Archives for February 2016

The Independent’s 10 best SAD lamps – VALKEE VOTED No 2!

Stay bright and breezy this winter with our selection of lights and gadgets that will make the long, dark nights and gloomy days easier to navigate

By Lesley Jones

This iPod-sized Finnish invention is perfect for your early-morning commute. Delivering light therapy to the brain through the ear canals (yep, you read that right), eight to 12 minutes on the bus with the customisable earplugs could make your long working day just a little easier. Genius.

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Turning Travelers Into Human Chargers May End Jet Lag for Good

by Laura Feinstein Good Magazine 

From the land of ice and snow comes a new device that harnesses the sun’s positive rays to combat the infamous symptoms of transcontinental jet lag. Finnish startup Valkee, known for its products targeting seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which affects over 9.5% percent of Finland’s population, recently launched a new device called the Human Charger that just might revolutionize travel. A bright light-emitting headset run via app, the Human Charger is able to “coordinate” environmental and situational factors between pre-and-post-travel routines, and, according to the Aerospace Medical Association, significantly improve a traveler’s jet lag.

Last year, Valkee created its own placebo-controlled study, and announced that participants using the Human Charger’s “trans cranial bright light (TBL) treatment” had a significantly quicker rate of bounce-back after flights. This included a reduction in maladies ranging from fatigue and inertia to mild forgetfulness. In 2012, Valkee and Finnair, Finland’s premier airline, partnered to offer business-class passengers on their Helsinki-Shanghai route the chance to participate in product testing. The device, called Valkee II at the time, proved so popular that the Human Charger has since been made available to Finnair’s flight crews. In addition, Singapore Airlines, KLM, and Iberia planes have also begun carrying the headsets for longer flights.

So far, responses to the Human Charger in the scientific community have been mixed. A recent study published in 2014 in Chronobiology International stated that the device “does not acutely affect human circadian physiology, alertness and psychomotor vigilance performance,” but admitted “subjective sleepiness decreased immediately over a short period only after ocular light exposure.” Jaari Karhu, MD, Ph.D., a medical adviser for Valkee, would like everyone to be patient, as the new study is possibly “the first ever randomized, placebo-controlled and double-blinded light therapy study on alleviation of jet lag symptoms.” Whether or not it really does do wonders, we know at least a few travelers this summer season who’d like to lessen their jet lag, if only for a few short, non-fatigued moments.

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With 45,000 Units Shipped, Valkee’s Light-Emitting ‘Medical iPod’ Gets A Sleeker Look

After closing a $9.7 million round this summer, Finnish startup Valkee — which makes a light-emitting pair of earbudsdesigned to counteract seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — has put some of that cash towards a product refresh. The second generation of its product, Valkee 2, has been given a sleeker look and a variety of user-friendly tweaks.

The makers of the device, which Valkee’s co-founder Juuso Nissillä describes as a “medical iPod”, claim to draw on scientific research that suggests bright light stimulates brain activity to counteract SAD. The LED earbuds are designed to leverage that effect by allowing users to give themselves a daily dose of light directly into their ear canals — where the photosensitive areas of the human brain can be exposed to it.

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