|Health Gadgets||Health Apps||Fitness Apps|
|Wearables and home health gadgets that allow to track and manage your health||Mobile apps, cloud services and software that helps to take care of your health||iPhone, Android, Cloud and other apps for tracking sports and fitness activities|
If we ask you to imagine the future of medicine, you'll probably think about DNA therapy, nanorobots, artificial organs and bionic prostheses. But probably you won't think about your own role in this future medicine. Meanwhile it will be not less important. Moreover, you'll become the general manager of your own health. And wearable technologies will help you. At first glance it looks strange. Why pay more attention to care of your health if you can go to super-hospital and they will repair your fully-broken body? But we have one big reason for you.
Fitbit has updated its popular Alta tracker. The Alta HR is an update to last year’s Alta, a well designed piece of hardware that has since grown into the second-best fitness tracker (behind the company’s higher-end Charge 2). The biggest addition is heart rate monitoring that bumps the price up by $20 to $149. The company is also announcing updates to its sleep tracking, which take advantage of the aforementioned heart rate monitoring to differentiate sleep states, including light, deep and REM. It’s a marked increase over Fitbit’s existing sleep tracking, which relies on the on-board accelerometer to gauge how much a wearer moves during the night. That manner of tracking paints a picture of sleep length, but offers little in the way of quality. The company adds that it will also be harnessing the three billion hours of sleep it’s logged from users to better tailor sleep recommendations in much the way it does with fitness goals.
Moodies - an app for emotional health
Israeli company Beyond Verbal developed a technology that enables to detect emotional state and even health conditions through the human voice. They also provide an app Moodies for iPhone and Android that requires just 20 seconds of speech to provide a deep, highly granular mood analysis. Moodies listens to vocal intonations to understand our emotions as we speak – because it's not what we say, but HOW we say it. It also enables continuous analysis by pressing and holding (or locking) the LISTEN button. Of course, you can define your emotional state yourself, but in the emotional state it's much better when a third-party app tells you that it's better to calm down because you can harm your health.
Babylon combines AI with human doctor consultations
Babylon Health, the U.K. startup offers a digital healthcare app via a mixture of artificial intelligence (AI) and video and text consultations with doctors and specialists. You basically talk to the app as it walks you through your symptoms, and if the bot can't solve your issue it engages a real doctor to the discussion via video chat. The artificial intelligence technology is taught by medical professionals and works 24/7. Babylon app also helps you track test results, activity levels and health info so you always have an up-to-date picture of how you’re doing.
MedWhat - personal medical assistant in your phone
It's often quite complicated to get to a doctor. And if your health problem is not so serious, the visit to a doctor won't cost these time, money and nerves that you pay. In future everybody will have a personal medical assistant, based on artificial intelligence, that can solve at least not-so-serious health issues. Like Siri, but smarter and with the knowledge from millions of medical books, real cases and information about your particular health. And something like that already exists - MedWhat app for iPhone and Android. You can talk with it in natural (English) language. And it not only answer questions like "I got a cold, what should I do?", but also takes care of your case until you recover. For example, it will ask you in a day if you still have a sore throat, remind you when it's time to take medicines and warn when a visit to doctor's office is necessary.
Life happens and so do accidents. They happen when you least expect them. So be prepared and take advantage of the modern technologies that can help you. For now these technologies are represented by mobile apps that you can install on your phone. Emergency apps can be divided into two main categories: ICE apps that store your medical information and emergency contacts and First Aid apps that provide instructions of how to save one's life and health. So, here are the (arguably) best two apps in these categories and our vision of the future of Emergency apps.
Google announced an update to Goals (feature in Google Calendar) that allows you to connect Google Fit and Apple Health to the fitness goals you set in Goals. Once you hit your goal, your Google Calendar items will automatically be marked as “done.” When you look at your fitness goals in Google Calendar, Google will also show you how well you’ve done so far. The new feature makes sense given the ubiquity of fitness trackers and the fact that it doesn’t even take any special hardware (except for a compatible smartphone) to get started with services like Google Fit.
New virtual assistant Ozlo can become your nutrition expert
Ozlo, the new personal assistant for iOS and Android wants to give Siri, Alexa and Cortana a run for their money. One advantage that Ozlo has is a good memory of your previous interactions with him. For people that suffer from gluten allergies, Ozlo can digest that information and put it to use later on when you ask for a cute date spot. Ozlo is launching integrated with services like Further Food, Authority Nutrition, Gluten Free Globetrotter, Gluten Free Mrs. D, and Cookies and Kate to provide nutritional guidance.
LVL - the first fitness wristaband with hydration monitoring
Your body is mostly water, so even a 1% difference from the normal hydrotation effects it in a huge way. The new fitness wearable LVL could let you take hydrotation under control. It measures hydrotation level with the help of infrared sensor and prompts you in real-time, alerting to exactly how much fluid you need (based off of current levels and sweat rates) and what type of performance boost you can expect. Besides, LVL simultaneously tracks your heart rate, number of steps and sleep cycles. The gadget already collected more than $1 million on Kickstarter and is expected in July 2017 with $400 price tag.
Tiny wearable sensor can monitor heart and lungs
To diagnose such serious diseases as heart failure or pneumonia you need to visit a doctor. However, often we come to doctor when the disease is already in critical phase, because we don't feel too bad and hope that it will go away. But if you have a device that says "you have tachycardia" or "rales in lungs," you'll probably visit the doctor faster. We have already seen some home stethoscopes that alarm of probable diseases. But perhaps wearable sensor that listens to your heart and lungs 24/7 would be more efficient. Researchers from the University of Colorado led by Professor Jae-Woong Jeong have developed such sensor. It can be fixed on the chest by patch, listen to body sounds and transmit data to smartphone which can process the sounds and warn you about the dangerous conditions.