Friday, January 26, 2018

The Future of Wearables: A CES Recap



From beds that rock like a cradle, to using augmented reality to beat stress, the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas always delights. It brings the best, newest, and sometimes strangest innovations- all aimed at improving our quality of life.

But our particular interest is always wearables, and they continue to impress.

The last couple years have shown a shrinking number of serious players in the market. For instance,Under Armour, who had a big presence at last year's show is no longer in the wearables space. Where did Jawbone go? Nike Fuelband? Withings, who also had a big presence at last year's CES is now Nokia.

It seems that a select few companies are rising above the rest by offering true longevity and innovation. This makes it difficult for start-ups to come in and compete with products like the Apple Watch, Garmin's Vivo and Fenix series, and the Fitbit Ionic. The bar has been set high for fitness tracking.

While these top 3 industry giants continue to dominate the smart watch space, a new evolution of wearable device features could be found deep in the less glitzy 10x10 booths on the lower level of the Sands Expo and Convention Hall.

This is where wrist devices that can take your blood pressure, or check your glucose and oxygen levels were on exhibition. Also, among these health enhancing devices were safety companies like Biowatch, which features the ability to authenticate login passwords for your computer and websites.

It’s easy to see wearables have become a must-have for tracking your physical activity, but soon they might be that thing that helps keep you alive, while also providing more day-to-day convenience and safety.

We welcome these new innovations that bring the wellness and clinical spaces closer together. This will allow organizations to deliver healthier outcomes for their populations - keeping employees safe, motivated and healthy.