with religious belief.

Past research efforts have defined religious believers by such data as church or synagogue membership. This study, written by researchers at Rice and Baylor Universities, takes into account the wide range of religious beliefs that the interview subjects might have, whether or not they are actively affiliated with religious institutions.

The study’s findings include:

  • Among the scientists interviewed, 15% felt that religion and science were in permanent conflict, 15% thought they were never in conflict, and the remainder “gave specific contexts in which religion and science are in conflict and others where they are not.”
  • A majority of those who said religion and science were always in conflict said religion’s role was “a way to distinguish what science is and what it is not; this group believed scientific knowledge trumps all religious knowledge.”
  • Among those who said the two categories were never in conflict viewed religion and science, for various reasons, as being “so irrelevant to one another that they were not even in conflict.”
  • The largest group — the 70% whose views were more fluid — “understood the boundaries between religion and science as largely porous, with the possibility of either one influencing the other.” Furthermore, for many, “religion was often personally important, and it shared with science some similar knowledge parameters.”
  • Distinguishing between religiosity and spirituality helps account for the fluid views of the 70% that saw less conflict between religion and science, with 68% of those surveyed considered themselves “spiritual.”

“When religion is defined as evangelicalism or fundamentalism the boundaries between religion and science — unsurprisingly, given current public debates at the time these data were collected — are strong,” the researchers state. “In contrast, however, a significant group of scientists think that religion and science are sometimes in conflict and sometimes not in conflict. In particular, these natural and social scientists view science differently when held in contrast to religion compared to the way they view science when held in contrast to spirituality. When religion is redefined as spirituality it has the potential to flow from as well as into science.”

Keywords: religion, science

This article first appeared on The Journalist’s Resource and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

SOURCE: Rozanne Larsen