Sometimes, it can be very hard to keep up with the changing trends in technology. As soon as we get used to the state of things, another invention comes along to upend our understanding of the world. It is not surprising that health products have also come up with a large variety of tech products. But are they even worth using?
The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show contained a number of innovative health tech products, each of which is designed to meet a specific medical need. We will be taking a closer look at a few of these new gadgets and attempting to determine if they seem to be worth buying.
Nima Protein Detector
The first item on our list is a peanut detector. This is actually much handier than it sounds. There are many people who are allergic to peanuts and peanut butter. For these people, every meal can be risky because peanut residues can sometimes be found in foods that are not supposed to contain peanuts. This is because factories and farms that produce peanuts do not always do a good job of separating peanut products from others. The device works by placing a small sample of your food into a tray so that the machine can detect any trace of peanut protein that may be present. I would say that this product is definitely worth buying for those who have peanut allergies, without a doubt.
Our next product seems a little more dubious to me. It is a set of airbags that go on a person’s hips. This is mainly intended for older people who are worried about falling and breaking their hips, which is common. However, I think this one is not worth getting, and here’s why. First of all, there’s nothing high tech about it. You could achieve a similar effect with a piece of string and two balloons. The biggest problem is that the bags are only secured at the waist, which means that in the event of a fall the bags might be pushed upward and thus fail to cushion the hips. The concept is workable, but the execution is clearly flawed.
Black Box VR
Black Box VR looks a lot more promising. It is a virtual reality gym which is designed to make exercise more like video games. Considering how many hours people can spend playing video games, this concept seems like a winner right from the start. The only downside I can see is that it would be very expensive to purchase a system like this for use in your home. However, some gyms are planning to make use of this tech.
Another product on display was called UV Sense. This is a small sticker that goes on your thumb. The idea is to keep track of how much UV radiation your skin has absorbed so that you can get out of the sun before experiencing a sunburn. I am honestly on the fence about this one. On the one hand, sunburn can be a large and irritating problem for some people.
On the other hand, I have doubts about whether this tech would actually work. The makers of the product seem to have assumed that UV exposure will be more or less constant upon all parts of the body. Anyone who has ever had a sunburn knows otherwise. Have you ever gotten a sunburn on your thumb? I sure haven’t!
For more information, I suggest you check out Sean Seshadri, my new favorite tech blogger. Sean Seshadri touches on issues like this quite frequently and seems to be very knowledgeable in this area. At the very least, his blog is worth a few minutes of your time.
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Author Bio: Adrian Rubin is a freelance writer and Philly photographer.