2019 News Coverage

The annual trade exhibition Consumer Electronics Show (CES), at Las Vegas, is a gathering place for businesses and innovators from across industries, all vying to showcase products and services that are débuting in the market. This year saw 4,500 exhibitors, with over 200 in the wellness space. Wearables, remote tracking devices, diagnostics and healthcare delivery, all continued to show sparks. Here are a few picks from the gadgets demo-ed. Read More...

If you want your smartwatch to take a pounding, and perhaps keep up with a more active lifestyle, what choices do you have? After all, the majority are made for looks, not for toughness. Mobvoi has stepped up with the TicWatch S2, a smartwatch that doesn’t mind getting knocked or scraped once in a while. Read More....

Nestled among the absolute truckload of new smartwatches at CES 2019 were two fresh Wear OS devices from prolific Chinese smartwatch maker and AI company, Mobvoi. With the TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 — follow-ups to the first “Express” and “Sport” TicWatchesreleased in mid-2018 — the brand is once again balancing specs and features with a mega-affordable price tag, and tackling some of the criticisms levelled at its predecessors. Mobvoi is on a bit of a hot streak following the launches of the excellent TicWatch Pro and the equally...

Withings has returned as its own company after a short stint under Nokia, and it's brought out some new fitness trackers to take on the top contenders. The $129 Withings Pulse HR looks and acts much like Fitbit's Alta HR: its svelte, rectangular module tracks heart rate all day and night as well as daily activity and workouts. Read More....

There’s a myriad of smart watches and activity trackers out there from the Apple Watch and Fitbit bands all the way down to nameless pedometers that cost nearly a dollar. At CES 2019 we got a chance to meet with a company called HEALBE that has a unique device, called GoBe2, which is supposedly capable of tracking ingested calories and hydration levels automatically. Read More...

The Consumer Electronics Show is the highlight of the calendar for all tech lovers, and 2019 brought us some awesome products. Here are 10 of our favourites from the Vegas expo. Read More....

From mobile health devices to sleep analytic technologies, health-tech companies and startups showcased their creations to global visitors at the annual CES 2019. Some products are already in the market, while others are preparing to go commercial. Read More....

The invention of cat litter in the 1940s brought the cat species into countless family homes. A huge global market has since grown around the hundreds of millions of cats and dogs that humans keep as pets. And like it has in other sectors, AI is opening up possibilities for new and innovative products across the pet industry. Read More....

Welcome to our weekly round up of the wearable tech news you may have missed – and what a week it’s been. With all eyes fixed on Las Vegas for CES 2019, it’s been a busy week finding out about the new wearables that will be launching over the next 12 months. But away from the big announcements on new smartwatches and AR glasses, there’s been plenty of smaller nuggets that offer an insight into how the wearable world is progressing. Let’s...

LAS VEGAS — French tech company Withings took the crown of the best wearable at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show with its new hybrid watch. Read More....

Meet the OrCam MyMe, a tiny device that you clip on your T-shirt to help you remember faces. The OrCam MyMe features a small smartphone-like camera and a proprietary facial-recognition algorithm so that you can associate names with faces. It can be a useful device at business conferences, or to learn more about how you spend a typical day. Read More....

automatically applying features collision avoision and cruise control to compensate for you being emotionally distracted.CES is the biggest event in the tech calendar, seeing some of the biggest names in the industry descend on Las Vegas every January. Read More....

The 52nd CES is the place to find next-generation innovations. This week an estimated 180,000 people have descended on the city, know primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment and nightlife. If you're planning on going, there's little time left. The four day gathering closes its doors today. Read More.  ...

CES has been running for 52 years and if feels like I was at all 51 of them. Like many in the tech industry, I feel like I mostly know what I'm going to get when I arrive at the world's biggest tech show. Cavernous halls filled with the world's biggest brands, dazzling TV displays, wafer-thin computers and futuristic cars that look ready to drive me to space. Read More....

German electronic engineering company Covestro, announced that it had collaborated with Embr Labs on a smart bracelet that can make the wearer feel warmer or colder by 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Covestro, who has its North America headquarters in Pittsburgh will be exhibiting with us at the WT | Wearable Technologies Show MEDICA 2019. The device, called Embr Wave, allows people to hack the way they feel temperature. According to Embr Labs, the bracelet’s scientifically developed waveforms leverages the body’s natural systems to...

#CES2019 Valencell makes biometric sensors for companies throughout the fitness industry. Their partners include Sony, Scosche, Suunto, and Huawei. One of their reps ran us through how they work. #CESCGTN View Here....

