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The latest innovations in health and fitness technology

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(12 Jan 2018) LEADIN: An infrared massage bed and an all-terrain wheelchair are just some the latest health and fitness products on show at CES in Las Vegas. Companies are showcasing technology advances and some fun gimmicks that they say could improve the lives of millions. STORYLINE: The latest innovations in health and fitness technology are taking centre stage this week at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Industry experts say many of these products have one major thing in common - big data. "This year is very much about personalisation. They've always had data about you. It's a big issue, data privacy versus the conveniences in your life, but people are starting to see the benefits of giving up privacy," says Robin Raskin from tech conference producer, Living in Digital Times. Dozens of companies are utilizing data collected from consumers for everything from helping people get better sleep... "We have three-million nights of data already so we know a lot about sleep," says Roy Raymann from Sleep Core Labs. ..to assisting stroke patients with rehabilitation. "Once you put it on, all the motions that you're making with the glove on is recognised by the software, it actually is measurable. So instead of saying your husband has been better, now you can say your husband has been making improvement by 20 degrees," says Scott Kim from NEOFECT Rehabilitation Solutions. While some products may seem more frivolous, such as an infrared massage bed or a smart scale, other companies bill their products as potentially lifesaving. "It's the first wearable blood pressure monitor in the world," says Jeff Ray from Omron Healthcare. Health care companies are teaming up with the tech industry to develop more personalized products. "Dexcom makes a continuous glucose monitor and we're partnering with them in a program around some of our senior population where we're using some of their great technology with the continuous glucose monitor along with the data that we have at United Health Care and working to help our members have better information about their daily glucose levels and their ability to manage their Type-2 diabetes," says Marc Briggs from United Healthcare. Jill Gilbert, Digital Health Industry Expert says: "I call it hyper-personalization of health care and, or medicine. There are meaningful developments that are coming out of this industry. There are also some fun gadgets and some fun things that help us stay on track." Experts predict combining the latest tech with artificial intelligence will help a host of people and patients, from babies to seniors. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/143678d016aeabcce90a81b1f094a2a3 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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