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Consumer Electronics Show | In Las Vegas, the big tech show takes care of your health

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(Las Vegas) Pillows to improve sleep, toilets to analyze urine at home, holograms to help surgeons: many new products presented on Tuesday in preview of CES, the major electronics show in Las Vegas. Vegas, are meant to take care of our bodies.

With the pandemic, health will again be a major theme of the event, says tech analyst Avi Greengart. “We should see really interesting health gadgets that monitor or improve our well-being,” he says.

Home urine analysis

No need to go to the laboratory for certain urine tests: the French company Withings has invented a device that is placed on the toilet bowl, like a deodorant block, called U-Scan.

Just pee at home, as usual. A thermal sensor detects urine and identifies which member of the household it comes from, to prevent visiting friends from being analyzed as well.

The liquid is then sifted into a cartridge containing up to 100 tests and lasting around three months. The results are sent to the phone and can be shared with the doctor.

Withings has developed two versions: one intended to follow the hormonal cycle of women, the other for nutrition with information on the level of hydration, PH or vitamin C. The company can, depending on the requests, suggest dietary changes.

A third version has also been designed for research projects, with people likely to have kidney stones for example.

“Having this data on a daily basis will allow the user, and the medical profession, to understand the health of the person, since these will not be measurements that we will do once a year, or every two years,” remarks Mathieu Letombe, from Withings.

anti-snoring pillow

For sleepers who, by snoring, wake up their partner or are bothered by their own noises, the South Korean company 10minds has designed an inflatable pillow linked to a sound sensor.

“When you start snoring, our system will detect it,” said Daehyun Kim, a representative of the company, adding that the machine can differentiate noises from a possible partner or a dog.

The four airbags inside the pillow will then inflate or deflate, almost noiselessly, “so that your head turns to the side”.

The airways open, and the snoring stops.

The medical massage chair

For those who complain of neck or back pain, the South Korean company Bodyfriend sells a massage chair for $9,500 that focuses on the back of the neck, with the head held in place by a headband.


PHOTO ROBYN BECK, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The machine also diffuses heat in the back and emits pulsed electromagnetic waves supposed to reduce muscle pain. With the feet and calves also surrounded, the body is enveloped by the chair, which reclines.

“Our technology helps solve the problems created by technology,” notes Changjoo Kim, the company’s North America manager: spending time on your phone and other screens can create back problems.

Augmented reality for surgeons

The French company Abys Medical wants, with its software and its augmented reality helmet, to help orthopedic and traumatology surgeons to operate.

Before the act, the medical team can plan the intervention by bringing together on a platform all their X-rays and other medical images and thus recreate the patient’s skeleton in 3D, like a “digital twin”.

In the operating room, the surgeon can use his helmet to access this information at any time in the form of a hologram, including, for example, a representation of the spine that he can look at from several angles with a simple movement of his fingers.

The tool can be particularly beneficial to less experienced surgeons, says Arnaud Destainville, co-founder of the company. It can also prove that the caregiver planned the intervention correctly.



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