News | In Las Vegas, the big annual technology fair takes care of your health

Pillows to improve sleep, toilets to analyze urine at home, holograms to help surgeons: many novelties presented on Tuesday in a preview of CES, the great electronics show in Las Vegas, are intended to take care of our bodies.

With the pandemic, health will once again be a central theme at the event, said tech analyst Avi Greengart. “We should see really interesting health gadgets that track or improve our well-being,” he said.

– Urine test at home

There is no need to go to the laboratory for certain urine tests: the French company Withings has invented a device that is placed in the toilet bowl, like a block of deodorant, called U-Scan.

Just pee at home, as usual. A thermal sensor detects the urine and determines which member of the household it comes from, to avoid visiting friends being tested as well.

The liquid is filtered into a cartridge that contains up to 100 tests and lasts around three months. The results are sent over the phone and can be shared with the doctor.

Withings has developed two versions: one intended to follow the hormonal cycle of women, the other for nutrition with information on the level of hydration, PH or vitamin C. The company can, depending on requests, propose of dietary changes.

The third version is also designed for research projects, with people who are likely to have kidney stones for example.

“Having this data on a daily basis will allow the user, and the medical profession, to understand human health, because these will not be measurements that we do once a year, or every two years”, says Mathieu Letombe, of Withings.

– The anti-snoring pillow

For sleepers who, by snoring, wake up their partner or are disturbed by their own noises, the South Korean company 10minds has designed an inflatable pillow linked to a sound sensor.

“When you start snoring, our system can detect it,” said Daehyun Kim, a company representative, adding that the machine can differentiate noises from a possible partner or a dog.

The four airbags inside the pillow inflate, almost silently, “to turn your head to the side”.

The airways open, and the snoring stops.

– The medical massage chair

For those who complain of neck or back pain, the South Korean company Bodyfriend markets, for $9,500, a massage chair that focuses on the back of the neck, the head held in place by a headband.

The machine also spreads heat to the back and emits pulsed electromagnetic waves that should reduce muscle pain. The feet and legs are also surrounded, the body is wrapped around the seat, which is tilted.

“Our technology helps solve problems created by technology,” says Changjoo Kim, the company’s North American manager: spending time on your phone and other screens can create back problems .

– Augmented reality for surgeons

The French company Abys Medical, with its software and its augmented reality helmet, wants to help orthopedic and traumatology surgeons operate.

Before the action, the medical team can plan the intervention by combining on one platform all their x-rays and other medical images and thus recreate the patient’s skeleton in 3D, such as a “digital twin”.

In the operating room, the surgeon can use his helmet to access this information at any time in the form of a hologram, including, for example, a representation of the spine that he can view from several angles with a simple movement of his fingers. .

The tool can be particularly useful to less experienced surgeons, said Arnaud Destainville, co-founder of the company. It can also prove that the caregiver has planned the intervention correctly.

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