The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was every tech nerds dream come true. The world’s largest electronics show never fails to impress. This year’s show featured over 3,000 exhibitors crowding the 1.85 million square feet of the conference’s exhibit space.
As a special addition to the 2013 show, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) sponsored a new segment to the show entitled the Digital Health Summit, which predominantly featured the syncing of mobile health applications with wireless digital health monitoring systems.
Digital health and fitness products at the show monitored everything from the time between bites of food to blood glucose levels. The biggest improvements on these products compare to previous years were in their ability to sync with mobile devices and other cloud based technologies. A majority of the health booths included body monitoring bands as the main method to take measurements such as steps taken, caloric intake, CO2 levels and physical activity levels.
One of the biggest highlights from the show was a buzzing fork called the HAPIfork. The HAPIfork prompts users to take at least 10 seconds between bites during meals. Users of the HAPIfork get a healthy dose of oral vibration if they eat too quickly. The creators of the HAPIfork boast that their vibrating product will increase user’s meal length and curb overeating, because longer meal times that their product promotes allows more time for satiety signals to kick in and aids the overall digestion process. All this information is conveniently synced with the coinciding HAPIfork health application, which graphically displays the user’s caloric intake and the recorded time between bites.
Data harvesting from these types of sources represent a colossal opportunity in the field of health and nutrition. Enormous amounts of data are going to be harvested from these new mobile health trends. Deciphering this information into easily readable trend data is the next frontier of mobile science and may lead to more efficiently addressing the health issues of our time. This year’s digital health summit represents the future of health and nutrition. Don’t be left behind!
Brandon Ransom holds a BS in Biology from Morehouse College and is a second year FPAN student specializing in Entrepreneurship and Management in Health and Nutrition. As aspiring inventor/entrepreneur in health and nutrition, he hopes to use technology to help solve the current obesity epidemic.