Apple Announces HealthKit & iOS8’s Health Hub App
Apple has long been rumored to be coming out with a health app and yesterday’s WWDC confirmed it’s here. Health will be released with iOS8 in the Fall for iOS devices. The app aggregates all of your fitness tracking information into one centralize location so that it’s easier to read and, as Apple puts it, “work harder for you”.
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The Health app collects all the information you are gathering from wearable devices or your iPhone itself. Data like activity, calories and heartbeat are visualized in both dashboard and in detail mode in the app in true Apple style. The app also lets users configure an emergency card with vital information like blood type. This card can be accessed via the lock screen in case of an emergency. 
To get all that data into the Health app, Apple has released the necessary developer tools in the form of a HealthKit. HealthKit lets developers give other apps access to the data that is being collected in their own health apps as well as to be able to configure permissions for sharing data to other people like doctors.
HealthKit has the potential to make health & fitness apps much much smarter. With HealthKit active, nutrition apps become more personalized with diet suggestions based on real-time activity without users having to enter a thing. And users can now record and view all of their health information in one app regardless if they switch from Fitbit to Jawbone to Nike.
Speaking of Nike, they are the first app to use HealthKit according to the announcements today. We fully expect that other major fitness wearables supported like those from Fitbit and Jawbone once iOS8 is available in the Fall.

Apple Announces HealthKit & iOS8’s Health Hub App

Apple has long been rumored to be coming out with a health app and yesterday’s WWDC confirmed it’s here. Health will be released with iOS8 in the Fall for iOS devices. The app aggregates all of your fitness tracking information into one centralize location so that it’s easier to read and, as Apple puts it, “work harder for you”.

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iWatch Rumour Round-up
It wouldn’t be another year without another round of rumours for the much coveted yet never confirmed iWatch. Apple has yet to get into the wearable tech space despite the fact that HTC, Acer and Asus have confirmed they will be joining Sony, Samsung and Google in tech that people wear. But that hasn’t stopped the internet from surmising what the iWatch could be all about. Here are some of the latest rumours floating around about Apple’s possible next big thing.
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Current rumoured specs are 1.5 or 2-inch display, Curved form factor, Full iOS, Biometrics and others sensors, 4-5 day battery life
Todd Ham envisions an iOS meets Nike FuelBand touch screen bracelet that we just wish would be here already (pictured above or video below)
Apple projected to ship 65M iWatch units priced at $199 for an estimated $17.5 Billion dollar business in 12 months (this is as much as the iPad and iPhone’s first year combined)
Apple will be using Stepped Battery technology from LG
Apple is testing solar, motion and induction charging 
Healthbook iOS 8 app will be linked to the iWatch will have a huge focus on health and fitness
New hires point to use of iWatch for health and fitness, possibly including heart rate monitoring in the device

iWatch Rumour Round-up

It wouldn’t be another year without another round of rumours for the much coveted yet never confirmed iWatch. Apple has yet to get into the wearable tech space despite the fact that HTC, Acer and Asus have confirmed they will be joining Sony, Samsung and Google in tech that people wear. But that hasn’t stopped the internet from surmising what the iWatch could be all about. Here are some of the latest rumours floating around about Apple’s possible next big thing.

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Goodbye Pedometers! Activity Trackers Get Heart
The majority of wearable devices on the arms of consumers today are used for fitness and health. Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike and Lumobody are all seeing success with sensors that track steps, monitor your sleep and try to motivate you to get up and move.
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Up until now, fitness wearables have mostly only measured motion using an accelerometer and gyroscope making them arguably just modern-day pedometers. But the days of solely counting steps may soon be over. This year’s CES unveiled a new breed of health wearables which go beyond measuring our external behavior and start to look inside to gauge our health.
LG, Intel and Epson all showed off new activity tracking wearables which had the ability to measure heart rate. Both LG and Intel announced a set of heart rate monitoring earbuds. LG’s headset will have the ability to interact with their new OLED display wristband, Lifeband Touch. Epson also stepped into the heart rate measurement game with the launch of Pulsense, a line of optical heart rate sensor devices including a smartwatch and wristband.
But heart rate wasn’t the only physiological activity wearables were detecting in Vegas. InteraXon was demoing their Muse, a brain-sensing headband which uses EEG sensors to monitor and measure your brain activity. The data gathered from your brain was then used in an app called Calm which walks users through exercises aimed to quiet the mind in a form of futuristic meditation.

Heapsylon’s Sensoria Smart Socks were being used to tell runners how well their feet were doing by tracking things like balance, landing position and cadence.
A focus on more accurate data sets of wearables for quantified selfers is a very exciting and necessary step in the right direction. Giving consumers access to medical-grade data will only continue to increase the value of these devices and the wearable tech sector as a whole.

