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The Stetheadphone: an iPhone Headphone for Doctors

The Stetheadphone: an iPhone Headphone for Doctors

The Stetheadphone: an iPhone Headphone for Doctors

The “I’m not product series” is continuing, The last one is “Stetheadphone”, created by Antrepo Design Industry. It is headset with remote and mic, you can make and receive calls, access voice-control features, and listen to and manage playback from your iPhone or iPod.

 

Material used is ultra light and flexible plastic for your comfort Also three sizes of soft silicone ear tips help you tailor a fit that’s right for you. The color options are white, black, pink, blue or green.

Antrepo, a design consultancy firm, has created a fabulous headphone for doctors that resembles a stethoscope. The Stetheadphone has all the features of the standard iPhone headphones, including making and receiving calls, voice-control, and listening to and managing music playback. There will be a wide range of colors available: white, black, pink, blue or green.

We are now in a research process to find a partner company for the production process. The companies interested in this product may contact Antrepo Design Industry through its website.

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Other products of “i’m not product series”:

Traffitray, Spoticam, Salt&Pepper Cell, TunerTime, Minutuner, TimeTuner.

It is currently still a concept, but the company is looking for a partner company for the production process. Head over to the link below for some more pictures.

source : http://www.a2591.com/2010/05/im-not-doctor.html

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Personal Actigraphy for a Better Night’s Sleep

Personal Actigraphy for a Better Night’s Sleep

Personal Actigraphy for a Better Night’s Sleep

The WakeMate, a sensor-laden wristband packaged with sleep analysis software, determines the optimal wake-up point in your REM cycle and adjusts your alarm for that moment. It also lets you say you really use your iPhone 24/7.

One of the fundamental reasons we love gadgets is because they help us do things better and smarter while we go about our days. But there are considerably fewer gadgets that help us go about our nights. Sure, there are some, but by and large the activity of sleeping is one that is untouched by technology and thus unoptimized. Enter WakeMate.

The WakeMate wristband uses Actigraphy to monitor your sleep cycles and pinpoints the precise moment when you should wake up, in a twenty minute window set to your specifications. (Otherwise, my “optimal wake up time” would be sometime around noon, seven days a week.)

But that’s only half of it. The WakeMate collects your nightly sleep data and over time develops a detailed analysis of your sleep schedule.

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Though I’m not sure I need quantify things with a “sleep score”—Sleep? That’s where I’m a viking—it’s hard not to get excited about the prospect of sleeping smarter with the help of gadgets like WakeMate. The WakeMate is set to ship by the end of the month and is available for preorder now. [WakeMate Thanks Mikey!]

As our editors can attest, having the beeper go off during deep sleep while on call is an unpleasant experience. Alarm clocks in general are insensitive to our sleep cycles. The WakeMate from Perfect Third, Inc. is a new device that attempts to sound reveille just when you’re most conscious. Essentially, it’s a wrist-worn accelerometer that measures how much you’re moving, and it sends the data to a cell phone. You set a 20 minute time frame when you’d like to wake up, and the device triggers the alarm within that period when it detects significant movement. Though the WakeMate supposedly works with all kinds of cell phones, it comes with an iPhone app that can provide sleep analysis to give you a better idea for what you do during all those unconscious hours.

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From the product page:

Problem: Traditional alarm clocks wake you at a random point in your sleep cycle, leaving you feeling groggy.

Solution: The WakeMate will analyze your sleep to find the optimal time for you to wake up. You will feel refreshed and energized every time you wake, even from naps!

Problem: After sleeping, you may still feel tired – you’re getting poor quality sleep without realizing why.

Solution: View a full analysis of your sleep on our Analytics Platform. You will receive personalized instructions on how to improve your sleep so you can have your best night’s sleep, every night.

Source : http://wakemate.com/

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The Love Affair with Epocrates’ iPhone Applications, and The New OTC Module

The Love Affair with Epocrates’ iPhone Applications, and The New OTC Module

The Love Affair with Epocrates’ iPhone Applications, and The New OTC Module

Epocrates, Inc. today announced that more than 100,000 physicians are routinely using its clinical software on the iPhone™ platform. This frequent use places Epocrates among the elite top five percent of iPhone applications actively used more than a month after download. By supporting the iPhone device since its launch, Epocrates continues its position as the leader in mobile medical software. With products also available on BlackBerry®, Palm® and Windows Mobile® devices, Epocrates has an active network of more than 750,000 healthcare professionals. On average, these clinicians are accessing more than 10 million monographs per month in Epocrates to check dosing, interactions, health plan coverage and more.

“With a decade to refine our clinical content and mobile applications, we have established Epocrates as the most frequently used guide at the point of care with physicians using it more than six times per day,” said Jeff Tangney, president and chief operating officer for Epocrates. “The iPhone platform has been a terrific vehicle for us to continue to innovate, introducing new features physicians have fully integrated into their workflow.”

Epocrates has maintained its ranking as the top free medical application by providing concise, up-to-date clinical information health professionals need at the point of care. Unique product features in the free Epocrates® Rx drug and formulary guide include pill pictures, clinical tables, health plan coverage, medical calculators and specialty DocAlert® clinical messages. Beyond physicians, several hundred thousand subscribers, including nurses, pharmacists and even health-minded consumers, are actively using Epocrates on the iPhone. The quality drug content is developed by the company’s in-house team of physicians and pharmacists, and is credited in helping to prevent medical errors weekly.

“It is invaluable having so much medical information with me at all times. It makes my patients safer and my job easier,” said Dr. Mark Wilson. “I show my patients something on Epocrates like pill pictures or a drug interaction at least once a day.”

“I have been using Epocrates for nine years, and frankly don’t know how I’d practice medicine without it,” said Dr. Peter Rugg. “I use it every day in my practice and love having it on my iPhone to check for a drug interaction or look-up a treatment recommendation whenever I need it.”

