“At CES, imec showed its vision on 'ingestibles' and how these smart pills can help people with gastrointestinal diseases, a domain where doctors do not yet have sufficient measuring instruments.”
The Consumer Electronics Show has been organized in the US for more than 50 years. Can you start the year more positively than by going to Las Vegas to meet people who are involved with technology and innovation? Admittedly, you will find quite a few useless gadgets at CES as well, but it is also the perfect place to discover the trends for the future of consumer electronics and some nice and useful products.
Since a few years, imec has been present at CES, with a booth where we show our innovations in the field of Wearable Health Monitoring and with a keynote speaker. Chris Van Hoof, our senior director Connected Health Solutions and imec Fellow, had the honor to be at the CES stage for the second year in a row.
Chris spotted three major trends during CES, and more specifically at the Digital Health Summit, his habitat. First of all, more and more attention is being paid to the quality of the measurements that health meters have to deliver. For example, the Omron blood pressure monitor that was presented at CES is FDA-approved. The Food and Drug Administration does not only monitor the quality of food and medicines, but also of medical equipment. The fact that consumer electronics are also subjected to this inspection – and get approved – can only be a good thing if we want doctors and specialists to start using this kind of wearable electronics to follow up their patients.
Furthermore, it was also striking that artificial intelligence is starting to become more prominent on the CES scene. It is mostly about machine learning, the simplest form of AI, but still. The power of data and pattern recognition is used to add more personalization to health applications. And we all know that AI has a lot more to offer.
Finally, it became clear once again that consumers / patients are taking matters into their own hands. The success of fitness trackers is a case in point, but many of the new devices that were presented at CES will also become important. For example, blood pressure monitors, ECG recorders, sleep monitors, the many new self-tests, and the bladder monitors for people with incontinence problems.
Imec presented its vision on 'ingestibles' at CES and how these smart pills can help people with gastrointestinal diseases, a domain where doctors do not yet have sufficient measuring instruments. Our new wearable health prototypes – such as our eye-tracking glasses, our VR headset with EEG (which makes new therapies possible, e.g. for children with ADHD and anxiety disorders), and our smart patch – received a lot of attention from CES visitors.