#CES2018: medtech gadgets coming to a medical office near you

If you’re like me and (regrettably) you haven't been able to make it to CES this year, then you probably been checking the latest in medical and healthcare gadgets from a distance. Here's 5 Medtech Gadgets that I think will change the way we practice medicine or at the very least make its way into a medical office in the near future. 1. From Insurance company Aflac and a health technology company, Sproutel, comes a robot duck designed to connect and comfort children with cancer. The My Special Aflac duck has slots for emoticons and even a portacath so that the duck can receive chemotherapy at the same time as the child. The duck can respond with seeming human like emotions, to baths and needles. UPDATE: Winner! Caring Smart Companion for Children with Cancer Wins 2018 CES 'Tech for a Better World' Award 2. Omron Healthcare's Omron HeartGuide, a wearable oscillometric wrist blood pressure monitor with an inflatable cuff built into the watch band. This isn't the first I've seen of this type of technology - users in Australia and Singapore should check out Healthstats’ CASP technology. It is, however, an indication of the maturity of this market, and the availability of a complement of devices that is ready to take on the coming wave of connectivity and interoperability, particularly with the coming wave of 5G. Equal 3rd. Samsung has developed an app and VR glasses combo to tackle visual impairments. From the company's in-house research C-Lab (Creative Lab) team in Korea, the Relumino app combines with the Samsung Gear + Oculus and uses the smartphone's power to process the image. The app has settings for scotoma and tunnel visions - it takes the photo and adds contrast, draws outlines and colour changes. The result is ideally a clearer, though altered image into the eyewear's display. Equal 3rd. Israeli startup, ICI Vision, a member of the impressive Israeli Advanced Technology Industries, is demonstrating its technology EVE (Enhanced Visual Engine) and a pair of glasses (prototype stage) for visually impaired. Most impressive is the technology designed to tackle blind spots caused by retinal diseases - one can imaging that this kind of technology will have applications further afield than personal healthcare: transport, military, navigation of masses around dangerous areas with imperfect knowledge etc etc. 5. Fizimed's silicone solution to pelvic floor weakness involves exercising with its force-sensing device, providing feedback via an app. Totally on trend, with the current climate and focus on female empowerment, and the growing population of active seniors (and some not so senior - post partum, anyone?) who want to reclaim their health and nuanced function. These gadgets were my top picks, when considering more than just their technological feat - their marketing, markets and brand positioning were pitch perfect. I'll cover the next healthcare trends and keywords from CES2018 in my next video & blog post.


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