To further support daily clinical decisions and subscribers’ needs, the company launched the Epocrates® Essentials premium suite in January and added an over-the-counter (OTC) drug module in July. The enhanced premium version includes an infectious disease guide, hundreds of laboratory tests, convenient medical calculators and tables, information on alternative therapies, peer-reviewed disease content and evidence-based differential diagnosis developed in conjunction with the BMJ Group. With the new OTC content, physicians and pharmacists are able to easily access the latest information for hundreds of brand name OTC drugs and identify potential adverse reactions or drug interactions.

ABOUT EPOCRATES, INC.

Epocrates is a leading provider of clinical information and decision support tools to healthcare professionals. Epocrates currently has more than one in three U.S. physicians and 40 percent of U.S. medical students in its active network. The company’s subscription-based services enable healthcare professionals to make more informed medical decisions, reduce medical errors and practice more efficiently. For more information about Epocrates, please visit www.epocrates.com/company.

We love medical iPhone applications, but now we’re getting the word that we aren’t the only ones. Computing Journal is reporting that Epocrates, Inc. has announced that more than 100,000 physicians are using company’s iPhone software in their clinical practices. The company further claims that this user load puts Epocrates among the elite top five percent of iPhone developers whose products are used for more than a month after the download.

“With a decade to refine our clinical content and mobile applications, we have established Epocrates as the most frequently used guide at the point of care with physicians using it more than six times per day,” said Jeff Tangney, president and chief operating officer for Epocrates. “The iPhone platform has been a terrific vehicle for us to continue to innovate, introducing new features physicians have fully integrated into their workflow.”

We can only hope this leads to more exciting medical applications for mobile computing not only from Epocrates, but all medical software publishers.

Coincidentally, Epocrates just released an application for the iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, and Windows Mobile that provides detailed information on over-the-counter medications.

source : http://au.sys-con.com/node/1045098

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Kaiser Permanente Makes Electronic Medical Records Accessible to Patients Through Android App and Mobile Website

Kaiser Permanente Makes Electronic Medical Records Accessible to Patients Through Android App and Mobile Website

Kaiser Permanente Makes Electronic Medical Records Accessible to Patients Through Android App and Mobile Website

Nearly 9 Million Kaiser Permanente Health Records Securely Available on Mobile Devices

Patient information securely available with a touch of a finger with new app and mobile-optimized kp.org

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente already has the largest electronic medical record system in the world. Today, the health care organization announced that 9 million Kaiser Permanente patients now can easily access their own medical information anywhere in the world on mobile devices through a mobile-optimized website.

Kaiser Permanente has released a new app for Android devices, and users of other mobile devices, including the iPhone, can also get full access to that information from the Kaiser Permanente health record system with the mobile-optimized version of kp.org. An additional app for iPhone will be released in the coming months, but iPhone users can easily download a shortcut icon onto their home screens that will take them directly to the mobile-friendly kp.org with a touch of the finger.

Kaiser Permanente has led the health care world in providing online access to information for its patients. In 2011 alone, more than 68 million lab test results were made available online to Kaiser Permanente patients. The mobile-optimized site and the new app make that information, and much more, securely available at members’ fingertips.

Kaiser Permanente patients will have 24/7 access to lab results, diagnostic information, direct and secure email access to their doctors, and will also be able to order prescription refills. Kaiser Permanente patients have been able to email their doctors for five years, with more than 12 million e-visits in 2011 alone. Kaiser Permanente expects that number to increase significantly with the new app and mobile-optimized site.

The Android app is available now in the Android Market at no charge. Users of other mobile devices can access the same set of care-support tools at no charge through the new secure, mobile-optimized member website, which is available through smart-phone Internet browsers.

KAISER PERMANENTE MOBILE APPS

With the new offering, Kaiser Permanente patients have 24/7 access from their mobile devices to view their secure personal health record, email their doctors, schedule appointments, refill prescriptions and locate Kaiser Permanente medical facilities. Members who have the ability to act on behalf of a family member on kp.org now can accomplish the same tasks. Those caring for an elderly parent or someone with a chronic condition can now more easily check lab results, refill prescriptions and communicate with the doctor’s office on behalf of the patient.

“This is the future of health care. Health care needs to be connected to be all that it can be. This new level of connectivity is happening real time, and it is happening on a larger scale than anything like it in the world,” said George Halvorson, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente. “The fact that a Kaiser Permanente patient in an emergency room in Paris or Tokyo can simply pull out their mobile device and have immediate and current access to their own medical information is an evolutionary and revolutionary breakthrough for medical connectivity.”

“Our members love our current connectivity tools,” said Christine Paige, senior vice president of marketing and Internet services. “Now we will extend our entire connectivity tool kit for patients through a mobile phone. Our mobile-optimized site and app take connectivity to the next level by making the mobile experience easy and enjoyable. We believe that convenience, paired with a great user experience, will meet members’ needs and will ultimately result in improved health and patient-physician relationships.”

iPHONE SHORTCUT ICON

Go to kp.org on your iPhone mobile Web browser

Click on the middle icon at the bottom of your screen

Choose “Add to Home Screen”

A short cut will be added to your iPhone icons

Members using the Android app have access to their kp.org accounts by touching the app icon on their phones. Those visiting kp.org from a mobile phone Internet browser are seamlessly redirected to the mobile-optimized website, which was designed for optimal viewing on a mobile-phone screen. In both cases, a streamlined menu of mobile-optimized features helps members find what they need quickly and easily with minimal taps.

“Providing our patients with clear and convenient access to their health information is a step forward in connectivity and improving the health care experience for patients, no matter where they are,” said Jack Cochran, MD, executive director of The Permanente Federation. “We already have complete connectivity among Kaiser Permanente care sites through Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®. This new level of connectivity extends the reach of information to our patients in a more convenient and user-friendly format. This new app and mobile-optimized site is very good for patient care and will revolutionize connectivity by bringing health care for the first time to the level of connectivity other parts of our economy have achieved.”

