Details: www.lumoback.com, $149.95 (approx ¤111)
Devices: Apple iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad (3rd and 4th gen), iPad Mini, iPod touch (5th gen)
LUMOback is a posture and activity sensor. The sensor band is worn around the lower back and connects wirelessly with the free LUMOback app. The sensor monitors your posture and coaches you to alter your seating position if it is incorrect. If you are slouching the sensor gently vibrates to let you know that you need to adjust your posture. Once synced with the app, it will track other actions such as steps, time spent sitting and calories burned. You can track your progress on the app and view your improvements.
Details: www.hapi.com, $99 (approx ¤74)
Devices: iPhone, selected android and windows mobile
The HAPIfork is an electronic fork that tracks your eating habits. If you are eating too fast it will alert you by gently vibrating and flashing an indicator light. The fork monitors the speed you eat by recording when the fork touches your mouth and how long the intervals are between each fork serving. It can record the number of fork servings per minute and the overall duration of your meal. The faster you eat - the more you eat, so by slowing down your speed you can eat less overall and become more aware of when you start to feel full. The HAPIfork works with the HAPILABS app so that you can view your progress on your mobile phone and keep a record of your stats and goals!
3. My Last Cigarette
Details: www.itunes.com, ¤0.89
Devices: iPhone & iPod touch
My Last Cigarette is an app designed to aid you in giving up cigarettes and staying on track. Enter a few personal details and the app will show you how many days you have been smoke free. It will also show you statistics on your increased health benefits included increased life expectancy and lung function and decreased risk of heart attack and lung cancer. The app gives information on your nicotine, CO2 levels and expected cravings. If you are still to be convinced My Last Cigarette calculates how much money you have saved since you quit smoking!
4. Pocket First Aid & CPR
Details: https://play.google.com/store/, ¤1.51
Devices: iPhone & iPod touch
Pocket First Aid & CPR is an app developed by the American Heart Association. It shows you how to react to a number of medical emergencies including choking, CPR, bites, burns and seizures. The app displays detailed videos showing you how to respond in critical first aid situations. All the videos and articles are stored on your device so that you can open them even when you are out of phone coverage. You can save medical information on yourself and your family including your doctor's contact details, medication, allergies and insurance information.
5. The Human Body by Tinybop
Details: www.tinybop.com, $2.99 (approx: ¤2.24)
Devices: iPhone & iPad
The Human Body is an interactive app created for children so that they can learn all about human biology. The app shows detailed illustrations and animations of everything from the nervous, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, digestive and muscular systems. Clever sound effects add to the experience and reveal the sounds your body makes as your explore the different areas. There is also a recording tool so that you and your child can ask questions, listen and respond via the app. This app is designed to be a really fun and informative way for your child to explore the human body.
Details: www.lumosity.com, Free
Devices: iPhone & iPad
Lumosity is a brain-training app and website. The games are developed by neuroscientists and are designed to improve your mental abilities while also being fun. Once you register you can choose the areas that you would like to improve. There are five general cognitive areas - speed, memory, attention, flexibility and problem solving. Lumosity will ask you to choose particular features of each area that you would like to improve and will create a personalized training plan based on your choices. Each training session consists of five games and you also have the choice to pay an extra subscription fee if you would like access to extra games.
Details: www.emotiv.com, from $299 (approx ¤223)
The Emotiv headset uses sensors to tune into the brains electric signals and detect the wearer's thoughts, feelings and expressions. It then transfers this data to a computer at which point there are endless possibilities of how this information can be used. You can experience and play games in a completely new way, as well as creating art, colour and music. The headset can also be used to control an electric wheelchair or mind-keyboard and share true insights into how a person is feeling.
1. UP by Jawbone
Details: UP by Jawbone, ¤129 from www.three.ie/lifestyle
Devices: Apple devices running IOS 5.1 or later & many Android phones running 4.0 or later. Tablets are currently not supported. Full list of supported devices found on www.jawbone.com/up/devices
UP is a wristband and app that tracks your daily activity, sleep and food. As you wear the UP it measures your steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned. When you turn it to night-time mode it tracks your sleep details and shows data on your total hours of deep and light sleep and how many times you woke up during the night and for how long. When you connect the band to your device and upload the data, it breaks this information down into handy graphs so you can easily keep track of your lifestyle and hopefully make adjustments that will help you keep active and healthy!
