The Convergence of Health, Wellness and Technology

What I saw at the Consumer Electronics Show

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Our minds were blown away at the 2018 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held the second week in January in not one but two convention centers across Las Vegas. If a quarter of the prototypes revealed on the show floor come to fruition in the next few years, life as we know it will be different.

The innovations that are available and ready to be adopted and adapted are already changing the way we live. Here are our top picks.

Tech that puts ladies first

Freemie , the leader in the hands-free discrete pumping industry, launched a mobile breast pump, the Liberty, along with new and improved Collection Cups. The Liberty gives nursing moms the ability to pump anywhere thanks to its light design, USB charging capabilities, a shut-off timer and collection cups that give them the ability to pump with a shirt on. Freemie believes pumping should be easier for moms and this belief motivates them to develop breast pumps and pumping accessories that are compatible with modern life.

Innovative brand LifeSense is using technology to make everyday life easier for women suffering from incontinence through Carin. This tech trifecta of products, including beautifully designed absorbent underwear, a moisture tracker and innovative kegel exercisers that work with a smart phone, give women the tools to track their health and reduce accidents. Carin is one brand that is harnessing technology to empower women and increase their confidence at the same time.

Disabling disabilities

OrCam Technologies , known for creating the world’s most advanced wearable artificial vision for the visualy impaired, has launched their newest artificial intelligence device – the MyEye 2.0. Smaller, smarter and lighter than its predecessor, the MyEye, this revamped version is delivering even more freedom and independence to the visually impaired. This  wireless wearable device gives those who are blind the ability to instantly read printed and digital text, count money, and even recognzie faces while making history as only wearable artificial vision that is activated by an intuitive pointing gesture or simply by following the wearer’s gaze – allowing for hands-free use without the need of a smartphone or Wi-Fi.

Proactive Digital Health

Having trouble trusting your gut when it comes to determining your next meal? Well AIRE is here to help! This small, but powerful, device can help you find the foods that are most compatible with your digestive system. They’ve adapted the technology, used in top digestive health clinics and made it smaller, portable and more affordable for personal, everyday use. Simply breathe into the device and it measures the gas that travels in your blood from your stomach to your lungs to suggest meals and snacks that suit your unique digestive system. No more second guessing your lunch order.

Annually, in the US, there are an estimated 3.8 million sports concussions and Prevent Biometrics is using technology to reduce this number. Their line of head impact monitors, when worn by athletes, records an impact’s force and location, and alerts team personnel when athletes need to be assessed. Monitoring these stats is easy thanks to the information being uploaded to the Prevention Biometrics app. Prevention Biometrics is disrupting health in the sports industry being proactive instead of reactive!

Nothing ruins a hike, camping trip, or any time outdoors more than uncomfortable mosquito bites! Sometimes existing insect-repelling creams, sprays and bracelets don’t always work. So, what’s an outdoor enthusiast to do? Get Maxogen’s Bite Helper! This innovative device uses Thermo-Pulse-Technology to deliver soothing heat and vibration to the affected area increasing circulation and blood flow to eliminate the itch, irritation and discomfort of a mosquito bite in seconds!

Wearable Wellness

Reliefband Technologies came onto the scene as a disruptor in wearable technology by using it to treat nausea caused by motion sickness, morning sickness, virtual reality gaming and chemotherapy. It has solidified its place as an innovator with the release of Reliefband 2.0. Worn similar to a wrist watch it delivers gentle pulses that transmit a signal to the nausea control center of the brain to naturally dispel all feelings of nausea. Updated with a sleeker design to make it easier to put on and more comfortable to wear over extended periods of time, Reliefband 2.0™ uses Reliefband Technologies’ patented healthcare professional-endorsed technology to give consumers the ability to pursue their bucket lists without the bucket.

