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CES 2015: Six cool new wearable tech devices

CES Unveiled 2015 featured a range of new wearable tech including a device to help patients manage chronic pain, GPS trackers for kids and a disposable adhesive heart rate monitor.

At CES Unveiled 2015, some of the best of new wearable tech was revealed today, before CES officially launches on Tuesday. CES will run from Tuesday until Friday in Las Vegas.

There were several standouts at CES Unveiled:

Siemens hearing aid

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A new Siemens hearing aid that allows the user to hear better in crowded, noisy environments.
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Hearing aids are one of the most common wearable tech devices, and yet often overlooked for flashier newer devices such as fitness trackers and smartglasses. Siemens has designed a new hearing aid that allows the user to hear in demanding environments such as noisy restaurants, crowded parties and in windy situations such as on a boat or on the golf course.

hereO

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hereO is a GPS watch to help parents track their kids.
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The hereO is a GPS watch designed for children so that their parents can keep track of their location. The watch works in sync with the hereO family location app.

Ring

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The Ring Hub will debut in March to support the Ring.
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The Ring is a Bluetooth device that acts like a magic wand to allow the user to do everything with one gesture, such turning on music, playing games or controlling smart home devices. The Ring Hub is being introduced in March and it is an infrared remote control that works with the Ring.

Quell

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Quell is a wearable device to help manage chronic pain.
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Since approximately 100 million in the US suffer from chronic pain, NeuroMetrix has come out with Quell, a wearable device that can be worn 24 hours a day to help better manage chronic pain, neurological diseases and sleep disorders. It uses non-invasive neurostimulation technology to provide relief from pain, particularly neuropathic pain due to diabetes, fibromyalgia and sciatica.

Polar A300

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The Polar A300 is a new fitness tracker.
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Polar has developed a new fitness watch with all-day activity tracker. The A300 tracks steps, calories burned, distance traveled and sleep quality. It includes Bluetooth to sync with the Polar Flow mobile app and it supports wireless chest-based heart-rate monitors. It's also waterproof and the battery is set to last about a month from one charge.

FitLinxx AmpStrip

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FitLinxx AmpStrip monitors heart rate.
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The FitLinxx AmpStrip debuted on Indiegogo December 30 and in five days has already raised $48,416 of it's $50,000 goal. The AmpStrip monitors heart rate, exercise load, resting heart rate, recovery heart rate and other biometrics. It's a disposable adhesive patch that is replaced daily, so it's nearly hidden from sight, unlike other heart rate monitors.

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Teena Maddox is a Senior Writer at TechRepublic, covering hardware devices, IoT, smart cities and wearables. With a background in fashion writing at People and W magazines and WWD, she ties together the style and substance of tech.

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