Users’ personal health information is safe and secure while using the new app and the mobile-friendly kp.org, which employ the same security safeguards that protect patient information on the traditional kp.org website, including secure sign-on and automatic sign-out after a period of inactivity.

“The benefits of mobile extend beyond member engagement,” said Philip Fasano, executive vice president and chief information officer of Kaiser Permanente. “Mobile solutions can have a positive impact on health. Health care, itself, will be much more convenient for many people. The mobile-friendly site and app are also a springboard for new innovations that will inspire members to be aware of their health and take steps to improve it.”

The Pew Internet Project reported that 40 percent of American adults access the Internet via their mobile phones, and in some cases, mobile phones are their primary source of Internet access. Twenty-five percent of smart-phone owners go online primarily using their phone; of these, roughly one-third have no high-speed home broadband connection.

“There has been an explosion in the growth of mobile devices and users are looking for new and improved ways to manage their lives online,” Halvorson said. “It is time to make health information easily accessible from mobile devices.”

“Edelman’s 2011 Health Barometer reported that 68 percent of those who use digital tools to manage or track their health believed it helped them improve their health,” Paige said. “Nearly 80 percent of kp.org users agreed that the website helps them stay healthy. The tools and services available on kp.org are even more powerful in the palm of your hand.”

This is a major new connectivity offering, but it is not Kaiser Permanente’s first mobile app. Other, more targeted tools, were released earlier. Kaiser Permanente launched its first mobile application, KP Locator for iPhone, in July 2011. The facility-finder app has been downloaded 42,000 times. KP Locator combines the power of kp.org’s robust facility directory and the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to make searching for Kaiser Permanente facilities fast and easy for patients on the go. It answers three of the most basic, but vital, user questions thoroughly and simply — where are the Kaiser Permanente locations close to me, how can I contact and get to them, and what departments and services can I access there? Kaiser Permanente also released its Every Body Walk! app two months ago to help encourage people to walk and maintain healthy activity levels, and that app was rated No. 5 in the Top 100 Green Apps by Eco-Libris.

Kaiser Permanente is known for its leadership in the use of health information technology. The Kaiser Permanente electronic health record is the largest non-governmental medical record system in the world. KP HealthConnect enables all of Kaiser Permanente’s nearly 16,000 physicians to electronically access the medical records of all 8.9 million Kaiser Permanente members nationwide and serves as a model for other care systems. Kaiser Permanente has received numerous awards for its health IT expertise, including four 2011 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. You can learn more about how patients, clinicians and researchers are using My Health Manager and KP HealthConnect by checking out Kaiser Permanente’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/kaiserpermanenteorg. Kaiser Permanente also has what might be the world’s most complete electronic medical library to support its caregivers by providing convenient access to the best and most current medical science. That electronic medical library is for internal use only.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We serve approximately 8.9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.

Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States, has unveiled an Android app and mobile-optimized website through which its 9 million patients can access their own medical information anywhere in the world on their mobile devices. The app and mobile website contain the same information and possibilities that were already available through kp.org, i.e. lab results, diagnostic information, secure email access to doctors, ordering of prescription refills, scheduling appointments and locating of healthcare facilities. It is also possible for family members to get access on behalf of a patient and accomplish the same tasks.

The Android app is available for free from the Android market. An iPhone app will be released in the coming months, but for now iPhone users will have to do with the mobile website.

Source : http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter/pressreleases/nat/2012/012412kporgmobileoptimized.html

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Withings Introduces the Smart Baby Scale; Ready to Keep the World Posted on Your Baby’s Growth

Withings Introduces the Smart Baby Scale; Ready to Keep the World Posted on Your Baby’s Growth

Withings Introduces the Smart Baby Scale; Ready to Keep the World Posted on Your Baby’s Growth

Awarded with the prestigious 2012 CES Innovations Award, the Withings Smart Baby Scale is a new innovative device that finally extends connected weight tracking to newborns and children.

Las Vegas Nevada, CES – January 8, 2012 — Today, French technology company Withings is announcing its Internet-connected baby and toddler scale, the Withings Smart Baby Scale. With WiFi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy) connectivity, it is the next evolution in home baby and toddler weight tracking. Withings has combined cutting edge technology and exquisite design to create a scale that will give parents all over the world a very simple to use and extremely accurate way to monitor, understand and share their child’s growth.

Ce?dric Hutchings, Withings co-founder says, “We are very excited to announce our Smart Baby Scale and offer parents an amazing new way to take care of their newborn or young child. The success of our WiFi Body Scale has proven the benefits of connected weight tracking on adults and we were eager to also bring these benefits to babies and children. We are thrilled that our Smart Baby Scale was awarded the prestigious CES Innovation Award and this further reinforces our vision of designing smart communicating devices that help families take better charge of their health”.

By using the Withings Smart Baby Scale, parents can access their child’s weight readings from any connected device, such as an Internet-connected computer or an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the already existing WiScale app. Also, parents can easily communicate the progress of their child’s weight with their doctor, pediatrician, family and friends. The scale can be set to instantly update Facebook, Twitter or send an email to private email addresses with new readings. Parents can attach notes and photos to weight charts to build detailed memories of their child’s growth.

The Smart Baby Scale features two weighing configurations: the first is for weighing infants with a removable baby basket, and the second is the toddler scale that emerges once the baby basket is removed. The main part of the scale (the weighing unit) is extra-slim and features a central cutout that serves as the insertion area for the baby basket. The scale features a large graphical screen for animations and instructions, plus a tactile button that helps parents easily record their baby’s length.

The baby basket is made up of two pieces that naturally interlock and then can be inserted into the scale’s base. This bi-fold design is perfect for storage and travel. Once the child grows out of the baby basket and can stand up on his own, the basket can be removed and the scale used as a toddler scale.

The Withings Smart Body Scale can be used in conjunction with an adult Withings WiFi body scale, and/or the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor. When done so, it allows parents to monitor their child’s weight on the same dashboard they view their own weight and/or blood pressure.

Along this new device, Withings also evolves its Health Cloud platform’s API to allow third party service providers to retrieve readings recorded by the Smart Baby Scale, and thus offer parents additional services and guidance to monitor their child’s growth.

Withings Smart Baby Scale Technical Specifications:

• Weighing Range: 0-55 lbs

• Accuracy: 10g (0.02lb)

• Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart

• Display: Graphical Screen 2.4” x 1.6”

• Power Supply: 4 AAA Batteries

• Dimensions: 11” x 9.1” x 1” (without baby basket) / 22” x 10” x 3.7” (with baby basket)

• Weight: 3.3 lbs

The Withings Smart Baby Scale will be available in Q2 2012. The WiScale app is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

For more information on Withings, please visit www.withings.com/press. To request additional information or images of the Smart Baby Scale or other Withings products, please contact PR representative Jessica Darrican at (305) 576-1171 ext.16 or jessica@maxborgesagency.com.

About Withings:

Withings is a leading force in the personal healthcare revolution. It designs, develops, and industrializes health and wellness connected devices that help families across the world take better charge of their health.

French start-up founded by two executives with a technology and telecom industry background, Withings has proven its capability to turn health sensor into simple, popular, and enjoyable connected devices. In September 2009, Withings launched its WiFi Body Scale, the first ever Internet-connected body scale. This distinctively designed object was rapidly enriched with additional services provided by third parties. Many international sports and fitness online coaching websites see the Withings body scale as the ideal interface for providing rich and non-binding online services. Withings is as such a pioneer in health 2.0. In April 2011, Withings launched the Smart Blood Pressure Monitor in Europe first and then in May 2011 in the US. In November 2011, Withings launched the Smart Baby Monitor in Europe.

Instead of concentrating its distribution in pharmacies and specialized stores, Withings distributes its products in the most prestigious retailers of consumer electronics and cultural products in North America and Europe such as FNAC, Apple Stores or Best Buy.

Withings is a major player in the Internet of Things. The company’s increases the capabilities of an object by the addition of network resources that allows access to infinite calculation and storage capacities without increasing costs. The object’s interfaces are also ported to devices such as mobile phones or computers, to benefit from their resources and capabilities.

If your company already released innovative “connected” versions of the body scale, blood pressure monitor and baby monitor, what’s next? For Withings, the answer is a smart baby scale. The Withings Smart Baby Scale is an internet-connected baby and toddler scale with WiFi, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy) connectivity. It has many of the same features as the adult body scale, and we can imagine the Twitter and Facebook integration on this device to be quite a bit more popular than on its adult counterpart.

The Smart Baby Scale is one of the devices that has been awarded with the CES Innovation Award and it will be available in the second quarter of 2012.

From the press release:

By using the Withings Smart Baby Scale, parents can access their child’s weight readings from any connected device, such as an Internet-connected computer or an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch using the already existing WiScale app. Also, parents can easily communicate the progress of their child’s weight with their doctor, pediatrician, family and friends. The scale can be set to instantly update Facebook, Twitter or send an email to private email addresses with new readings. Parents can attach notes and photos to weight charts to build detailed memories of their child’s growth.

The Smart Baby Scale features two weighing configurations: the first is for weighing infants with a removable baby basket, and the second is the toddler scale that emerges once the baby basket is removed. The main part of the scale (the weighing unit) is extra-slim and features a central cutout that serves as the insertion area for the baby basket. The scale features a large graphical screen for animations and instructions, plus a tactile button that helps parents easily record their baby’s length.

The baby basket is made up of two pieces that naturally interlock and then can be inserted into the scale’s base. This bi-fold design is perfect for storage and travel. Once the child grows out of the baby basket and can stand up on his own, the basket can be removed and the scale used as a toddler scale.

The Withings Smart Body Scale can be used in conjunction with an adult Withings WiFi body scale, and/or the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor. When done so, it allows parents to monitor their child’s weight on the same dashboard they view their own weight and/or blood pressure.

Along this new device, Withings also evolves its Health Cloud platform’s API to allow third party service providers to retrieve readings recorded by the Smart Baby Scale, and thus offer parents additional services and guidance to monitor their child’s growth.

Source : http://www.withings.com/en/babyscale/keepmeinformed

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Pocket Brain Lets You Unravel Any Riddle For Any Individ’le in Trouble or in Pain

Pocket Brain Lets You Unravel Any Riddle For Any Individ’le in Trouble or in Pain

Pocket Brain Lets You Unravel Any Riddle For Any Individ’le in Trouble or in Pain

Medgadget has been featuring a large number of medical apps and their developers over the last year – apps that are slowly changing the delivery and quality of healthcare in their own way. One such company is eMedia Interactive, a medical education app publisher based in Galway in the West of Ireland, with a strong focus on user-centered design. eMedia’s flagship product, Pocket Body, is a detailed 3D anatomy learning app, which we have been following at Medgadget since its release in 2010.

We visited eMedia’s headquarters earlier this month to catch up with CEO Mark Campbell and members of their interaction design team (who supplied a unique team photo just for Medgadget) to find out a little bit more about what’s involved in producing their intuitive and content rich anatomy apps. As a holiday season/New Year token of goodwill, and to coincide with our MedGadget feature, Mark and his team are offering a 50% discount for the Pocket Body for the iPad (normally $29.99) and iPhone (normally $19.99) until early January on the iTunes store.

Medgadget: Where did the idea for Pocket Body come from?

Mark Campbell: The idea for Pocket Body came about while getting to know, understand and observe how medical students, healthcare professionals, and the general public learn, communicate and visualize the complexities of the human body.

