Written by • Published 09th January 2016

Another year, another CES, brimming with start-ups and household names alike, looking to become the next big tech trend. But who will come out victorious? In the last of our six-part series, we give our verdict on the most interesting and diverse innovations in the medical technology category.

Image Courtesy of also iot, flickr.com

Image Courtesy of also iot, flickr.com

  • Owlet – Owlet is a sock-shaped baby vitals monitor which is the only to use hospital tech pulse oximetry. The sock alerts parents if their baby stops breathing. Owlet comes in three sock sizes to fit little ones until they are 18 months old.
  • Aipoly – Aipoly helps blind and visually impaired people by using technology to identify objects around them. Their app uses artificial intelligence to understand what a phone or tablet’s camera is seeing and describes what it is seeing out loud. An exciting development with the potential to change the way the blind interact with the world around them.
  • Digitsole – Digitsole creates smart shoes which warm the wearer’s feet on demand, can tighten and can also track calories burned through walking or running. The shoes also have a light in the front for nighttime runs.
  • Kolibree – Kolibree is a smart toothbrush which not only provides parents with analytics on their children’s brushing, but also incorporates a connected game, linking brushing performance to play.
  • Hidrate – Hidrate is a connected water bottle which lights up when you need to take a drink. The app suggests a personalised hydration goal and sends reminders of when you should drink more.
  • FeetMe – Keeping with the foot theme, these smart insoles analyse gait in real time. They are also a preventative solution for diabetics – some patients lose sensitivity and have ulcers that can lead to amputation. FeetMe monitors pressure to help avoid ulcers. Users can connect the insoles to smartphones via Bluetooth to monitor their data in real time.
  • HairMax – HairMax’s LaserBand 82 uses laser light to revitalise hair follicles and regrow hair. The futuristic bands use 90 seconds treatments with the medical grade lasers.
  • Quitbit Quitbit is a smart lighter that tracks and analyses the user’s smoking to help them make healthier decisions. You can check your data and set limits on when Quitbit can be used to light up to help cut down on smoking.
  • Blumio – Blumio is a pulse and blood pressure monitor, but unlike the swathes of wristbands and cuffs entering the market each week, Blumio’s sensor fits onto a smartphone case and can be held against the wrist to provide data.
Image Courtesy of Michael Sauers, flickr.com

Image Courtesy of Michael Sauers, flickr.com

  • SmartyPans – These connected cooking pans are designed with the health-conscious in mind. A connected app allows users to track their nutrition intake through what they cook in the pan.

Enjoyed this post? Read more of our series on CES 2016 companies to watch: