Each year, thousands of people converge at what has become a highly-covered and much talked about event, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). These days you can find anything there from “smart” alarm clocks to a personal robot that rivals Rosie from The Jetsons. Not surprisingly, health technology products were among the coolest gadgets at the CES show in Las Vegas last month.
We’ve polled some of our readers and asked them which products they thought were the most appealing and interesting. This is the first in a series of products we’ll shed some light on the in the coming weeks.
Please note that you won’t specifically see any smart watches or fitness trackers from FitBit, Garmin, Jawbone, Apple or others – what we’re looking at are unique and new devices and concepts. For reviews on some of the smart watches and trackers, Wareable recently did a comprehensive review that we recommend reading.
We hope you enjoy – and if you have suggestions for devices to review, please let us know.
Under Armour UA Healthbox
In keeping with the goal of expanding their fitness footprint, Under Armour recently announced the launch of , a comprehensive set of connected health-focused devices that, working with the UA Record app, comprise “the world’s first Connected Fitness system created specifically to measure, monitor, and manage the factors that determine HOW YOU FEEL.”
In keeping with the goal of expanding their fitness footprint, Under Armour recently announced the launch of UA Healthbox, a comprehensive set of connected health-focused devices that, working with the UA Record app, comprise “the world’s first Connected Fitness system created specifically to measure, monitor, and manage the factors that determine HOW YOU FEEL.”
If you love gear, you probably love Under Armour. The company has become one of the most recognizable brands in the sports world. It’s crazy to think that they were founded 20 years ago and have only been offering footwear since 2006. Not only do they challenge Nike, Adidas, and the rest in sports clothing, footwear, and equipment, but they’ve been making a massive push in the health technology world.
Just about one year ago, Under Armour purchased social fitness network Endomondo and diet and exerciser app MyFitnessPal for $85 million and $475 million respectively, giving the company one of the largest footprints in the connected health device and app market. Today, Under Armour seeks to be a hub for people’s health and fitness, all tracked through its app, UA Record.
Included in the UA Healthbox are UA Band, a FitBit-type sports band that measures sleep, activity, steps, and more (available by itself for $180); UA Scale that tracks weight, body fat percentage, and goals; and UA Heart Rate, a chest strap that measures heart rate in real-time to help with training.
According to Under Armour, these devices are intended to be used with the UA Record app to be a “dashboard” for your body, as individuals’ health data can be collected and available 24/7 to help track progress, set goals, log workouts, track nutrition, and ultimately improve overall health – all while sending and sharing information with fellow athletes, trainers, and even physicians, if desired.
Philips Sonicare for Kids Connected Sonic Electric Toothbrush
Available: Yes (Amazon and others)
While electric toothbrushes are not a new invention, a Sonicare™ model features Bluetooth® capability and app connectivity to provide a compelling, educational experience for children.
If you’re a parent trying to convince your kids to brush, the Philips Sonicare for Kids Connected Sonic Electric Toothbrush could be helpful. The toothbrush connects to Android and Apple devices via a free app from Philips that encourages children to brush twice daily. Included in the app is an interactive, furry digital pet, of sorts, that guides kids through a clean brushing experience.
Additional features include a rechargeable battery, advanced brushing with 500 strokes per second, a 2 minute timer, and more.
This video shows the toothbrush and app in action.
L’Oreal My UV Patch
Available: No (later this year)
The massive, world-renowned cosmetics and beauty company L’Oreal launched what it calls the “first flexible electronic sensor analysis of UV radiation on the skin” at CES.
The ultra-thin My UV Patch is a skin sensor that essentially detects and measures an individual’s exposure to UV rays, allowing users to know when they’ve had too much sun.
The sensor is heart-shaped with multiple shades of blue and white squares that change color with varying levels of sun exposure. Users can then take a photo of the sensor and upload it to the My UV Patch app to determine the amount of UV exposure they’ve had. The app also provides information about the risks associated with getting too much sun.
The science of this product is further explained through an interview with Guive Balooch, Global VP of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator who is in charge of the development of this innovation.
Learn more via this video overview from TechCrunch.