Smart Technology to Help Improve Your Health

Man Wearing Bioscarf

Health-centric smart devices have helped millions of people stay physically fit, manage their diabetes, and meditate their way to better mental and physical health.

Today, smart devices are moving beyond standard fitness wearables and personal meditation apps. We can now monitor our offices for CO2, keep our homes safe from invasion, and detect water leaks and shut off the water before they produce mold and allergens. In short, being health conscious today means ensuring the environmental health of the spaces we inhabit.

Here are some smart devices to keep you healthy, both inside and out.

Smart Thermometers

Today’s smart thermometers do way more than take your temperature. They now keep track of your illness and tell you what treatments are working. The Nokia Health Thermo is a smart thermometer that brings you powerful features when you're at your weakest. Unlike standard thermometers, the Thermo works with an app to sync and record temperature readings. It also tracks your temperature changes over time, so you’ll be able to see if you’re getting better or worse.

You can also add comments and list medications to your Nokia Thermo profile to see what medications are improving your fever. The data also gives your physician an accurate temperature reading history, improving their diagnosis. You can even record data for multiple users. And the thermometer will indicate normal, elevated, or high fevers based on a user's age.

Bioscarves

Poor air quality from pollution or seasonal allergens force many to stay inside, or else they venture out wearing a standard air pollution mask. The Bioscarf is an “air filtration garment” that can keep you stylish, comfortable, and safe. The maker of the Bioscarf says the garment filters out an average of “99.75% of all airborne particulates” like smoke and pollen. Filtration this effective also protects you from airborne viruses like pneumonia, strep, tuberculosis, and influenza.

Because it looks like a normal scarf and not a surgical mask, style-conscious people like teens are more likely to wear the Bioscarf longer. That means more protection, especially during the cold and flu season.

Smart Pillows

Today’s new smart pillows are comfortable and do everything except mow the lawn. The ZEEQ Smart Pillow sports a memory foam core and a host of smart features like Bluetooth connectivity. The ZEEQ can track your sleep cycles, providing a daily report of how much restorative deep sleep you got. It even comes with built-in speakers, so you can stream relaxing tracks while you fall asleep or listen to an audiobook without uncomfortable headphones.

The smart pillow also helps reduce snoring. After the ZEEQ detects snoring sounds, it softly vibrates, prompting you to change positions and open obstructed airways. The pillow also has a smart alarm that wakes you at the optimal moment in your sleep cycle. And it connects to Amazon Alexa and the IFTTT platform, so you can control smart home devices like light bulbs and coffee makers all from the comfort of your bed.

Meditation Apps

The hustle and bustle of modern life is making meditation apps a must-have for complete health and wellbeing. The Mindfulness App guides users through silent, timed sessions that range from 3 to 30 minutes. The app tracks your average session times and sends you reminders when you've slacked off.

The Mindfulness App is free with a trial offer. It also has a premium plan with monthly or annual payments that unlocks over 250 extra guided meditation sessions. The app works with Android and iPhones, and you can even use it with smartwatches to track your heart rate.

DNA Profile Tests

DNA profile tests are the ultimate in personalized health tech. Genetic testing provides an abundance of information about your cardiovascular health, cancer risks, and gluten sensitivity. Companies like Muhdo offer DNA profiles along with personalized fitness and diet plans. Muhdo's service works by first identifying your goals (e.g., fat loss, muscle building), then delivers health, fitness, and dietary recommendations based on your profile.

Muhdo’s program comes with a personalized dashboard for quick at-a-glance monitoring. For example, users who want advice on muscle building get a chart breakdown of their optimal carbs, fats, and protein consumption ratios. The dashboard also suggests training times per week and ideal rest times between sets. Your DNA profile comes with plenty of information on diets, vitamins, and supplements, and it even offers suggested recipes and meals.  

The Future of Smart Devices for Health

Innovations in smart tech are evolving at breakneck speed, and these tech products and services deliver basic results compared with future ones. There are already meditation headsets able to read your brainwaves and "fitness mirrors” that serve as personal trainers.

The future of smart devices will not only change how we use them, but how they use us. Artificial intelligence makes it possible for health tech to "get to know us” based on our past activities. The future of health tech is personalization based on genetics and personal tastes, and the health industry will be among the first markets to take advantage.

1/31/2019 8:00:00 AM
Hilary Thompson
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Hilary Thompson is a freelance writer specializing in health and wellness. She's been featured in publications like Reader's Digest, BestLife, Purpose Fairy, and Today. She specializes in senior health, family sleep issues, and sleep disorders, but frequently covers a variety of topics ranging from fitness to family dyna...
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