In a world where it sometimes feels like ‘the machines’ are actively conspiring against us living our best lives, it’s so refreshing to see wellness real estate pioneer Delos using technology to create living environments that nurture and promote health and wellbeing.
In the past decade there’s been heightened focus on home and lifestyle sustainability, with people eating organically, cutting chemicals from cleaning products, and investing in environmentally sympathetic construction, and to me, a new product recently launched by Delos – DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence – is the final frontier. It’s all about living well in today’s home environments, carrying us from sustainability in buildings to the sustainability of the people who live in those buildings.
DARWIN is an integrated, in-home solution and is all about latent – as opposed to overt – wellness tools and strategies. You can’t necessarily see or touch the benefits in the same way you can feel warmth when you switch on a heater, or appreciate the beauty of a stone bench top when you upgrade from laminate. And, the wellness benefits only improve over time.
But, while the health benefits of the new generation of ‘intelligent homes’ made possible by product innovations are sometimes imperceptible and cumulative, the implementation of leading-edge wellness intelligence in DARWIN activated homes is instant and responsive to the indoor environment at any given moment. It’s almost like these homes are living, breathing creatures, able to recognise what we need for our health and wellbeing even when we don’t, and equipped to deliver it instantaneously.
While conventional water treatments don’t always remove all contaminants, when you turn on a tap in any room in a DARWIN-equipped home, the water is filtered. So, you rinse your vegetables in filtered water, you drink filtered water, you clean your teeth in filtered water and you shower in filtered water. That means you are holistically protected from chemicals and pollutants that are routinely in our water supply and, over time, your skin, hair and overall health can only benefit.
The same goes for air purification. Indoor air can be up to five times dirtier than the air outdoors, but unless you have breathing sensitivities, you may not notice poor quality air unless it is very stale. So, the benefits of responsive air purification that helps eliminate pollen, mould, spores, allergens and airborne metals might have an instant impact on someone with asthma, while someone else will find they feel a general improvement in wellness over time due to improved air quality in their living environment.
Then there’s lighting and your sleep environment. Homes equipped with the DARWIN platform attune their lighting to your circadian rhythms from the momentyou wake up, to the time you go to bed each night. I say moment because circadian lighting combats modern living’s tendency to do everything in a rush, including getting up in the morning! So, instead of waking up with a jump at the alarm and hitting the snooze button repeatedly, you wake up gradually as the lighting in your room changes from dim dawn-like light to soft yellow lighting to cooler blue light that gears you up for the day, improving your alertness and mood.
That blue lighting continues throughout the day, stimulating energy and activity, then begins to dim again at sunset, growing softer and dimmer as the evening progresses to prepare you for sleep.
It’s all so clever and, while much of this technology is relatively new, when you think about it, it makes total sense, bringing health and wellness back into our now rushed, busy, smartphone-dominated lives.
As Delos founder Paul Scialla says, “Wellness is a right, not a privilege,” and the new generation of ‘intelligent homes’ may just be the key to hard-wiring health and wellness into our living environments.