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Healthcare’s binging on tech: latest gizmos at the Consumer Electronics Show

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In a world that’s leaping forward on the legs of technology’s mighty strength, the wellness industry has been an early adopter, as seen at the recently-concluded CES

The annual trade exhibition Consumer Electronics Show (CES), at Las Vegas, is a gathering place for businesses and innovators from across industries, all vying to showcase products and services that are débuting in the market. This year saw 4,500 exhibitors, with over 200 in the wellness space. Wearables, remote tracking devices, diagnostics and healthcare delivery, all continued to show sparks. Here are a few picks from the gadgets demo-ed.

HeartGuide by Omron Healthcare

A wearable blood-pressure monitor, in wrist-watch format. An inflatable cuff along the back of the watch takes the reading that is then uploaded to an app called Heart Advisor. The information can be linked with a doctor, who can track data, monitor spikes and dips, and micro-manage medication. It also tracks calories burned, steps taken, and the pattern and quality of sleep. The user can set personal reminders, receive notifications for calls, texts, or emails. It works on a lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery. “Omron filed more than 80 new patents to create HeartGuide, including components such as pumps and valves that are as small as a grain of rice,” said company communication. Pre-orders can be made for $499 from March in the US.

Elvie Pump

An electronic breast pump that is lightweight, quiet, wireless and can be worn under a nursing bra. The pump charges in two hours with a USB and comes with a battery life of two-and-a-half hours. The milk is collected in a 150 ml container that is made of BPA-free plastic. The non-electronic parts of the pump are machine-washable. The device can be connected to the Elvie app that helps the user to monitor milk volume, track pumping history for each breast and to control the pump. The company plans to launch the product in the US this year.

Halo Sport 2

Headsets that are backed by 15 years of research. They claim to get workout results faster by improving the neuro-muscular connection. The neuro stimulation is supposed to maximise the impact of training. This second-generation device is wireless and has a Bluetooth audio system. The Halo app can be connected to the headset and it is available for iOS and Android devices. The app provides brain training tips and reminders. It can be pre-ordered for $299 and the device will be shipped in April.

L’Oreal’s My Skin Track pH

This sensor measures the pH balance in your skin. The thin and flexible sensor has a companion app that measures the pH levels. The pH scale ranges from acidic to basic, within a scale of 0 to 14. The device’s colour changes to indicate how acidic or basic your skin is. The patch is then scanned with the app to get customised products or treatment recommendations. It uses microfluidic technology and provides the reading within 15 minutes.

Umay Rest

If you are looking to reduce the stress caused to your eyes by all the screen time in your life, this wearable product uses Thermal Meditation for stress relief. It is portable and comes with a USB charger. This light-weight product has an automatic timer and shut-off. Another feature is its gentle vibration pattern for guided breath meditation. It will be available in the market later this year. Pre-orders can be done for $179.

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