Helo LX uses life-sensing technology to help you be a healthier you. Sophisticated algorithms developed with Machine Learning Technology and addressed by Artificial Intelligence make Helo LX the perfect device to learn about yourself every day and constantly improve your wellness. By wearing Helo LX daily, everything from the steps you take to your sleep patterns are tracked. You can log into the app to set daily wellness goals and receive suggestions on how to improve your overall health! The Helo LX is a wearable that encourages and helps you live your best life.

Can’t talk yourself out of that late-night snacking habit? Sometimes even with changes to diet and increases in exercise, the battle against the bulge is still a mental one. Modius is here to help. This industry disruptor gently stimulates the part of the brain that controls metabolism and appetite through a non-invasive headset. By simply wearing for 60 minutes a day, it can aid weight lost by helping decrease cravings and finding the strength say no to those guilty pleasures. Along with the headset you become part of the “Modius Community” that consists of a network of other Modius users and accesses fitness videos and healthy cooking tutorials to propel you towards a healthier lifestyle. This is a weight loss plan I can wrap my head around.

Avantari, one of India’s AR companies, is developing cutting-edge tech in the fields of Wellness, Healthcare, and Augmented Reality. It introduced Dhyana, the first wearable meditation tracker. Dhyana is a fashionable wooden ring that connects to an app to help determine if your meditation is working for you and enables you to reach a deeper meditative state.

Fitness wearables get even more functional with Spire by making them truly wearable. The Spire Health Tag rethinks how wearables are worn and used. It attaches to the inside of your clothing for continuous tracking and will alert your mobile phone of any data changes. This is truly the closest to smart clothing we have come.

Manage your life away from home  

It has been said “the grass is always greener on the other side,” but whoever said it didn’t have the B-hyve. This groundbreaking sprinkler timer allows you to water smartly by taking the guesswork out of determining when to water grass and plants by helping you make watering decisions based on the ecological needs of your yard. The B-hyve gives you the freedom to control your watering from anywhere with your smartphone. Wow, the thumb you use to control your smart phone just became green.

Dimensions and calculations are crucial parts of a project, yet the most painstaking and time consuming. Not anymore, thanks to Plott! Its line of groundbreaking products, such as Cubit, the first tool that can bring dimensional data to your smart device (no more guessing if that chair will fit in that corner), should be in every DIY’ers arsenal. Plott’s products work with your smartphone to calculate dimensions for you, so you can focus on the most exciting part of any DIY project—executing it.

You can put an end to water damage in your home by controlling your water via your Smartphone or tablet with FlowBox. Through their app you can control the amount of water being used in your home or investment properties from anywhere in the world! Also, you can manage the gas supply of your home and reduce the risk of accidents . Best of all, with a Flowbox you could be eligible for up to 20% off your insurance premiums.

H2O Gets a Tech Upgrade

Although it’s consumed by millions daily, few people can say they know anything about the quality of the water they’re putting into their bodies. That’s the idea Lishtot was built on – that people deserve to know what’s in their water. Lishtot tests take just a few seconds to conduct and give immediate results on your smart phone, including a recommendation on whether to drink or not to drink the water.

Ever had to throw away your favorite water bottle because you forgot to clean it and began to look like a science project? You won’t have that problem with QUARTZ Bottle because it is the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system. It uses UV-C LED light to eliminate up to 99.99% of bio-contaminants from your water and the surface of your bottle. The revolutionary bottle doesn’t require replacement filters, can save over $1,000 per year compared with throw-away bottled water, and one charge lasts up to 2-3 months.

LifeFuels began with a simple vision: to help people find what fuels them. This vision led to the creation of the world’s first drink maker that adapts to your day. You can easily create great-tasting and healthy beverages, packed with essential vitamins and nutrients, to help you power through the day. Simply insert the recyclable FuelPods — everything from daily essentials to pre-workout energy — into the chamber and fill the bottle with water and dispense what you need during the day. You can also sync the LifeFuels app with your smart watch or phone to track what you’re drinking.

