Tag Archive for ‘Health’

AutoSleep ➝

I started using this app recently to track my sleep habits. I had previously used Sleep++, but as far as I know, that app requires you to wear your watch in order to record data. When testing the app, I determined that I really don’t like sleeping with a watch on.

AutoSleep is much more flexible, letting you choose whether you prefer to wear your watch to sleep or not. If you do, it uses the data collected by your watch to track your sleep. But more importantly for me, if you don’t wear your watch to sleep, it keeps track of when your watch is placed on its charger and combines that with data from your iPhone’s motion tracking chip to intelligently guess when you’re sleeping.

While I don’t expect this method is quite as accurate as tracking your sleep entirely from your watch’s data, it can certainly give you an idea of your sleep trends and offer suggestions about how you can improve. If you’re looking for a sleep tracking app, AutoSleep seems like the absolute best in the market.

Apple Is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for Its Smartwatch ➝

Alex Webb, reporting for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is developing an advanced heart-monitoring feature for future versions of its smartwatch, part of a broader push by the company to turn what was once a luxury fashion accessory into a serious medical device, according to people familiar with the plan.

A version being tested requires users to squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand that’s not wearing the device, one of the people said. It then passes an imperceptible current across the person’s chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates.

The Apple Watch is poised to make a much larger impact on society than any of us could have imagined. Based on the progress it’s made since the device was first launched in 2015, I can’t wait to see what the Watch is capable after another few years.

Apple Watch Activity Challenge for Veterans Day ➝

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple will hold a special Apple Watch Activity Challenge to commemorate Veterans Day on 11 November in the United States. Apple Watch owners can earn a special badge and iMessage sticker for the event.

To earn the award, simply complete an 11 minute workout on Veterans Day. Accumulate time with the Workout app or a third-party app that adds workouts to the HealthKit database.

Apple should have challenges like this more often.

Apple Celebrates Earth Day With New Apple Watch Activity Challenge ➝

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

Apple is challenging Apple Watch owners to complete a 30 minute outdoor exercise activity on Earth Day, which is Saturday, April 22. For finishing the challenge, Apple Watch owners will be rewarded with an exclusive Earth Day award and stickers that can be used in the Messages app.

Whether you own an Apple Watch or not, today’s a good day to go outside, get some fresh air, and exercise.

Apple to Add Organ Donor Registration to Health App ➝

Brandon Bailey, reporting for the Associated Press:

Apple wants to encourage millions of iPhone owners to register as organ donors through a software update that will add an easy sign-up button to the health information app that comes installed on every smartphone the company makes.

Apple Previews watchOS 3 ➝

From Apple’s press release:

Apple previewed watchOS 3, featuring significantly improved performance with the ability to launch favorite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities for Apple Watch. Available this fall, this software update introduces the breakthrough Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete as well as enabling wheelchair users to close their Activity rings.

When I wrote my WWDC wishlist last week, I only had one request for the Apple Watch — improved efficiency. There’s nothing too terribly groundbreaking about these announcements — all of it feels like natural progression — but these refinements will make using the device much more enjoyable.

Track Your Water Consumption With WaterMinder ➝

Jake Underwood, writing for MacStories:

WaterMinder’s goal is to, quite simply, help you drink water. Similarly to how the Activity app aims to provide movement goals based on height, weight, and general activity lifestyle, WaterMinder calculates and presents you with a specific ounce count for the amount of water you should drink every day.

I’m pretty happy with my eating habits, but I don’t drink nearly enough water. That’s something I’d like to change and WaterMinder looks like the perfect app to help me along the way.

ResearchKit and CareKit ➝

Apple:

Doctors around the world are using iPhone to transform the way we think about health. Apps created with ResearchKit are already producing medical insights and discoveries at a pace and scale never seen before. That success has inspired us to widen the scope from medical research to personal care with the introduction of CareKit — a framework for developers to build apps that let you manage your own well-being on a daily basis.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that these types of announcements are far more important than the mass market products. Phones and tablets are short-lived, but the discoveries that come from initiatives like ResearchKit and CareKit have major impacts on people’s lives. I couldn’t be happier about Apple working on this.