Goodbye Pedometers! Activity Trackers Get Heart

The majority of wearable devices on the arms of consumers today are used for fitness and health. Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike and Lumobody are all seeing success with sensors that track steps, monitor your sleep and try to motivate you to get up and move.

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This Glass App Will Send Zombies After You To Get You Off The Couch
If you are the type of person who needs a lot of motivation to get to the gym then a new app for Google Glass may be just the thing. Race Yourself, a new Glassware development company, is working on a Google Glass app that will terrify you into running.
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The app releases Zombies, Boulders, Fire or even an oncoming train for you to race against. And with Glass’ transparent lens, the visions are expected to look pretty real. I don’t know about you, but looking behind me to see the walking dead coming is a guaranteed way of pushing me to my physical limits.

The virtual game-like experiences are just one part of the app. Race Yourself also lets you run against your best run or one of your friends using information from previous running times and goals. To make the competitive data even more accurate, Race Yourself and Heapsylon, makers of smart shirts, bras and socks, partnered to allow smart clothing data like heart rate to be added to the mix.
Race Yourself is currently in Beta with the plan to release an official version when Glass launches, which is rumored to be happening later this year. 

This Glass App Will Send Zombies After You To Get You Off The Couch

If you are the type of person who needs a lot of motivation to get to the gym then a new app for Google Glass may be just the thing. Race Yourself, a new Glassware development company, is working on a Google Glass app that will terrify you into running.

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Atlas Fitness Tracker Wants to Benchpress the Competition
Atlas isn’t interested in bringing to market yet another activity tracker. In fact, CEO and Co-Founder, Peter Li, feels “other fitness trackers are just glorified pedometers”. The team out of Austin, Texas is launching a new wearable fitness band called the Atlas Fitness Tracker that actually tracks your workout. And it could just make needing a personal trainer a thing of the past.
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The Atlas Fitness Tracker measures your heart rate and tracks your body on the x, y and z axes. This means that it can more accurately calculate calories burned and also figure out how many reps you have performed of a specific exercise. 
Atlas’ ability to measure heart rate echoes a trend we saw at CES earlier this month where it seemed that this was a new bar being set for activity tracker. LG and Epson also announced heart rate monitoring devices at the show this year.  
But where Atlas’ really has an edge is in its ability to provide smarter analytics. Atlas know what exercise you are doing in your workout and tracks the progress of that specific activity. It does that based on preloaded popular exercises and along with new ones that you teach it. 

As Atlas’ wristband will have a significant display, much larger than the FuelBand and Force, gym-goers will be given access to real-time feedback on their activity to help them correct their form, anticipate plateaus or check overall progress.
Not the bicep curl or treadmill type? Don’t worry Atlas’ learning capability can suit many types of workouts including cross-fit and even swimming. The device is waterproof up to 1m, so you can fully submerge it in water. The team is working on having Atlas rated waterproof for up to 50–100m (5–10ATM) for hardcore swimmers and scuba divers.
Atlas has already worked on making sure that their wearable is compatible with some popular fitness apps. They currently support MapMyRun, Lose It and Fitocracy. They will also have an API which for developers. The device will use BLE to connect to a smartphone to store the data. The Atlas Fitness app is expected for both iOS and Android at launch.
The company is currently running an Indiegogo campaign which they started at the beginning of this month with a funding goal of $125,000. With fourteen days still on the clock, Atlas has already raised more than double that amount with over $253,000 at the time of this article. 
Backers can nab an Atlas for $149 plus international shipping to get it for December of this year. Just in time to start to work off next year’s holiday weight. 

Atlas Fitness Tracker Wants to Benchpress the Competition

Atlas isn’t interested in bringing to market yet another activity tracker. In fact, CEO and Co-Founder, Peter Li, feels “other fitness trackers are just glorified pedometers”. The team out of Austin, Texas is launching a new wearable fitness band called the Atlas Fitness Tracker that actually tracks your workout. And it could just make needing a personal trainer a thing of the past.

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Biohacker Implants Chip Into Arm to Take on Evolution

And I thought I was into “wearable tech” but this guy takes the cake!

Tim Cannon is a biohacker (a group that merges human and machine in a DIY style) who is attempting to take on the limitations of evolution. Cannon put a chip in his arm which enables him to record and transfer his own biometrical data. 

"The human body is really really failing in almost everyday. I want to live to be thousands of years old. I don’t want to do. I don’t understand why anybody would" Tim Cannon DIY Cyborg told Motherboard.

The sensor is HUGE and looks as though Cannon has an iPod under his skin. But after a successful operation he demonstrates that data is being collected and sent over to his connected device.