Our team’s background stems from multimedia design and development for university schools of medicine, private medical companies and hospitals. With the emergence of the iOS, it was a nice next step for us to migrate from creating detailed 3D animations and web-based medical eLearning courseware for our healthcare clients, to publishing our own unique suite of mobile medical education apps.

Medgadget: What is the major primary and secondary markets Pocket Body is targeting and how is it benefiting these end-users?

Mark Campbell: Our primary market is the medical student seeking an intuitive anatomy study aid. Our app is hugely popular with this cohort. We’ve also found it interesting to learn that this group use the app a lot in informal learning settings – i.e. using our multiple choice quizzes for self-testing and revision when on a coffee break, waiting for a bus or taking the subway.

Outside of this core group we are noticing increased inte

rest and use from residents looking to refresh their gross anatomy while working in a clinical setting.

Lastly, we regularly receive feedback from healthcare professionals who are using Pocket Body to engage with their patients when communicating a diagnosis. Instead of pointing to a wall chart or plastic model, they are using our app. Furthermore, not only do patients better understand their diagnosis, but they also find it easier to relay their condition to their families.

What is common to each of these groups is that they all share an interest in visualizing the human body.

Medgadget: You have mentioned user-centered design as a core value for eMedia. How do you carry out your end user validation of your products?

Mark Campbell: We see ourselves as being different in that we co-develop with medical students and professionals for medical students and professionals. In the creation of Pocket Body, we deliberately set out to engage with our primary audience – the medical student. We worked with groups of medical students to show us how they currently learn anatomy and what resources they use (i.e. flash cards, study notes, highlighter pens, video, cadaver lab notes, online quizzes, as well as existing web and mobile apps.) We discussed the positive and negative aspects across ea

ch resource and wondered, “…how can we bring about something meaningful and beautiful, that will complement these learning behaviors, and create a powerfully engaging learning experience using this new iOS technology?”

The validation process began in 2009 with our continued close relationships with local and US-based medical students and professionals, and has continued through the daily feedback we receive, enabling us to push out meaningful updates to our community of users worldwide. In 16 months, this community has benefited from nine major updates to our Pocket Body app, with 90% of these changes emanating from medical practitioners’ and students’ feedback and suggestions. With each update freely available, it’s a “win-win” for all concerned. Many of our new users hear about us through word-of-mouth from existing users who are pleased to see us responding to the community’s collective needs.

Medgadget: How do you develop the models and content for you products?

Mark Campbell: Content and models within our apps are developed both in-house as well as licensed externally.

Medgadget: What is the challenge for the relatively small team at eMedia in producing such significant products to a wide audience?

Mark Campbell: Our unique mix of pedagogy, medical expertise, software development and user-centered design works really well for us, as it allows us to build in the individual feedback we receive into our user-centered design and agile software development processes.

We are in a growth stage right now, and our major challenge is to continue to make advancements, while maintaining our creative dynamic and user-centered spirit. We also want to continue to work with our community of users in developing first-class medical education software…but these are nice challenges to have.

Medgadget: Where would you see eMedia Interactive and Pocket Body 2-3 years from now?

Mark Campbell: I think the introduction of game-based learning, gamification techniques, and social learning technologies into the medical education sphere is where things are going. We want to be there too, as that’s where we see medical education moving towards in the coming years.

We love what we do and if we can still get the same satisfaction out of what we do in 3 years’ time, as a creative company, punching above our weight, building beautiful and meaningful medical education apps, then great!

eMedia Interactive, a medical education app publisher based in Galway, Ireland, has just released Pocket Brain, a fully searchable interactive 3D atlas of the human brain, for the iPhone and iPad. The app is the third offering from eMedia, who we have been following over the last number of years on Medgadget, and the offering is the latest addition to their Pocket Anatomy suite of apps.

The software features some excellent visuals and a seamless 3D navigation interface which choreographs very nicely to “If I only had a Brain,” as can be seen from the quirky demo video below.

We were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of Pocket Brain when we visited eMedia earlier this year. The app contains eight layers of neuro-anatomy included along with cross sections, nerve pathways and clinical cases. The navigation interface is similar to Pocket Anatomy with anatomical structures in each layer pinned for identification, almost like a virtual dissection room. Each “pin” contains relevant functional, clinical and anatomical data as well as a user notes section.

The press release provides a little more detail on the app:

Comprehensive neuro-anatomy content available on demand through your iOS device (regardless of wi-fi or 3G access).

30,000 words of supplementary detailed anatomical content to supplement your existing course material.

Interactive clinical cases.

Intuitive navigational system, so you don’t have to scroll through a long list and menus.

Multiple quiz types and options, enabling you self-test at your own pace.

Ability to make your own notes within the app

The app is targeted towards both neuro-anatomy students and clinical professionals and has just been released on the iTunes app store.

Source : www.pocketanatomy.com/pocketbrain/

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AliveCor Launches iPhone Veterinary Heart Monitor Ahead of Human Version

AliveCor Launches iPhone Veterinary Heart Monitor Ahead of Human Version

AliveCor Launches iPhone Veterinary Heart Monitor Ahead of Human Version

Using the Veterinary Heart Monitor

The Veterinary Heart Monitor snaps onto your iPhone 4 / 4S like a case and wirelessly communicates with the app on your phone. No pairing between your iPhone and the Heart Monitor is required.

AliveCor ECG Hub provides you with anytime, anywhere, secure online access to all of your uploaded ECGs. Once you have the Veterinary Heart Monitor and the AliveECG Vet app you can create a account that gives you access to your personal ECG hub.

Easy-to-Use

Screen more patients with no stress or shaving required in the majority of animals. Wet the use-area on the animal’s chest with alcohol, launch the app, and obtain an ECG. Take rhythm strips of any duration.

Accessible Anywhere.

