2016 Consumer Health Wearables (Part 2)

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iHealth has designed connected healthcare devices like blood pressure monitors, wireless scales, glucose-monitoring systems, and fitness trackers that are the best in the market. Their new iHealth Rhythm, a clever electrocardiogram that records heart activity and saves data to an iOS app, has proven popular as it is subtle and can be worn under clothing. A flat recording device clips to a three-electrode patch worn on the sternum and is prescribed by a doctor to measure cardiac activity for a 72-hour period. If a patient feels something is wrong while wearing the Rhythm, he or she can press a button to highlight the problem. All data is recorded on the iHealth Pro app for doctors and patients with storage free on the iHealth Cloud. iHealth products are sold to consumers although the Rhythm is distributed only by a physician. https://ihealthlabs.com/

It isn’t exactly wearable but it’s a fantastic patient health tool: Veta’s smart case for EpiPen holders is meant to get people prepared in the event of a medical emergency.

The case holds an EpiPen and connects with a mobile app that can be downloaded by the patient and their family, friends, or caregivers. It comes with features like FindMe, which displays the pen’s last known location; separation alerts, which trigger a notification when the case is left behind; and temperature and expiry monitors so a patient knows when their medication is too warm, cold, or old to be effective.

The Veta case is sold for $59 and the app is free. https://www.aterica.com/veta/

LumiWave offers infrared light therapy to people with chronic pain. The infrared light penetrates tissue and causes the body to release natural pain relief. Each therapy session lasts about 20 to 30 minutes, and the device is temperature controlled to protect the wearer. LumiWave has a suggested retail price of $299 for a four-LED-pod model, and $499 for an eight-pod model. http://lumiwave.com/

Zhor, a French company, has come up with intelligent footwear, DigitSole shoes, that are nothing short of magnifique! The pair comes in futuristic sneaker and high-heel styles that can be adjusted to the size of one’s foot. In addition to warming your feet, DigitSole measures steps that you have taken and calories you have burned. They charge wirelessly, and submit data via Bluetooth to a compatible mobile app. The shoe lines havea suggested retail price of $450 a pair. http://www.digitsole.com/

Thermo, built by Withings, is a super clever temporal thermometer that contains 16 sensors and HotSpot sensor technology to record precise body temperatures. It uses WiFi to sync temperature and advice to a compatible mobile app, which can be used to track the health information of everyone in the family. Data can be saved and shared with a doctor. Thermo is slated to be available in first-quarter 2016 for a suggested retail price of $100. https://www.withings.com/us/en/

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