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Inside the 2014 International CES: Five health gadgets worth watching

January 13, 2014

    Paige Bashuck, Daily Briefing

    Last week's International CES brought hundreds of thousands of people to Las Vegas to explore two million square feet of exhibit space. When it came to health gadgets, the high-tech trade show had a lot to offer—and I couldn't help but notice that a lot of it was wearable technology meant for people on the move.

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    Here were five of the many interesting health care gadgets on display at CES:

    • Save your back. Health experts can't seem to agree on whether standing or sitting desk are better for health and posture, but a tiny, wearable device may offer a middle-ground solution. Combined with a mobile application, Lumo Body Tech's Lumo Lift vibrates wearers when a user is slouching or walking in a way that encourages future back problems. It can easily be clipped onto a t-shirt or bra strap.

    • Prevent skin cancer. A petite, wearable jewel—either as a bracelet or brooch—can monitor a user's sun exposure and alert him or her when to apply sunblock, wear a hat, or put on sunglasses through its mobile application. Neatmo's JUNE is tailored to the user's risks of developing skin cancer, among other health details.

    • Relieve stress. Muse is a flexible brain sensor—worn around the forehead—that monitors brainwaves through seven EEG sensors. The information is relayed to a smartphone application, where it can be used for myriad of health purposes, according to Muse's creator Interaxon. The headband comes with software to walk users through mental exercises that calm the brain.

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    • Have sweeter dreams. The multi-part device tracks detailed information on users' sleep patterns—breathing, movement, and heart rate—via a slim device that goes under the mattress. In addition, Withings' Aura can set off a light-based alarm that either triggers or inhibits sleep-inducing melatonin. The information is sent to a smartphone application and can be used to create a healthier sleep cycle.

    • Take your pills with more accuracy. Fitted with optical sensors, the Imedipac smart pill box helps users take the right pills at the right time of day. And it can share the medication adherence information with a health care system or other connected third party. The Medissimo-produced pill box uses LED lights and alarms to alert the user.

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