In today’s modern world, more companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) and data to help customers keep track of their health. For some users, they could get the health information they need from just a few simple taps on the phone.
LifeFuels claims to be the world’s first ‘smart nutrition bottle’ that dispenses customised flavoured water to users based on their daily hydration and nutrient needs. The bottle is paired with a LifeFuels smartphone app that keeps track of a user’s activities and hydration level throughout the day.
When a user is ready to “Swipe to dispense”, it will make a drink from flavoured FuelPods like Peach with multivitamins and Lemon Lime with electrolytes blend. Available online for users in the United States, LifeFuels is priced from US$99 (RM409) for a bottle that holds up to 500ml of water with three Fuelpods.
Withings Move ECG
Supposedly another world’s first, Withings claims it has developed an analogue watch with built-in electrocardiogram (ECG) that helps users detect atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat activity. The company says whenever users feel palpitations, they can press a side button on the watch and place a finger on the bezel and get a medical-grade ECG reading in 30 seconds.
Users can also monitor their readings with a smartphone app and be alerted when it indicates some issues. The company claims the watch has a 12-month battery life and can also be used for sleep monitoring. Available later this year, the Move ECG is priced at US$129.95 (RM537).
Mateo is a bathroom mat with footprint recognition and smart features that give users access to data like their weight, body fat analysis and muscle mass via a smartphone app. The company behind the device claims it wants to help users measure their weight by removing the focus on the number. Instead, the app will recommend users to maintain a balanced diet and even praise them for making progress.
The device also has a scale with 7,000 pressure points designed to provide readings and advice on improving postures. Mateo will be available on Kickstarter for US$179 (RM739) in March.
TytoCare allows users to check for common conditions like ear infections, fever, allergies and sore throat and get real-time diagnosis from their network of medical doctors, through a smartphone app. During the virtual consultation, users can perform self-examinations using a TyTo device which is fitted with a camera and thermometer. It can also be connected with adaptors like otoscope for ears and a tongue depressor.
Doctors will also be able to see the readings on a user’s device by looking at their app, which will be synced to the user’s, and provide a prescription if necessary. TytoCare with the TytoHome medical exam kit is priced at US$299 (RM1,236) for users in the US, Mexico and Canada.
Neofect Smart Balance
This lower-limb rehabilitation device is designed for stroke patients or those with spinal cord injuries to practice movements through a Dance Dance Revolution-styled game. The sensor plate is used to track foot movement and weight distribution while a Bluetooth-connected chest strap checks the body for posture.
The sensors will deliver signals to indicate how users should move and play for the game. The game parameters can also be adjusted according to the user’s data which can be tracked through a clinical software. Made for home use and healthcare clinics, the Neofect Smart Balance’s price and availability will be announced later this year.
When it comes to scalp health and preventing hair loss, there’s Becon. The hand-held device has a camera with 80x magnification and CMOS sensor to check for 10 different elements of scalp health including follicle count, texture and hair density. Then with machine-learning algorithm, it will analyse the results and provide scalp care advice, including shampoo recommendations, to suit the user’s needs.
Currently in development as one of the innovative projects under Samsung Electronics’ in-house incubation programme C-Lab, data collected from the Becon device’s readings will be used to keep track of a user’s scalp health.
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