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CES and the Future of Digital Health


When you think of the Consumer Electronics Show, health and wellness typically isn’t the first thing to come to mind. Though that may change after the 2014 event, as space dedicated to digital health technology has increased massively in comparison to recent years.

There was a time when “digital health devices” appealed primarily to healthcare professionals – not the general public. But with the rise of smart wireless devices, Bluetooth connectivity, accelerometers, and sensors that measure blood flow which are small enough to fit into headphones – digital health devices are small, affordable, and interactive enough to have the general public interested.

Of the dozens of companies showcasing digital health products this year, some of the most interesting products have come from Withings, a France-based consumer electronics company.

Withings Pulse

Weighing only 8 grams, the Withings Pulse is a wearable device that tracks movement, calories burned, sleep patterns, and even heart rate. The device syncs wirelessly through its mobile app, and provides detailed analysis of your movement trends, sleep cycles, and more – enabling you to make necessary changes to improve daily health habits. It can also work in conjunction with the Withings Smart Body Analyzer scale which measures weight, body composition, heart rate, and air quality.

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It goes without saying that Withings isn’t the only company combining health and smart wireless technology – companies such as Garmin, Reebok, Nike, LG, and many more are also making consumer health a top priority.

If there’s one thing we can takeaway from CES this year it is that the walls piding personal health, smart wireless technology, and the Internet of Things are coming down fast. No longer do you need to take a GPS watch out for a run, plug it in to your computer, and wait for your results to upload – rather, the convergence of these technologies make tracking health and fitness instantaneous, while at the same time reducing the footprint of these devices significantly.

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Todd Traylor, Vice President, Global Trading
Written on Thursday, 09 January 2014 17:07 by Todd Traylor, Vice President, Global Trading

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