Emergency aid app and AirPods with health trackers: mHealth highlights

2019-02-01

Emergency aid app and AirPods with health trackers: mHealth highlights

AirPods will help to monitor health, Samsung smart sneakers will suggest a proper running technique, while an innovative patch will measure blood sugar level. These and other mHealth events are described in the digest.

Samsung to develop smart sports shoes

Samsung is designing smart sports sneakers able to monitor the activity of their owners.

Due to built-in sensors, the shoes will transfer various information to user’s smartphone. Expectedly, the sneakers will be equipped with pedometers and trackers.

Besides, pressure sensors will determine whether a person runs properly and inform of possible injury risks.

Emergency response app for Apple

FallCall Solutions has introduced FallCall Lite, a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) app. It is available on Apple Watch and iPhone.

Users can call the ambulance using Siri voice assistant. Moreover, Apple Watch owners should not fret over a discharging battery: device charge is remotely controlled by relatives or guardians.

PERS works around the clock, thus health workers will be able to render assistance to users on time.

The app can be downloaded for free, but the monitoring option should be bought additionally for $14.99 per month. In future, developers will integrate smart systems able to respond to falling.

AirPods to monitor health

It is supposed that the second generation of wireless AirPods will have a health monitoring feature. AirPods 2 will be probably released in the first half of 2019.

Apple does not comment on its solution, however, a lot of authoritative publications mention the leakage of information about embedded sensors.

Potential sensors can include systems for pulse rate measurement, calories calculation, and activity control.

Microneedle skin patch to measure blood glucose level

Scientists from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed a patch that can accurately and painlessly determine a blood glucose level.

The patch utilizes special needles that are about 50 times smaller than those in commercially available glucometers. Moreover, microneedles do not penetrate into the subcutaneous fat tissue. Therefore, they avoid nerve receptors so that people do not feel a great deal of pain.

Within testing, the solution has shown that it is able to accurately track blood glucose counts with only a ten minute delay.

Developers are going to integrate a technology that will process patch information and send data to user’s smartphone.

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