Selection of health gadgets from CES 2019. Part 1


Selection of health gadgets from CES 2019. Part 1

In 2019, CES introduced more than 100 exhibitors with new ideas and exciting innovations in digital healthcare. We have selected 12 most impressive gadgets. The first part of the health device review contains six of them.

TouchPoint: stress elimination

TouchPoint’s researchers assert that million people fall sick because of stress year by year. Touchpoint Basic is two watch-sized gadgets that emit haptic vibrations at three different intensity rates.

Devices are based on the non-invasive nerves simulation technology – Bilateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile – that helps to calm down and restore functions of the nervous system as well as to enhance the quality of sleep. The main advantage of the device designed by neuropsychologist Amy Serin is the fact that the two-way simulation can reduce physical stress effect in just 30 seconds.

TouchPoint has three vibration levels rapidly reducing physical discomfort caused by stress and helping to recollect yourself. However, attendees CES 2019 complained about loud vibration similar to smartphone’s, making the usage too haunting.

Price: $160.

Omron HeartGuide: blood pressure indicator

The availability of arterial pressure broad picture will be useful for those who have to treat heart diseases frequently. Omron has developed a smart watch able to accurately measure blood pressure and send data on a smartphone. The HeartGuide watch also serves as a fitness tracker to count steps and monitor your sleep. It can highlight incoming notifications from your phone.

There’s an expanding band inside the watch, like a standard blood pressure cuff. It can be used for both manual and automatic reading even at night while sleeping. Reading takes around 30 to 40 seconds.

HeartGuide is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Price: $500.

Quell 2.0: chronic pain fighter

Chronic pain is an exhausting problem for millions of people, and strong painkillers usually have side effects. CES 2019 presented an alternative non-addictive spasmolytic, which does not interfere with body functions.

Quell 2.0 is the second generation of Quell gadgets, which is 50% smaller and 20% more powerful than its predecessor. The app connecting this device with a smartphone is upgraded as well: now, the device takes a more customized approach to treatment. Manufacturers promise that new methods of therapy will appear later in 2019.

Price: $300.

Oticon Kaizn: AI-powered hearing aid

Oticon is a giant producer of hearing solutions. Last year, the company introduced a rechargeable hearing aid called Opn and Dynamo for people with almost a total loss of hearing. This year, Oticon showed intelligent hearing kits based on the AI algorithm – Kaizn.

Kaizn artificial intelligence learns preferences, habits, and environment of hearing aid wearers in order to predict their choice in a particular sound scenario and automatically adjust their hearing aid settings for an optimized listening experience.

Price: not announced.

JaxJox: smart kettlebell

CES 2019 showcased a lot of interesting fitness gadgets. One of them is a smart kettlebell – JaxJox.

The device works via a bullet stacking system with a rotating weight-selection core that locks in and out of weighted plates. It allows the kettlebell to increase or decrease weight (between 6 kg and 20 kg) in seconds, saving you time and space.

The gadget is equipped with a battery, a three axis gyro, and an accelerator for collecting detailed data on physical activity. JaxJox is also connected to an app that keeps track of sets and workout time.

Price: $350.

Harman Neurosense: driver monitoring system

Neurosense technology is a built-in camera system determining the emotional state of drivers in accordance with their facial expression. Harman believes that human cognitive load affects driving: driver’s general focus on the road depends on their current attention.

is able to monitor driver’s condition using biometric data of the first order (eye direction, head position, and pupillary diameter) and of the second order (emotional activity and cognitive load). This technology will allow to prevent inadvertent crashes by compensating emotional distraction.

Price: not announced.

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