6 Ways to Take Your Health High-Tech




























The personal health market is now littered with high-tech, smart devices. A majority of them are designed to track and transmit data through an always-on connection.

This new category is providing a massive boost in opportunity when it comes to the monitoring and maintenance of your health. Things like fitness trackers, glucose meters, body and weight scales, and even dieting apps can help you maintain proper levels.

More importantly, they allow you to see just how healthy you are, including how your body is improving, and also find professional assistance — be it medical, training or otherwise. There are also a multitude of workout apps available that can help you stay fit and in shape, coaching you through an active process or quick workout sessions. You can then pass this information on to your physician or Doctor, to keep them in the loop.

Pretty soon, there will be no need to retain this information personally, as it will all be recorded and stored for you. Imagine an electronic health or information record that follows you everywhere, allowing health professionals to see your full history and stats with little to no input from you. That’s the future we’re headed towards. Many healthcare practices currently utilize technology to store and manage patient records. We’re nearly there.

In light of all this, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the devices and gadgets that can keep you informed about your health in new and innovative ways.

1. Instant Hot or Cold Pain Relief Wand

For some injuries, you want heat. Others require cold. This often prompts you to put ice or cold packs on the affected area. You can always do it the old-fashioned way if you want, but that’s no longer necessary.

The Instant Hot or Cold Pain Relief Wand from Hammacher Schlemmer is designed to replace all that nonsense, allowing you a powered option to alleviate pain and discomfort. It can cool to a low temperature of 43 degrees Fahrenheit and heat up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, achieving both temperature settings in just a minute. It’s portable, so you can take it just about anywhere, and runs on four AA batteries.

While it’s not as “high-tech” as some of the other gadgets on this list, it’s definitely innovative. Who would have thought you’d be using an electric wand as a hot or cold compress?

2. AliveCor

The one organ in your body you should be most concerned with, other than your brain, is your heart. It’s a good idea to monitor it — especially after long and strenuous activities or if there’s a history of heart failure in your family. The problem, however, is that electrocardiogram (EKG) monitors aren’t exactly convenient or portable.

AliveCor changes all that by offering a mobile-friendly, medical-grade EKG monitor that can sync up with your smartphone. It takes just 30 seconds to deliver an accurate heart rhythm or AFib reading to a mobile app on your phone.

It has been FDA-cleared, as well, so you can be sure it’s safe. If you own an Apple Watch, there’s even a dedicated support solution.

3. Atmotube

If you travel often or spend a lot of time on the road, chances are good you’re going to pass through an area with high levels of pollution. If you don’t spend a lot of time in the affected area, it’s not a big deal unless you suffer from asthma or severe allergies. If that’s the case, you’ll want to know when and where you’re plagued with a poor environment.

Atmotube is a portable and compact air pollution monitor with a variety of features built-in. For starters, it can measure harmful gases, volatile organic compounds, humidity and air temperature, all of which contribute to pulmonary issues — especially if you suffer from asthma. The information is delivered in real-time on a mobile companion app. It also includes a USB 3.1 port for connectivity and charging.

4. Nima

If you try to maintain a gluten-free diet or have to avoid gluten because of an allergy, things can be tough when you’re out and about. Sure, you can always read the nutrition label or reference online guides to see what’s safe to eat. When you go to a restaurant or visit someone’s home, that’s not always the case.

Nima is a portable gluten detector — the first of its kind. The device comes with one-time-use test capsules, which you put into contact with a small amount of food. It will test the sample and return a result to the embedded display, letting you know if the food is safe for consumption.

The company is also working on a similarly-sized peanut detector to help those suffering from nut allergies.

5. HAPIfork

It’s tough to imagine a world where we can interact with connected silverware, but that’s the case now. HAPIfork is exactly that: It uses an integrated accelerometer to track and measure hand motions while you eat. The information is paired with other stats, like the delay between bites, to offer insights into your eating habits. If you’re eating too quickly, which hinders digestion, it will vibrate and tell you through an LED indicator you need to slow down.

As you’d expect, the fork pairs with a mobile app for iOS and Android to help you monitor your health and eating habits and keep them in check.

6. Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System

For those with diabetes, it’s a daily task to check glucose levels, record the information and keep a detailed record of past measurements. There is a variety of measuring devices with digital memory options, but they can only hold readings for a limited time.

The Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System from iHealth Lab is a sleek, portable and completely digital monitor that pairs with iOS devices. With the small device and its mobile app, you can take regular glucose readings and keep a detailed history, which can also be shared with your doctor.

As you’d expect, the glucose meter does still use lancets and blood-testing, which come with the device — though you’ll need replacements after you run out. The benefit is that this monitor can sync wirelessly with a smartphone and you can record any and all readings quickly and easily, no matter where you are.

Whether you’ve got a specific health concern or a general desire to improve your well-being, technology offers lots of connected options you can apply to the problem to achieve better health and peace-of-mind.

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Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews writes about technology and gadgets for Motherboard, MakeUseOf and The Gadget Flow. To read more posts by Kayla, check out her blog Productivity Bytes.