The latest consumer technology was on show this week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. At this annual show, people can learn more about the latest consumer technology that has the potential to change lives. Here are four things that might help you.
Balance is important to senior health. According to The National Trauma Data Bank, falls cause 61 percent of deaths in adults aged 65 and older. Testing balance can help prevent unnecessary falls. Zibrio SmartScale measures your balance. This helps to reduce falls and fall-related injuries. First the scale calculates your weight. Then it looks for patterns of instability and stability. The SmartScale produces a balance score from 1-10 and lights up red, yellow or green to signify fall risk (high, medium, low). A lower score is associated with an increased risk of falling in adults 65+. If you show patterns of instability, you’ll want to follow through by making moves to improve your balance. For example, better sleep and increased exercise can help with balance issues. The Zibrio SmartScale is a CES Innovation Award Honoree and will soon publish a prospective clinical trial.
If you’ve scored low with the Zibrio SmartScale, then Dreem may be what you’re looking for. This headband monitors your brain waves, heart rate and respiratory rate, throughout the night. Wear the pliable headband throughout the night and learn more about your sleep patterns. If you’re not happy with the results, you’ll want to follow through with cognitive training techniques that can help you get more and better sleep. Dreem is an FDA-approved device available for $499.
Move around more easily
Advanced multiple sclerosis and other conditions that increase fatigue, weakness, or balance problems can make moving around difficult. Here’s a scooter that can help you move around more easily: iLiving’s V8 Foldable Mobility Scooter. Most scooters weigh between 150 to 200 lbs., but this CES 2020 Innovation Award Honoree weighs just 40 lbs. It also folds easily for airline travel, cruise ships, buses, and trains. Tempted to take it for a spin?
Follow your moods
Moodbeam is a bracelet with two buttons: yellow for when you’re feeling happy or positive and blue for when you’re feeling unhappy or negative. By clicking the yellow or blue button and keeping a record in the app, you can spot trends throughout the day. This will help you track how you feel. The data is a stepping stone to start a conversation with a medical professional, family member, or friend. The Moodbeam is currently available in the UK and will soon be available in the U.S. for around $50.
Three cheers for the consumer technology that’s making our lives easier.