Tech You Hadn’t Thought of Before


I thought I knew what to expect when I made my way to Las Vegas, January 6-9, for the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show: more apps, more wearables, more short-cuts and more data. Yes, there was plenty of that on the show floor, however, what was most exciting about this year’s CES was all of the unexpected ways technology is predicted to influence our lives.

Here are a few of my favorites to come.

Pro-Goods Go Consumer

With a BewellCheck-UP the “personal health helper”—the doctors is always in. Visiomed, the French leader for connected healthcare introduced a patient-friendly app which interprets data collected by the connected medical devices that check your vitals. It will analyze your temperature, weight, blood pressure, oxygen and sugar levels and alert your doctor for diagnoses when needed. It relies on evidence-based medicine to analyze your vitals and predict problems like heart attack and stroke before you even feel the symptoms.

AlcolockUSA helps people avoid DUI and DWI by using the same equipment that police departments and other law enforcement professionals use to determine alcohol levels.

Reliefband, a well-known pain-relief product has been relaunched specifically for consumer use.

KNOCK is an app that allows you to control your entire household and home from one dashboard, like a professional project manager.

Washable, rugged electronics from Visijax, allow you to be seen with lights that get attention. Lightup outwear is no longer just for professionals that need to be seen in the dark, but is now available to keep the everyday American safe. These are stylish and fit for everyday wear.

Hands on and hands off are trending!

Anyone who has had to pump breast milk, knows how awkward and inconvenient it can be. Whether you are an employee or the employer, breastfeeding can be excessively expensive but now with Freemie, no one knows you are pumping except you! Concealable cups do all the work for you.

SmartWheel monitors your hands, and registers when you are focused, distracted, or texting in order to keep you focused on driving, with both hands on the wheel, when you’re in the driver’s seat. A major solution in the increasingly deadly distracted-driving epidemic, SmartWheel is an intelligent steering wheel cover that trains drivers, especially teens, to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Fancy footwork—shoes have great tech potential 

Digital Sole inserts will not only track your steps, they will also alter your temperature and automatically tie your laces, etc.

Footmoovs have built-in  microelectronic sensors that transmit information about your every foot movement. These shoes are made for your iPhone!

Filtered air becomes a mainstream priority

Aeris from Lab Fabrici is an air purifier that increases airflow through a plant. Using a fan, increased levels of carbon are returned to the plant, and fresh oxygen is released into the environment.

Air Serenity is another air purifier from France that replies on plasmas to capture, absorbed and destroyed particles.

The Foobot digitally checks the environment for carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, particulate matters, volatile organic compounds, temperature and humidity so you know what the air is like in a room, giving you the ability to adjust it before breathing it in.

Analysis paralysis takes new meaning when you consider the amazing new sleep products on the horizon

Imagine a comfortable sleep mask that not only blocks light but also monitors your sleep. The Neuroon Sleep Mask is doing just that, monitoring your biological feedback to help you sleep better and feel more rested.

The Smart Pillow is a complete marriage saver.  When the Smart Anti-snore pillow detects four snores, it activates the horizontal shifting motion, which gently tightens the throat muscles, causing snoring to stop. Everyone is rested and happier in the morning.

Emfit senses more than your sleep patterns.  It’s a non-contact sensor that hides beneath the mattress and tracks seizures and muscles spasms making it a potential life saver for some kids and seniors.

Oura is a new ring-sized wellness computer that studies your habits day and night and helps you reach your peak performance.

Acumed Source Inc. has acupressure-inspired eye massagers, designed to relax tired computer-eyes, and help you sleep better too. The massager employs precise kneading of vital acupressure points in the ocular region, using a combination of acupressure points based on traditional Chinese acupuncture and modern technology. This can provide relief from tension, by relaxing the skin and soft tissue around the eye sockets and eyelids.  Infrared heat compression gently warms up the area around your eyes, and, as a result, more oxygen and nourishments are brought to the area, improving metabolism and relieving eye strain.

Senior moments

Perhaps one of the most exciting categories on the show floor was what’s in store for seniors. This very easy to use, stress-free tabletthe Grandpad, is specifically designed to keep the senior set easily connected to what they are interested in the most—video calls, emails, the weather, games, family photos—without confusion or frustration.

On the outside, HealMet One appears to be a simple hand-held ball.  It houses some complex sensors on the inside that detect invisible symptoms of conditions before they show themselves.  Grasping this playground ball-sized handheld device catches life-saving health data in seconds.

Mobile pain relief

If it’s going to work, it’s going with you!  iTENs lets you keep TENS technology on your pain when you need

Workout where you are

TAO-Wellness turns your personal space into an interactive, fun gym with discreet and stylish, high-tech resistance training and tracking to various games to beat your best, compete with others and share with friends.

No need to not be connected

Influx World solves the weak WIFI issue, which can be stressful, with a great-looking router dock stand.

Earphones by Auria are designed to stay in your ears. They were focused on the marathon industry but now going mainstream.

Perhaps one of the best trends at CES 2016 is the growing interest in making us healthier.  Tracking is great but doing things, actually making us healthier, which all of these products do, is so much more useful! That’s what I’m always on the lookout for.

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nancy trentNancy Trent is a writer and speaker, a lifelong health advocate, a globe-trotting trend watcher and the founder and president of Trent & Company, a New York-based marketing communications firm.  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 worc ld speaking at conferences and trade shows on trends in the marketplace. She is a recognized expert icdn 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  You may also visit

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Published on WholeFoods Magazine Online, 1/28/16



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