31 new digital health tools showcased at CES 2017
While digital health doesn’t have as big of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as other industries, there were a fair number of wearables, apps and sensor-enabled tools showcased. Some have already been covered in MobiHealthNews yet didn’t make their official debuts til this week, but most were new announcements to the world. Here is a list of 31 digital health tools we’ve rounded up from CES.
Fitness gear company Polar, which has historically been known for its heartrate-monitoring watches and chest straps, unveiled its new product: a smart clothing item called the Polar Team Pro Shirt. The sleeveless base layer shirt is embedded with heart rate-monitoring sensors that contact the wearer’s skin, eliminating the need for a chest strap or wristworn band. Wearers also have a motion-tracking sensor “pod” to place in a pouch underneath the collar to track speed, distance and acceleration. The shirt integrates with Polar’s Team Pro coaching platform, and will also integrate with Polar Flow and the company’s other wearables.
Sleep Number debuted its sensor-enabled mattress that
adjusts to movements, warms feet, nudges people over if they start snoring. It’s called the 360 Smart Bed, and it works with Sleep Number’s biometric sensor technology, Sleep IQ, to track heart rate, motion and breathing and respond in near-real time. All the sleeping activity is sent to a companion app so users can track their sleep quality over time and learn their “SleepIQ Score.”
UK-based Bodytrak showed off its in-development wearable: a pair of earbuds equipped with an in-ear thermometer to measure core body temperature during activity to give wearers physiological feedback for a range of users – from elite athletes and members of the military to hospital patients. The data is sent wirelessly to the users’ smartphone, watch or internet hub. Mainly, it’s geared towards athletes, and the device measures heart rate and VO2 as well as speed and distance while also playing music and giving the wearer feedback.
Smart oral care company Kolibree launched Ara, an artificial intelligence-embedded toothbrush that collects data through sensors every time the user brushes their teeth. All brushing data (frequency, duration, and brushed area) is captured in the toothbrush and synced via Bluetooth Low Energy when the companion app is running, and Ara uses deep learning algorithms from the sensors to understand individual brushing habits and help the brusher develop more accurate brushing techniques the more it is used.
Wearable maker Onitor unveiled its new weight loss program that consists of a wristworn activity tracking band, a biometric sensor-embedded clip that attaches to a chest band or sports bra, and a companion app. Data from both sources is combined along with weekly weight inputs from the user to create an exercise program and nutritional coaching advice that adapt to the users progress.
Motiv is taking a smaller approach on fitness tracking with its new ring, a titanium-encased wearable to be worn on the finger, all day, every day, that tracks sleep, fitness (steps, calories, distance and heart rate), and is powered by a battery that lasts three to five days. People can also wear it swimming, and it comes in seven sizes. Presales are at $199.
Digital health company Qardio launched its wearable ECG monitor, QuardioCore. The medical-grade monitor lets people monitor their heart health thanks to Qardio’s proprietary sensor technology that records more than 20 million data points that stream to a companion smartphone app. The data can be shared with medical profesionals. The strap is worn around the chest and records continuous ECG, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, temperature and activity data, and the strap can also work alongside Qardio’s other products including their smart blood pressure monitor, a wireless scale and a the QardioMD dashboard for doctors.
Garmin announced a bevy of new apps, data fields and watch faces available for users to download from third party companies via ConnectIQ, an open platform that developers can use to build content for Garmin products. The new offerings include an ETA tracker from Uber that will display information right on the Garmin wearable, a control function for Trek/Bontrager bike headlights and taillights, and a hydration and refueling reminder and for when Garmin Edge wearers need to refuel with GU Energy Labs gels or nuun Active Hydration.
Montreal-based Cogilex launched a new health-specific search engine called Seenso Health. Seenso works as a curator and guide to health information and provides users with “knowledge maps” of key information with a guided exploratory interface. This is the first of Cogilex’s specialized search engines they are working on.
Plume Labs showed off Flow, a smart air quality tracker