CES 2017: Five gadgets to help consumers get healthy

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Consumer Technology Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro kicked off CES 2017 with a keynote address. The show runs Thursday through Sunday. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/57e6e092c70d0c9b4adc9f660e638fe2/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Consumer Technology Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro kicked off CES 2017 with a keynote address. The show runs Thursday through Sunday. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI | License Photo

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The Consumer Technology Association's 2017 CES is showcasing several health and wellness-related products, including wearable technology, for the show's 50th anniversary.

This year's CES, held in Las Vegas, will run from Thursday until Sunday.


Many health-related items are designed to provide consumers more information about their lives, while some improve on previous technologies -- all to help consumers make good on their new year's resolutions to get healthy.

1. Willow: Wearable Breast Pump

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Willow, a Mountain View, Calif.,-based company advertises its breast pump as mobile, hands-free, discreet, quiet, easy to clean and effective. The breast pump, which has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and costs $430, is used along with a phone application.

"Willow is the only wearable breast pump that fits in your bra, moves with you, and goes wherever the day takes you," the company said in a statement. "Everything you need to pump is right here. With an all-in-one design, Willow works quietly inside your bra, collects your milk in an internal bag, and tracks your volume through the app. Now you can move freely and do things -- real things -- while you pump."

2. Bloomlife: Smart Pregnancy Wearable

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Bloomlife, a company based in San Francisco and Belgium, created the smart pregnancy wearable to automatically display, track and count a pregnant woman's contractions.

"Put away the stopwatch, pen and paper. Bloomlife automatically counts and times contractions so you know what's going on from a glance," the company said in a statement. "Bloomlife provides an accurate second opinion for peace of mind when it matters most."

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Bloomlife is offered only in the United States through a subscription-based program starting at $149 for the first month. The first shipment of Bloomlife is scheduled to be delivered in February.

3. ReSound LiNX²: Smart Hearing Aid

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GN ReSound, a company headquartered in Denmark that has an office in Bloomington, Minn., said it created the ReSound LiNX² hearing aid to be paired with Apple iOS and select Android phone, allowing wearers to fine tune their devices. The company said the device's design allows it to "stand up to the punishment of everyday life and practically disappear when on your ear."

"ReSound LiNX² is proven to deliver up to 30 percent better speech clarity than other premium hearing aids on the market. And it features the industry's most accurate noise reduction," the company said in a statement. "Hear more of what you want to and less of what you don't."

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The company also said the device reduces the effects of tinnitus, or noise or ringing in the ears. Those who wish to acquire ReSound LiNX² must first visit a hearing care professional.

4. Smart mirrors: EKKO and HiMirror

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Miliboo, a French-based company with offices in the Britain, says Ekko is a "connected mirror that will change your life."

While the smart mirror, which costs about $460, has a broad range of features, allowing users to listen to music, be informed of the weather and hear the latest news, it also helps children learn proper hygiene. The mirror can also show YouTube videos and help children with brushing their teeth.

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There's also HiMirror, which belongs to the New Kinpo Group. It's advertised as "the world's first smart beauty mirror."

"HiMirror helps you assess your skin's conditions, including wrinkles, fine lines, complexion, dark circles, dark spots, red spots, and pores so that you can effectively and efficiently target problem areas and move toward your beauty goals," HiMirror said in a statement.

The device, which costs about $190, requires users to take a picture, which allows for an analysis to be delivered within seconds. HiMirror is compatible with Android operating systems and iOS 9+ operating systems.

5. RAPAEL Smart Glove for Hand Rehabilitation

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Neofect's RAPAEL Smart Glove allows people to rehabilitate their hands by wearing a glove and using accompanying technology to come back from injuries or other circumstances, such as issues that could arise from Adrenoleukodystrophy or other neurological disorders.

"RAPAEL Smart Glove is lightweight and can be worn effortlessly so it allows for various joint movements with ease. The elastomer material is easy to clean and maintain," Neofect said in a statement.

The RAPAEL Rehab Solution program also has games that provide "entertainment while considering both clinical effectiveness and fun factors."

The RAPAEL Smart Glove received an CES 2017 Innovation Award.


"Utilizing technology, Neofect has constructed a new rehabilitation paradigm that inspires hope for patients in need of rehab. We aim to help patients all around the world including, but not limited to, those unable to receive appropriate treatment due to economic or geographic reasons. By providing rehab training products and services that are available anytime and anywhere, we are committed to improving patient's rehab experiences and quality of life," NEOFECT said in a statement.

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