At the CES trade show in Las Vegas, technicians diagnose diseases and trouble children

At the CES trade show in Las Vegas, technicians diagnose diseases and trouble children

NuraLogix claims that thanks to its optical technology and artificial intelligence programs, its mirror can assess the risks of diseases such as type 2 diabetes. (Photo: 123RF)

of From mirrors attached to electric strollers, young startups from around the world looking for markets for their prototypes and innovations powered by artificial intelligence (AI) are at CES, the annual technology show in Las Vegas, starting Sunday.

Pieces selected during press previews, ahead of the official opening on Tuesday.

Mirror, my beautiful mirror… Tell me who is the healthiest!

Dubbed the “MagicMirror,” NuraLogix’s connected mirror scans Lindsay Brennan’s face and determines her body mass index, blood pressure and even her “mental stress index,” calculated from her heart rate, within seconds.

“You can see mine is a bit high, I’m almost in yellow,” notes the Canadian company’s marketing manager, pointing to the indicator on the mirror. “It’s because of CES,” he quips.

NuraLogix claims that with its optical technology and artificial intelligence programs, its mirror can assess the risks of diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

“It all started with researchers at the University of Toronto working on lie detection in children,” says Lindsay Brennan.

“They realized that when we’re excited or tense, the blood flow in the face changes, and we can capture those changes with cameras.”

The mirror is expected to cost just under $70,000 (US$), and Nuralogix also plans to sell the software separately.

“We want to sell it to establishments, hospitals in their waiting rooms, pharmacies or community centers, anywhere that would be interested in offering this type of health check,” the manager specifies.

Implant to walk again

A brain implant designed by the Grenoble-based Biomedical Research Center of the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) should enable paralyzed people to walk again.

This “brain-machine interface” equipped with electrodes is installed in direct contact with the motor cortex of a paraplegic or quadriplegic patient.

In the first case, the data collected by the implant is transmitted wirelessly to a connector connected to the spinal cord below the paralyzing lesion. The patient then has to think about walking so that the information goes to the connector and then to the legs.

“It’s a digital bridge,” Guillaume Charvet, head of the research program at CEA, explains to AFP.

In the second case, the implant communicates with the exoskeleton, which performs gestures commanded by the patient.

For example, with a connector placed on the forearm, it can allow you to grasp an object with your hand.

“A clinical trial will start soon,” says Mr. Charvet, stressing that five to 10 years of research are still needed.

But patient volunteers have been involved in the development for several years.

“The goal is to have it in the same price range as a pacemaker,” he adds.

Automatic stroller

“It’s the first electric stroller with all AI comfort and safety options,” assures Jeffrey To, Glüxkind engineer.

A motorized pram with artificial intelligence is meant to simplify parents’ complicated lives as a “co-pilot”, he explains.

Electric assist lets you roll up a hill without breaking a sweat, and the brakes automatically engage if you let go of the stroller.

“It slows down and stops, so there’s no risk of the stroller getting carried away and driving off on its own,” the engineer continues, showing how to ground it.

“It recognizes people, animals, scooters, bikes, vehicles that don’t need to stop and gives parents additional warnings. Sleep-deprived parents therefore have daily driving assistance,” emphasizes Kevin Huang, co-founder of the Canadian company.

When a parent activates the “Rock my baby” function, the stroller moves back and forth evenly as if an adult is pushing it back and forth to help the baby move.

“There are also built-in speakers that can play stories, music or white noise,” says Jeffrey To.

Glüxkind hopes to start production this spring and sell it for around $2,400.

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