Store ECGs in the app and securely in the cloud for later retrieval, e-mailing, or printing. Access your ECGs from any web browser by logging into your secure AliveCor Vet account.

Low Cost. High Value.

At only $199*, the Veterinary Heart Monitor gives you instant, portable screening access for all your patients. Your clients see the value in their animal’s care.

Accurate. Powerful.

Current veterinary testing demonstrates rate and rhythm accuracy. Our clinical-quality, single-lead ECG recorder leverages the power, display, and communication capabilities of the iPhone 4 / 4S.

AliveCor, developer of the highly-anticipated-but-yet-to-be-released iPhone-ECG attachment, has released a veterinary version ahead of the one for humans. The Veterinary Heart Monitor is intended for obtaining single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythms from dogs, cats, and horses. It has been designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S, and consists of a plastic case that snaps on the back of the phone and has two large metal electrodes on its back. The case wirelessly communicates with the app on the phone.

alivecore veterinary screenshot AliveCor Launches iPhone Veterinary Heart Monitor Ahead of Human Version (video)

The corresponding AliveECG Vet app can be downloaded for free from iTunes. It displays the ECG waveform and recording can be performed continuously or for a set period of time. Acquired ECG’s can be annotated and are automatically stored in the cloud. ECG rhythm data can be shared over the web through AliveCor’s servers, or by printing or emailing a PDF.

As the demonstration video below shows, even for hairy animals shaving is often not necessary, and generously applying alcohol to the fur and conductive gel to the device’s electrodes results in adequate ECG’s. AliveCor is working on an attachment for other Apple and Android devices, although this is hampered by the breadth of different devices available (Apple’s legal department is currently working with Samsung on a unified solution). The vet device is now available for sale in the U.S. for $199 (iPhone not included) and is intended to be used by pet owners and licensed veterinary professionals. The human version meanwhile is still awaiting FDA approval.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NsN1f0vXjE&feature=player_embedded

Source : http://www.alivecorvet.com/

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iCard ECG Turns Any iPhone/iPad Into a Powerful Electrocardiograph

iCard ECG Turns Any iPhone/iPad Into a Powerful Electrocardiograph

iCard ECG Turns Any iPhone/iPad Into a Powerful Electrocardiograph

Seattle, Washington based Alivecor will be showing off its new iPhonECG system at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company has partnered with Oregon Scientific to manufacture the units, which are expected to sell for under $100 a piece.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY7ZQM5eah8&feature=player_embedded

Universal iCard ECG Features

Records and stores the electrocardiogram (ECG) on the servers, data can be downloaded as .pdf file format by the physician in any part of the world.

Extremely thin & small with size of a credit-card

Made up of very low profile velcro (black and metallic red colors)

Battery compartment on back of iCard (lasts for 150 hours)

Attachment for iPhone 3GS iPhone4, iPad, and iPad 2 (all iOS devices)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance is still pending.

Our Mission

AliveCor aims to provide medical professionals, patients, and consumers worldwide with mobile-powered devices, data, and analysis to identify, prevent, and manage life-altering diseases from anywhere in the world.

THE DEVICE

As a first offering, AliveCor has developed a clinical-quality, low-cost mobile ECG heart monitor. The device is compatible with the iPhone 4 / 4S and enables patients to monitor their heart health anywhere, at any time, and provides physicians with an additional heart health assessment tool.

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Thanks to medblogger Rohan Aurora, we learned that the folks at AliveCor, a small company that developed an iPhone 4 case with a built-in ECG, just unveiled a smaller and more streamlined ECG that can work with any iPhone or iPad. The iCard ECG has a profile smaller than a business card and sticks to the back of an iPhone or iPad using Velcro and immediately integrates with a companion app running on the device. Here’s a demo of the new product.

Source : http://therohanaurora.com/universal-icard-ecg/

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iBGStar Glucometer for iPhone Now Available in U.S.

iBGStar Glucometer for iPhone Now Available in U.S.

iBGStar Glucometer for iPhone Now Available in U.S.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., – May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sanofi US announced today that the iBGStar® Blood Glucose Monitoring System, consisting of the iBGStar® blood glucose meter and iBGStar® Diabetes Manager App, is commercially available in the U.S. iBGStar® is the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared blood glucose meter that directly connects to the iPhone® and iPod touch®, offering accurate blood glucose monitoring that seamlessly integrates into the lives of people with diabetes. iBGStar® is available for purchase at Apple® Retail Stores and all Walgreens stores nationwide, online at Apple.com, Walgreens.com and through Diabetic Care Services.

“Many people with diabetes today rely both on their iPhone® or iPod touch® and blood glucose monitors as important parts of their daily lives,” said Naina Sinha, MD, an in-patient diabetes attending physician and assistant professor of medicine at a leading academic medical center and university in New York City. “By combining these two essential tools, iBGStar® makes it possible to provide blood glucose tracking, monitoring and reporting together in a new way.”

About iBGStar®

When iBGStar® is directly connected to an iPhone® or iPod touch® and used with the iBGStar® Diabetes Manager App, blood glucose results are presented on the Multi-Touch display quickly after monitoring.

iBGStar® can also be used independently to measure blood glucose levels; results can be synchronized later to an iPhone® or iPod touch®. iBGStar® and BGStar® Blood Glucose Test Strips, which are used with iBGStar®, are available at all Walgreens stores nationwide and online at Walgreens.com and through Diabetic Care Services. These test strips may be covered under certain health insurance plans so individuals should check directly with their provider.

