5 major trends in health unveiled at CES 2017
Virtual reality to train future surgeons, connected devices to improve sleep or a sensor capable of analyzing the contractions of a pregnant woman in real time, here is a non-exhaustive list of the latest innovations in medicine presented at last CES in Las Vegas.
“12% of the 4000 exhibitors at CES 2017 were from the health and wellness sector», Noted Jérôme Leleu, president of Interaction Healthcare, during a breakfast conference at the Bpifrance premises, in Paris, on January 31.
This year, artificial intelligence once again stood out, notably with Amazon Alexa, the marketplace’s intelligent voice assistant which offers new ways of interacting with patients and healthcare professionals.
Among the other products presented, the connected toothbrush from Kolibree or the hand prosthesis from BrainRobotics which is able to interpret the signals sent by the user’s residual muscles.
Augmented, virtual and mixed reality
With the rise of virtual reality headsets, this technology is used more and more, including among healthcare professionals. In the wake of SimforHealth, which presented a virtual reality experience in Las Vegas intended to prepare medical students for emergencies, Revinax offers immersive training adapted to medical and surgical acts from its “Surgevry” application .
In addition, the American start-up VirZoom has designed a device to measure sports activity via a connected exercise bike. Another innovation in the sector, Covirtua unveiled at Eureka Park a therapeutic software that integrates virtual reality in the treatment of cognitive disorders.
The IoT touches all sectors and health is not spared by the tsunami of connected objects. According to a Research and Markets report, the global “wearable” market will therefore weigh 40 billion dollars by 2020.
Among the innovations presented in Las Vegas, the connected hairbrush from Withings caused a sensation. Awarded the International Innovation Prize at CES, it will be marketed by L’Oréal, via its hair brand Kérastase.
For its part, BloomLife has designed a sensor to be placed under the navel of the future mother in order to analyze the contractions in real time. “This device should make it possible to avoid going back and forth to the hospital», Notes Sophie Campion.
Food Tech isn’t just about meal delivery services, it’s also about innovations to help consumers better manage their food. Samsung has therefore designed the “Family Hub 2.0”, a connected and intelligent fridge equipped with a voice assistant. It allows you to see what’s inside without opening it, via on-board cameras, but also to read us a recipe or to establish a shopping list.
When it comes to meal delivery, i-Lunch wants to take Deliveroo and UberEATS at odds with a balanced meal delivery platform, connected to consumer health data. Launched next April, it will develop dishes that will all be validated by a nutritionist.
“Sleep Tech is a strong trend at CES 2017», Warns Jérôme Leleu, president of Interaction Healthcare. According to him, this testifies to the enthusiasm of start-ups to improve the quality of everyone’s sleep. In this sense, the company Sen.se has developed a sensor to slide in the bed which analyzes the user’s sleep and wakes him up at the best time.
Another method to improve your sleep, the one proposed by the start-up Moona. The latter has created an intelligent product that regulates the temperature of the head according to the user’s sleep cycles. For example, the pillow will be cooler to fall back to sleep better and warmer to wake up gently.
Finally, Neogia and Kyomed have developed a connected bracelet to help people suffering from sleep apnea, a disorder from which “6% of the world’s population», According to Jérôme Leleu.