In the States Panasonic has launched a new "Massage Sofa", the EP-MS40, which boasts a low-profile, contemporary design while delivering a neck-to-hips massage.

Panasonic claims the EP-MS40 delivers a balanced full body massage thanks to a 7.2-inch wide massage head and 26-inch curved track that conforms to the user's body for a massage covering the neck down to the lower back region, while the fold-out "Air Ottoman System" offers a lower body massage of the shin and calf muscles as well as the feet.

With various modes and programmes, the EP-MS40 will be available in "avocado green" and "latte" in April for a price of $2500.