Reports at the conclusion of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas all point to consumer DIY health care apps and devices being a dominant topic and taking up significant floor space. Among the forecasts for 2015 are the burgeoning sales of health and fitness wearables (Jawbone, Fitbit, Garmin, etc.), slated to hit the 20 million mark.
Making their debut at the show were a number of activity trackers, sleep devices, an oral health tracker, connected weight scales, and a several adhesive temperature devices. I particularly like the idea of the AmpStrip by Fitlinxx, a small patch with embedded sensor that adheres to the torso and tracks heart rate, calories burned, respiration, body temperature, and posture. And parents will appreciate TempTraq by Blue Spark Technologies, which is a peel-and-stick Bluetooth thermometer patch. Place it on your child during illness and fever and track their temperature with your smartphone!
Technology, miniaturization, and app development are all converging to bring new consumer health care products to the market, all pending FDA approval, of course.