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Beam introduces video chat robot

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

beamVideo chat has become common in today’s world, especially in the workplace. Robotics, though, still has a tendency to sound a bit futuristic. Beam, however, has found a way to combine the two, with a robot that sports a video display, allowing for both face-to-face chat and mobility.

All of this functionality is controlled by the person seen on the screen, who controls the robot from a desktop or laptop computer. This is done by an app the company provides to the buyer for installation on any computer. The Beam, which comes from Suitable Technologies, is available right now. It’s geared towards corporate use, as the price comes in at $16,000, but that includes setup and support.

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Isonea shows off new medical technology for asthma sufferers

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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Jerry Korten, CEO of Isonea stopped by to visit the CES in Las Vegas, where he talked about the company’s latest product. It’s some amazing new medical technology utilized to help those who suffer from asthma.

The technology works with modern smartphones and utilizes a sensor that monitor breathing and upload the data to the cloud for quick analyzation, then send the information back to the user. The data is all stored within the app, making it easy for users to share it with their doctors. It can even generate reminders about medication. It also monitors the weather based on GPS location to try and pinpoint causes, such as changes in the weather or pollen levels. All of this information can then be crowd-sourced to make recommendations, such as “bring your inhaler with you today because there is a large amount of asthma in your area”.

The device isn’t part of your phone, but is separate small product that communicates with the smartphone. The device is already available in Australia, and is expected in the US within six months. No price was given.

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Dexcom shows simple glucose monitoring

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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Diabetes is a major health risk on today’s world and easy monitoring of it is essential to the well-being of everyone who suffers. The company produces a tiny handheld electronic sensor to help with this.

The little device can easily monitor blood-sugar levels and even sound alerts if it detects a problem. Users can also set thresholds to generate customized warnings. It goes further, allowing the customer to set up remote monitoring for family so that others can monitor your health, for example — keeping an eye on your child while he or she is i school. Dexcom also talks a bit about plans for the future of this technology. The device is available now.

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Suitable Tech shows off Beam — remote telepresence device

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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SuitableTech came by during CES in Las Vegas to show off its Beam. The name may be a bit vague in describing what the product is, but it s rather cool technology.

In a nutshell, this is a remote telepresence device, though many would likely simply refer to it as a robot. The device is mounted on wheels and has a display screen on the top. It can then move around to various people and allow for face to face communications with someone in a remote location. The device promises an eight-hour battery life. Beam is not really for home use, as you’re looking at a $20,000 install, but it will be handy in many business situations. You can find out more by visiting SuitableTech.

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QuardioArm, QuardioCore Measures Blood Pressure, ECG

Friday, January 31st, 2014

quardio-2Marco Peluso of Quardio joins us on the TPN CES live stream. Quardio introduced QuardioArm and QuardioCore products to capture more information about your heart. The QuardioArm is a blood pressure monitor while the core is a piece you set on your chest. It acts similar to a ECG monitor.

Using secure cloud storage, your health data is stored and can be seen by you, friends, family, or a health care professional.

Quardio is HIPPA compliant. The core has a rechargeable battery you plug in for a few hours a day.

QuardioCore will be available in June for $449. The QuardioArm is $99 and available for pre-sale

To find out more, check out getQuardio.com

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Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Don Baine of The Gadget Professor with help of Chris Montera of Health Tech Weekly

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Siphiwe Baleka Digital Tech Keeps Truck Drivers Healthy

Monday, January 27th, 2014
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Truck driver fitness expert Siphiwe Baleka used to be a truck driver. His experience with driving a truck and trying to stay fit is what drove him to come up with a digital health fitness program for truckers. He gained 15 pounds in the first few months driving and he knew that was no good. National statistics say that 86% of truck drivers are overweight and 57% of them are obese. These over-the-road drivers are in great need of ways to get their health and fitness back under control. Siphiwe came up with a solution for his employer, New Prime Trucking.

In his digital health solution, Siphiwe used digital communication over mobile devices to help the drivers track their health and fitness while giving them information on small, incremental changes that offer them the ability to change their lives. The American Medical Association declared obesity a disease earlier this year meaning that these truck drivers need treatment for their disease to get healthy again. This program has made such an impact that Siphiwe and Prime Trucking won a EveryDayHealth.com Digital Health Award as Healthiest Company for their program that allowed their drivers to lose more than 25 pounds on average.

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Follow-up with more segments from CES 2014 here at TPN.tv and over at the Health Tech Weekly Podcast with host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

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