THE INTERNET – From COVID-19 tests at home to a number of technologically infected face masks, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape at this year’s consumer electronics conference.
CES, one of the biggest technical events of the year, would normally draw thousands to Las Vegas, but the pandemic forced online operations with its first 100% virtual conference hosted this week.
The pandemic not only changed the way the conference was conducted, but it also influenced exhibitors to create and demonstrate technology that was created to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s a look at some of the products designed with the pandemic in mind this year at CES 2021
Bluetooth-enabled face mask
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of masks to limit the spread of new coronavirus last year, it became part of everyday life.
However, many have since noticed that there may be some annoying parts of the face covering, such as talking on the phone, which becomes a problem because sounds can be muted under the mask.
Enter MaskFone, a face cover with built-in Bluetooth earbuds that lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge.
The fabric mask can be washed (just remove the headphones first) and can also fit in a filter.
It comes in several sizes and prices start at around $ 50.
Automated temperature scanner
At the age of COVID-19, temperature controls have become standard practice. Usually a person takes each person’s temperature before they are allowed to attend a business or event. The creators of GateDoc, a non-contact and automated temperature scanner, wanted to streamline the process so that they designed a machine that scans a person’s temperature before allowing entry into a business or event.
The machine will detect when a person approaches it and measures body temperature via the forehead so that it can be used with or without a face mask. It completes the temperature scan within 0.05 seconds.
If a person’s temperature meets the threshold, they are allowed to enter; If not, the machine will beep and alert the manager via an app.
A more expensive version of the machine also comes with a non-contact dispenser for hand cleaners.
Prices start at about 300 euros, or about 365 dollars.
Durable COVID-19 detects sticker
BioButton, a health monitoring sticker made by BioIntelliSense, attaches to a person’s chest and can shield a person from COVID-19 for several months at a time.
The disposable coin-sized portable technology is designed to track the user’s vital signs – such as resting heart rate, breathing rate and skin temperature – with medical accuracy. The sticker can monitor a person for 90 days via an app, which sends the readings via Bluetooth.
The button can collect data and use it to determine if a person may have symptoms of a possible new coronavirus infection.
The technology is used by UCHealth in Colorado to monitor healthcare professionals who have received COVID-19 vaccines, and BioIntelliSense recently announced its partnership with the American College of Cardiology. In May, the College of Cardiology will allow conference participants to try out BioButton.
The sticker is not available for individual purchase, but organizations can apply online to purchase the buttons.
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