What’s Next for Wellness? Highlights From CES 2018


Each year, technophiles around the world eagerly anticipate the latest gear and gadgets as new innovations are unveiled at CES. And this year’s announcements didn’t disappoint. Not even an embarrassing blackout could keep exhibitors from generating gleeful “oohs” and “aahs” as they revealed their latest solutions.

Along with all the emerging virtual and augmented reality, robotics, and automotive technology making the rounds, there were a ton of health and wellness solutions on display for us to look forward to in the year ahead.  

Touching nearly every aspect of wellness, this year’s lineup was impressive. While there were far too many announcements for us to cover completely, here are a few of our favorites.

Halo Sport: There are a ton of wearables out there that will track and monitor your progress as you exercise. But if you’re looking to attain true Jedi Master status at whatever you’re doing, then the Halo Sport is for you. These over-the-ear headphones stimulate areas of your brain and strengthen the connections between neurons as you train, which can help you develop better “muscle memory” and improve faster. Read up on the science behind this potentially game-changing technology here.

Oska Pulse: Injuries can be a real bummer when you’re trying to be more active, and they can derail your hard-earned progress faster than a trip to the nearest pizza buffet. Thankfully, the Oska Pulse is here to save the day. Using pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) technology, the Oska Pulse stimulates cellular regeneration to relieve pain and activate your body’s natural recovery process. Looks like that trusty knee brace might have finally met its match. 

Nokia Sleep: The benefits of getting a good night’s sleep are well documented. So, it’s no wonder we’ve seen so many new devices lately to help you get the most out of your bedtime. But Nokia Sleep may have just stolen the crown. In addition to advanced tracking capabilities, this device—which conveniently slides under your mattress—can automatically dim your lights and set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature when you hop in or out of bed. The best part? There are no uncomfortable devices to wear as you sleep.

L’Oréal UV Sense: It’s not something the average person typically thinks about on a daily basis, but excessive UV exposure can lead to all sorts of bad stuff if you’re not careful. In what could be the smallest wearable device ever, L’Oréal UV Sense aims to keep this issue top of mind and help wearers take better care of their skin. The tiny, reusable and re-adhesive wearable sensor works with a mobile app to provide warnings about sun exposure, which can be especially useful for those who work, play, and exercise outdoors. 

Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge: Good nutrition is the cornerstone of any healthy lifestyle. But aside from calorie-counting apps, there hasn’t been any breakthrough technology to help in this regard … until now. The Samsung Family Hub smart fridge recommends recipes based on your family’s food preferences, allergies, and the ingredients that you have on hand. Set those preferences wisely, and this fridge might actually help you stick to that nutrition plan you’ve been struggling with. Oh, it can also tell when your food is about to expire, add things to your shopping list, and even let you know about local coupons, so you can get the best prices on your food.

It’s apparent from these new product announcements that we’ve come a long way from step counters and heart-rate monitors. There’s no doubt health and wellness technology is emerging as a growing priority for technology companies, and this trend is something we can all benefit from, regardless of our wellness goals.

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