There are enormous number of products on display at CES, ranging from the wacky to the fun to the useful to the essential. And some are potentially life saving. So, in between looking at big screen TVs, cool concept cars, robots, home appliances and all the other products on display, I spent my time at the health and fitness-and-wearables area at the Sands Convention Center and spoke with some of the speakers at the 10th annual Digital Health Summit, sponsored by...

Virtual reality is finally poised to make its way into the sports world, as the Sense Arena VR hockey training system brings professional hockey training without ice. It offers the authentic look of playing hockey, but even more importantly, it offers the authentic feel that a player could only get from being on the ice. Read More....

Nuheara, an Australian manufacturer of smart hearing devices, launched a ground-breaking premium hearing product called IQbuds MAX™, which will become the flagship product of the innovative IQbuds™ range, at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Read More....

Swimming is fine - it’s a good all-over workout, but there’s not a lot of variation in the interest levels. Enter the Aftershokz Xtrainers, launched at CES 2019: bone-conducting headphones that bring music to your watery workouts more simply than ever before. We’ve tried a number of options to help you swim with music, and the wired headphones always just end up falling out, getting hit by a flailing arm or just not offering a clean enough seal to allow you actually...

Austrian ski equipment maker Atomic unveiled the future of ski boot and skier connectivity with the debut of a digital skiing concept: the Atomic Hawx Ultra Connected. Developed in conjunction with biomechanics experts from Salzburg University and Salzburg Research, Atomic’s Hawx Connected concept delivers digital tracking and analysis capabilities through Atomic’s free mobile Connected App for instant on-slope feedback and enhanced skiing experience. Hawx Connected allows you to know precisely how to adjust your skiing technique for higher performance through refining your balance, pressure...

VRHealth, a health tech company providing Virtual Reality (VR) products for healthcare implementations, announced the launch of the first telehealth-VR medical platform that includes apps specifically designed for consumers to use at home. The platform, developed in collaboration with AARP’s innovation Lab, was announced at the CES 2019. As part of its collaboration with AARP, VRHealth has a residency in AARP Innovation Lab and is integrating core features of its product into the “Health and Wellness” section of Alcove VR, a...

A heart-attack happens suddenly and without any warning. If you have a heart condition, being able to predict a heart attack could save your life. Chronolife, a cotton-and lycra-based vest, designed to prevent medical emergencies in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), debuted at the CES 2019 in Las Vegas. CHF is a chronic condition that affects the pumping power of your heart muscles. CHF is the stage in which the heart’s pumping power decreases due to fluid buildup around the heart. Read...

With the growing opioid crisis, healthcare professionals are searching for a drug-free alternative to pain management. A new CDC report found that overdoses corresponding strongly with use of synthetic opioids increased nearly 10% year-over-year in 2017 and, as a result, the average American life expectancy has been reduced by nearly four months for the first time since WWII. Now, Oska Wellness, a pioneer in technology-driven wellness solutions, announced it will debut its next-generation Oska Pulse device at Pepcom’s Digital Experience...

OrCam Technologies [CES Sands Hall D #44552], artificial vision and AI-driven wearable platform innovator, will preview its OrCam MyMe personal AI platform at CES 2019. OrCam MyMe functions as an 'AI companion', performing real-time facial and text recognition, plus subsequent personal big data analysis, to assist users in optimising common work and life tasks. The platform's technology is delivered to a companion app on a smartphone or smartwatch. Read More....

Orlando, Florida – Jan 9th, 2018 – Echelon, a leader in indoor cycling and innovative fitness technology, has just revealed to the public that their recently released EX3 Smart Connect bike is not the latest model fitness insiders are raving about. Read More....

LAS VEGAS — Tech company Viewpointsystem is introducing new mixed reality (MR) glasses called VPS 19 at CES in Las Vegas this week. The company says the wearer can intuitively interact with any digital content hands-free through eye gestures. Read More....

Matrix has unveiled a new smartwatch, called the PowerWatch 2, which is loaded with features like step count, heart rate monitor, notification and GPS, and needs only body heat and solar power to run. Launched at the CES 2019, the PowerWatch 2 is a follow-up to last year’s PowerWatch X that was powered entirely by the body heat emitted from your wrist. However, the watch was missing features like GPS and a heart rate sensor that had become commonplace on most smartwatches....

Garmin will unveil the latest upgrades to its world-renowned navigation software, enhancements to its infotainment platforms, a demo exhibiting augmented reality technology, and their current work on integrated cameras and wearable solutions at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. “We are looking forward to the opportunity of showcasing all the hard work our team has put together for current and future projects at this year’s CES,” said Matt Munn, Garmin automotive OEM managing director. “Whether it’s the inclusion...

Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH, a Berlin-based audio-tech company that develops and licenses personalized audio technology, and its partner beyerdynamic have won the CES Innovation Awards for the second time in a row. At the CES 2018, their Aventho wireless was honored and this year’s honor went to the new LAGOON ANC. With millions of smart speakers and wearables, our primary sense of interaction with the intelligent world is increasingly moving from sight to sound. However, despite recent advancements in sound quality,...

Silicon Valley startup DigiLens unveiled DigiLens Crystal, a reference platform that gives OEM’s a customizable, cost-effective waveguide-based eyeglass style solution for both workforce and consumer applications. The completely transparent Augmented Reality smartglasses deliver content both indoors and outdoors. Maintenance, logistics or manufacturing workers can increase productivity and at the same time stay safe by using these glasses which provide timely access to real-time remote assistance and enterprise data – all while staying hands-free. Read More...

Viewpointsystem is showcasing the VPS 19 smart glasses, which combine eye tracking with a display element for a Mixed Reality experience.  VPS 19 is a CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree in the Wearable Technologies category. The inclusion of "digital iris" technology is what sets the VPS 19 apart from other wearable technologies. The digital iris is capable of interpreting a person's eye behavior to enable interaction by eye gesture, both consciously and subconsciously. The user can interact with the elements displayed...

ES 2019 has a lot of VR options, but none quite as cool for Golden Knights fans as Sense Arena. Former NHL Jan Ludvig and Patrik Eliáš talk about the future benefits and possibilities of technology like this. Eliáš also talks about his experience at his first Golden Knights game this past Sunday when the knights faced off against his former team the New Jersey Devils. ViewHere....

An Australian startup, Nuheara, has officially announced its third pair of truly-wireless earbuds, called the IQbuds MAX, at this year’s CES, following the success of its IQbuds BOOST. The earbuds are specifically targeted for those with low to moderate hearing loss and do an amazing job of reducing the surrounding noise to make it easier to listen to what’s important. According to the company, the IQbuds Max is the first pair of intelligent earbuds that comes with active noise cancellation and...

Creating a 3D virtual world typically involves using several advanced cameras or depth sensors, but Eys3D Microelectronics Technology and Lucid are developing a solution that only requires a single module. Axis is a VR180 camera system that’s capable of creating 3D depth maps to reconstruct scenes for gaming, animation, virtual reality, and augmented reality....

Lucid, makers of Lucidcam, one of the first VR180 cameras on the market, have announced a depth-sensing VR180 camera called Axis.  Axis uses depth sensors to enable creators to generate 3D models as easily as taking a photo or video. Read More...

Movesense announced it has shipped over 700 software development kits to developers creating smart wearables for sports, healthcare, entertainment, and industrial applications worldwide. Movesense is a ready-to-use motion sensor and development environment developed by well-known Finnish sports watch maker Suunto. Movesense sensor can measure speed and acceleration and it can be used as a wearable device or can be attached to equipment. Since its inception, the company has introduced several upgrades to its platform to give companies and development teams the tools...

If you're in the market for a new smartwatch, the first one you'd probably consider is the brand new Apple Watch Series 4. It's one of the best looking, and it includes an electrocardiographic sensor (ECG) for detailed heart monitoring. Read More....

As expected, more smartwatches add ECG functionality at the CES 2019. Apple introduced this feature last year and in 2019 many more wrist wearables will add electrocardiogram features. The Withings Move ECG is the first analog watch with ECG functionality and it will be very affordable. The Withings Move ECG will be released in Q2 of 2019 for $129.95. Read More....

LAS VEGAS – A connected shoe that can send a message to your relatives if you fall down is cool – it brings function to the concept of connected footwear and can help save lives. This new kind of shoe tops our list of the five coolest things we saw at CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show), at least so far. Here are the highlights from the show that opened with a press preview Sunday night: • Smart belts and shoes: The shoes with built-in sensors...

AfterShokz finally has a pair of waterproof bone-conducting headphones. The new Xtrainerz(pronounced “cross trainers”) target water sport fans who want to listen to music, but still leave the ears open to the sounds around them. Be it the threatening buzz of a motorboat cutting through the water, or idle banter in the lineup as your mates await the next wave. As we’ve said before, bone-conducting headphones simply can’t compete with traditional in-ear headphones on sound quality, typically delivering weaker bass and a quieter...

Every so often someone asks me what headphones they can use while swimming. The small list of viable options is about to get bigger with the arrival here at CES of the AfterShokz Xtrainerz (pronounced cross trainers) MP3 headphones. They use bone-conduction technology to transmit sound to your ears through your cheekbones. They'll ship this spring and will cost $150, with no word yet on international pricing.   Read More...

