Withings Smart Activity Tracker
Announced Jan. 6, the Withings Smart Activity Tracker is a pocket-size device that tracks the number of steps taken, calories burned and quality of sleep. About the size of a memory stick, it features a touch-screen on the front and a heart-rate sensor on the back. It collects pulse measurements and sends notifications of activity or inactivity using a smartphone. Bluetooth Smart connectivity allows the tracker to sync with the Withings Health Mate app on the iPhone, iPad or Android devices. It will be available by the end of the first quarter. Pricing has yet to be announced.
Ambio Health Remote Monitoring System
Ambio Health unveiled its Remote Health Monitoring System Jan. 8. The platform tracks a patient's weight, blood pressure and blood glucose levels. Family members and caregivers can follow a patient's data in an online portal and send reminders for patients to take readings. An Ambio smartphone app also provides readings of vital signs. Ambio will add sensors for motion, doors and windows in the second quarter. Wireless health monitoring can reduce hospitalizations and help patients manage chronic conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.
Philips Lifeline GoSafe
On Jan. 8, Philips introduced its Lifeline GoSafe mobile personal emergency response system (PERs). GoSafe features fall-detection capabilities and keeps seniors connected to caregivers using multiple location-tracking technologies and two-way cellular voice communication. Users wear the GoSafe button around their neck and Philips' Lifeline Response Center can help if an emergency occurs. "Our intention is that GoSafe will provide users with the confidence to get back to activities or go to places they have scaled back on, knowing that help is easily accessible," Rob Goudswaard, senior director of product and service programs for Philips Home Monitoring, said in a statement.
HotHead Technologies, a company that develops wireless biosensors, has introduced the Spree Headband, a product that measures body temperature, movement and heart rate. Announced Jan. 3, the Spree also tracks distance and calories burned. It captures data in real time as the user works out and sends the data to a smartphone using Bluetooth. The $299 device works with both Android and iOS, and is slated to ship in April.
HeartMath Sensor for iOS
A company called HeartMath has developed a sensor to gauge a patient's heart rate and monitor stress levels. The $99 unit clips to the earlobe and sends data to the company's iOS Inner Balance App, also introduced at CES. The app provides real-time feedback and journaling features to help compose the mind to reduce stress. Inner Balance asks how the user is feeling and steps the person through breathing exercises. Announced Jan. 8, both the HeartMath Sensor and Inner Balance app will be available Feb. 1.