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10 Healthcare Wearables, Devices Dominating CES

This year's wearables go beyond basic step counting to measure core health data such as blood pressure, vision quality, and body temperature. At CES 2016, InformationWeek got up close and personal with the latest wave of health-centric devices.
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LAS VEGAS -- Healthcare technology is a core trend here at CES 2016 this week, along with smart home gadgets and connected cars.

As you might expect, fitness trackers are popular products to showcase at CES. Familiar consumer brands such as Under Armour, Garmin, and Fitbit are demonstrating their new technologies. Total unit sales of wearable devices, smartwatches, and fitness bands are expected to top 38 million in 2016, according to a Jan. 4 report from the Consumer Technology Association.

While wristbands that record steps and calories are popular, these devices give a one-sided picture of the wearer's health. There are plenty of devices for tracking activity, but there are fewer for measuring blood pressure and vision.

An interesting trend at CES 2016 is the discussion around health wearables designed to do more than track activity and calories. Some of these devices are available to consumers. Others, like a smart electrocardiogram, can only be distributed by a doctor.

[Check out these smartwatches announced at CES 2016.]

Several companies are on the show floor with products such as smart hearing aids, blood pressure monitors, and devices designed to relieve pain with infrared technology. Some devices take fitness tracking to a new level with smart t-shirts and exercise monitors.

Over the next 12 months, these devices will help redefine what we think of as the Internet of Things.

Read on to learn more about the health technology innovation we're seeing on the show floor this year. What do you think? Are there any devices you'd like to see on the market that aren't there yet? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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Kelly Sheridan is Associate Editor at Dark Reading. She started her career in business tech journalism at Insurance & Technology and most recently reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft and business IT. Sheridan earned her BA at Villanova University. View Full Bio

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surya kumar
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2/7/2017 | 4:12:33 AM
Re: welcome to future
I know that finding the right healthcare wearable is a struggle. Sometimes technology in itself does not provide much help. For example, Wearable marketplace has so many devices, it makes even harder to choose. Also, there are many problems you might encounter. A bunch of technological problems might arise: the device requires constant attention, needs to be charged constantly, Bluetooth connections unpair randomly and synchronization might be a nightmare. But Some makers of healthcare wearables are better than others at providing insight into how to live better instead of dumping meaningless data in the users' lap.
You surely know from the tale of Sleeping Beauty that the survival of empires could depend on a good night's sleep. Research shows sleep is very important to brainpower, health, beauty or overall well-being. Sleep trackers usually measure when you fall asleep, wake up and how much time you spend in deep-sleep.

 
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1/6/2017 | 7:29:58 AM
healthcare apps
It's great, I also think that this technology can help people with chronic diseases. And it's great to have a gadget that will tell you when something is wrong with your health. People don't have time to go to the doctors and they often don't pay attention to the first disease symptoms. Now a lot of people use smart devices that would monitor their health someone use similar applications https://itechcraft.com/custom-healthcare-solutions/ . Doctors use their social network. I hope in future we will have a large variety of different applications
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nomii,
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1/9/2016 | 9:38:29 AM
welcome to future

I am really surprised to know all that wearable . I think all are good additions and will help one person or the other. As a personal  favourite I will go for omron. A real nice gadget  indeed.

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