The Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas may have been dominated by televisions but there is one technology that was bubbling under the radar this year.
Digital Health has made huge inroads into the world of technology at CES in 2013. There were dozens of gadgets featured that either monitor your health or encourage you to get fit, and there was even a gizmo that keeps tabs on how fast you eat.
There were dozens of apps that monitor your physical activity and share that information to your friends on social networks. The big sports companies like Nike have driven these devices commercially with gadgets like the Nike Fuel Band and their running app.
One of the more interesting devices at CES was the Smart Body Analyser from a company called Withings who take your ordinary bathroom scale to a different level. This scale not only monitors your weight, but it also gives your heart rate and body fat reading as well monitoring the quality of air in your room, telling you if the Carbon Dioxide levels are too high. It then sends that data wirelessly to your smartphone app and you can even share the results with your doctor. They even have a motivational group on Twitter and Facebook to encourage you to become healthier.
Masimo a company that has been developing commercial medical equipment for decades launched a first a consumer the iSpO2 oximeter. The device allows you to track and trend you blood oxygenation levels as well as your pulse rate by simply putting your finger into a sensor. The results are then displayed on your smartphone or tablet.
The one gadget that was intriguing was the Hapifork. The French company Hapilabs that developed the product believe that it will help you eat better and lead a healthier lifestyle. It looks just like a regular fork except this one has smart technology built into it. It basically monitors how fast you eat by monitoring the motion of the fork going towards your mouth. It then takes all that data and offers you advice via an app on your smartphone or tablet on changing your eating habits. It will tell you to slow down if you’re eating too fast and advice you what are the right times to eat. The team at Hapilabs say that this will improve digestion and weight control can be managed more effectively by making users more conscious about how they eat.
Many of these health monitoring technologies have been around for a while, but it was the first time we saw them become truly embedded into smartphone devices and the data becoming more social. Health monitoring devices are becoming more connected and intelligent, encouraging users to become healthier and this trend is set to continue over the next few years.