Source: Motherboard

AIRO Spectrometer & Heart Rate Monitoring Wristband Launches Today

The KW-based startup, Airo Health, launched their wristband, AIRO, today which will automatically monitor your nutrition, stress, sleep and exercise. 

Unlike other activity trackers, the wristband doesn’t use motion but uses a spectrometer to analyze metabolites in your blood (for food) and the heart rate monitor to gauge intensity of your workouts, quality of your sleep and your HRV or heart rate variability for how stressed you are.

Pre-orders start today for $149.99. The device is expected to ship in the Fall of 2014.

Source: BetaKit

#FutureHome Nutrima

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Nutrima calculates the nutritional values, possible toxins and freshness of your food. The appliance is foldable, easy to bring along and supported by an app mapping your experiences giving tips of resellers with high quality ingredients.

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Nike Announces Second-Gen FuelBand: Nike Fuelband SE
According to Gizmodo “Nike just showed off the second-gen version of its Fuelband, and for the first time, the fitness tracker is coming in a whole slew of colors. Here’s everything you need to know about the improvements.
The display is the same, the form factor is the same, but now you’ll have a choice of three shades of neon. It still has a single button and the same LED light. But the band is now more water-resistant, it will give you hourly movement reminders, and you can double tap for the time. the SE now has Bluetooth 4.0, so it can be constantly connected with your phone as well.”
Looks like Fuelband is following in the same footsteps as Fitbit in marrying smartwatch like features with their fitness tracker. Interestingly they are also pulling a play out of the Apple playbook with the update of neon colors. 
What do you think? 
UPDATE: Looks like Android users are out of luck..for now. They just announced that Fuelband SE will only work with iOS :(

Nike Announces Second-Gen FuelBand: Nike Fuelband SE

According to Gizmodo “Nike just showed off the second-gen version of its Fuelband, and for the first time, the fitness tracker is coming in a whole slew of colors. Here’s everything you need to know about the improvements.

The display is the same, the form factor is the same, but now you’ll have a choice of three shades of neon. It still has a single button and the same LED light. But the band is now more water-resistant, it will give you hourly movement reminders, and you can double tap for the time. the SE now has Bluetooth 4.0, so it can be constantly connected with your phone as well.”

Looks like Fuelband is following in the same footsteps as Fitbit in marrying smartwatch like features with their fitness tracker. Interestingly they are also pulling a play out of the Apple playbook with the update of neon colors. 

What do you think? 

UPDATE: Looks like Android users are out of luck..for now. They just announced that Fuelband SE will only work with iOS :(

Defibrillator Equipped Drones Speed Treatment To Those In Need - PSFK
When someone is having a cardiac arrhythmia, getting an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to that person as quickly as possible can often be the difference between life and death. The problem is that AEDs are usually only readily available in high pedestrian traffic areas such as airports or sports stadiums, due to the cost of each device. In less populated areas, it can sometimes take hours for the necessary equipment to arrive. Imagine if there was a quick and easy way to get the lifesaving tools to someone in need, faster than any ambulance or EMT.
The Defikopter is a drone that can deliver a defibrillator to heart attack victims much quicker than emergency responders. Conceived by Germany-based nonprofit Definetz, the system can carry an AED to any location based on its GPS coordinates. Although the system is still in the early stages of development, the team are developing a smartphone app that those with heart problems, or their family, can download and have on hand in case of emergency.
via: smarterplanet

Defibrillator Equipped Drones Speed Treatment To Those In Need - PSFK

When someone is having a cardiac arrhythmia, getting an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to that person as quickly as possible can often be the difference between life and death. The problem is that AEDs are usually only readily available in high pedestrian traffic areas such as airports or sports stadiums, due to the cost of each device. In less populated areas, it can sometimes take hours for the necessary equipment to arrive. Imagine if there was a quick and easy way to get the lifesaving tools to someone in need, faster than any ambulance or EMT.

The Defikopter is a drone that can deliver a defibrillator to heart attack victims much quicker than emergency responders. Conceived by Germany-based nonprofit Definetz, the system can carry an AED to any location based on its GPS coordinates. Although the system is still in the early stages of development, the team are developing a smartphone app that those with heart problems, or their family, can download and have on hand in case of emergency.

via: smarterplanet

How 3D Printing Is Impacting Healthcare

Texas news does a piece on how 3D Printing is helping to prepare surgeons for surgery by providing them with 3D models on demand. They also touch upon bio-printing (very early days here).

3D printers have been around since the early 80s but the personal 3D printer is really making this twenty year technology available to the masses.

