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.

SmartMat Enhances Your Yoga Experience At CES

smartmat logo

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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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.

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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.

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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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Floome Smartphone Breathalyser at CES

2045 TechIt’s best not to drink alcohol at all before driving as even small amounts of alcohol can impair your judgement. However, if you need to check your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), then the Floome smartphone breathalyser from 2045 Tech can help you determine if it’s legal to drive. Fabio Penzo CEO shows Todd that he’s sober.

Floome is a small palm-sized device that plugs into the earphone jack of a smartphone. The owner breathes into Floome which analyses the alcohol concentration and passes the data to the Floome app on the smartphone. The phone then shows the BAC on the screen along with a green or red indicator. The app has other features such as showing the location of the nearest taxi firm or it can send “come and get me” messages with the alcohol level superimposed on a selfie.

The Floome will be launching in Italy for 49 euros and will come to USA in a few months.

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Grandcare Is a System for Caregivers and Family Members at CES

Grandcare logoMany families include those who are elderly, homebound or otherwise in need of constant contact with others due to health reasons. And technology is always evolving to help meet this need. Grandcare showed off its touchscreen-based system at CES 2015. The Grandcare system is powerful and extensive but still easy to use.

Jamie had a chat with Laura Mitchell, Grandcare’s Chief Marketing Officer. Laura demonstrated some functions of the Grandcare system and she explained how the system can be configured down to one button, or expanded to include more features, depending on users’ needs.

The base Grandcare terminal can be purchased for $699 from retailers such as Amazon. There’s also a $49 monthly fee in order to keep all of Grandcare’s services active.

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Stay Hydrated with H2OPal at CES

h2opal logoStaying hydrated is key for maintaining a good baseline of personal health. But do we really know how much water we’re taking in every day? Sure, many fitness-tracking apps will let us log how much water we’ve had, but they rely on manual input, and it’s not always easy to remember just how many trips we’ve taken to the water cooler on any given day.

Jamie met up with Matej Marjanovic, cofounder of H2oPal, a device that attaches to any water bottle and tracks water consumption. H2oPal then automatically sends that information to a smartphone app so there’s no guesswork as to just how much water has been consumed throughout the day.

H2oPal is currently available for preorder, with an expected retail price of between $80 and $100. Matej said that customers who order early will likely be offered a discount.

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Quell Treats Chronic Pain Without Side Effects at CES

Quell logoChronic pain is a major health issue for many people. Often, the only treatment available is prescription drugs and usually, these drugs are expensive, hard to get, and they may cause bad side effects. Quell is a new product from Neurometrix that promises to help with the treatment of chronic pain by using an electric band that fits over a patient’s calf muscle.

Jamie met with Dr. Shai Gozani, CEO of Neurometrix. The two covered many of the challenges faced by chronic pain patients and how Dr. Gozani believes Quell will be able to help.

Quell is expected to hit the market in the spring and will retail for around $250. Quell users will also need to purchase disposable liners that fit between the Quell band and the leg. These liners will cost an additional $30 per month.

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