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HealBe Tracks Calories All The Time

Friday, February 5th, 2016

HealBe GoBeHealBe provides a way for consumers to track their calorie intake constantly using a device they wear on their wrist. Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic interviews HealBe co-founder George Mikeberydze about how the device was developed and the technology that uses electrical impedance to track the glucose and other nutrients entering the cells.

Far more than a simple activity tracker, the Healbe GoBe provides the most comprehensive information from your body, delivered effortlessly to your smartphone. GoBe calculates your calorie intake through your skin. Know exactly how many calories you’re consuming with no manual logging, no estimates and no error-prone guesswork.

It also delivers a complete picture of your heart rate and daily exertion level with GoBe’s continuous piezo pressure sensor heart rate monitoring. Coupling this with an activity tracker and you have the nearly perfect fitness and wellness wearable device.

Find more info at HealBe.com and get the HealBe GoBe at Amazon.com now for just $249.00.

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Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

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Essence Behaviour Analysis for the Smart Home

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Essence LogoComing from a background in home securityEssence have used their understanding of monitoring to develop a range of products for the smart home to enable independent living for those people who might otherwise have difficulty looking after themselves. Jamie and Daniel find out more from Rafi Zauer, Essence Head of Marketing.

The smart home market is exploding at the moment and there are hundreds of companies peddling hubs and sensors. What sets Essence’s SmartCare apart is a focus on unobtrusive monitoring and pattern analysis to detect when a dependent person’s daily routine changes, potentially by illness, in order to alert family members to a problem.

By using PIR motion detectors and door sensors, a pattern of behaviour is built up and deviations from the pattern can be escalated to relatives to follow-up. It’s all passive detection; there are no cameras and as such this provides an important level of privacy. Data is passed to a cloud service which in turn passes alerts to an app on a tablet or smartphone.

With an increasingly older population who want to remain in their own home, these kinds of systems will be increasingly relevant.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist.
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Omni Pro Medical Assessment Tool Kit

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

omni pro medical assessment kitFor many doctors, nurses and even paramedics, having the patient assessment tools you need on hand at the time you must use them is a challenge. The tools are expensive and have historically been bulky and not very portable. That all changes with the Omni Pro Medical Assessment Tool Kit from HMD HK Ltd.

Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic interviews Dr. William Hasbun, the inventor of the Omni Pro. Jamie learns from the doctor about his new all-in-one toolkit at CES 2016 in the Eureka Park startup area of the international consumer electronics conference.

The Omni Pro is like a Swiss Army Knife of medical assessment tools. The kit is compact and everything attaches or folds out from the included hight quality stethoscope. The more than 20 assessment tools include:

  • Stethoscope
  • Reflex Hammer
  • Otoscope
  • Ophthalmoscope
  • Blue & White Color LED flashlight
  • ECG Calipers
  • Tuning Fork
  • Tongue Depressor Holder

The device will be available for purchase later in spring 2016 and you can contact the company HMD-HK Limited for more information.

You can contact company director Andy Hasbun by email for updated time frames and supply dates.

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Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

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ThinOptics So You Can Read Anywhere

Monday, February 1st, 2016

thinoptics glassesThe team at ThinOptics have experience in innovation and advanced technology. They come from the biotech and silicon valley tech industries. When they started looking at a way to come up with a better set of reading glasses with a form and fit that made them easy to carry everywhere and anywhere you need them.

Health Tech Weekly host, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic stopped by the ThinOptics booth and found his new favorite reading glasses. Usually a person keeps their reading glasses in one place, their desk or next to their chair at home. That means that everywhere else they are out of luck.

Now the ThinOptics glasses can be kept with you everywhere. Jamie keeps his on the back of his smartphone case where they have a low profile but are there when he needs them.

Check out ThinOptics.com or find ThinOptics in various colors over at Amazon.com for just $24.95.

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Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

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LifeFuels Bottle Gives Essential Nutrition

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

lifefuels-bottleMaintaining adequate hydration is important. So is keeping your electrolyte levels up during exercise. The new dispenser water bottle from LifeFuels offers a unique way to keep track of these parameters, especially for active people.

Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic interviewed LifeFuels Chief Operating Officer Ethan Gill about the LifeFuels bottle. They met up at the International CES conference in Las Vegas, Nevada last month where many health technology companies were gathered to show off their products for consumers.

LifeFuels says they have the nutrition you need, when you need it, on the go. The LifeFuels water bottle provides dispenser inserts that have different nutritional liquid supplements to be dispensed into the water bottle as you need them. It ties in with a mobile application on your smartphone or tablet and allows you to track your hydration levels and the nutritional content of the LifeFuels supplements you have consumed that day.

The LifeFuels water bottle is coming soon so check in at their site LifeFuels.co.

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Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

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Skulpt Monitors Fat and Muscle Mass for Fitness

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

skulpt-screenshotJose Bohorquez, founder and CEO of Skulpt chats with Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic at CES Unveiled at the CES 2016 conference in Las Vegas. Skulpt is a muscle and fat quality monitoring system that is used by top athletes to keep track of their training regimen and the effectiveness of their practice.

The technology behind the Skulpt Aim® is called electrical impedance myography or EIM. ‘Myography’ literally means “The description of muscles.” When applied to the skin, a very weak current passes between the outer two electrodes. This current is high-frequency and alternating in nature. As the current moves through the skin, the subcutaneous fat, and the muscle, it loses a little bit of energy due to the resistance of the tissue and this change is then measured by the two inner electrodes.

