CES 2012 – goes mad for health and wellness gadgets

stmelece.jpgOne of the hottest trends at this year’s CES is health and wellness gadgets. Largely created by smaller companies these range from souped up pedometers that connect to iPhones right through to a smart suit that logs your every movement.

Here’s our favourites so far

The smart suit for athletes and Parkinson’s sufferers

STMicroelectronics NV has unveiled a smart-suit prototype with motion sensors which is designed to help people recover from injuries quicker, improve their co-ordination if they are suffering from conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or push their body that bit more if they are athletes. More here

The first Bluetooth Smart heart rate strap made for the iPhone 4S

The Wahoo Fitness Blue HR heart rate strap’s big claim is that it is the world’s first Bluetooth Smart heart rate strap made for the iPhone 4S (and also other Bluetooth Smart Ready devices). It is a standard format of a strap and an accompanying app. More here.

The ultra smart blood pressure monitor

The Zensorium Tinke is a two unit system with dongle that fits on to your iPhone that then connects to a wearable heart monitor – which incidentally comes in an array of bright colours.

It measures heart stats like blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen levels through shining infrared and red light beams onto the tiny blood vessels in the tip of your finger. More here

The intelligent disposable adhesive patch bandage

BodyMedia is parading a new and highly innovative new way of capturing data about our bodies. It has unveiled an adhesive patch which you place on your skin and leave there for seven days. During that time it records as many as 500 data points each minute including calorie burn, steps taken, activity levels, and sleep pattern. More here

The baby scales that tweet your child’s weight

French technology company Withings has just announced an Internet-connected baby and toddler scale, the Withings Smart Baby Scale.

The idea is that thanks to its Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity it will automatically update your child’s weight on any manner of devices from PCs through to phones and tablets in some instances using a dedicated WiScale app. It can also instantly update Facebook, Twitter or send an email to private email addresses with new readings. More here.

Ashley Norris


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