Dutch consumer and well-being electronics giant Royal Philips on Thursday, September 3, 2015, launched a host of products at the preview of IFA Berlin, the largest consumer electronics fair in Europe. The products ranged from a wearable healthcare watch to air purifiers, some of which were jointly developed at its India innovation arms in Pune and Bengaluru. A top Philips official said, "Some of these products also have a connected app over cloud to permit personalized diagnostics, analyses and advice to enable users take greater control of their lives."
Pieter Nota, executive vice president and chief executive of the company's personal health vertical, said, "Consumers are increasingly engaged in their personal health and they want solutions that can empower them to stay healthy and prevent illnesses. They understand that there is a need for active health management to stem the rising tide of chronic diseases and unhealthy lifestyles. Philips has combined personal health and clinical solutions to speed up diagnosis, treatment, recovery and future care."
Among the products launched was a wearable health watch with a heart rate sensor and other features for lifestyle tracking, which can connect wirelessly with the Philips health app that helps in making healthy living easier and motivational. There was an upper arm and a wrist-based, tubeless blood pressure monitors allow both systolic and diastolic readings along with heart rate. A body analysis scale to measure a person's fat content, along with readings on body-mass index and analysis was also unveiled.
Apart from this, an ear thermometer has been launched as an easy-to-use device that is designed both newborns and adults alike, with results as quickly as two seconds. A mobile ultrasound machine, an air purifier, smart shavers and multi-cooker were also launched.
Philips officials said, "The group's innovation and manufacturing center at Pune and the campus in Bengaluru were responsible for some of the products. Some of the products that have been developed include a cath lab for cardiac procedures, an X-ray lab for a wide variety of related diagnostics, and a complete solution for orthopedic surgical operations, including trauma care and spine management. Some other innovations that have come out of these centers, that employ some 2,500 highly skilled professionals, include a primary and mobile X-ray products with quick results, and mobile obstetrics monitoring solution with ultrasound. They are all for the global markets."