Six health gadgets from CES to go gaga over

The annual Consumer Electronics Show highlights futuristic gadgets paving the way for a better tomorrow.

By Rebekah Bell, Bekah Berge 21/01/2017

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) highlights futuristic gadgets that are paving the way for a better tomorrow. The following six inventions are shaping the future of wearable technology and overall well-being.

Motiv Fitness Tracking Ring

The ring to rule them all, Motiv eschews the bulkiness inherent in many wearable fitness trackers in favour of slate grey or rose gold rings ($US200) that are as stylish as they are practical. Designed to be worn daily, the waterproof jewellery counts steps, tracks sleep, and monitors heart rates. The recipient of a CES 2017 Best of Innovation for Wearable Technologies award, the rings will be available for purchase this spring. (mymotiv.com)

FoodMarble Aire Digestive Tracker

FoodMarble’s Aire digestive tracker will help individuals discover which foods are most compatible with their bodies. Users blow into the system like they would into a breathalyser to determine the level of gas in their bloodstream, and a synced smartphone app will then use the data to ascertain how their bodies respond to different types of foods. Designed specifically for people with digestive issues, the tracker is currently available for $US100 and is scheduled to be delivered in August. (foodmarble.com)

QardioCore ECG Monitor

The QardioCore wearable ECG monitor ($US450) is a medical-grade chest strap that records vital information such as heart rate, respiratory rate, and activity and transfers the data to a smartphone app. Users can track their stats through the app and send pertinent data to their primary care physician. A worthwhile investment for those with heart problems, the monitor offers accurate, medically sound insights. Units are expected to ship in April. (getqardio.com)

Motio HW Sleep Apnea Watch

Sleep apnea — a serious sleep disorder that causes halted breathing and affects up to 6 per cent of the global population — has met its match in Neogia’s Motio HW, a wearable device that improves quality of sleep for affected individuals. Equipped with an artificial intelligence component, Motio HW detects patterns and uses the newfound knowledge to help regulate sleeping and breathing. The data can be accessed by smartphone, tablets, or computers. (neogia.xyz)

Milo Sensors Proof Wristband

At first glance the Proof wristband could pass as a trendy accessory meant to pair perfectly with your evening wear, but unbeknownst to those around you, the ultra-soft black and silver bracelet is actively monitoring your blood alcohol levels. Proof — by California-based Milo Sensors — takes a disposable tracking cartridge and inserts it into the back of the bracelet, where for 12 hours, sensors are able to record your blood alcohol content and provide the necessary data through the accompanying app. According to Proof, the wristband is equivalent to consumer breathalysers. Pricing is estimated to range anywhere between $US100 and $US150. (proofwearable.com)

Polar Team Pro Shirt

Monitoring heart rate has never been easier than with the Polar Team Pro Shirt. Designed for athletes, Polar has developed a sleeveless, base-layer shirt that seamlessly melds GPS tracking and proprietary heart rate technology, which replaces the need for a chest strap monitor and allows real-time heart rate data to be broadcasted directly to a trainer’s iPad. Additionally, lightweight sensors are placed in a small pocket on the back collar of the shirt to help track an athlete’s distance, acceleration, and speed. The Polar Team Pro Shirt is available in light grey and is scheduled to hit the market in March. (polar.com)

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