|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|
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.
Holst Centre created wearable health patch
Holst Centre introduced their next generation health patch that remotely monitors the user’s cardiac and physical activity as well as bioelectrical impedance. It incorporates an accelerometer to monitor physical activity, ECG technology to record cardiac electrical activity, and is also able to track body temperature, respiratory rate, and body composition. All of this critical data will be transferred to the user’s mobile device using wireless Bluetooth technology, and can be easily shared with the user’s healthcare provider for immediate review. The entire patch comfortably adheres to the chest and can be worn for prolonged periods of time, even while showering.
It's tough time for fitness smartwatch makers. After a period of incredible buzz in 2014, when Google launched Android Wear, and 2015, when Apple launched the first Watch, the hype around smartwatches has subsided considerably. Even Microsoft recently killed its fitness tracker Microsoft Band and Intel abandoned the release of the new model of Basis fitness watch. But Fitbit believes it can still compete with heavyweights Apple and Samsung/Google. The fitness wearables maker has acquired the competitor - fitness smartwatch maker Pebble. Fitbit is buying Pebble for its technology (to enhance its own smartwatch Surge). Pebble devices will be phased out post-acquisition.
The latest Samsung’s smartwatch Gear S3 looks like classic watch and has buit-in LTE and GPS. It's comfortable to wear, works on Tizen mobile OS and features 360 x 360 circular display with lots of functions. It can track all kinds of workouts (except for strength-training). Like the Apple Watch Series 2, it can track your run (or walk) via GPS on the smartwatch and then display the route in the Samsung Gear app on the phone. It’s also smart enough to auto-detect the kind of workout you’re doing. Samsung also added some water-resistance, 1 meter for 30 minutes (though you can't swim in it). Like the Apple Watch, the Gear S3 is often prodding you to get moving or praising for simply walking.
Ava - ovaluation tracking bracelet
Ava is a fertility tracking bracelet that identifies an average of five fertile days per cycle, doubling your chances to conceive. The Ava bracelet is enabled by sensors to detect the fertile window in woman’s cycle in real time, recording nine physiological factors that correspond with the rise in hormones indicating the onset of ovulation. Shortly after the launch, Ava concluded a clinical study at the University Hospital of Zurich that showed the device accurately detected an averaged of 5.3 fertile days per cycle with 89 percent accuracy. The companie's goal is to build a device and app that can work as contraception for women who are older and in committed relationships and willing to put in the study time it takes for the tracker to understand fully their cycle and fertility.
Microsoft will stop production and selling of its wrist-worn fitness tracker Band. The Microsoft Band was unveiled in October 2014, touted as the most advanced fitness tracker on the market. But the device, often criticized for its awkward, uncomfortable design, never really caught on. Microsoft introduced a second-generation model with added features last year, but it also carried forward many of the original's flaws. And now the company has decided to bow out of fitness wearables - at least for the time being — and cede the market to companies like Fitbit, Samsung, Garmin, Misfit, and smartwatch makers including Apple. Also in September, the company renamed its smartphone health app to Microsoft Band and that software still remains available for existing users.
While healthcare community continues to struggle to implement patient electronic medical records (PHRs) for humans, several companies have created the same apps for pets. By bringing all pet care vital records to one place, these apps allow to simplify pet care for owners and veterinarians. Pet Health record apps allow to track your pet’s vaccinations, medications, supplements, allergies, conditions, treatments, procedures, insurance, documents, veterinarian examinations and so on. We evaluated dozens of apps and defined 5 best health organizers for each platform: Cloud, Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.