Vegas’s International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) wrapped up last week, and Walkingspree is beyond thrilled to have had the chance to go. The Consumer Electronics Association, which organizes the event, said Friday that this year’s CES was the largest show in history. The CEA claimed that the event – which hosted the presentations of 3,200 exhibitors – covered a record two million net square feet of exhibit space.
For those that don’t know – the International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Vegas each year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years. It is the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
The biggest trend we noticed? Wearable technology. (And we aren’t just saying that because of our industry!) This year’s event certainly featured devices that seamlessly marry technology and lifestyles in ways mainstream consumers can appreciate. Everything from smartwatches and augmented reality glasses (think Google Glass), to smart jewelry that monitors skin’s UV exposure, to a sweatband that tracks your performance while running, to a Bluetooth enabled toothbrush were on display.
Walkingspree’s Inspire activity tracker fit in perfectly along the wearables on display. The aspects of Inspire that stand out are: the ability to wear it as a wristband or clip it to clothing, depending on the user’s preference and whether they would like to “show off” their tracker or keep it hidden; Bluetooth capability to wirelessly sync information every 15 minutes; and Inspire’s ability to monitor step count and progress towards a user’s goal.
We also took part in the Digital Health Summit, as well as the Sports and Fitness Tech Summits – entire days devoted to health, wellness and technology. Among the show’s hot items were how the ACA and the digital health industry can work together to achieve success (especially in preventive care); a panel discussion with one-on-one talk with Fitbit CEO James Park; cutting-edge corporate wellness and fitness programs, and seeing how far wearable technologies will go in the future.
It is certainly an exhilarating time for us at Walkingspree and in this industry as a whole. What did you find the most exciting at CES? What new products are you looking forward to testing out? Not only is it easy to see that wearable technology is the future of digital healthcare, but also that there are innovative and fresh ways for companies to engage in wellness initiatives.