The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held every year in Las Vegas, is one of the most famous technology conferences on the planet. With companies such as Amazon, Asus, Dell, Garmin, HP, Nvidia, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony all using the show to release their newest products, CES is where all the technology journalists flock after the New Year hangover has passed.
As the focus of CES is more around gadgets, science hasn’t traditionally featured heavily at the show, but with technology empowering people to treat healthcare more as a consumer industry, this year there were plenty of science-based health startups vying for the attention of the masses.
Below, here are 7 that caught our eye:
1) Touch Surgery
Touch Surgery are simulating surgery to train surgeons. Using an app on mobile or tablet, young surgeons can practice and observe procedures on the go, without having to huddle around the operating table watching the senior surgeon operate. At CES, Touch Surgery demoed their augmented reality content which they envision being used as assistance in the actual operating room with DAQRI and Hololens – one to watch!
2) Siren Care
Sensors are everywhere now, and thanks to Siren Care, they could now be integrated into your clothing to monitor your health! They have produced a sock which monitors temperature changes in your feet – very useful knowledge for those with Diabetes. Winning the Hardware Battle at CES, Siren Care obviously impressed the attendees and judges, so hopefully there will be more to come…
Orig3n have created 3 products which are paving the way towards the future of medicine. With LifeCapsule, they have created the world’s largest cell biorepository to better understand and treat rare genetic diseases, and allow for cell storage for future medical treatment. They’ve also got LifeProfile for a personalised report following genetic testing and LifeSystems for researcher access.
BEPATIENT is a French startup looking to create a ‘one-stop-shop’ for digital health management. They’ve built basically a modular plug-and-play platform for you to create digital health apps, programs and experiences which include digital screening, eConsent, remote monitoring, care coordination and research evaluation. With speedy creation of digital health apps, there’s no real excuse to use pen and paper any more, neither in the hospital, at home or during research…
The world’s first pocket-sized gluten sensor is here! The Nima sensor allows you to test a small portion of your food to detect if it has gluten in it, on the go. The one-use capsule uses antibody-based detection to test the food, and at $5 a capsule, is not a cheap product to have in your handbag, but the team won last year’s CES Hardware battlefield, and is now ready to take pre-orders, so who knows where they might be in another years’ time.
It seems eSkin technology is finally here! VivaLnk’s proprietary technology allows you to track health and fitness insights directly from the body through discreetly adhering to your skin. We can certainly see it being used from an industry perspective for health monitoring, but will the next consumer fitness wearable be something you attach to your body as oppose to sport on top?
7) RAPAEL Smart Glove
Winning a CES Innovation Award this year was NEOFECT’s RAPAEL Smart Glove – and for good reason. An exoskeleton for the hand, the Smart Glove is a high-tech rehab device which, when worn and used to play rehabilitation games, can help train patients with poor function. And it looks awesome.