The iBGStar® Diabetes Manager App has a range of features and multiple views for analyzing glucose patterns on-the-go. Visual graphs and statistics can help people record and track their readings, carbohydrate intake, insulin doses (if taking insulin) and more. Color-coded scorecards show individual monitoring results for easy identification of high or low blood glucose levels. A ‘share’ function allows specific data to be sent via e-mail to caregivers and/or healthcare teams. The iBGStar® Diabetes Manager App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone® and iPod touch® or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

“Sanofi is pleased to launch iBGStar®, which expands our diabetes portfolio as we pursue comprehensive disease management offerings and further illustrates our commitment to developing innovative solutions that help improve the lives of people with diabetes,” commented Dennis Urbaniak, Vice President, Head of U.S. Diabetes, Sanofi US. “The iBGStar® Blood Glucose Monitoring System will help people living with diabetes check their blood sugar and communicate with their healthcare teams, using mobile technologies that have become central to so many people’s lives.”

In March 2010, Sanofi and AgaMatrix signed an agreement for the development, supply and commercialization of Blood Glucose Monitoring solutions. iBGStar® is a result of this agreement.

iBGStar® received the Good Design™ Award in 2011 for outstanding product design in the medical category from the Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Additionally, iBGStar® received the red dot design award in 2011 for outstanding product design in the life science and medicine category. The red dot design award is one of the most renowned international design competitions (www.red-dot.de/presse), with almost 14,000 entries from 68 countries in 2010 alone. Winners are considered to be the best design in the industry worldwide.

Apple®, iPhone® and iPod touch® are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Content purchased from the iTunes Store is for personal lawful use only. Don’t steal music.

For more information, visit www.ibgstar.us.

Important Information

The iBGStar® meter and lancing device are for single patient use. Do not share them with anyone including other family members. Do not use on multiple patients. All parts of the kit are considered biohazardous and can potentially transmit infectious diseases, even after you have performed cleaning and disinfection.

About the Sanofi Diabetes Division

Sanofi strives to help people manage the complex challenges of diabetes by delivering innovative, integrated and personalized solutions. Driven by valuable insight that comes from listening to and engaging with people living with diabetes, the Company is forming partnerships to offer diagnostics, therapies, services, and devices, including innovative blood glucose monitoring systems. Sanofi markets both injectable and oral medications for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Investigational compounds in the pipeline include an injectable GLP-1 agonist being studied as a single agent, in combination with basal insulin, and/or in combination with oral antidiabetic agents.

About Sanofi

Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients’ needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, animal health and the new Genzyme. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

Sanofi is the holding company of a consolidated group of subsidiaries and operates in the United States as Sanofi US, also referred to as sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC. For more information on Sanofi US, please visit http://www.sanofi.us or call 1-800-981-2491.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements include projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives, intentions and expectations with respect to future financial results, events, operations, services, product development and potential, and statements regarding future performance. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words “expects”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “plans” and similar expressions. Although Sanofi’s management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Sanofi, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, future clinical data and analysis, including post marketing, decisions by regulatory authorities, such as the FDA or the EMA, regarding whether and when to approve any drug, device or biological application that may be filed for any such product candidates as well as their decisions regarding labelling and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of such product candidates, the absence of guarantee that the product candidates if approved will be commercially successful, the future approval and commercial success of therapeutic alternatives, the Group’s ability to benefit from external growth opportunities, trends in exchange rates and prevailing interest rates, the impact of cost containment policies and subsequent changes thereto, the average number of shares outstanding as well as those discussed or identified in the public filings with the SEC and the AMF made by Sanofi, including those listed under “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in Sanofi’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011. Other than as required by applicable law, Sanofi does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements.

Sanofi has announced that its iBGStar, the first approved blood glucose meter to interface with the iPhone, is now available in the U.S. The device will display glucose readings on the iPhone (or iPod touch) screen and those will be saved for long term analysis. On the other hand, if your iPhone is out of power or you managed to lose it, fear not, the iBGStar dock will work independently and provide readings on its own little display. While disconnected from the iPhone, the meter will save glucose levels it measures locally until it is back in touch with the phone.

Sanofi is reporting that the new glucometer is available from Apple and Walgreens at both their retail and online stores.

More from Sanofi:

The iBGStar® Diabetes Manager App has a range of features and multiple views for analyzing glucose patterns on-the-go. Visual graphs and statistics can help people record and track their readings, carbohydrate intake, insulin doses (if taking insulin) and more. Color-coded scorecards show individual monitoring results for easy identification of high or low blood glucose levels. A ‘share’ function allows specific data to be sent via e-mail to caregivers and/or healthcare teams. The iBGStar® Diabetes Manager App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone® and iPod touch® or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

In March 2010, Sanofi and AgaMatrix signed an agreement for the development, supply and commercialization of Blood Glucose Monitoring solutions. iBGStar® is a result of this agreement.

Source : http://www.multivu.com/mnr/46108-sanofi-ibgstar-blood-glucose-monitoring-system

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App Review: Cardiio

App Review: Cardiio

App Review: Cardiio

Description

Own a piece of magic that transforms your iPhone into an accurate, touch-free heart rate monitor.

?Award-winning technology (Popular Science Top 10 Inventions 2011, New York Times Magazine 10th Annual “Year in Ideas”) now available in the palm of your hand!?

? #1 Top Paid App (Health&Fitness) in 14 Countries ?

Cardiio uses your phone’s front camera to analyze the amount of light reflected off of your face; it accurately measures your pulse without any extra hardware. Just hold your phone and look straight into the camera to get your reading, then check out the dashboard to see how it changes over time.

WHAT THE PRESS SAY

PC Magazine – “… the app is simple, yet beautiful and pretty slick … Cardiio lets users get their money’s worth from their iPhone/iPad, all while skipping fumbling around with finding your pulse on your arm or neck, or buying more gadgets.” -

TechCrunch – “It actually doesn’t require any contact aside from holding the phone so that the front-facing camera captures your face.”

Fast Company – “Cardiio takes today’s technology (and ideas) one step further.”

Vator News – “Cardiio, a new heart rate monitoring app, is way ahead of the game.”