By combining these multiple electrode configurations with multi-frequency electrical measurements, and by using a variety of algorithms, the Skulpt Aim can separate out the condition of the muscle from the amount of fat in a region in just a matter of seconds. The system gives you a percentage body fat reading and a muscle quality reading for the muscle group being examined.

By comparing left and right muscle groups, an athlete can track their symmetrical muscle development. This is important for high-performance athletes to ensure optimal performance and avoid injury. You can find more information at Skulpt.me and get the Skulpt Aim system for yourself and help you meet your fitness goals starting at just $99.

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Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

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Iris by Lowe’s Has Unique Uses for Health and Safety

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

IRIS-Lowes-LogoIris by Lowe’s Companies Inc. is a do-it-yourself home automation and security system that ties hundreds of sensors and products together in one easy to control and monitor system. Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic chats with Kris Bowring from Iris Home Systems at Lowe’s at CES 2016 about the unusual and inventive ways their customers are using the Iris system to monitor and manage the health and safety of the customer’s loved ones.

This is a trend we are seeing more and more often at CES. Consumers are not just using the electronic technology they see there but also adopting the technologies into new and inventive uses. For example, you are worried your elderly mother lives alone. She won’t get a monitoring service to notify responders and you if she falls or has a health emergency. That’s okay, you have access to the customizable Iris System.

You get a couple of motion sensors to place around the home in strategic locations. Then you add a few door/window sensors and place them on the medicine cabinet doors and kitchen cabinet doors to make sure that not only is Mom moving around her home but she’s taking her medicine and making food for herself.

All of this is monitored by a mobile app that unobtrusively lets you know when the system is activated at any time you want. Your mother gets her much-cherished independence and you get the peace of mind knowing that she is okay and doing well each day, throughout the day.

This is just one example of how the Lowe’s Iris Home System customers are using creative and unique solutions using common home monitoring and safety tools. Check out the whole video below for more about this amazing story and learn how others help their loved ones in interesting and unique ways.

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Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

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Qardio Brings Trio of Health Devices to CES

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Qardio LogoIf CES 2016 was any indicator, personal health technology is turning into a quickly expanding market. Manufacturers are introducing all kinds of new and innovative products to help us better understand what’s going on inside our bodies. One such company is Qardio.

Qardio CTO Rosario Iannella stopped by the booth to talk with Todd and Don about three new products: The QardioArm, the QardioBase, and the QardioCore.

QardioArm is a cuff-style blood pressure monitor that goes over a user’s upper arm. The monitor works similarly to a traditional style blood pressure monitor. QardioArm sends readings wirelessly to a smart phone app where they can be stored and shared. QardioArm is currently on the market for $99.

Next up is the impressive full-body scale, the QardioBase. This device is like your old bathroom scale pushed to the max. QardioBase conducts a super low-voltage current thru the person standing on it and uses that current to measure things like body water, body fat, bone composition and more. Qardio has done extensive testing on QardioBase to ensure its accuracy. The base can share its measurements with other devices, connecting over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The device is currently available for purchase at a price of $199.

Last but definitely not least we have QardioCore, a wearable EKG monitor. Unlike traditional personal EKG’s, QardioCore uses a strap to hold itself into place, as opposed to an adhesive patch. The device has built-in accelerometers that help to ensure the device is placed properly onto the user’s body. QardioCore will be available later this year and it’s expected to sell for $499.

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Omron Brings Modern Blood Pressure Monitors to CES

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Omron Healthcare LogoPersonal healthcare technology has come a long way over the years. It’s now easier than ever to track vital health information at home. Omron Healthcare is leading the way in this field with its new line of blood pressure monitors.

Todd and Don met with Ranndy Kellogg from Omron. Ranndy showed off his company’s latest high-tech blood pressure monitor prototype. Key features of this device include:

  • Can be worn continuously and used not just as a blood pressure monitor but also an activity tracker for things like counting steps.
  • Data collected by the device can be transferred to mobile Android or iOS devices. From there, it can be shared with family members, doctors, and other caretakers.
  • Monitor uses standard oscillometric technology validated to the same accuracy as all upper arm blood pressure monitors.
  • Built-in sensor lets users know when blood pressure monitor is in proper position for use.
  • Single battery charge can last up to 14 days, depending on usage.

The blood pressure monitor seen in the video is a working prototype. Omron will take these devices to production then they will go thru clinical studies and eventual FDA clearance. They’re anticipating the testing and clearance time will take about nine months. Once the monitor is ready, it should retail for around $200.

Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice weekly Geek News Central Podcast which can be found at GeekNewsCentral.com

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RightEye Eye-Tracking Tech for Concussion Testing

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

right eyeRightEye takes standard eye-tracking technology and adapts it for concussion testing and tracking for athletes and trauma victims. RightEye offers a revolutionary eye-tracking solution that measures your visual skills and health in just 2 minutes. With eye-tracking therapy, they help you achieve what they call Maximum Vision Performance.

In just two minutes, the RightEye eye-tracking test records eye movement data on precisely where a person is looking and measures an array of vision characteristics that are automatically compared to a database of the general population.

After the test, the software delivers a real-time, customized RightEye report that identifies strengths and weaknesses in vision performance and underlying health conditions, and recommends customized eye-tracking based vision training games that improve vision performance along with any needed medical follow-up.

It can also be used to track changes over time for concussion patients to track when they return to normal and can return to work or the playing field.

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Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly which can be found at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic, and health journalist.

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