Better still, the technology is becoming more affordable (although that doesn’t mean cheap) and easier to use. It also shares data with healthcare providers. Here are 10 high-tech health and wellness technology devices featured at CES 2019:
1. Smarter Hearing Aids
ReSound LiNX Quattro is the first smart hearing aid to use artificial intelligence (AI) in conjunction with Apple Inc.’s Siri assistant. This lets you use voice commands to stream iTunes through the hearing aids, turn the volume up or down and more. AI learns your preferences and settings over time, and proactively adjusts various sound profiles.
The hearing aids let people with hearing impairments take advantage of the digital world. In addition to hearing better, wearers can stream phone calls, music and TV from Apple mobile devices or other audio sources. Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the hearing aids deliver up to 30 hours of life per charge. The cost is about $2,350 a piece.
2. Robot healthcare assistants
Robots that monitor your health may become more commonplace across the healthcare industry. Samsung is one company offering these robots. Its Bot Care can check your health simply by having you place your finger on a sensor. It reads your vitals and tells you if your blood pressure and heart rate, for example, are within normal ranges.
The bot has a screen for a face that displays “emotions” in addition to your health information. It acts on voice commands and responds with its own voice. The interactive robot can also offer exercise guidance, track medications you’re taking, monitor your sleep, send health data to a third party like a doctor and call emergency services, if needed.
3. App your own eye prescription
You can now skip the eye doctor appointment when you want prescription glasses. EyeQue VisionCheck, a Bluetooth-powered portable device, is the first automated at-home eye test. The $60 device combines a cloud-based platform, a smartphone app and a motorized optical scope to gather corrective vision measurements whenever and wherever you want. Data is sent to your phone.
PulseWear says DreamOn, which costs $130, helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better. A companion app offers sleep-specific meditations, breathing exercises and a five-day sleep program to enhance your sleep quality.
A HIPAA-complaint platform offers unlimited storage, live commenting and sharing for real-time collaboration. Butterfly’s “Ultrasound-on-a-Chip” technology uses an inexpensive single silicon chip that generates frequencies needed for any depth.