|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|
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 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.
Pebble released fitness-focused smartwatch Pebble 2. This $130 smartwatch features heart rate sensor that is always on and taking your pulse, which it then logs into the Health section of the Pebble app so you can see all the data all in neat little graphs. The workout section includes three modes that can be activated: walk, run and workout. Each of the modes tracks duration and shows a live reading of your heart rate. Pebble 2 is water-resistant up to 98 feet of water — good for sweating all over, swimming and use in the rain. The e-paper screen affords the Pebble 2 greater power efficiency that other LCD-based smartwatches can't get; battery life is good for up to a week on a single charge as opposed to one to two days.
Fitbit is updating two of its most popular fitness trackers - the new waterproof Flex 2 and heart rate-tracking Charge 2. With the $150 Charge 2, Fitbit redesigned its Charge HR with a larger display that makes the tracker look and feel more like a fitness watch. The Charge's fitness-tracking abilities have also been upgraded with new features that are able to record specific types of workouts, like weightlifting, runs, bike rides and interval sessions, and the tracker will automatically recognize some types of activities like yoga and running. If the Charge 2 is more fitness tracker than you need, Fitbit is also releasing a new version of its smallest tracker, the $99.95 Flex 2. It became much slimmer and water-resistant (at depths up to 164-feet). Like the Flex before it, the Flex 2 eschews a traditional display in favor of a series of LED lights that indicate your progress throughout the day.
It turns out that there's an amazing side effect to joining the ranks of the millions now addicted to Pokémon Go: better health. Fitness tracker Jawbone UP claims that users of its fitness band who also mentioned that they used Pokémon Go logged a whopping 62.5 percent more steps during the game launch weekend compared to their steps taken during a normal weekend. Now that it's becoming clear that Pokémon Go is getting more people to move around and, as a byproduct, improve their health, the next question is whether someone will harness this unexpected game-meets-fitness win.
Xiaomi launched a successor to its popular Mi Band fitness tracker: the Mi Band 2. Unlike the previous model, Mi Band 2 has an OLED display, but the price has also risen significantly: from $15 to $23. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is a fitness, heart rate and sleep tracker. It sports an ADI accelerometer and an optical heart rate monitor, a 20-day battery (according to Xiaomi), and Bluetooth 4.0 support. It's water and dust resistant up to IP67 specifications. Its 0.42-inch OLED screen is not a touchscreen, which is probably one of the secrets behind the Mi Band 2's low price. Instead, you can tap on the device's button beneath the screen or flick your wrist to switch from time, step count and heart rate mode.
Apple CareKit - is a new open-source framework enabling developers to build apps that help patients manage their medical conditions and connect to care providers. Rather than relying solely on doctor visits, you’ll be able to regularly track your symptoms and medications, and even share the information with your care team for a bigger - and better - picture of your health. CareKit is launching with an app designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson's to see how they are responding and reacting to treatments. Apple is also partnering with organizations like University of Rochester Medical Center and Penn Medicine to develop apps designed to help users. CareKit complements HealthKit framework for building fitness apps and ResearchKit - for building research apps.
Xiaomi announced an upgrade to its $15 fitness band - Mi Band Pulse, the new wearable that adds a heart rate monitor to the mix, again at a pretty amazing price: $16. For comparison, Fitbit's cheapest activity-tracking bracelet, the Flex, costs $99.95. Though very similar in appearance to the original Mi Band, the Pulse is a little heavier and just a hair larger, though the differences are likely too small for most people to notice. Mi Band Pulse also features new strap material that won't be as prone to breaking as the last one, as well as a 45mAh battery.