The largest technological event Consumer Electronics Show 2023 (CES) was held in Las Vegas, USA. At this annual exhibition, various companies present their interesting and innovative products. NEWS Tech presents some of the most interesting health devices presented at this year's show. Some of them have already hit the market.
At CES 2023, cosmetics company L'Oréal unveiled a smart device to help people with hand mobility issues apply lipstick. The company collaborated with dish manufacturer Verily to create Hapta. The device features sensors that ensure smooth application of lipstick. The device has a retail price of $150 to $200.
Valencell has been making optical heart rate sensors for years, but at CES 2023 it unveiled a prototype fingertip blood pressure device that uses photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors. The device combines collected information with algorithms and data about a person's age, weight, gender and height to measure blood pressure.
Valencell plans to offer the device to clinics and hospitals as well as for personal use, although the device has yet to receive FDA approval.
German company Bionic has introduced its Apogee exosuit. It aims to help workers so that their bodies are subjected to as little strain as possible when performing physical work. With this exosuit, a person can carry up to 30 kilograms of weight on their lower back. Besides, it also helps with walking and helps reduce fatigue in general.
The company constantly collects and analyzes data about workers' activities and provides it to users, and when the wearer of this exosuit makes movements during work that could harm their body, the system automatically warns them. Currently, the exosuit is only available to warehouse workers.
Withings unveiled a U-Scan device at CES 2023 that is placed right in the toilet to analyze urine. The U-Scan has three different cartridges that serve different purposes. The first monitors a person's menstrual cycle and fertility by measuring hormone production, which can be useful for those trying to get pregnant or avoid it. The second cartridge is designed to measure nutritional status. It will tell you if you are getting enough protein, vitamin C or not. The third is designed for medical professionals and is used to monitor a patient's condition at home, for clinical trials or medical research.
Withings plans to bring the device to market this year, and it will cost about $500. The company also plans to create new cartridges that will serve other purposes.
Smell is one of the most powerful human senses, evoking memories and emotions. As virtual reality becomes more and more popular and realistic, it was expected that soon it would be possible to artificially create scents in this world to make the virtual world even more real. That's exactly what OVR, based in Vermont, USA, is doing and unveiled a state-of-the-art Smell-O-Vision update that adds flavor to the virtual world.
The company claims that in addition to making video games more realistic, their product can help calm the nerves of patients using virtual reality technology in therapeutic settings. According to The Washington Post, it can on day smell as natural as grass in a garden.
The device is expected to be released early this year.
Hearing aids are still incredibly expensive, averaging $2,000 per ear. However, JLab is hoping to bring that price down by a factor of 20 and introduced new devices at CES 2023 for just $99. They are iOS and Android compatible and should hit the market this fall.
They are in-between traditional hearing aids and wireless headphones, and look more like wireless headphones, which experts believe will help them become popular, especially among young people, many of whom have hearing problems.
Translation apps have made travel easier over the past decade. But have you ever wondered if you might no longer need to use your phone to translate? Chinese electronics company TCL unveiled its RayNeo X2 AR glasses at the Las Vegas show, which can provide simultaneous translation for the wearer.
The user listens to the translation through speakers on the frame of the glasses near the ears. CNET reporter Scott Stein, who tried on the glasses, said he was very impressed. He noted, though, that the glasses translate everything he hears, including the wearer's speech.
In addition, the glasses can tell the user which way to go, and also allow the user to read and respond to text messages.
Thanks to maps, many of us rarely get lost anymore, but using such apps means looking at the screen of our phone or other device on a regular basis. It can be dangerous when one does this while walking, but even more dangerous when one does the same thing while driving.
The Japanese company Loovic presented a prototype of a new device at CES 2023, which gives directions to a person through a special microphone (the person hears it through a headset) or through vibrations on the person's skin.
The device was created specifically for people with cognitive disabilities who have difficulty following directions in traditional ways, although it can help everyone, so the person no longer has to constantly look at the phone or car screen.