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Conventional wisdom holds that men will only go to the doctor if an important body part is about to stop working or fall off. It’s also true that guys love gadgets. If this even partially describes you, the recent Consumer Electronics Show was a real paradise. And yes, that’s the pun since several of the far-flung exhibit halls of the Todas las Vegas Convention Center straddle Paradise Road.

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There were new at-home devices to test your own eyes, your ears, your own sleep quality, and even your urine.

On the pee front, French smart scale maker Withings showed away “the world’s first at-home hands-free urine lab. ” It’s a 90-mm pebble-shaped gizmo that will sits in your toilet and grabs a sample every time a person use it. It sends results in order to your smartphone and will tell you about your hydration, pH level, protein and vegetable intake, as well as vitamin C plus ketone levels. Ah, but what if you share the particular throne with other family members? They claim they can identify the pee-er along with a radar-based technology that reads your own “urine stream signature. ” Bet a person didn’t know you had one of those.

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Why would you care? Perhaps your doctor has asked you to monitor some biomarker, and this is a lot more convenient than taking a sample to the lab. Or, if you’re trying to do a ketogenic diet, this could help monitor your progress. Of course , you can furthermore use a test strip which costs a lot less than the particular 500 euros they are charging with regard to this thing. It also needs a new cartridge every three months. So, it’s probably going to be for the pee journaling fanatic plus those with special medical needs, such as after being treated regarding kidney stones.

HP Hearing Pro, over-the counter hearing aids that automatically self-fit to the user’s hearing loss, are displayed during the CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
HP Hearing Pro, over-the counter hearing aids that automatically self-fit in order to the user’s hearing loss, are shown during the particular CES Unveiled press event at CES 2023, an annual consumer electronics trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U. S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/Steve Marcus Photo simply by STEVE MARCUS / REUTERS

One thing that struck me at this year’s show is that will instead of attempting to hide our healthcare issues, we are now becoming encouraged to face them and almost flaunt them. Hearing loss is a good excellent example. For years, hearing aids have been something of an embarrassment, signalling that you are usually an older person with failing abilities. Manufacturers make them flesh-coloured and as inconspicuous as possible. Yet, if you ride a bus, you’ll see many young people along with conspicuously coloured earbuds, presumably listening to their favourite tunes. Soon, those flashy earbuds may also be hearing aids.

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A company called Nuheara made the big splash at DE TELLES with the first FDA-cleared, over-the-counter, hearing aids. Their product was made possible by U. S. legislative changes that went into effect last October, allowing Americans to buy medical-grade listening to aids without a prescription. They are self-fitting, and yes, just as you have an urinary “stream I. D., ” you have an “ear ID, ” which usually measures your hearing plus adjusts the particular devices.

While Health Canada has not followed the FDA’s lead, nor have provinces approved paying for this product for hearing loss, Nuheara’s online store ( will be actively selling the IQbuds2 max earbuds in North america for $599. It’s worth noting that will Surrey, B. C. -based start-up HeardThat (heardthat. ai) offers a free-to-try smartphone app that uses regular wireless earbuds to improve the intelligibility of speech.

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On the vision front, California-based EyeQue offers a $79 US device that claims to check intended for farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. However , they note that their products “do not replace the need for an eye health exam, ” so you’re most likely a lot better away from seeing a professional. They do claim that their own technology is usually “MIT patented” and that they have served over 35, 000 users, thus there must be a demand to get this.

But why stop at analyzing your own eyes, ears, or even your pee? Can technology improve your brain function? Dr. Tam Vu and his colleagues have spent eight many years perfecting the wearable gadget called the Frenz headband (frenzband. com), which they launched at CES 2023.

Assisté à, who has been a professor at the University of Colorado and the particular University associated with Oxford, told me in an interview that part of his motivation was that he suffers from sleep apnea. He wanted a device that might both detect and help improve those episodes. This individual created the multifunctional headband that reads brain waves, eye movements, and facial muscle activity and speaks to you through bone-conduction speakers. It uses a combination associated with coaching and sounds in order to help a person fall asleep, focus throughout the workday, and get into a relaxed state at the end of the day.

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A key feature from the product is definitely that it uses feedback through your brainwaves to optimize what this plays. Vu gave me the personal instance. His headpiece played piano music to lull him to rest, but his brain dunes disclosed that this was actually arousing him. Therefore, it changed to nature sounds. He or she also claims it may assist with lucid dreaming, where you take control of your dreams. The product can be pre-ordered now pertaining to $350 US.

This year’s CES attracted over 2, 400 exhibitors and a good estimated 100, 000 attendees. It’s fair to say that most of those exhibitors have big dreams. Increasingly, home health and wellness gadgets will be the field exactly where they hope to see all of them come true.

Doctor. Tom Keenan is an award-winning journalist, public speaker, professor in the School associated with Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the College of Calgary, and author of the best-selling book, Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy.


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