CES 2019: Running list of health tech announcements

This is a running list of digital health products announced at CES. The list will be updated as the week goes on.
By Laura Lovett
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CES is upon us and some of the biggest digital health announcements of the year are beginning to emerge. MobiHealthNews is keeping a running list of the technology being announced in Las Vegas this week, and we will update this as the week goes on. 

RxPense is a smart medication dispenser. The technology is aimed at helping seniors and elder care facilities manage therapies and adherence. The technology is able to dispense the right medications and lets caregivers and clinicians know if a patient missed a dosing, and uses external sensors to capture vitals.

 

 

InControl Medical launched Attain, a urinary and fecal incontinence product consisting of a non-implantable muscle stimulator that uses biofeedback to treat stress and incontinence urges in men and women.

Surgery education and training company Osso VR demoed a new feature for its platform that measures a budding surgeons’s precision during a virtual procedure. Notably, the precision feature uses haptic feedback in the hand controllers to give the user a better feel for the procedure being simulated, and provides them a score at the end based on their performance.

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TouchPoint is launching a new wearable that will release haptic micro-vibrations that are designed to alter the body’s natural stress response and calm the mind. The company says that the wrist band can also help improve quality, sleep, focus and school and work performance. 

Healium is a platform that can track a user's brain patterns and heart rate, and then transfer those patterns into a visual mindfulness app. The company said the technology can decrease stress and lets users emerge into virtual and augmented realities. The system is compatible with Oculus Go, Gear VR and Google Daydream headsets.

Belgian nano electronics company Imec displayed its medical wearables that include short and long-term health monitoring and management. The systems are designed to focus on chronic disease management, lifestyle and preventative care. 

Proctor and Gamble Ventures launched Opte Precision Skincare System, which uses optics, proprietary algorithms, printing technology to detect and correct hyperpigmentation. The system is made up of four parts. Key among these arethe blue LED scan lights, which help maximize contrasts to skin melanin and can detect spots. It also has an integrated digital camera which can take 200 skin images per second. The system’s algorithm is able to determine the size and shape of the skin spot. Lastly it has a micro serum jet printer, which released optimizing serum. 

 

Ellume released a new platform that lets consumers access a pandemic influenza flu diagnosis in less than 15 minutes, and connects users to relevant clinical advice. The company said it is also working with health authorities so they can get aggregated data in real-time. 

BoneTag is a tagging device that allows orthopedic implants to be connected and monitored. The device lets users trace the implants throughout their lifetime and evaluated in vivo. The company said this technology could help address traceability issues with implants. 

ORIG3N launched a handful of new DNA tests at CES this week. The first, called Fitness, helps users understand their fitness potentials including how their body metabolizes food and builds muscles. The company also launched Nutrition, a DNA test to help people figure out how their body reacts to different foods and nutrients. Finally, Behavior uses DNA to tell users about how their genetics impact their reactions and feelings. Lastly they released Beauty, a DNA test that was designed to help people understand their skin and hair conditions. 

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Oticon Opn released connected hearing aids. They also let users connect to smartphones and stream music. Users can adjust the sound depending on their location and situation. 

Imalac revealed Nature a new breast massage system designed for nursing mothers. The system is controlled by a mobile app, where a woman can control the massage. The platform designed to increase milk per session and decrease the average pumping size. 

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Valencell released new biometric sensor hardware and software technology. This latest technology will be used in various Valencell products including sleep aids, sleep therapy devices, biometric patches for heart-related injuries and cuff-less blood pressure monitoring, according to the company. 

HearAngle launched a new app that was designed to prevent hearing loss or damage from headphone use. The startup said that it plans on teaming up with different companies to provide the app through Android smartphone handsets and wireless manufacturers. 

L’Oréal released a new wearable sensor and app that helps users track the pH level on their skin. The way it works is a user puts the sensor on their inner arm for five to 15 minutes or until two dots on the sensor start to show a color. The user can then check the corresponding app and take a photo of the sensor. The system is able to read the pH measurement on the sensor and the user’s sweat loss rate. The app can then give the user recommendations based on the measurements. 

Mixfit is an AI powered system that includes an app and a drink dispenser, which is able to dispense a drink that is personalized to meet the user’s nutritional needs. Users put their daily nutritional information into the company's app. Using this information, the dispenser can modify a drink mix based on whatever vitamins the user needs. The system comes with specialty drink pods and core packs of ingredients. 

 

Lumen is a handheld device that can examine a user's metabolism and detect if a user is burning fat or carbs. The system, which links up with a corresponding app, is able to show users how their meals and activities are impacting their metabolism. 

 

Meersens is a platform that lets users check the health and safety of an environment. The program will give users information about factors like UV light, pesticides, gluten, microwaves and other “harmful elements” that can be found in water, air and food, according to the company. The system is made up of capsules that can detect health risks in the environment and a corresponding app that can make sense of that information. 

Tempdrop is a smart thermometer that lets women know when they are most likely to get pregnant. The wearable device helps women track their cycle through their temperature patterns. 

Triple W has unveiled a new wearable designed to help people living with incontinence. The technology, called DFree, uses an ultrasound system to notify a user via an app when their bladder is full and it is time to use the bathroom. The company says this will help prevent urinary accidents. 

