Blood pressure watches and DIY sonograms: CES 2019 was all about health

CNET | 1/11/2019 | Lynn La
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With its abundance of companies promising to help you stay fit, eat healthier or measure your [insert whatever biometric reading here] more accurately, this year's CES evolved to be more like a MedTech conference instead.

And while health, wellness and medicine have always been tied to technology, their steady influence on consumer products and portable devices such as phones and wearables is only growing. More and more, consumers are getting access to gear that can handle serious diagnostics of the sort that were previously only available to healthcare professionals.

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Compared to last year, there were 25 percent more health-related exhibitors in Las Vegas, and a 15 percent increase in the amount of floorspace dedicated to health tech, according to the Consumer Technology Association, the organization that presents the show.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. There are an estimated 74 million Baby Boomers in the US (people born roughly between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s), and tech companies are eager to help the elderly and those with physical or non-visible disabilities live independently and comfortably.

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Younger people born between the early 1980s through early 2000s (commonly known as "Millennials") are more anxious and depressed than previous generations, meanwhile, which explains the plethora of lifestyle and self-care gadgets at CES claiming to help them relax, sleep better and have smoother skin. And with the appearance of Impossible Burger 2.0, maybe they'll even eat better too.

Below is a roundup of the most interesting, compelling and bizarre health tech and gadgets on display this week. Because many of these products were demoed rather than independently and thoroughly reviewed, it's best to take these companies' claims with a grain of salt. (Even something as simple as measuring a heart rate with a fitness tracker isn't as accurate as, say, an actual EKG machine.) Nevertheless,...
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