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iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor at CES



iHealth LogoJamie chats to Adam about the iHealth blood pressure monitor, an FDA-approved device that uses Bluetooth to transfer health data to a smartphone or tablet.

The new version  of the iHealth blood pressure monitor builds takes the original docking device and adds wireless data transfer using Bluetooth. The first version integrated with iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads but the Bluetooth feature expands the potential of the monitor to other smartphones and tablets. A cloud service complements the free app providing tracking and monitoring features and integration with other healthcare systems.

Aimed squarely at the home health market, there are two different models priced at $79 and $99, which is very affordable. Check out iHealth’s online store.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly.

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GrandCare Systems



GrandCare System GrandCare Systems is a comprehensive software system that can be used to help caregiver monitor their love ones from a distant. It was originally created to help maintain social contact, through chats, email, pictures, video, games, reminders and things like local weather and news. Overtime it was discovered that it could also be used to monitor health conditions, such as glucose level, blood pressure, and other medical information. It can capture the information on site and in almost real-time. It does this through add ons such as a device that indicates when a pill-box has been open or when a scale has been used. These add ons are connected to the main device wirelessly. Alerts can be sent to the caregiver either through email or text message based on the need of the patient.

The GrandCare Systems is software based and it is built into a specific device at the present time. This is something they hope to change in the future so that the software can be used on various devices. The caregiver may access the alerts and information on any device. The base cost for the device and software is $600. There is an additional cost based on the number of add ons. There is also a monthly fee to for text messages and email to the caregiver.

If you have an elderly parent living alone, this can help you give you peace of mind.  Knowing that you can still care for them even if you are not there.

Interview by Chris Montera of  and the Health Tech Weekly

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Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor



Omron Healthcare LogoLifestyle health products are very popular and Jamie Davis looks at one of the amazing healthcare products on show at CES 2013, the new Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor.

The Strapless Heart Rate Monitor does away with more usual chest belt, replacing it with a device that’s more akin to a chunky wristwatch, which can be worn all day and not just at the gym or when working out. Optical sensors read the blood flow from capillaries in the wrist to calculate the heart rate, helping the wearer hit their fat burning zone and making their workouts more effectively. The monitor fully integrates with Omron’s lifestyle ecosystem, uploading heart rate data to their fitness portal.

The Strapless Heart Rate Monitor (HR-500U) will be available at the end of January for $149 and can be pre-ordered at Omron Fitness’ online store.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly.

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Gunnar Digital Performance Eyewear



Gunnar Phenom EyewareGunnar‘s digital performance eyewear is a range of spectacles designed for people who spend too much time in front of a screen. Typically stylish and yellow-lensed, Todd occasionally wears a pair of Gunnars while doing the GNC show.

Joe Croft dropped in to show off the latest specs and Gunnar currently has a four-way line-up with Advanced Computer, Advanced Gaming, Premium 3D and Advanced Outdoor eyewear. As you might guess, three out of the four are primarily for indoor use only.

The Advanced Computer eyewear is for those people who use computer screens all day and the glasses help with the typical symptoms of prolonged computer use, such as a lowering in the blink rate leading to dry eyes, tired eye muscles from short range focussing and poor light quality from fluorescent lights. The technology in Gunnar glasses addresses each of those issues to make the eyes more comfortable while using a computer screen.

The new Spring 2012 collection is now out at Gunnars. Prices from $80 – $300 for standard lenses. Budget up to $700 for custom prescription lenses from Zeiss.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Steve Lee of Netcast Studio for the TechPodcast Network.

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Hearing Loss Help From ClearSounds



ClearSounds LogoSurprisingly, one in five Americans over the age of 12 has hearing loss severe enough to affect communication and in over a third of the cases, the loss is from noise exposure, not age. ClearSounds produces a range of stylish products that help people overcome their hearing loss and communicate again. Andy and Courtney talk to company president, Michele Alman of ClearSounds.

Suffering from a hearing loss is less about the physical impairment and more about the isolation and withdrawal that occurs when it becomes difficult to hear what’s going on. The problem doesn’t only affect the afflicted; friends and family stop calling and phoning because it’s simply too hard to have a conversation. In turn, the lack of contact leads people into depression.

ClearSounds have a range of products aimed at remedying everyday situations – people with hearing loss want to use cool tech too. The ClearSounds i700 iCreations Phone is combination landline and iPhone dock. The enhanced handset combines a DECT cordless phone with a Bluetooth receiver so only one handset is needed to take both landline and mobile phone calls.

For watching TV, the ClearBlue Bluetooth TV/Audio Listening System is a Bluetooth transmitter and headphones receiver. Rather than turning the TV volume up until it rocks the house, the headphones let the individual set the volume just right for them.

Interview by Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallin of SDR News and RV News Net.