 

Xandar Kardian launched the PERS device, a contact-free, autonomous monitoring device which can keep track of a user’s vital signs and detect a fall, as well as measure for sleep apnea. The system is powered by IR-UWB radar technology, which allows it to remain contact free while monitoring health vitals. 

 

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Omron unveiled its new wearable blood pressure monitor HeartGuide. The watch includes two inflatable cuffs in the band, which along with sensors are used to take the blood pressure readings in roughly one or two minutes.

Along with holding up to 100 of these readings in its internal memory, the watch is able to transfer these readings to a corresponding app. Once uploaded, users can view their history on a longitudinal graph that highlights any particular readings that might warrant further attention. In addition, the company is developing an inference feature that sends the wearer a daily rundown of their readings and what they mean, as well as another feature that would automatically take a reading of the user's blood pressure during the middle of the night. 

Butterfly IQ is an iPhone connected ultrasound system, which employs AI and AR. The technology is made up of two parts, a handheld ultra sound and a corresponding iPhone program. The clinician can see the image in real-time and resize the image. The images taken on the platform are used to train Butterfly’s AI system. New users can get audio and visual guidance through the technology. The company said the new technology, which costs $2,000 will help providers in areas where less resources are available. 

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Baby tech company Nanit launched Breathing Wear, clothing monitors that comes in the form of a fabric belt or a swaddling cloth that can track a baby’s breathing motion in real time. The baby’s breathing motion can be read by the patterns on the fabric of the wearable. The technology was designed to be used with Nanit’s HD camera and corresponding app. 

Care Predict Home is a machine learning wearable targeted at the senior population that uses kinematics to quantify daily activities and predict health conditions. The system uses artificial intelligence to collect data about a user’s daily patterns and behaviors including eating, walking, drinking, toileting and bathing. The goal is to detect if a user has a health issue. 

Royal Philips unveiled a new app platform that links the company’s senior care products into a single digital ecosystem for family caretakers. Called Philips Cares, the app includes a range of features to track and manage a senior’s care, such as reminders, scheduling tool and access to emergency services.

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Flint Rehab unveiled its latest product, MiGo, a wearable activity tracker made specifically for stroke survivors. The system is able to track upper extremity activities and walking. It has a corresponding smartphone app that provides a digital coach and helps individuals set goals. 

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One of the biggest announcements at CES comes from French health tech company Withings. Over the weekend the company announced Move ECG, a combined ECG monitor and activity watch. Move ECG was designed to help detect atrial fibrillation. 

The new technology boasts a 12-month battery life and is water-resistant. Users will be able to view their ECG data on the corresponding Health Mate app. The system will be able to let the users know if they need to see a clinician and can send over the ECG data. 

The company says the product is “soon-to-be FDA-cleared” and claims that it is the first analog watch to offer the technology. This announcement comes just months after Apple unveiled its Apple Watch Series 4, which includes FDA-cleared ECG and fall detection technology. 

Tivic Health launched ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief, a bioelectric treatment for sinus pain. The way it works is a user will run the device over their check, nose and brow bone. The device can then stimulate the nerves under the skin, which will then relive the pain, according to the company. The company plans to sell the device once it gets FDA clearance.

Vayyar Imaging has announced a new update to Walabot Home, which will allow the system to monitor an entire home. Originally designed for the bathroom, Walabot Home is a device that can be attached to a user’s wall and will then employ sensors to collect optic data from all over the house and can be used for fall detection and occupant health. 

Connected hearing company Nuheara unveiled the IQbuds MAX, smart hearing earbuds with noise cancellation capabilities. The new technology promises to be personalized and calibrate a specific hearing profile. The company said the ear buds also offer hybrid active noise cancelation, digital signal processing, sonic accuracy, dual noise isolation and smart sensors. 

Morph Wear is a wearable device that helps track swimmer’s analytics. It is one of five companies using Movesense’s motion sensing technology and was developed to help swimmers see when they are over or under performing. The company says it can track motion, acceleration and orientation. 

Konect Sports uses a 3D motion sensor to analyze an athletes form, speed and reaction time. Also employing the Movesense technology, Konect Sports can track an athletes data over time. 

VRHealth, a tech company focused on virtual reality products for various healthcare implementations, has launched a new set of apps that look to better facilitate remote monitoring and family caregiving.

Developed in collaboration with AARP’s Innovation Lab and announced at CES 2019, the app-based platform employs in-home VR for a range of different use cases and capabilities, according to the companies. These app include challenges designed to stimulate the brain’s executive functions, memory and cognitive skills; neck exercises; and pain management. VRHealth unveiled one of these included apps — a cognitive behavioral therapy program for hot flashes that includes an AI trainer called Luna — to MobiHealthNews last month.

Notably, the platform supports real-time healthcare data collection, and includes a process in which patients may elect to share that data with their healthcare provider for more immediate feedback or adjustment.

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W2ND is a wearable heart rate monitor, which also has non-medical ECG capabilities and can calculate a users lactic threshold. The monitor has a corresponding smartphone app where users can view and will tell them their heart rate variability and lactate threshold. 

ALMA.care tracks changes to a user’s health and mobility through a foot-worn and wrist band sensor. The company offers continuous monitoring, actionable insights, predictive analytics and smart alerts if someone is in need of help. 

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