Get a look at some of the medical- and healthcare-related technologies that were on display at this year's event.
Bodytrak is the first and only in-ear body monitoring platform to accurately measure multiple vital signs—Core Body Temperature (CBT), Heart Rate (HR), Vo2, speed, distance, cadence—continuously, and in real-time. Bodytrak puts unique and advanced monitoring capabilities usually only available in professional environments in the hands of elite athletes and sports enthusiasts. It is also used to monitor workers in hazardous situations and in healthcare. Bodytrak is an Internet of Things solution providing highly accurate sensor technology and advanced cloud-based analytics to optimize health, well-being, and performance. www.bodytrak.co
Bloomlife is the only smart pregnancy tracker that automatically displays, tracks, and counts contractions. It helps to eliminate the guesswork with contractions, providing the valuable information via smartphone app through Bluetooth connectivity. The device is passive and doesn’t transmit any energy into the body. It has also been tested against hospital-based systems and performed favorably. https://bloomlife.com/
Willow is a wearable breast pump that fits into the user’s bra and can be taken on the go. It is coupled with an app that helps track the amount of milk pumped and adjusts accordingly instead of requiring pumping to take place for a specified amount of time. It’s so convenient that some of the parts are even able to be cleaned in the dishwasher. www.willowpump.com
Touch Surgery enables doctors to virtually practice surgical techniques anywhere. The application uses cognitive mapping techniques, cutting edge AI, and 3D-rendering technology to codify surgical procedures. Touch Surgery also partners with leaders in virtual reality and augmented reality working toward a vision of advancing surgical care in the operating room. www.touchsurgery.com
S-Skin is a consumer skincare solution from Samsung that saves time and cost associated with professional dermatological care. It is comprised of a microneedle patch and a portable device that analyses and cares for the skin. The microneedle patch can deeply penetrate the skin to deliver effective ingredients and enhance absorption. The device can measure the hydration, redness, and melanin of the skin to provide customized skincare using LED light. The condition of the skin is saved in the accompanying app to track changes over time.
Under Armour’s Speedform Gemini 2 line tracks a number of running metrics while a built-in chip records the data during the run (no need for the wearer to have their smart phone with them). The battery life is longer than the expected lifetime of the shoe itself, so recharging isn’t a concern. The information—time, cadence, duration, distance, and splits—are shared with the company’s MapMyRun app. At 400 miles, users are given a notification that the shoe should be replaced. www.underarmour.com
Fisher Price announced a type of exercise bike for children. The Think & Learn Smart Cycle requires the child to peddle in order to play the game. It can be coupled to a tablet or smart TV via Bluetooth connection. While some will argue that letting the child ride a real bicycle outside is a better option, this technology isn’t unique in trying to couple video games with exercise.
Addressing the issue of the disinfection of mobile devices (tablets and smartphones), Seal Shield presented its ElectroClave solution. This device is the world's first healthcare sanitizer to use new, high efficacy UVC LED technology, which has the advantages of low power and low heat. Seal Shield's proprietary Smart Clean Technology allows for fail safe sanitization, adjusting UV exposure to bulb life and environmental conditions. These features allow electronic devices to be charged and synced while they sanitize. http://www.sealshield.com
Resound had its Smart Hearing solutions on diplay. The Linx2 offers clear sound in a discreet, durable form factor. They also enable direct streaming from Apple devices such as the iPhone or iPad. The hearing aid can be personalized by the user through the company’s app. www.resound.com
While the Nurugo Micro was developed to enable anyone to be an “explorer,” it can be a valuable tool for medical professionals and researchers. The device transforms a smartphone into a small, handheld digital microscope. It utilizes patented lighting control technology. The system also enables real-time video recording and the ability to share data with the others. www.nurugo.com
The Rapael Smart Rehabilitation Solution was developed for patients with neurological and musculoskeletal injuries. Rapael uses portable, lightweight equipment for continued home training. Patients can also use the company’s rehab programs based on “gamified” training contents. Neofect provides a clinically proven rehab program customized to each patient for a faster recovery. www.neofect.com
BioRF artery radar, developed by Lohas Tech, is a sensor used to detect artery pulse wave, which offers a solution to PWV (pulse wave velocity) and BP (blood pressure) trend monitoring. The soft antenna can closely track artery pulse with no pressure against the skin. The portable radar can measure PWV, detect arterial stiffness, or track blood pressure in a continuous, non-invasive manner, thus slashing the cost of traditional medical equipment, making medical checks on cardiovascular diseases more accessible to people and bringing mobile medical treatment into reality. www.lohas-tech.com.cn
EyeQue offers an app/device combo that enables anyone to test their eyesight anywhere and at any time. Users simply attaches the miniscope to a smartphone and launches the myEyeQue app. They then take a series of tests to determine their refraction measurement and generate their EyeGlass Numbers. The test results are immediately processed by the EyeQue Cloud technology and the vision record is returned with spherical, cylindrical, and axis figures—the same type of information an eye doctor uses to generate a prescription. www.eyeque.com
Based on the same contactless monitoring technology that has been used in U.S. hospitals and clinics, Live by EarlySense provides people with critical information about vital signs so they can more proactively manage their own health and allow for graceful aging. By monitoring vital parameters during sleep, Live is able to collect hours of continuous health information every day. The simple-to-use app identifies changes in any of these health patterns, and alerts people when there are significant changes. This way, users can take action or even consult a healthcare professional before a real problem develops. ww.livebyearlysense.com
Thinfilm had its near field communication technology on display, which can be used to help improve patient adherence. It showcased the YpsoMate Smart autoinjector pen—a medical device for patients that self-administer medication to treat chronic conditions. The smart medical device is the result of a collaboration between Thinfilm and Ypsomed, a leading developer and manufacturer of injection systems for self-medication. http://thinfilm.no/ www.ypsomed.com