Wearables at CES 2018: Slew of self-care, health & fitness devices

The biggest show in the the tech world, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) attempt to migrate some of the sleek gadgetry of gaming and fitness applications down to mainstream health is perhaps a plausible feat already.

And perhaps the tech world are looking to cash in on the health industry which turnover is estimated to worth about US$264 billion annually, with specialties ranging from app-based diagnoses, to telemedicine and self-care.

While earlier CES had focused on "health tech" centered on digitizing workout and heart-rate trackers (fitness related automation), the CES 2018 iteration had most obviously raised the bar for health, fitness, wellness and medical technology. With most of the sensor technology used to help runners track performance or golfers perfect swings now being adapted for medical applications.

And startups like France-based Helite, Xenoma (Japanese firm) and Sensoria Fitness, a US-based startup, have all brought huge technological leap to tracking technology with their varied offerings showcased at CES.

Helite airbag which looks like a fanny pack is equipped with sensors, a battery, airbags and an air cartridge. The sensors detect a fall, then the airbag is deployed to help break the fall and avoid serious injury.

Xenoma aimed to help those at risk of falls, as well as people with dementia, by adapting its wearable clothing designed initially for golfers.

And Sensoria Fitness deploy system which uses sensors to keep track of seniors and persons in rehabilitation.

Other tools in offering also include those for gauging the risk of disease, an eye-tracking assessment in a gaming application to screen for concussions and brain health monitor, with the possibility of early detection indicators for autism and Parkinson's disease.
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