The latest innovation in smart health technology
Smart health tech has come a long way since the early clip-on Fitbit tracker of 2009. Rather than simply monitoring steps and estimating distance travelled, smart health tech is now monitoring our heart rate, blood pressure, looking for the release of biochemicals and even listening to our surroundings.
That is not the end of what smart health tech is aiming for though. Technology is currently being explored that will allow our gadgets to measure blood alcohol levels, our athletic performance, monitor sickness, heart health and risks of age-dependent diseases.
Some of the latest tech was explored at CES 2019, with a range of incredible new technology that is just around the corner from being available to consumers. Take a look at some of the gadgets showcased below.
AI hearing aids by Oticon
The Oticon Kaizn™ is a hearing aid packed full of AI tech. The user will enter a set of initial preferences with a mobile app and the hearing aid will listen to the surroundings, constantly learning and adapting the settings to suit. Just like Spotify recommending songs based on a user’s past listening behaviour.
Diabetes management app by IBM Watson and Medtronic
Two tech giants have joined forces to develop an AI powered tool that will help people with diabetes monitor and predict low glucose.
The tool is designed to predict low glucose levels within a 1 to 4 hour window and allow the user to take the required actions to keep their glucose levels balanced.
Blood pressure monitor by Withings
Withings have always been at the forefront of smart tech, mainly with their watches and smart scales. Now they have designed the BPM Core blood pressure monitor.
The device will be used to track ECG (electrocardiogram), the electrical activity of your heart or function as a digital stethoscope. This allows it to monitor for high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and valvular heart disease. BPM Core also syncs with the Withings Health Mate app, making it easy to keep track of measurements in order to help improve your cardiovascular health.
The speed at which smart health tech is growing can only be a good thing. With people being able to effectively monitor their own health from home with these readily available devices, it can help with the pressures that health care systems find themselves under.
We look forward to what 2020 and beyond will bring us!