Hearables newcomer, Nuheara is adding a new model to its line up of fully wireless, hearing-enhancing earbuds, with the IQBuds MAX. Whereas previous Nuheara products used a proprietary form of noise cancellation, which it calls “SINC,” or, super intelligent noise cancellation, the IQBuds MAX add hybrid active noise cancellation for more effective blocking of unwanted external sounds. The new earbuds are making their first appearance at CES 2019. We’ve were very impressed with Nuheara’s first IQBuds when they debuted at CES in 2017, and we gave them...

LAS VEGAS — The Apple Watch Series 4 was the first smartwatch with medical-grade features, including an ECG app for detecting atrial fibrillation. French technology company Withings is nipping at Apple’s heels with the first analog smartwatch that can take on-the-go electrocardiograms — and the Withings watch is $280 cheaper than a Series 4, too. Read More....

Somewhere between Apple's AirPods and medical-grade hearing aids you have Nuheara's new "intelligent" hearing buds. The Australian start-up has produced two earlier versions of its IQbuds, and on Sunday unveiled its IQbuds Max, which it describes as the first intelligent earbuds to feature active noise cancellation. There's no word yet on pricing or exactly when they're shipping, but company says they will cost more than last year's $500 IQbuds Boost. I'll hopefully get a chance to give them a try here at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, where...

Smartwatches have long sought a killer app to make them something more than a toy for nerds and fitness fans. It may be that looking after our hearts, and keeping us out of the emergency room, is exactly what the devices were born to do. Read More....

Die Consumer Electronics Show (kurz: CES), die vom 08. bis 11. Januar 2019 in Las Vegas stattfindet, wird wie in jedem Jahr die neuesten Technologien und Trends der internationalen Technik-Hersteller vorstellen. Zu den größten Neuerungen zählen beispielsweise faltbare Displays. Die Technik soll erstmals im kommenden Jahr in Smartphones zum Einsatz kommen, weshalb erste Präsentationen zur CES 2019 durchaus denkbar wären. Der chinesische Hersteller Royole stellt sein FlexPai in jedem Fall vor, Samsung hüllt sich noch in Schweigen. Auch bei den Fernsehern...

Früher hieß die CES mal "Consumer Electronics Show", aber seit einigen Jahren bestehen die Messemacher explizit darauf, nur noch die Abkürzung zu verwenden – Unterhaltungselektronik ist nur noch ein kleiner Teil der inzwischen wichtigsten Technikveranstaltung der Welt. Die Messehallen in Las Vegas öffnen am Dienstag, aber schon an diesem Wochenende gibt es erste Veranstaltungen. Read More...

CarePredict, an AI-driven digital health company that is on a mission to develop technologies that can provide high-quality senior care, announced that it has secured $9.5 million in Series A. The funding was led by Secocha Ventures, Las Olas Ventures, and Startup Health Ventures. This brings the firm’s total raised to $19.7 million, following a $4 million seed fund round in December 2017 and a grant from the National Science Foundation. For an elderly, living alone carries a lot of risks....

Every year, while the rest of us might be drawing up lists of our resolutions, the technology industry begins gearing up for one of its biggest annual events in early January: the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Here is SportTechie’s pick of the sports technology products that launched at CES 2018. Read More...

Author Dan Brown gave his hero Langdon a wearable bone-conducting headset with access to an AI assistant named Winston in his 2017 novel Origin. While we have the wearable technologies, the AI assistant like Alexa and Google Assistant are not as capable as Winston yet. Despite this, AI in wearables is a huge trend that eventually will lead to a life with a personal assistant that is always here for you. The voice assistant advancements make also Hearables more relevant again. Apple...

The Consumer Electronics Show, also known as CES is the tech industry’s annual showcase of the best new gear and innovations for the year ahead. Over its 50-year history, CES has evolved from a stunning exhibition of innovative consumer gadgets, to a grand event that foreshadows future trends. The CES attracts about 180,000 people from 155 countries, as well as 6,500 media. All the biggest tech companies in the world gather, 4,500 to be exact, except for Apple. The event takes place...

CarePredict, an AI-driven digital health company that is on a mission to develop technologies that can provide high-quality senior care, has been selected as one of the five companies to win the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation’s Accessibility Contest at CES 2019. Launched in 2012, the CTA Foundation is a national organization with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. CarePredict is the first-to-market with an end-to-end AI-powered solution that predicts the onset of...

In light of CES 2019, our devices are slated to get a significant IQ boost in the new year. So if you think your smartwatch is advanced now, think again. You can even purchase a denim jacket that’s essentially an extension of your smartphone — just look at the collaboration between Google’s Jacquard and Levi’s....