Meet the first shower that engages all five senses – Elmer! When you step into one of these “French style” showers you’re given a few minutes in paradise. Outfitted with a micro-droplet head that delivers an enveloping and environmental-friendly flow, a high-fidelity sound system, oil diffusers and smart phone sync capabilities, Elmer truly delivers shower experience unlike any other.

A New Generation of Disruptors 

The Oblend is making history as the world’s first home dispensary. Yes, you read that right! Thanks to this industry disrupting technology you can create vapes, culinary oils, massage oils, aromatherapies and supplements from legal herbal extracts and essential oils from the comfort of your own home. This countertop device holds cartridges filled with essential oils and allows you to create personalized blends, via smart phone or tablet, for unique preferences or symptoms and have them dispensed into a vapor cartridge, lotions for topical application or culinary oils.

Created by a team of medical doctors, scientists, engineers and wellness coaches, Bowhead is a platform for personalized wellness. This app gives you the power to take control of your health by helping you track activities such as sleep and fitness while offering data-driven indicators and suggestions from certified doctors and wellness professionals to help you make improvements to your health. Now, checking in on your health is as easy as reading a text message.

Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology that could transform how diseases are treated by serving as an alternative to surgery and radiation. In order to accelerate its development and adoption The Focused Ultrasound Foundation was created.  Focused Ultrasound provide the energy to treat tissue deep in the body precisely and non-invasively without incisions or radiation. The Foundation seeks to organize contributing financial and human resources to foster collaboration, build knowledge and inform the millions of radiation patients of a new treatment option.

Sleep innovations

Kryo’s Ooler Sleep System uses diagnostic tools to monitor your sleep and temperature control to adjust to your liking leading to deeper, better sleep.

Creating a Productive Space

Nothing is more productive than a gadget that does your laundry for you. That’s what TeraSteam claims to do in 10 minutes taking the pain out of the process with a chemical-free cycle that also de-wrinkles and deodorizes.  It works on a pod system that uses distilled water and natural extracts that freshen clothes.

The Anova Precision Cooker will tenderize your meat while you do something else.  It’s sous vide cooking (French for under vaccum), made much easier than it sounds.  Sous vide typically involved sealing meat in a plastic bag and cooking it for a few hours at just the right temperature throughout the cut. While souse vide cooking requires a sous vide oven, the Anova Precision Cooker can be used with any pot.

Technology is vastly improving our lives, but charging cables, docks and plugs are taking over it! CABLE CANDY helps you tidy up all your cables while being easy-to-use, convenient and colorful. Whether it’s at home, in the office, in your car or on-the-go this delvers fun, easy and convenient ways to organize your cords and wires. CABLE CANDY will be go-to for any tech enthusiast who doesn’t want to get tangled up!

Armed with the mission to make tools for people who change the world Autonomous’ line of office products will help make you your most productive. From anti-fatigue mats to even bicycle desk this brand knows you’re only as strong as your tools! Autonomous makes workplaces of the future an everyday reality for people who are changing the world today.


Nancy Trent is a writer and speaker, a lifelong health advocate, a globe-trotting Nancy Trenttrend watcher and the founder and president of Trent & Company, a New York-based marketing communications firm with an office in Los Angeles.  Trent & Company grew out of Nancy’s personal commitment to helping people live longer and healthier lives.  A former journalist for New York magazine, Nancy has written seven books on healthy lifestyles, serves on the editorial boards of several magazines and travels around the world speaking at conferences and trade shows on trends in the marketplace. She is a recognized expert in PR with more than 30 years of experience creating and managing highly successful campaigns. Nancy can be reached at (212) 966-0024 or through e-mail at nancy@trentandcompany.com.  You may also visit http://www.trentandcompany.com.

NOTE: WholeFoods Magazine does not endorse any specific brand or product. Always seek the advice of a medical professional before adding a dietary supplement to (or removing one from) your daily regimen. The opinions expressed in bylined articles are not necessarily those of the publisher.

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