Digital health devices are coming to your home

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Tech tools can give you more control than ever over your sleep, skin care and home remedies. New devices are working their way into the kitchen, the bedroom and onto the playing field to bring you more real-time information about your well-being. What follows are some common health concerns and how these tools can help you address them.

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Skin care

Our skin is our largest organ. It’s also one of our most important, keeping our vital systems inside and adverse elements out. L’Oreal’s UV Sensor is designed to read what our cells absorb on a daily basis (although it’s not on the market just yet). While most people know the value of sunscreen, not everyone knows the impact that pollution, pollen and other irritants can have on our skin. L’Oreal hasn’t decided what its sensor will read yet, although UV absorption is a sure bet.

Neutrogena can offer users a close-up view of their skin (if they’re brave enough to look at it). The company’s Skin360 app and SkinScanner can read pores, fine lines and dryness at 30x magnification. Both products then suggest which Neutrogena solution would work best for the user. While this setup is certainly a brand play, these tools can nonetheless help users keep tabs on flare-ups and their epidermis’s daily condition.

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An occasional night of poor sleep is unlikely to take its toll on someone’s health, but researchers have found links between poor sleep and a higher risk of disease. Philips launched a new sleeping headband called SmartSleep to help users combat sleepless nights. The device features a sensor that can detect when the wearer has entered a deep sleep and plays white noise to extend their snooze.

For those users who don’t enjoy wearing head gear while they sleep, a company called Somnox debuted a robotic pillow equipped with sensors and a speaker that can play music. The pillow is meant to be held to the chest like a teddy bear and can emit calming, rhythmic vibrations to relax users.

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Sports health

Concussions are now of such concern to professional athletes that the National Football League is donating more than $30 million toward prevention and treatment research. One company, Prevent Biometrics, debuted a device at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show that can help players determine whether they’ve suffered a concussive blow. The device even doubles as a mouth guard.

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Personal health care

No one would argue that stress can wreak havoc on your health. Dispensary company Oblend introduced tinctures and oils that can be applied both orally and topically to combat stress. Insurance giant Aflac also focused on bringing comfort to those in need by showcasing its upcoming My Special Aflac Duck. While not for sale, the robotic companion can quack, dance and bring some comfort to patients who are suffering from seriousness illnesses. The duck will be given away for free.

Tech tools are making a big push into the health and wellness field by giving users not just insight into how their bodies work, but more control over their well-being. 

This article originally appeared on GearBrain and was syndicated by

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