Cult of Mac – “Cardiio is one of those apps that wows you…”

FEATURES

• Touch-free, real-time heart rate measurements

• Beautiful and easy to use interface

• Personal dashboard with history (daily, weekly and monthly)

• Fitness level rating based on your heart rate

• Estimate your potential life expectancy

• See how your heart rate stacks up to others

MAGICAL, BUT NOT A TRICK

Cardiio’s technology is based on cutting-edge research and science conducted at the MIT Media Lab. The measurement principles are the same as clinical pulse oximeters. Every time your heart beats, more blood rushes through the vessels in your face, causing them to expand. The increase in blood volume absorbs more light, resulting in a decrease in the amount of light reflected from your face. Using sophisticated software, your iPhone’s front camera can track these tiny variations in light that are invisible to the naked eye to calculate your heart rate.

ACCURACY

Studies have shown that our heart rate measurements are within 3 bpm of a clinical pulse oximeter when performed at rest in a well-lit environment (Poh et al., Optics Express 2010, Poh et al., IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 2011).

**IMPORTANT TIPS FOR BEST ACCURACY

• Be in a well-lit area so your face is well illuminated.

• Make sure your face is clearly visible (e.g. no long hair covering your forehead etc.) so that it can be easily detected.

• Don’t have a bright background behind you (backlight) – it makes your face appear dark in contrast.

• Fold one arm across your chest and rest the other arm that’s holding your phone against it to provide support and reduce motion of the phone during measurement.

• Look ahead and hold the phone in front of you instead of looking down at the phone – this allows more light to illuminate your face.

• Hold your phone steady and keep still during the measurement.

NEED HELP? If you have difficulty with the app, just contact us: info@cardiio.com

IMPORTANCE OF TRACKING YOUR HEART RATE

Your resting heart rate is an important indicator of general health, fitness and longevity.

• Although increasing your heart rate during exercise is good, it is generally better and healthier to have a lower resting heart rate.

• A lower resting heart rate means that your heart is stronger and can work more efficiently.

• A slower heart rate also generally indicates aerobic fitness.

DISCLAIMER

Although accurate when used properly, Cardiio is not intended to diagnose, prevent or treat any condition, or to be a substitute for professional medical care. Measurements and statistics are intended for research, informational and educational purposes only.

HOW CARDIIO WORKS.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” —— Arthur C. Clarke

Cardiio’s technology is based on cutting-edge research and science conducted at the MIT Media Lab. Studies have shown that our heart rate measurements are within 3 bpm of a clinical pulse oximeter when performed at rest in a well-lit environment (Poh et al., Opt. Express 2010; Poh et al., IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 2011).

Every time your heart beats, more blood is pumped into your face. This slight increase in blood volume causes more light to be absorbed, and hence less light is reflected from your face. Using sophisticated software, your iPhone’s front camera can track these tiny changes in reflected light that are not visible to the human eye and calculate your heart beat!

Here at Medgadget, we feature a lot of really innovative medical devices and technologies, but unfortunately, many of them won’t make it to the market or they’ll cost you your firstborn to purchase. That’s why we dig Cardiio, a new iOS app available now for $4.99.

Simply put, Cardiio measures and tracks your heart rate using just your iPhone. You may have seen and even tried out other apps that claim to do the same thing, but Cardiio is the real thing, backed by research at MIT and developed by engineers and scientists at MIT and Harvard. It’s also one of the newest startups supported by healthcare incubator Rock Health. Cardiio works by measuring the amount of light that is reflected off one’s face, which is imperceptible to human eyes, but detectable with a camera (see our post on Eulerian Video Magnification for further explanation).

cardio app 21 App Review: CardiioWe gave Cardiio a test drive this past week to see how well it can track our heart rate. We installed the app on our iPhone 4, although it was recommended that Cardiio be used on a dual-core iOS device such as an iPhone 4s or iPad 2. We also installed it on an iPad 2, although the app isn’t “universal”, so you’ll end up using a pixel-doubled version in full screen.

Launching the app shows a virtual stethoscope. All it takes now is a well-lit room and a steady hand to hold onto your device while Cardiio measures your heart rate. Since Cardiio needs to measure from as much facial skin as possible, it will let you know to move your phone closer to you by displaying a slightly transparent image of yourself in the “reflection” of the stethoscope, which gives it a neat little aesthetic feature. Once the analysis begins, it usually takes between five to 30 seconds, depending on lighting conditions and how stable you’re holding the device. It’s also another nice little touch that Cardiio displays heart-related trivia and random sayings while your heart rate is being measured to help you pass the time.

We used Cardiio to measure our resting heart rate and our heart rate after a 30-minute cardio session at the gym and found it to be very accurate. The results were quite close when we compared them to the measurements from our chest strap pulse monitor, the heart rate monitor on the gym treadmill, and the good ‘ol two-fingers-on-the-carotid-artery method.

cardio app App Review: CardiioOf course, no iOS health and fitness app would be complete without the ability to track your heart rate. Clicking on the “Insight” button at the bottom gives you some useful (and interesting) information about your cardiac health. Swiping across the top half of the screen gives you 7- and 30-day averages of your measurements. The bottom half compares your heart rate with the average person and also correlates your heart rate with your fitness level and the life expectancy of various animals. While we won’t personally alter our lifestyle based on our life expectancy in comparison with a sheep, it is a fun statistic. Perhaps it also could give the most unhealthy person some solace that he or she can still outlive a lowly farm animal.

Overall, we really love Cardiio and its mix of useful information and just plain fun. However, we do think that $4.99 is a little high, so we hope the app will soon add additional features. Cloud support, social media integration, or integration with other devices such as the FitBit would make this app even more useful. Adding a feature that can integrate your heart rate with an exercise and fitness goal would also be helpful, as we don’t see a huge benefit of simply measuring your heart rate randomly throughout the day.

Source : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cardiio-touchless-camera-pulse/id542891434?mt=8

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