We continue our coverage of the final day and the TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards with Chris Montera’s award to Dexcom for their Continuous Glucose Monitoring device, the Dexcom G4 Platinum Monitor. Terry Gregg, Dexcom’s CEO sat down on the last day at CES 2014 to accept the award and chat with Chris and Geek News Central host Todd Cochrane.
Continuous glucose monitoring is a much more effective way for diabetic patients to manage their blood sugar levels and reduces the number of times they have to prick their fingers for blood to just a few times each day. The monitor can be worn for 7 days straight before it needs to be changed greatly improving the quality of life for the active diabetic patient. Find out more about the G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor at Dexcom.com.
Body Media is a lifestyle management company tracking activities and calories – having been in the business since 1999.
Their new multi-sensor technology is patented, and stores data for up to ten days. The unit has accelerometer, galvanic response skin conductivity monitor, skin temperature and heat flow. It provides Bluetooth download of information through smartphone to log and report your activity online. The report helps you set goals on weightloss, activity, or health goals.
In conjunction with IBM, Body Media is initiating recommendations based on the data to help subscribers become more active. There are commercially oriented applications as well.
Monitor your heart rate anywhere you go, whatever you do with the Omron Healthcare Heartrate Monitor. Ranndy Kellogg from Omron took a few moments to talk with Jamie Davis, the Podmedic at CES 2013 in the Digital Health Pavilion.
This amazing little heart rate monitor can be worn on the wrist instead of the chest bands used by many fitness places in the past. This is a strapless continuous heart rate monitor with optical sensors that read the blood flow in your capillaries and calculate your heart rate for you. It can be worn all day long with up to 8 hours of battery life for continuous monitoring during workouts. With periodic monitoring during workouts, battery life can last over a week.
Monitoring Heart Rate Improves Fitness
Checking your heart rate during workouts makes those workouts more effective. Even when walking, if you’re pace is not vigorous enough to stimulate a rise in heart rate, there is not as much benefit to the activity. To really see that benefit, you need to get your heart rate into a target range that burns calories and to do that, you must use some sort of heart rate monitoring technique or tool.
The iHealth Blood Pressure monitor is part of a series of app connected tools that improve a person’s health awareness. Adam from iHealth talks to Jamie Davis, the Podmedic about these home health devices.
The iHealth Blood Pressure monitor is an FDA approved product and is now in its second generation with wireless bluetooth connectivity allowing connection to more mobile devices via a wider array of app offerings. This makes it a great option for families who want or need to monitor their blood pressure on a more regular basis.
Cloud or App Based Health Tracking
The application from iHealth comes with a free cloud service that allows you to store data online for retrieval later on a web browser instead of the mobile device. Via the app or the cloud, all of the data can be tracked and trended to give users a view of health progress and changes over time.
The iHealth suite of health monitoring tools is available now from a variety of retailers.
There are a lot of fitness devices debuting at CES but how’d you like a fitness monitor that not only tracks your steps, your heart rate and also your sleep patterns?
Stay tuned for the Bodymedia Fit.
Erin from Bodymedia Fit tells Jamie Davis, the Podmedic about the Link Armband tracker and monitor. It’s a bluetooth wireless device that tracks your calories burned, steps taken, your physical activity and your sleep, all with over 90% accuracy. It takes all of those measurements through four different sensors on the back of the device that rest against your skin. It transmits that information to an online activity app or your smart phone so you can track your data and find out how you are doing.
Good for Fitness Experts and Newbies
This device helps both the athlete and people just starting out by showing them which activities are more productive at burning calories. With the online system or using the mobile app, users can match calories burned against calories eaten to monitor your progress towards a goal. The Bodymedia Fit Link Armband also integrates with other apps and fitness devices.
PomDevices launched Sonamba at CES 2011. Sonamba is device made for seniors. Sonamba monitors their well-being and also keeps connected to family members and care givers.
It also provides them with medication notifications and other useful information. There is a base unit and then various smaller devices that can be carried or placed elsewhere that can communicate with the base. But Sonamba goes way beyond being a medical device – it has many features that will keep the user connected and updated all of the time. Check out the video below to see all of the cool features such as remote contact, pictures, and more.
Interview by Andy McCaskey from SDR News and Tom Newman from Fogview