Medical Devices Honored at CES 2011

Fitness Trackers and Hearing Aids Receive Top Honors at CES 2012

The CES 2011 is in full swing in Las Vegas. While the show focuses mainly on gadgets such as TV’s, computers, and cell phones, a few companies are at CES to show off some of their medical products they hope will improve the health and wellness of their users.

This year, nine of these companies were honored by CES for being among the best health products showcased. Among the featured products were hearing devices, including earplugs specially designed for military use to prevent hearing damage caused by gunfire and explosions, a heart rate monitor that attaches to your forearm and syncs with your iPhone/iPod Touch, and an air-purifying robot that also has face and voice recognition and can monitor the user’s vitals.

Stay tuned as we’ll be updating this post and profiling some of these products and more from CES 2011!

Link: CES 2011 Innovations Honorees… (click on the Health and Wellness category)

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas kicks off today, but the recipients of this year’s annual CES Innovations Awards have already been announced.

As in past years, one of the award categories includes innovations in health and wellness. Like last year, hearing aids were notable in the list of award recipients. Both Able Planet Incorporated and Starkey Laboratories, Inc. won the award again for their technologically advanced and nearly invisible hearing devices.

Also notable were a number of personal fitness trackers likely designed to give Jawbone UP and FitBit a little more competition. Basis Science has combined a number of different sensors, including heart rate and temperature sensors, and of course an accelerometer, all into a chic and attractive watch that doesn’t look like it came from an episode of Star Trek. Oregon Scientific’s Gaiam boasts of being the thinnest heart rate monitor on the market and the only one that uses a touch screen to navigate. Finally, if fitness tracking is all good, but you’re burdened with yet another device to wear, New Balance and iHome have integrated their fitness tracker in a set of earbuds. Its NB639 Fitness Evolved Headphones contain an inline unit that contains an accelerometer and finger heart rate monitor. Your stats are audibly spoken to you without interrupting your music being pumped through the NB639?s high quality tweeters.

Stay tuned throughout the week as we go in-depth on these award-winning products and more health and wellness technologies from CES 2012!

Link: CES 2012 Innovations Honorees (click the Health and Wellness category)

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