Like most major events, CES went virtual in 2021, but that didn’t stop the premier consumer technology conference from showing off all of the cool, pioneering, and sometimes just plain weird gadgets and devices that we can expect in our future. That was particularly true in the case of health and wellness technology with everything from tech-infused face masks, remote health solutions, reimagined treatment solutions, and much more. Here is just a small sample of the highlights from this year’s show.
AirPop: Track Your Breathing
Dr. Fauci said that even with the vaccine, we may still have to wear face masks into 2022—but this year you can expect some innovative new options. AirPop’s Active+ Halo Smart Mask ($149.99) uses a discreet sensor to deliver data on breathing behavior, breathing cycles, distance traveled, and the local air quality. It even alerts you when it is time to change the mask’s snap-in filters, which block pollutants such as dust, allergens, particulate matter, and microbial particles. And with its patented 360° sealing, medical-grade soft touch membrane, the mask also creates an ideal fit for each face.
OMRON: EMR-Connected Blood Pressure Monitor
OMRON has been a leader in remote blood pressure monitoring, but now it is releasing its first remote patient monitoring service. VitalSight is an easy-to-use service that physicians can offer patients with high risk levels of hypertension. The kit, which includes a clinically validated blood pressure monitor with built-in EKG technology, is delivered to a patient’s home preset to securely share measurements with the patient’s physician and care team either via their EMR or through the OMRON Doctor Dashboard. The care team is also alerted whenever a patient’s readings require action.
Kohler: At-Home Spa
We can all use a little relaxation during this time, and Kohler wants to help soothe you into a world of serenity with its Stillness Bath. While not yet available, this experiential bath draws its inspiration from Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. First, water fills from the bottom of the bath and overflows into the Hinoki wood mote to create a soothing sound. Then, full spectrum lighting surrounds the bath to set the mood. Next, fog envelopes the surface of the bath. Finally, essential oils can be added to emit aromas that stimulate the senses and promote focus.
Fluo Labs: New Way to Treat Hay Fever
A new medical device developed by Fluo Labs called Flō hopes to improve how people manage Allergic Rhinitis, which is more commonly known as hay fever. This drug-free technology works by using light therapy to inhibit the release of histamines and reduce inflammation. You simply insert the device into each nostril for 12 seconds. Fluo Labs is still seeking FDA approval with plans to release it as an OTC device by late 2021, but clinical trials have shown it to be effective with no known side effects.
BioIntelliSense: Medical-Grade COVID Screening
BioIntelliSense believes its BioButton can offer a scalable and cost-effective solution for COVID-19 symptom monitoring at home, school, and work. The coin-sized, disposable medical device can measure continuous temperature and other vital signs (such as respiratory rate and heart rate at rest) for up to 90 days. Wearers also take a daily health screener survey based on CDC guidelines on the connected app. Then based on the data and information collected, the app can issue a “Cleared” or “Not Cleared” notification for entry into work, school, or wherever.