At CES, Wearables Take On Challenges More Complex Than Calorie-Tracking or Step-Counting

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At CES, Wearables Take On Challenges More Complex Than Calorie-Tracking or Step-Counting

Carlsbad medical technology company Oska is making its first appearance at CES to promote its pain-reducing wearable device called the Pulse.

The oval gadget about the size of a large smartphone miniaturizes a device typically available only in doctor’s offices.

The makers of the Pulse say it delivers so-called pulse electromagnetic field therapy — a decades-old medical treatment that realigns the electrical field around damaged cells to release toxins and attract nutrients for quicker healing. It can be strapped onto a patient wherever there’s minor or chronic pain, reducing the need for prescription drugs.

Oska’s founder and chief executive, Greg Houlgate, said the Pulse represents the latest application of medical know-how to a portable device for consumers.

“It’s like the fitness trackers that came out at CES a few years ago that measured your heart rate,” Houlgate said. “Ten years ago you’d have to do that in a medical setting. Now it’s available on a wearable device.”

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