Azoi Kito Health Tracker at Gadget Show Live

KitoFor me, the Azoi Kito and HP Sprout were the stand out attractions from Gadget Show Live. The Kito is a health tracker disguised as a smartphone sleeve that measures five health stats; heart rate, ECG, temperature, blood oxygen and respiration rate. The Kito can also measure blood pressure but that’s not yet approved.

Previously known as Wello, the Kito is insanely easy to use. Simply hold Kito in both hands (like a Nintendo DS) for a few seconds to take a reading and then the measurements will be transmitted via Bluetooth 4 LE to nearby smartphone. Both Android and iOS is supported, and Kito is available as a case for the iPhone 5/5s and as a standalone unit for use with all other supported phones.

Kito

Expected to come to the UK market at around £150, I think this is a no brainer for anyone who has a chronic condition or for a family who want to track their health on a regular basis and it’s so easy to use. To learn more, listen to my interview with Hammish Patel, Azoi CEO.

Archos Connected Scale Review

Archos LogoOver the past few years, we’ve all seen the rise of the fitness tracker and their transformation into wearables. While the goal of encouraging greater fitness is laudable and essential for the future health of the nation, to some extent the tracker is the gamification of fitness. For evidence of weight loss, reduction in BMI and reduced body fat, you need scales (and hard work)….which brings us neatly to the Archos Connected Scale.


Connected Scale

The Archos Connected Scale is a set of stylish bathroom scales which measures weight and body fat transmitting the recordings via Bluetooth to a complementary app on the smartphone. I think these would look good in any bathroom or home gym.

Archos Connected Scale ReadingIn the box, there’s the scales, four AAA batteries plus a couple of guides. Getting going is simply a case of installing the batteries and once they’re in, the Archos scales will measure weight like any other bathroom scales. The display is backlight and lights up with a cool blue.

Of course, the real benefit with these scales is that the readings can be sent to the owner’s smartphone and recorded in the Archos Connected Self app, available for both Android and Apple iOS devices. The app stores information from three different sources to record data on weight, blood pressure and distance from Archos devices the Connected Scale, Blood Pressure Monitor and Activity Tracker.

To get the readings from the scales via Bluetooth, the Connected Scale need to be paired with the smartphone and that’s straightforward: press and hold the Unit button on the rear and then pair as normal.

Archos App User Scale Binding

On the Connected Self app, the first step is to set up a user account and the second is to attach the Connected Scale to the user. With all that done, every time you step on the scale, weight and body fat percentage are transmitted to the app. It’s that easy. As recordings build up, the app can show graphs on weekly, monthly and annual basis. It can also show the data in a tabular form.

Graph Values

If needed, weight measurements can be added manually and some additional information can be added too including blood pressure and heart rate.

In use, the Archos Connected Scale worked well, sending the weight readings to the smartphone. I did have one glitch which was only resolved by re-pairing the scale, but in my experience of Bluetooth devices, this isn’t unusual. One tip for potential users – don’t bother taking your smartphone into the bathroom every day. The Connected Scale will remember several week’s worth of readings and upload them when there is a connection to the phone.

The only downside is that as with all of these wearables and health devices, they don’t talk to each other and each supplier is trying to build their own ecosystem. Simply I can’t load Archos Connected Scales information into my Fitbit app or I can’t load my Fitbit steps into the Archos app. Very frustrating.

With an RRP of £49.99, the Archos Connected Scale is about twice the price of a similarly stylish but unconnected set of bathroom scales. Having said that, the Connected Scale can be found on-line for a little less (£35-ish), which I think makes it a fairly good buy even if you are only looking for stylish bathroom scales.

Thanks to Archos for the loan of the Connected Scale.

SafeSip Stops Spills

British Inventors ProjectSafeSip is a reusable drinks cover that fits almost any glass, mug, cup or can to stop spills. It’s a simple product that has myriad uses with children, the elderly, during travel, on picnics or in places where a liquid leak would be disastrous.

Made from food-grade silicone rubber, the SafeSip can be pulled over a wide range of drinking vessels, including fizzy drink (soda) cans, with a straw pushed through a self-closing hole in the SafeSip. It’s dishwasher safe, works with both hot and cold liquids, and comes in eight different colours. Another great product from the British Inventors’ Project at the Gadget Show Live.

SafeSip

The SafeSip is currently crowdfunding at CrowdShed.

SmartMat Enhances Your Yoga Experience At CES

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Yoga is a great way to refresh and relax your body and mind, but are you getting the most out of your yoga workouts? Get ready to experience a whole new world of yoga with SmartMat.

Jamie and Nick spoke to Mazi Sadri of SmartMat about how his product is helping people everywhere enjoy the benefits of yoga. SmartMat is an electronic yoga mat equipped with 21,000 pressure sensors to help yogis of all levels to improve their technique and learn the ins and outs of different forms of yoga.

SmartMat measures your body shape, balance, stance, and more and uses this information to match you to the best yoga poses for your body type. Once calibrated, SmartMat pairs wirelessly with your smartphone or tablet to track your performance and correct any errors you may be making via the accompanying app.

SmartMat is available for pre-sale now on their website for $297 and is expected to ship around July 2015. Once it hits the market, the price will increase to $347.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly and Nick DiMeo of F5 Live.

