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31 new digital health tools showcased at CES 2017 | MobiHealthNews

While digital health doesn't have as big of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as other industries, there were a fair number of wearables, apps and sensor-enabled tools showcased.

All the sleeping activity is sent to a companion app so users can track their sleep quality over time and learn their “SleepIQ Score.” UK-based Bodytrak showed off its in-development wearable: a pair of earbuds equipped with an in-ear thermometer to measure core body temperature during activity to give wearers physiological feedback for a range of users  – from elite athletes and members of the military to hospital patients.

Mainly, it’s geared towards athletes, and the device measures heart rate and VO2 as well as speed and distance while also playing music and giving the wearer feedback.  Smart oral care company Kolibree launched Ara, an artificial intelligence-embedded toothbrush that collects data through sensors every time the user brushes their teeth.

All brushing data (frequency, duration, and brushed area) is captured in the toothbrush and synced via Bluetooth Low Energy when the companion app is running, and Ara uses deep learning algorithms from the sensors to understand individual brushing habits and help the brusher develop more accurate brushing techniques the more it is used.

Wearable maker Onitor unveiled its new weight loss program that consists of a wristworn activity tracking band, a biometric sensor-embedded clip that attaches to a chest band or sports bra, and a companion app.

      Motiv is taking a smaller approach on fitness tracking with its new ring, a titanium-encased wearable to be worn on the finger, all day, every day, that tracks sleep, fitness (steps, calories, distance and heart rate), and is powered by a battery that lasts three to five days.

The strap is worn around the chest and records continuous ECG, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, temperature and activity data, and the strap can also work alongside Qardio’s other products including their smart blood pressure monitor, a wireless scale and a the QardioMD dashboard for doctors.

announced a bevy of new apps, data fields and watch faces available for users to download from third party companies via ConnectIQ, an open platform that developers can use to build content for Garmin products.

The new offerings include an ETA tracker from Uber that will display information right on the Garmin wearable, a control function for Trek/Bontrager bike headlights and taillights, and a  hydration and refueling reminder and  for when Garmin Edge wearers need to refuel with GU Energy Labs gels or nuun Active Hydration.

Runners can upload and share workouts with a global community, and the watch has built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring and is battery powered (they estimate a battery life of 24 hours with typical use and five hours with continuous GPS and heart rate monitoring).

Valencell announced the launch of two new versions of its Benchmark sensor systems – one system specifically for hearables (the new version is smaller to allow for faster time to market) and one for wearables worn on the wrist and arm.

Both new modules measure continuous heart rate, VO2 and VO2 max, resting heart rate, caloric burn and recovery.  Bloomlife showed off its pregnancy-tracking wearable and companion app that helps women track and understand contractions.

Biosensors, IoT and machine learning in healthcare

Devices and sensors connected to the IoT continues to rapidly expand

Each technology adds value to – and drives the need for - the other.The Internet of Things is being driven by the emergence of low cost sensors, communication, and processing.

Many of those users – perhaps unwittingly - have given permission for the app author to use their phones to sample barometric pressure and send that data back to the cloud for aggregation and analysis.

Each phone provides precise localized data that together can be used to improve the accuracy and granularity of weather forecasts overall.

During operation, apps typically provide frequent updates, suggesting better routes to users in real-time as traffic conditions change.

The apps use data from millions of devices to help alleviate some of the misery that commuters face by providing faster routes as they open up.

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