I’ve used the whole evolution of Fitbit devices from Fitbit One through Surge and Blaze, so it was obvious I’ll test Ionic. I was curious what the first smartwatch and fitness tracker combination from Fitbit can offer me. The verdict? A neatly designed, resourceful tracker with many useful measurements, but I still can’t believe they don’t have a smart wake up function. Maybe in 10 years.
We test and review a whole range of health sensors and trackers but we haven’t touched upon swimming yet. The reason is simple: I’m not a Michael Phelps so to say. When it comes to swimming, it’s not in my top 50 sports activities. As we still get questions about which tracker to use for swimming, we dove into the water-resistant wearable market. Now, you can splash into the pool with the best wearables for swimming.
How do you live healthier with data? How do you get used to sensors and wearables? I receive plenty of questions after my keynotes about digital health; how it changes my life and how it could transform society in the future. A while ago, I was on stage in Lisbon, when someone asked me whether I think the use of health sensors might limit our freedom of choice. As it generated a discussion within The Medical Futurist team too, I decided to outline my position and the counter-arguments. Needless to say, I stood for technology not curbing our freedom in any way.
Do you realize how much you look at your phone a day? Only when your neck starts to hurt? Do you feel lazy and downcast when you sit in your office chair too long? Lumo Lift promises to improve your posture by gently nudging you onto the right path, while Lumo Run pledges to teach you how to have a good run. I tested both sensors and the overall verdict is positive. Check out the details here!
The essence of digital health is making patients the point of care – no matter how unexpected the method. Could you ever imagine that there will be a time when you could measure your heart rate with a device slipped into your key chain holder or your blood pressure on your wrist? MOCAcare does both of that. Moreover, it provides its measurements in good quality and gives meaningful information even for laypeople.
If you measure your daily step count or raise a virtual plant to drink more water a day, you already fell victim of the charms of gamification. Is it bad news? On the contrary! Gamified apps, devices, and therapies will gradually appear in every field of healthcare making behavior change easier and more fun. Here are the greatest examples of gamification!
Some say technology will replace 80% of doctors in the future. I disagree. Instead, technology will finally allow doctors to focus on what makes them good physicians: treating patients and innovating, while automation does the repetitive part of the work. While every specialty will benefit from digital health, some will especially thrive due to these innovations. Here, we enlisted the medical fields with the biggest potential for development in the future.