Articles in Health Sensors & Trackers
Great Concept With Unfulfilled Promises: The Omron HeartGuide Blood Pressure Smartwatch Review
When the Omron HeartGuide blood pressure smartwatch was introduced at CES 2018, I knew I had to test it. The device promises everything that’s mind-boggling about digital health technologies: a wearable health sensor with FDA-clearance for blood pressure readings that’s technically very difficult to achieve. At first sight, it seemed like the innovation that could put an end to inconvenient blood pressure cuffs and traditional measurements. Now that we have tested it, the picture seems to be less rosy: although the FDA-cleared blood pressure evaluation is impressive, it may take years until the wearable truly becomes user-friendly everywhere for all demographics. Now, let’s see the details!
Into The Future of Gastroenterology With Digestibles And Microbiome Testing
Gluten? Lactose? Stomach pain? Digestive troubles? Way too many people suffer from gastrointestinal issues, and much less are aware of the digital technologies that can come to their aid. Did you know that digestibles could successfully replace the dreaded colonoscopy? Or have you heard about microbiome testing? What about the swarm of health apps supporting dietary restrictions? We took a deep breath and jumped into the universe of digital technologies just to bring you as much information about the future of gastroenterology as possible. Will you jump after us?
Asthma Pocket Tech In The Fighting Ring: AioCare Versus Smart Peak Flow
What a game, ladies and gentlemen! In the red corner, the Smart Peakflow and in the blue, the AioCare. Both are promising pocketable devices geared towards helping patients with breathing difficulties. They will be facing each other in The Medical Futurist’s fighting ring, comparing aspects such as their reliability, features, design and price point, but just like in Highlander, only one asthma tech can remain standing. Which one will it be?
Should The Experience of Sleep Apnea Treatment Be Like An Alien Attack?
Loud snoring ruins the lives of millions: the snorers’ as well as those who have to listen to it frequently. However, snoring isn’t just an annoyance. It can hint at a serious sleeping disorder: sleep apnea. Not only does the condition cause frustration in itself, but when looking at the comfort of it, its treatment could be compared to an attack of Aliens. How could digital health help patients who undergo sleep apnea treatment? Are there any ways to get rid of the Aliens?
How To Teach Kids (Digital) Health Literacy?
In a world of social companion robots, chatbots, or artificial intelligence buddies, adults have the responsibility to teach kids well how to live a healthy life with the available technologies, how to balance between the online and the offline world, how to keep their mental stability in the face of innovations. As it’s an awfully difficult job, we collected examples where digital health technology could help and in which areas should analog methods prevail.
The Weirdest Digital Health Tech From Shock Clocks To Blockchain Toothbrushes
A blockchain toothbrush could help you collect love tooth coins, a smart condom could measure your performance in the bedroom, a cooperative app could log your poop, and an electric shock alarm clock could make you jump out of bed (happy?) every day. As awkward as it looks, some digital health ideas really went off the charts. Let’s explore a little bit the universe of the weirdest digital health tech out there. Believe us, it’s worth the read.
Playback Heart Sounds: The eKuore Pro Digital Stethoscope Review
The white coat, the stethoscope, and the physician are inseparable as of yet. While artificial intelligence promises to become the next symbol of medicine, the eKuore Pro “only” aims to bring a much needed revamp of this ever-useful, iconic medical instrument. We found this wireless digital stethoscope to be fairly easy to use and feature-rich despite being remarkably heavier and pricier than conventional stethoscopes. If you want to know a pinch more detail about how the eKuore Pro performed, read our digital stethoscope review below.
A Smart Case For Your Heart – The Prizma G2 Review
The smartphone is the Swiss army knife of our times. Did you know you can even check the batteries in the remote or diagnose your car’s problems with it? Apart from checking e-mails or tracking anyone’s GPS location, dozens of other options are at your fingertips. G Medical Innovations, a medical gadget startup based in Israel, offers yet another one: measuring the electrical activity of your heart through their smartphone case. Beyond giving you an echocardiogram (ECG), the tool promises to read body temperature, oxygen saturation, heart rate, and stress level, too. While I found this ambitious “smart case” quite promising, instead of a must-have device it felt more like a proof of concept with lots of room for improvement. Here’s my detailed Prizma G2 review.
10 Outstanding Companies for Women’s Health
The women’s health technology or so-called femtech market has been on the rise for the last couple of years, but it has mainly revolved around fertility and pregnancy. We believe that female health topics reach far beyond such traditional issues and players should concentrate more on menopause, endometriosis, or mental health, just to name a few areas. Thus, we tried to collect companies which are on top of their game in the conventional fertility and/or pregnancy area, but also start-ups and ventures who are looking way beyond that. Here’s our guide to 10 outstanding companies in women’s health.
What Will Being Healthy Mean In The Future?
What does being perfectly healthy mean? Not having any visible symptoms, hidden ones or successfully coping with any disease? Is it the opposite of being sick or more than that? How did the concept change throughout the centuries? Does it have a connection to technological change? How will we talk about the distinction between health and disease in the age of big data and artificial intelligence? Spoiler alert: philosophical contemplations ahead.
To Never Skip A Beat – The HeraBEAT Fetal Heart Monitor Review
Listening to the heart sounds of an unborn baby upon a visit at the doctor’s office is one of the most magical moments for parents to be. What if you could do that in the comfort of your home? What if you could avoid anxious phone calls or hospital visits by having a digital device at hand? The HeraBEAT fetal heart monitor promises peace of mind for both expecting mother and her family, so we tested its capabilities. Although improvements would be welcome in some areas, especially user education, the experience of eavesdropping on the baby’s heartbeat is unbeatable. Here’s our review.
From Human To Cyborg: Are You Willing To Augment Your Body?
What if you could have a heat-map vision to search through an abandoned terrain? What if you could filter out unpleasant odors of urban decay every now and then? Can you imagine hearing ultrasounds better than bats? And what about lifting 20 tons or having a third, bionic arm? With the rapid advancement of technologies, the future of healthcare might not just be about being healthy, but even augmenting our bodies and “upgrading” ourselves. Where would you draw the line between being a human and a cyborg?
How To Go Beyond The Airline Medical Kit To Keep Passengers Healthy In The Future?
Humanity has come a long way from treating patients who have fallen off cliffs after having tried to fly, dressed like birds: parallel to the development of flying, the practice of how to keep people alive during flights has also greatly evolved. How can digital health add to the practice of aviation medicine in the future and make sure that passengers step off the plane as healthy as they got in?
10 Reasons Why Digital Health Start-Ups Go Bust
While the digital health market is expanding rapidly, ninety percent of start-ups will probably die within two to five years from their inception. That’s an awfully high number, so we looked around what could possibly go wrong with digital health start-ups to avoid this undeserving fate.