A Columbia-based startup’s patented technology that brings wearable biometric data to life via virtual and augmented reality apps has earned a major industry honor, announcing Healium’s selection for a 2022 Innovation Award from the Consumer Technology Association.
The awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories. Healium’s selection announcement was made ahead of the Jan. 5-8 CES 2022 event in Las Vegas, the world’s largest and most influential technology showcase.
Healium is a patented technology and product that allows users to learn to self-regulate their focus and calm by giving them the ability to see their EEG brain patterns or heart rate in near-real-time. In five peer-reviewed journals, Healium has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and improve mood in as little as four minutes.
A panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers, and more, reviewed submissions from companies like Healium — one of Startland News’ Kansas City Startups to Watch in 2020 — based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic, and design. Judges this year received a record-high number of more than 1,800 entries.
“Healium is the first immersive media channel for hardware-agnostic wearables,” said Sarah Hill, Healium’s CEO who developed the technology to ease her own anxiety as a former TV news reporter. “Think of Healium like a video game you play with your smartwatch or EEG headband. Mental fitness is an important way to build resilience with drugless, non-harmful coping mechanisms. We’re delighted CES has recognized our technology that is an important bridge between biometric data and XR content.”
Healium’s products are used worldwide with the US military, in schools, with elite athletes, and wellness practitioners to equip high performers with brain and heart rate training they need to excel. Healium teaches users to learn to self-regulate so they can focus faster, stress less, and perform better.
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The company’s VR/AR products are expected to be among technology highlighted during the CES event in Las Vegas, at Healium’s booth near the entrance to the North Hall’s health pavilion.
CES 2022 is also set to convene the tech industry digitally, giving global audiences access to major brands and startups, as well as the world’s most influential leaders and industry advocates, according to organizers.
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