Wifi Hifi broke down some of the best of the best of health technology at CES. Check out what they had to say about LumiWave below.
This story originally appeared in Wifi Hifi and was written by Christine Persaud.
Wearables have been going strong since last CES. But this year, companies have upped the ante with devices that go beyond just wrist-based activity tracking and notifications. And are, as anticipated, moving into specific categories with very specific health benefits. For example, I’ve already covered innovations like the Feel Wearable that tracks your mood, and the Made for iPhone ReSound hearing aid that can stream music, phone calls, and turn-by-turn navigation directly from the Apple smartphone to the device.
There’s also Lumiwave, an IR light therapy device that is sort of like the high-tech version of the heating pad. It uses local heat and IR light to penetrate deep tissues, and help relieve pain in problem areas, whether it’s a knee, neck and shoulders, arm, or back. Wrap it around to secure it, and it will run for 20 minutes after which it automatically shuts off, having given the optimal relief. You can grab a pack of two for larger areas, like wrapping around your torso. Each costs $300. The device has been cleared by the FDA and will be coming to Canada “soon.”
This isn’t necessarily a health device, per se, but it falls into the category of wellness and safety. 4moms is known for its mamaroo baby swings, and now the company is venturing into the car seat business with its model that works with a mobile app to coach parents through the installation. Scan the car’s VIN and it will recommend the best position for the base and seat. Position it, and the app will coach you through the installation process. Press a button, and it will tighten up and adjust as needed. Each time you place the car seat into the base, the system will run a safety check to ensure that everything is in order. Considering that a large percentage of child car seats are improperly installed, this product is poised to take off. At US$500, the price tag is a bit higher than you’d find with typical car seats. But, as any parent knows, you can’t put a price on the safety of your child.
Also on the subject of kids, Voxx has developed a sub-brand called Project Nursery that creates a number of lifestyle and tech products for the baby’s room. One of the standouts is a 5″ HD video baby monitor, which operates over the secure 2.4 GHz spectrum (no worries about Wi-Fi intrusion). But what I really love about it: in addition to the 5″ monitor that comes with the camera, the system also includes a separate 1.5″ mini monitor that you can wear around your wrist, neck, or clipped to your clothes and keep tabs on baby at all times, whether you’re sitting out on the back deck reading a novel, or running downstairs to grab the laundry. The camera can pan-tilt and has infrared night vision. There’s also two-way audio capability for up to 800 feet, and a temperature sensor. And you can record video, snap photos, and stream lullabies. Battery life for the mini monitor is up to 16 hours. You can connect up to four main cameras to one monitor. The system that includes both monitors and one camera will cost US$300.
Any parent who has a kid who has to carry an EpiPen knows the worry and stress severe allergies can pose. The Veta, developed by Waterloo, ON-based Aterica Digital Health, is a smart case and app for the EpiPen that lets you find the device, will notify parents if it has been opened, and will even monitor it to ensure it’s always at the optimum temperature for operation. It will also notify you of expiry and when it’s time to get a replacement. The app runs on iOS and Android devices.
As we covered in an earlier report, worth mentioning again is the Withings Wi-Fi Thermometer
is a high-tech version of the traditional thermometer. Hold it up to you temple, and it will read your temperature within two seconds, then display it on the built-in screen. You can store data for up to eight users, scrolling up or down on the screen to find the right person before taking his temp. But what really makes the unit handy is the partner app for iOS or Android, which will store all of your readings so you can keep an accurate timeline of, say, a child’s ongoing fever. You can also manually add notes, like other symptoms that were exhibited at various times, and when you administered medication, like Tylenol or Advil. It’s a great way to provide accurate information to the doctor should the illness require a visit. According to the Withings rep, a traditional ear thermometer can be more sensitive to the exact positioning in the ear, whereas the temple thermometer can provide a more accurate reading, simply pressed to your head. Scheduled for availability at the end of Q1, it will sell for US$100. The unit runs on a pair of AAA batteries that last for about two years.