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Careverge Takes A Social Approach To Health



Careverge logoThe fast pace of modern Western life doesn’t lend itself to a healthy lifestyle and many of us struggle to keep on top of the weight and exercise regularly, including myself. Careverge can help as a one-stop health and well-being site that brings together fitness, health and support in one place. Careverge’s Henry de Phillips talks to Jamie Davis of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show about what the site can offer.

Careverge’s approach is to create a social networking environment to encourage good health behaviours rather than to simply sell a product or a plan. The site brings networking, gaming and recommendations together so that within only a few moments of starting to use the site, the individual is given personalised suggestions on reading and possible activities. The focus of Careverge is to encourage people to health through fun while providing quality health information and support to reach their goals.

Careverge is free to use for consumers.

Interview by Jamie Davis of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show.

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Withings Internet Connected Baby Scale



At CES in Las Vegas, Withings has announced its wireless Internet-connected baby and toddle scale, winner of a 2012 CES Innovations Award. Developed by the French company, the Smart Baby Scale incorporates WiFi, Bluetooth and the low power Bluetooth Smart connectivity and allows parents to accurately record their child’s weight from birth.

Withings Smart Baby Scale

Using the Smart Baby Scale, parents can view the weight readings from any net connected device, such as PC, laptop, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the already available WiScale app. Parents can easily pass on their child’s weight profile to their doctor, family and friends and the scale can also update Facebook and Twitter. Messages can be sent to email addresses with new readings and, if desired, parents can put together a scrapbook with notes and photos to create a story of their child’s growth.

Cédric Hutchings, Withings co-founder says, “We are very excited to announce our Smart Baby Scale and offer parents an amazing new way to take care of their newborn or young child. The success of our WiFi Body Scale has proven the benefits of connected weight tracking on adults and we were eager to also bring these benefits to babies and children. We are thrilled that our Smart Baby Scale was awarded the prestigious CES Innovation Award and this further reinforces our vision of designing smart communicating devices that help families take better charge of their health”.

The Smart Baby Scale complements other Withings products such as the adult Withings WiFi body scale and the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor. Parents are able to monitor their child’s weight on the same dashboard they view their own weight and blood pressure. (Hmm, I wonder if parents are as inclined to put their own weight on Facebook!)

No news on pricing but the Smart Baby Scale will be available from Q2 of 2012. The WiScale app is available now for iOS devices from the App Store for free.


Zeo: Your Personal Sleep Coach



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Carissa O’Brien visited the Zeo booth at CES 2011. Zeo is a device that acts as a personal sleep coach. Better sleep means a better you. When you sleep poorly it can effect your health, your energy level and your productivity. The way Zeo works is you wear a headband at night that tracks you brain electric signals. In the morning that information is then transferred to the bedside display. It can tell you how long you slept, how long it took for you to get to sleep and how good you slept. You can then take that data to the Zeo Web site and it will give you tips on how to get better sleep.

The device is available through the Zeo Web site, Amazon and Brookstone for $199.00. Zeo announced an integration with Dailyburn an online fitness platform thru their open api at CES 2011.

Interview by Carissa O’Brien for Geek News Central.

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TabSafe Medication Management System



Carissa talks with Jim from TabSafe about their award-winning TabSafe Medication Management System. Aimed at keeping an ill person at home when they would otherwise have to go into care, it not only reminds the person when to take their medication, but it also records vital readings such as blood sugar level and blood pressure, and prepares them for the physician to give a picture of wellness over time.

TabSafe is modular to cope with multiple prescriptions. For as-needed medication, it monitors the frequency of use and will prevent overdosing by refusing to dispense the medication when it detects excessive use.

The setup of the prescription regime is programmed via the TabSafe website so it can be done by the carer or the patient. If the medication isn’t taken by the patient, an alert is sent by phone to the carer.

Priced at $1099 for purchase or $50 per month rental. Available now from their website.

Interview by Carissa O’Brien for Tech Podcast Network.

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TabSafe Medication Management System for Independent Living



Andy and Esbjorn interview Chris Morgan and James Chiavetta from TabSafe, who demonstrate their Medication Management System, which won a Design and Engineering Showcase Award at CES.

TabSafe is an in-home medication dispensing system aimed at keeping seniors and chronically ill at home, rather than taking them into care or assisted-living accommodation. Apparently 1 in 4 people have to move out of their homes because of problems taking medication.

The system comprises there parts – a base unit, a medication cartridge and a personal health website. Where needed, multiple medication cartridges can be used for different prescriptions. The system is programmed with the time and frequency of medication dispensing and when the time comes, the patient is alerted via a tone and a customisable voice prompt to take their tablets.

If the patient doesn’t take their medication on time, the carer is alerted by the system via their mobile phone.

The personal health website is used by the carer or patient to program TabSafe but information is returned from the TabSafe to the website so a time-based view of the medication dispensing can be seen and passed to their physician. TabSafe connects to the Internet via router but it has a backup connection through the standard telephone system.

Chris and James also discuss some of the challenges developing a home medical device to the market, including legal issues and failsafes.

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Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com.

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