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A “Behind the Scenes” Look at CES 2015

Guardian Elite Medical Services logoWhen we think about events like CES 2015, what comes to mind first is the new products that will be featured. It is easy to overlook the fact that large events need to have a lot of “behind the scenes” work going on in order to make everything run smoothly.

Jamie spoke with his friend Sam Scheller who is a paramedic who owns an emergency medical services company called Guardian Elite Medical Services. Sam gives us a “behind the scenes” look at the infrastructure that supports CES 2015.

It is like an entire city has been stuffed into this space! To accommodate, they need to bring in extra security, EMS, and police to be able to handle the influx of people. Sam gives a glimpse into some of the most common medical problem that they see at CES. However, they are ready for anything that may happen from the simplest issue to the most serious ones. They do see a lot of chronic issues that can become problematic when people forget to bring their medications or forget to take them.

They also go over the “numbers” of how many first aid rooms they have at CES and what each has. Sam also shares how they determine the level of care a person requires and how they go about providing it.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly for the TechPodcast Network.

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Gymwatch Measures Strength And Motion At CES

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Exercise is great, but knowing the specifics about your workout performance and progress can make your fitness regime even more successful.

Don got to talk with Fabian Walke, CEO of Gymwatch, about his company’s product. The Gymwatch is a fitness tracking wristband that monitors your workout performance, tracks your progress over time, and much more.

Gymwatch connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet so you can monitor your progress on the companion app. One of the coolest features of the Gymwatch is that it senses when you’re doing an exercise wrong and shows you via the app how to do it correctly. With over 900 weight-lifting and strength-training exercises and weekly software updates, Gymwatch will help you achieve your fitness goals in no time.

Gymwatch is available now on the Gymwatch website or Amazon for $199.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.

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BeWell Brings Smart Thermometers And More To CES

bewell When you’re under the weather, it can be a pain to get up and go to the doctor’s office. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do a basic check-up from the comfort of your own home? BeWell Connect, a division of Visiomed, is a brand that’s dedicated to helping you do just that.

Jamie talked to Dr. Francois Teboul, Medical Director at Visiomed, about one of several new products his company debuted at CES this year– the ThermoFlash thermometer. The ThermoFlash thermometer allows you to take someone’s temperature without having to touch them and risk catching their illness yourself. Just place the thermometer over your temple and it will read your temperature and compare it with the temperature of the atmosphere around you to give an accurate reading.

The $100 connected ThermoFlash device can connect to your smartphone to give you more information and advice with the accompanying app. A non-connected version is also available for $60-70. The ThermoFlash and many other healthcare devices can be found at BeWell’s website.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly.

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Fitnet Helps You Get In Shape At CES

Fitnet logo It can be hard to find the time to exercise, especially if there are other things you’d rather be doing. But exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Jamie spoke to Bob Summers of Fitnet about how his company is making getting in shape simple and fun.

Fitnet is an interactive, highly-personalized fitness tracker app that makes it easy to set fitness goals and create a custom weekly fitness plan to help you achieve them. With guidance and video tutorials from real-life fitness trainers, you’ll be getting in shape in no time. Easily squeeze workouts into your schedule whenever you have the time– you only need as little as 5 minutes! It’s perfect for parents, businesspeople, road-trippers, and anyone else with a busy lifestyle and a desire to get fit.

Fitnet is available for free now in the Google Play Store and iOS App Store.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly.

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A&D Envisions a Future of Connected Healthcare at CES

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Nowhere has technology made a bigger impact than the healthcare industry. And as technology evolves, patients’ relationships with that technology changes, too. These days, people are walking around with all kinds of connected devices tracking everything from heart rate to activity levels. A&D Medical has established itself as a manufacturer of non-connected health tracking devices. Now, the company is moving forward with the introduction of connected products.

Jamie met with Terry Duesterhoeft, CEO of A&D Medical. Terry talked about a study conducted by his company that showed a surprising number of patients are ready to use connected devices that gather their health information and relay that information to caregivers and other healthcare workers. Terry and Jamie also talked about privacy concerns, and what A&D is doing to ensure its customers can use their devices in a secure fashion.

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FreeWavz Wirefree Wearable Earphones

FreeWavz LogoBluetooth headphone are commonplace these days but usually there’s a connector between the two earphones, either as a wire or a band. The FreeWavz wirefree earphones are different, using Bluetooth to transmit the music to both earphones, so there’s no physical connection between the earphones. The earphones are smart too, as the blend between sound from the smartphone and the surrounding environment can be adjusted to match the wearer’s preferences.

That’s the “wirefree” part taken care of. What about the “wearable” bit? Aimed at the fitness enthusiast, FreeWavz aren’t only earphones, they’re fitness bands for the ears, measuring the wearer’s heart rate. As you’d expect, the data is reported back to the connected smartphone but the wearer also hears about his heart rate, calories burned, distance and steps in his ears via the FreeWavz. It’s all clever stuff and there’s more revealed in the interview.

The FreeWavz earphones are expected in the summer and are on pre-order for $219 (RRP is $249).

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor for the TechPodcast Network.

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