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LUMO Wearable Tech Wants You to Sit Up Straight

How many times did you hear “sit up straight” from your Mom when you grew up? Well LUMO wants to be your virtual mom by tracking your posture and “shocking you” into a better position. 

LUMO is a band with sensors that monitors and tracks your posture. You wear the band around your waist and it connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth (like most wearables today).

Here is what LUMO says needs to happen to make their product work:

"1. Activate LUMOback’s Posture Monitoring App: Download the LUMOback app from the Apple App Store and follow the instructions in the app. The app will take you through a short series of movements to do the initial calibration (e.g. walking, sitting, slouching, etc.).  In less than 5 minutes, you’ll be on the path to good posture!

2. Wear: LUMOback is a small, flexible sensor that attaches to a thin and flexible belt. Strap the belt around your lower back, either against your skin or over a thin layer or clothing.

3. Track: LUMOback’s sensors measure pelvic tilt and help guide your body position to a neutral pelvis alignment. If you slouch with your lower back, lean forward, lean backwards, or shift your weight to one side, the LUMOback will let you know via a gentle vibration so you can learn to correct your stance to good posture. LUMOback also offers tracking  to help you understand your posture now, your daily activity levels, your sleep habits, and your improvements over time.”

I have a constant war with my posture being at my computer for 10 hours a day and then straight from there to a mobile device so I can totally see value in tracking and reminding myself of my posture digitally. 

The health and fitness sector is booming with wearables and so its great to see orthopedic type applications come out to the market.

You can buy the device now for $149.00USD.

Check out the video for more features and a demo.

AR in the ER

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Tablets and smartphones have recently found a wide range of uses in the healthcare industry, from building image databases for doctors to helping patients better understand their surgical procedures. Taking these mobile technologies one step further, we look at an application that takes augmented reality into the operating room to assist doctors with complex procedures. Imagine if at the touch of a button, your surgeon could map your internal organs and pinpoint the correct blood vessel or location of a tumor, rather than having to rely on memory or constantly refer to images and charts.

A new iPad app from the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Germany is using augmented reality technology to help surgeons remove liver tumors without damaging critical vessels within the organ. Before the surgery takes place, a CT scan is performed on the patient, allowing an accompanying software to identify and image the pathways of blood vessels. This information is then transferred to an iPad, which can be used during the surgery.

Is That a Tiny Coach on Your Basketball or Are You Just Happy To See Me
via thisistheverge: There’s a tiny coach in your basketball
There are tons of gadgets to help golfers develop the perfect swing, but it’s hard to apply the same unobtrusive training tools to other sports. Evo One, though, is the counterpoint — it’s a Kickstarter project that puts a tiny coach inside a basketball to help players improve their game. A small gyroscopic sensor detects backspin and emits a whistle when the ball is shot correctly, allowing players to make corrections as they play. 

Is That a Tiny Coach on Your Basketball or Are You Just Happy To See Me

via thisisthevergeThere’s a tiny coach in your basketball

There are tons of gadgets to help golfers develop the perfect swing, but it’s hard to apply the same unobtrusive training tools to other sports. Evo One, though, is the counterpoint — it’s a Kickstarter project that puts a tiny coach inside a basketball to help players improve their game. A small gyroscopic sensor detects backspin and emits a whistle when the ball is shot correctly, allowing players to make corrections as they play. 

5 Body Parts Scientists Can 3-D Print
Ears
Team: Cornell University
How it’s made: Bioengineers take a 3-D scan of a child’s ear, design a seven-part mold in the SolidWorks CAD program, and print the pieces. The mold is injected with a high-density gel made from 250 million bovine cartilage cells and collagen from rat tails (the latter serves as a scaffold). After 15 minutes, the ear is removed and incubated in cell culture for several days. In three months, the cartilage will have propagated enough to replace the collagen.
Benefit: At least one child in 12,500 is born with microtia, a condition characterized by hearing loss due to an underdeveloped or malformed outer ear. Unlike synthetic implants, ears grown from human cells are more likely to be successfully incorporated into the body.
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5 Body Parts Scientists Can 3-D Print

Ears

Team: Cornell University

How it’s made: Bioengineers take a 3-D scan of a child’s ear, design a seven-part mold in the SolidWorks CAD program, and print the pieces. The mold is injected with a high-density gel made from 250 million bovine cartilage cells and collagen from rat tails (the latter serves as a scaffold). After 15 minutes, the ear is removed and incubated in cell culture for several days. In three months, the cartilage will have propagated enough to replace the collagen.

Benefit: At least one child in 12,500 is born with microtia, a condition characterized by hearing loss due to an underdeveloped or malformed outer ear. Unlike synthetic implants, ears grown from human cells are more likely to be successfully incorporated into the body.

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