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Feb 8, 2018,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

Connected health: five fascinating projects from the CES 2018

Various innovations were showcased at the CES 2018, including plenty of drones and vehicles. Connected health was also well represented, and here are five of the most promising projects in that sector.

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 was held in Las Vegas from 7 – 12 January, with various innovative projects unveiled. While driverless vehicles, drones and virtual reality devices all grabbed the attention of public and media alike, the connected health sector also saw a number of remarkable new inventions. Here are five of the most useful ones, as set out by the Objetconnecté.net website.


Anticipate heart disease with the CardioNexion from @-Health


@-Health has invented a device to anticipate cardio-vascular illnesses. The "CardioNexion" is worn as a t-shirt or bra and has to be prescribed by a doctor. It is fitted with sensors which continually collect the data linked to the respiratory system, heart rate and temperature.

The data is sent via the patient’s smartphone to a digital platform and then analysed 24 hours a day by a medical team that is ready to intervene at any time. The designers are still looking for people to invest in the project, with no price or release date yet available. 


A restful night thanks to the Philips SmartSleep headset 


The Philips SmartSleep headset looks like a headband which is worn at night, and can detect sleep phases and store the data on a smartphone.

The user can then analyse the results and get advice from an application. SmartSleep also has a white noise function to calm the restless sleeper, and will be on sale from the spring, retailing at 399 dollars in the USA.


Siren-Care socks to prevent diabetes-related ulcers


Siren-Care has designed socks for diabetics to avoid ulcers on the feet that can lead to amputation being required. The socks have six heat sensors in their fibres and can detect increases in temperature that often come about due to infections from ulcers, setting off an alarm on the patient’s smartphone.

The data is recorded, and can then be consulted by the person’s doctor. The Sirens can also be used as distance-trackers for walking or races, and to calculate the number of calories used up. They can be pre-ordered, and will cost 120 dollars.


Orcam "MyEye" reads to the partially-sighted


The Orcam "MyEye" is an electronic aide that is attached to glasses, and which is fitted with a camera that can identify letters and words, as well as an induced bone receiver. The user merely has to follow sentences with their finger and the device will read for them.

The MyEye retails for 2,995 dollars, and can read books, menus, bank notes, etc. as well as also recognising pre-identified people via an extra case that uses artificial intelligence.


Comforting sick children with the Aflac Duck


The Aflac Duck is a toy which comforts children suffering from serious illnesses by giving them hugs and reacting to them by means of its five sensors. It is also designed to play the role of the patient and by cared for by the child, to make the medical treatment they are receiving seem less scary.

The duck can be connected to a smartphone via bluetooth, and be programmed via an app to accompany sick children when they go out. It will be available free of charge to as many young patients as possible in 2018.


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