2020 is going to be the year for sleep tech. Wearables along with health sensors have become inevitable and this has been rightly showcased at CES 2020.
The leading companies showed the way
Pioneering smart technology to the next level, Withings’ range of elegant, subtly designed fitness-tracking watches has taken another step forward with the ScanWatch that has dual optical sensors for heart-arrhythmia tests and for identifying sleep apnoea. Huami’s Amazfit Bip S has a few extras: 5 ATM water resistance, swim tracking, added exercise modes and Bluetooth music controls. Muse S developed by IntraXon is designed to help one sleep. The Muse S fits around the head to read movement, brain activity and heart rate, with these sleep journeys altering in real-time based on what the band picks up.
Startups were a big hit
There are also some of the noteworthy innovations by startups showcased at CES 2020. Olive Union’s Smart Ear hearing amplifier is a solution for the five percent of the population suffering from some form of hearing loss. It strikes a balance among style, function and price and offers premium features like music streaming and hands-free calling. Ampere’s Side Pocket fanny pack can wirelessly charge the smartphone. There have been tremendous improvements in headphones: ToughTested ProComm 2 headphones bends like a bracelet, Soul Blade runner’s headphones got a built-in heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, and can even tell when the head angle doesn’t seem right, all via a very comprehensive mobile app. The Atmos wearable air filter, developed by Ao Air uses built-in fans to create a “positive-pressure clean air environment” with “one-way outflow” that repels polluted air which is 50 times more effective than other personal filtering devices. The new Nurvv Run Insoles fits into the base of the shoe with a unit sitting on the side that interacts with a smartphone and delivers data; also, its main goal is to make one run faster and to reduce the chance of injury. Hull-based Moodbeam is a mood-logging wearable that enables its wearer to make simple logs of how they are feeling throughout the day.
The other notable innovations at CES 2020 are: Phonak’s Virto Black, a small, stylish hearing aid. Suunto’s newest watch, Suunto 7, appeal to two different kinds of users: those in the market for a smartwatch and hard-core fitness junkies. Audio-Technica’s QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW, has improved its wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation. Big players have upgraded their products to a new level of innovations. A few of them are Apple Watch Series 4, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Fitbit Versa, Apple Watch Series 3, Fitbit charge 3, etc.
- The advances in sensor technology, smart fabrics, cloud computing, flexible membranes and more are taking fitness and wearables to the next level, helping track activity and extend connectivity.
- Most of the wearables focus on fitness tracking, as the market for it is huge.
- Wearable technology is being integrated to digital health.
- Wearable technology is becoming more affordable due to improvements in IoT and sensors.
Organized annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Consumer Technology Association’s flagship trade show has been the perfect location in the technology arena for trendspotting. Over 4,500 exhibitors with nearly 20,000 new transformative tech products have been a part of CES 2020. Emerging technologies such as AI, AR, VR, microelectronics and data are empowering a new wave of precise, on-demand self-care solutions among companies. This year’s show was insightful as it has been observed that companies are focused towards Human Centric innovations that combine hardware and software to create personalized experiences. Technologies oriented towards healthcare, beauty, wellness and lifestyle has also gained limelight at the CES 2020. With consumers becoming more socially responsible, companies have adjusted their products by focusing on sustainability.