Digital Health and Wearables at CES 2017

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MobiHealthNews has a nice summary from CES 2017 happening in Las Vesas this week: http://bit.ly/2iNRhCh.

Big players in healthcare are starting to make their presence felt – of particular note would be Philips. They have long been suppliers of medical-grade sensors and tracking technology like their ActiWatch. They seem to be taking a deliberate and somewhat tempered approach to the consumer digital health market. They can obviously leverage their brand and resources to appeal to the clinical/medical community that is struggling in many ways to figure out how to deal with user-collected data from personal devices.

Fitbit continues to be the major player in activity tracking with competitors like Jawbone falling by the wayside. It seems like Garmin has struck on a winning niche strategy for athletes and outdoor adventurers – leveraging their long-time experience in GPS and mapping technology. It will be interesting to watch how new entrants like New Balance fare with their own branded niche offerings for runners.

Sleep continues to be a hot topic with new beds from Sleep Number/Select Comfort and big players like ResMed and Philips participating.  Environmental noise is getting some attention with products like the Nightingale: http://www.meetnightingale.com/ and sleep headphones from Kokoon: https://kokoon.io.

2017 promises to be an interesting year. We’ll offer some thoughts and predictions in a future post.