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Best of Health and Fitness


A market that is continuing to grow, providers of health and fitness devices have used CES 2020 to introduce more items to help people improve their wellbeing. AppleInsider lists off some of the new electronic devices and services that aim to make people stronger and healthier.


Withings ScanWatch

Withings ScanWatch

After launching the ECG-taking Move smart watch during CES 2019, Withings is launching its newest wrist-worn health device, the ScanWatch.

The ScanWatch is the “world’s first clinically validated hybrid smartwatch” that is able to detect AFib as well as sleep apnea.

“ScanWatch is our most ambitious medical tracker and purposely designed to detect the early presence of AFib and sleep apnea – two related issues that are extremely common yet largely undiagnosed, despite their known impact on multiple health conditions,” said Mathieu Letombe, CEO of Withings.

Users can take an ECG on demand as well as monitor for AFib in the background using an embedded PPG sensor that continuously monitors hear rate. When an irregular heart rate is detected, it alerts users to take an ECG.

Sleep apnea is detected by way of a SpO2 sensor that monitors the oxygen saturation levels by emitting and absorbing light passed through blood vessels throughout the night. When the oxygen levels are identified to be inadequate, it signifies a breathing disturbance, such as sleep apnea. It also packs traditional sleep tracking such as length, quality, and depth.

ScanWatch will run for 30 days on a single charge and blends a classic analog design with a new PMOLED digital display at the top that is capable of displaying various health data. It also incorporates a new crown dial, similar to Apple Watch.

Withings is targeting a launching during Q2 2020 in both the United States and Europe at $249 for the 38mm version and $299 for the 42mm version, pending CE and FDA approval.


Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband 2

Philips SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband 2

Philips has announced its SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband 2, a headband designed to provide useful feedback to help the wearer address sleeping issues.

It features soothing sounds to help the user fall asleep, and SmartAlarm, a feature that wakes the user up in the lightest stage of sleep within 5-30 minutes of their alarm. The updated version of the Deep Sleep Headband is smaller and lighter and features bone conduction tones to replace the over-ear speakers.

SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band

SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band

Philips’ SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band trains snore-prone back-sleepers to roll onto their side. Worn around the chest, the Snoring Relief band will vibrate when a wearer is laying on their back for too long, stopping snoring before it begins. According to Philips in-house testing, 85% of wearer’s partners reported less snoring and disrupted sleep.

Philips' SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light

Philips’ SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light

For those who want a better bedside light, Philips’ SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light is designed to help you fall asleep faster and wake up easier.

Before bed, RelaxBreathe uses rhythmic light pulsing to help you wind down and fall asleep faster. Nature sounds or ambient music can help you block out distractions in and around the home. The customizable sunrise alarm helps to wake you up naturally and easily.

For those who are especially heavy sleepers, the PowerWake feature employs flashing lights and loud alarm to rouse you from even the deepest sleep.

The Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light is Wi-Fi enabled and boasts a multi-level touch display that can be turned off to prevent distractions while falling asleep. Philips reports that 92% of users enjoy the way Wake-Up Light wakes them, and 89% would recommend the light to others.


Colgate Plaqless Pro smart electric toothbrush

Colgate Plaqless Pro smart electric toothbrush

Colgate has announced a new smart toothbrush capable of detecting biofilm, helping users to target spots they miss when brushing. The Colgate Plaqless Pro features an optic sensor that detects any buildup and provides information to the Colgate Connect app.

It enables users to tell when and where they have missed spots while brushing, or when they can move to a new area. By ensuring biofilm removal, users have a better chance at avoiding cavities, plaque, and gum diseases.

A ring light around the toothbrush allows users to know when and where biofilm has been detected, and the app provides detailed information, data, and tips for optimal oral health.

The Colgate Plaquless Pro smart electric toothbrush has won an award for innovation at CES 2020.


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