CES is the annual technology conference that gives consumers a look into what technology is premiering in the upcoming year. The acronym is short for Consumer Electronics Show, and it lives up to its name. The conference holds any and every from of technology that people can buy. Fortunately for us, that includes health technology as well. Read on to learn some of the most fascinating health technology that was presented at this year’s CES.
AARP helped bring VoiceItt to the public via their sponsorship. The device uses speech recognition technology to translate illegible speech in real time. Primarily, this device is for people with longstanding disabilities or those who have lost their voice due to a traumatic medical event. The primary developmental focus was on individuals who experienced a stroke.
Lumi is a smart baby monitoring and diaper system from Pampers and Verily Life Sciences that gathers a variety of data for parents. The system uses both an HD video monitoring system and an activity sensor in the diapers. The physical components connect to an app on parents’ phones to deposit all the data. Ultimately, the tech gives parents information on sleeping, feeding, and diapering. While the system certainly gives all parents peace of mind, it is especially useful for babies with chronic health problems.
In other baby technology, the company Willow is aiming to update an often-neglected technology: breast pumps. Breast pumps have remained unchanged for decades, so it does not take much effort to update them. Willow’s goal is to make the pumps more discreet and easier to use. This is especially important as more and more women work to balance full careers and motherhood.
Willow’s current focus is a breast pump that works in a bra. Essentially, the person using the product simply has to wear it and switch the pump on as necessary. It is intended to help working mothers both avoid judgement and continue working while they pump.
There are plenty of “smart” devices available to consumers already: smart phones, smart TVs, and smart watches are all available. Consumers need to prepare themselves though, smart technology is about to get a lot more intimate. Myant, a textile computing company, is releasing smart underwear in early 2020.
The cloth for the underwear has sensors embedded in it that communicate with an app. Myant claims that the product monitors and catalogues a wide variety of biometrics. The list includes measurements such as heart rate, breathing rate, body temperature, movement, posture tracking, and sleep information.
The underwear is just the first product in an entire line of smart clothing, called Skiin. Myant announced that the entire line will be released sometime in the first few months of 2020.