Interactive Health Technology

By Stephen P. Yang, Ph.D. | Technology that influence the dimensions of wellness and health promotion & wellness

How Twitter is a vital tool in medicine

Recently, Twitter exploded with angry commentary directed at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) after the organization actively attempted to …

Diabetes

Get the most out of Apple's Health app with these starter tips

Tips<p>Apple's Health app for the iPhone can be a useful way of tracking fitness and medical data —so long as everything is configured and used just the …

Health Records

Apple’s Workout app is perfect, except for one fatal flaw [Runner’s Week: Day 6]

It’s Runner’s Week at Cult of Mac. All this week, I’ve been reviewing the best Apple Watch running apps. So far we’ve looked at Nike+ Run Club, Runkeeper, Strava, Runtastic and MapMyRun.<p>Today, it’s time to put Apple’s built-in Workout app through its paces. Let’s see how it measures up against the …

Smartwatches

These Tech Startups Want to Disrupt Your Vitamins

Even if you stockpile kale and kombucha, your diet can still fall short of fulfilling your nutritional needs. Certain essentials, like vitamin D, are notoriously difficult to obtain from foods alone, and several medications, including some birth control methods, can decrease B vitamin levels in the …

Vitamins

Three Wellness Brands That You Can Rely On

Take the guesswork out of your routine<p><i>The following feature appears in the June/July issue of</i> NYLON.<p>We get manicures, pedicures, facials, and body wraps. We pile on deep conditioner, slap on face masks, and scrub with exfoliators.<p>We spend so much time and money on self-beautification, but seem to …

Vitamins

This new meal kit app is like a Blue Apron for low-income families

Meal delivery services aren't just for the wealthy. In fact, they could be the key to curbing hunger.<p>A new food service from hunger nonprofit Feeding Children Everywhere is bringing simple meal kits to low-income families struggling to afford food. The program, called Fed 40, is giving families …

Poverty

AR glasses will quench your ride-stat thirst

The bike I was riding to test a new set of AR glasses was probably a bit too small for me. Also, it was a typical San Francisco summer day, so it was cold and windy, and, like an idiot, I left my jacket upstairs. But none of that mattered, because I was peering into the future of biking. The best …

Augmented Reality

Device to track epileptic seizures 'a game changer': researchers

A new device developed in Melbourne that is like a "fit bit for the brain" has the potential to predict and prevent epileptic seizures, scientists …

Medicine

This Wearable Will Tell You When You're Drunk

Have you ever had a couple of drinks, started to feel a mild buzz and wondered if you’re over the legal limit to drive home? If you’ve had drinks in a public setting, the answer is likely “Heck yes.”<p>A Santa Barbara based company, Milo Sensors, is tackling this problem via a wearable that constantly …

Wearable Tech

New study links phone use and mental health issues in teens

A new study in the journal Child Development shows nighttime usage of a cell phone can increase anxiety and depression in teenagers and reduce …

Mental Health

Doctors using Snapchat to send patient scans to each other, panel finds

Report says NHS clinicians sending scans using photo messaging app is ‘clearly insecure, risky and non-auditable’<p>Doctors are using Snapchat to send patient scans to each other, a panel of health and tech experts has found, concluding the “digital revolution has largely bypassed the NHS”.<p>Clinicians …

Medical Technology

Why You Will One Day Have a Chip in Your Brain | Backchannel

<b>Implanting a microchip inside the brain</b> to augment its mental powers has long been a science fiction trope. Now, the brain computer interface is …

The Brain

This mixed reality room is so trippy it might leave you questioning reality

THÉORIZ studio is bringing an empty room to life with motion tracking and augmented reality. Projections in the room change as you interact with them. They offer environments like walking up stairs, pushing down walls, jumping on to surfaces or walking through doors that look like a portal. This …

Augmented Reality

The future of medicine: Personal, ubiquitous, and mobile

We’ve discussed before how Apple’s devices can be good for your health, but we should see the potential of its mobile health solutions take a quantum …

Medicine

Apple has let slip another teaser for a pair of fitness-tracking earbuds

<b>Back in March, we learned that Apple had been three patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for adding new fitness and biometric features to</b> …

Patents

Push Doctor, an app that lets you video call a doctor, raises $26.1M Series B

Push Doctor, a U.K.-based startup that lets you book a video consultation with a doctor and manage other aspects of your health digitally, has raised $26.1 million in Series B funding.<p>Leading the round are Accelerated Digital Ventures, and Draper Esprit, with participation from European VCs Oxford …

Startups

This Activity Tracker Is Hiding a Really Useful Feature That Could Save Your Life

Wearable tech companies are constantly one-upping each other with new features, but WiseWear has a new tracker that's truly changing the game: it's …

Wearable Tech

Bringy smart ball tracks your dog's personal bests

Today's fitness junkies have all kinds of monitors to choose from, and who says dogs couldn't do with a little activity tracking themselves? Bringy …

Wearable Tech

Fitbit looks to health industry for future growth

After disappointing first quarter sales, Fitbit is making a move for the wearable health market. The company said it has a device in development that will be able to detect sleep apnea, a disorder that affects around 18 million American adults.<p>Symptoms of sleep apnea include pauses in breathing, …

Sleep Apnea

Scientists create ride-hailing tech that hides your travel data

When you use a ride-hailing app, you tell the company where you are and where you're going. That's all well and good if those firms truly will never use your data, but some of them don't exactly have a stellar reputation when it comes to privacy. That's why a team of scientists from the École …

Uber

Five new fitness and activity trackers rated, including two fantastic Best Buys

<b>We’ve just tested five new wearables from Fitbit, Garmin, Nixon and Philips – and found two brilliant Best Buy devices.</b><p>Those we tested included …

Wearable Tech

Q2 adds 12 more digital health acquisitions, bringing midyear total to 24

With today’s acquisition of mySugr by Roche, the second quarter of 2017 hits a total of 12 digital health acquisitions — <b>tying Q1</b> and bringing the …

Digital Health

Instagram puts AI to work burying offensive comments

Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it had begun using a language AI called DeepText on its platform. Language is complex, and in order to better understand intent (an important part of flagging hate speech, for example), any computer program needs to figure out how humans use language. …

Hate Speech

7 Most Popular Social Media Platforms in the World, Mapped

Social media plays a pretty big role in the business world today. While it started off as nothing more than a simple website designed to connect …

Mark Zuckerberg

Sleep tech gets wake-up call as experience does not match dreams

Fares Siddiqui has spent the past few weeks hopping between London, Boston, San Francisco and New York as he prepares to launch his start-up’s first …

Wearable Tech

F.lashes is the crazy wearable tech nobody asked for, but everybody wants

Why it matters to you<p>If you like to mix technology and fashion, and don't mind making a spectacle of yourself, then the f.lashes were practically …

Wearable Tech

7 ways the iPhone has made life worse

<b>(CNN) —</b> This week marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. For hundreds of millions of us, this device -- just 4 ounces when introduced -- has come to dominate our lives. Now we can find seemingly any answer to anything with a few taps of the thumb and forefinger. Everything from dinner to a date …

Public Relations

Instagram implements an AI system to fight mean and harassing comments

Instagram is flipping the switch on a system that will automatically detect mean, offensive and harassing comments and make sure that people never see them. The new system is based on work that Facebook and Instagram have done with DeepText, a text classification engine meant to help machines …

Artificial Intelligence

DHS has a video game-like trainer for active shooter incidents

Today, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate announced the release of a virtual training platform for active shooter incidents. The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment, or EDGE, is a program that creates a virtual active shooter scenario through which first …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security