As founder of MD Revolution, Damani is developing software that lets consumers monitor their health, nutrition and fitness on smartphones. At CES, formerly called the Consumer Electronics Show, he's introducing RevUp, which uses data from devices such as Fitbit's Wi-Fi scale and the Withings blood-pressure monitor and supplements it with lab tests to provide customised advice.
Of the 3,300 companies exhibiting at the conference, starting on
"We are really moving from a doctor-centric society to a patient-centric society," Damani said in an interview. "We are trying to give people control."
CES, which last year attracted more than 152,000 people, is dedicating 40 per cent more floor space to digital health exhibitors this year than in 2013.
Even with their rising popularity, health-related wearables and fitness apps have limitations, said
"Although a personal wearable device is certainly a trend, it does not necessarily replace good old fashioned face-to-face meetings," Martin said. "We see it as a way to augment care."
Since its debut in 1967, CES has been a hotspot for product introductions. That includes the videocassette recorder in 1970, the compact-disc player in 1981 and Blu-ray disc players in 2003.
"The wearables section and digital health sections are going to be huge this year," said Shapiro, whose organization runs CES.
"If participation is a judge for both markets, then it should be pretty significant."
Digital health and fitness technology is just starting to gain mainstream adoption. The market will grow to as much as
This is the first year that MD Revolution will have its own exhibit at CES, after sharing space last year, Damani said.
He started the company in 2011, after realizing that he was able to reduce the number of visits patients made to his cardiology clinic when they took home blood-pressure monitors and e-mailed him the results. The line between health and fitness devices is blurring.
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