Top 7 gadgets and wearables chosen for 2021 Edison Awards


The Edison Awards™ have recognized some of the most innovative products in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

The organization announced various products that made it to the finalists list for 2021 this month. We look at some of the interesting wearables and gadgets that made it to this year’s list in the category of health and wellness.

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Body Sensing Technology by iOBED inc.

Most mattress companies today have a line for smart mattresses that can monitor how you sleep and provide detailed sleep scores and more. The Body sensing technology by iOBED inc. takes this technology a step further.

iOBED’s patented Body Sensing Technology automatically adjusts to each individual’s unique body shape, height and weight. The system continuously monitors and adjusts to the individuals sleep position to ensure proper support and pressure relief.

Smartlife’s Smart Cell Technology incorporates 80 individual Smart cells and 8 independently controlled zones from head to toe. 

The result is personalized support & pressure relief. You can choose your comfort preference and enjoy a good night sleep.

The iOBED sleep technology is now available in King Koil smart mattress systems with prices starting at $4,019.

Aido Robot by InGen Dynamics Inc.

The Aido Robot from InGen Dynamics made it to the finalists list in the Smart productivity tools category.

This service robot is designed to accelerate quality of life improvement for humans with affordable, and easy-to-use Robotics and Automation products. Aido is the next generation modular Service Robot specifically designed for Households, Hospitality , Healthcare and Retail.

The Aido Robot can also be used as a companion robot for older adults. The robot can proactively monitor patterns and recommend Active Lifestyle for Older Adults. Aido comes with the ability to connect and configure inputs from various medical devices. It also enables users to connect with family and loved ones.

Essense Wearables from MIT Labs

Essence Wearables release short bursts of fragrance based on physiological signals such as heart rate and respiration rate. These devices connect to a smartphone app that controls the choice, intensity, and frequency of scent delivery. 

Essence wearables can provide olfactory stimuli during sleep, without awakening the subject, as well as during wake time in a very subtle manner without distracting the subject from their primary activity. 

Research has shown that olfactory stimuli during sleep can significantly increase deep sleep and sleep quality as well as improving self-reported mood and positive content of dreams. 

This offers novel opportunities for interfaces and applications that extend from wake to sleep time. 

Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre 2 iCGM system

FreeStyle Libre 2 is a wearable tech for people with diabetes that eliminates fingersticks. It’s an integrated continuous glucose monitoring system (iCGM) that transmits glucose data every minute with optional real-time alarms, alerting users when glucose is high or low.

iO Series 8 Electric Toothbrush by Oral-B

The Oral-B iO series 8 electric toothbrush offers a completely redesigned brushing experience. 

At the core of Oral-B iO is a first-of-its-kind magnetic drive system, combining micro-vibrating bristles with Oral-B’s dentist-inspired round brush head for a superior clean.

The Smart Pressure Sensor helps to keep you from brushing too hard to protect your gums and enamel. AI Recognition using an interactive display helps guide you to your best clean for all areas of the mouth.

 A 2-minute quadrant timer comes built-in that pulsates every 30 seconds, ensuring a complete clean. The Oral-B Series 8 retails for $249.99

VITALITI Continuous Vital Signs monitor by Cloud DX

The continuous vital signs monitor from Cloud DX is a finalist in the iOT category.VITALI WEARABLE

The VITALITI continuous vital sign monitor is among the most advanced medical wearables ever designed, continuously measuring ECG, heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiration, core body temperature, beat-to-beat blood pressure, movement, steps and posture. The product is also a winner of the Qualcomm Tricorder prize and Bold epic Innovator award.

This wearables platform can be used to track HRV, detect arrhythmia, Afib, sleep apnea, stress levels, respiratory conditions and also serves as a slip and fall detector.

Musio S, the Social Robot

Musio is the first social robot to effectively recognize, hear, think, learn, and feel. This makes real emotional interactions and conversations with humans possible. Musio is proven to be a great companion for young learners, the elderly, and patients suffering from loneliness or depression.

The robot has been nominated in the category for social tools for disabilities and illnesses.

The Edison Awards finalists were chosen as the “best of the best” by 3000 of the world’s top senior business executives, academics, and innovation professionals. The award winners will be announced on April 22nd, 2021.

You can learn about the other categories and the nominated innovations by checking out the Edison Awards website.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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