Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 Offered Glimpses into the Future of Digital Health

Note:  This is the first in a series of three on CES 2019 Technology

A good physician is irreplaceable, as is a stellar medical transcription service, but technology is putting more aspects of health care right in the hands of patients.

Just how much research and development has directed toward digital health care was on full display at the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) CES 2019 conference in Las Vegas earlier this year — and here are some of the highlights physicians might be interested to learn about.Consumer Electronics Show 2019

While there were some really cool gadgets at a consumer level, the health care items were overwhelmingly present, from remote monitoring products, to wearables and diagnostic solutions. It’s clear the health care industry is harnessing technology to create new tools and technologies that will ultimately enhance the patient experience.

According to the Consumer Technology Association, there was an increase of 25 percent in health-related exhibitions, and another 15 percent bump in floor space dedicated to health tech. That’s likely connected to the Baby Boomers generation and the increased numbers of elderly in North America.

 

We’ll put together a few articles to highlight some of the best new technologies out there, starting with a pair of the most interesting non-wearables in health tech:

Inspired by the importance of sleep: the Somnox Sleep Robot

Shaped like a kidney bean, the Sleep Robot promises to help you get to sleep faster, sleep longer and help you wake up refreshed. It does this by focusing your attention, slowing down your breathing and playing soothing sounds.

It’s basically a cuddle pillow — sorry, sleep companion — that imitates a breathing human chest and emits nature sounds all to help your brain shut down.

A warning to all of those with significant others: you may have found their bedtime replacement.

 

Driving Mr. Dizzy: Harman’s Neurosense AI car tech

A built-in camera system that can detect a driver’s emotional state according to their facial expressions. Sounds like something out of a TV show, right?

Samsung subsidiary Harman has developed a system that seems to combine all the luxuries of Alexa or Google Assistant into an in-car experience. But the best part is the “cognitive load analysis” feature that uses facial recognition to understand how hard you may be thinking, how much assistance you may need on the road and the ability to help you drive more carefully through features like collision aversion and cruise control compensation.

This may be a long way from commercialism in cars on the market, but it could save lives and trips to hospital.

 

Up next: CES 2019 Health Tech Wearables

 

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