2. Narrative Clip
Details: http://getnarrative.com/ $279 (approx ¤206.15)
DevicesThe Narrative app is compatible with computers, iphone & most android devices - check getnarrative.com for compatibility. (http://support.getnarrative.com/knowledgebase/articles/263202-requirements-to-use-the-narrative-clip)
The Narrative Clip is an automatic camera that takes two pictures every minute so that you can keep a record and archive of your life. The tiny camera and GPS automatically takes the pictures as you go about your day to day life. The Narrative app then organises these pictures on a timeline creating an archive for the wearer. You can search this archive to find particular images and share them with your family and friends.
Devices: The Sync Burn works in conjunction with the MapMyFitness app - http://www.mapmyfitness.com - this works on both iphone and android devices (check their website for full compatibility details.)
The Sync Burn is a fitness band in the style of a digital sports watch. It allows you to tag workouts and see your exercise history while also measuring steps taken, distance, calories burnt, heart rate etc. It has a one year battery life and readable screen. To get the most out of the band you can sync it to the MapMyFitness app and view and share your daily activities and workout history.
Details: www.vitadock.com, ¤79.99 plus taxes
Devices: iphone, iPad, iPhone touch.
ThermoDock is an infrared device, which can be connected to your iphone to read the temperature. To check the body's temperature, hold the ThermoDock in line with the forehead at a distance of 5cm. Then touch the screen to start the reading. You do not have to make direct contact with the body surface, so you can check a child's temperature without having to disturb them. You can even check the temperature of liquids without them having to come into contact with your phone. The device can also record the indoor and outdoor temperature and is completely portable, so you can bring it wherever you go.
Details: www.vitadock.com, ¤129.99 plus taxes
Devices: iphone, iPad, iPhone touch.
The CardioDock measures pulse and blood pressure. It has a standard reading or 3MAM technology which takes 3 readings and calculates the average. You can store your readings on your phone and view them in graph form.
Details: www.vitadock.com, Price: ¤149.99 plus taxes
Devices: iphone, iPad, iPhone touch.
The TargetScale is a weighing scale that measures your weight, bone mass, muscle mass, body fat, body water, BMI and daily calorie requirements. It automatically identifies you when you step on the scales and can identify up to four users and eight additional users when using a mobile device, so the whole family can keep track of their stats. You can set yourself a goal weight and as you near that target, the light-circles on the scale will move closer to the centre so you know that you are moving in the right direction. You can connect with your iPhone using the VitaDock app and track your progress so you can reach your goals and keep an eye on those vital body statistics.
Details: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/, Free!
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows
MyFitnessPal is an app that tracks your calories and fitness. You can create a personalised profile and calorie guide and start tracking your daily food intake. You can pick foods from the app's database, your frequent items list or create your own recipes. The app shows the calorie breakdown and calculates how many calories you've had for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as your overall daily intake. The app also allows you to scan barcodes so you get an exact breakdown of the nutritional content of what you're eating. The app displays this data in graphic form so it's easy to see where improvements can be made. The app also allows you to add exercise and water intake to your daily profile and adjusts your calorie goals to meet your personal needs. The app can be synced with other tracking devices such as UP by Jawbone and the Fitbit Flex.
MODERN DAY HOSPITAL
1. RFID Medical Bracelets
These medical bracelets use RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology to identify where patients are in the hospital at all times.
2. Ambient Experience Lighting
Patients can personalize the scan room with various lighting and 'themes' which will appear in the room. Rather than focusing on their scan, the mood and lighting aims to relax and distract them from their examination.
For more information: www8.healthcare.philips.com
Vscan is a pocket-sized ultrasound device which is portable and can be used at the patient's bedside. This gives the doctor the ability to quickly take a look at something inside the patient's body as opposed to only listening with a stethoscope, allowing them to quickly and confidently make their diagnosis. For more information: www.vscan.gehealthcare.com
4. Da Vinci Robot
The Da Vinci robotic system allows the surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon sits at a console where he can see a 3D high definition image of the inside of the patient. The Da Vinci robot has four interactive robotic arms and provides a higher level of accuracy and precision than traditional open surgery. Using the console, a surgeon in another country could even perform surgery on a patient in Dublin!
5. Google Glass - Dr Rafael Grossman, Eastern Maine Medical Center
Dr Rafael Grossman was the first doctor in the world to use Google Glass during surgery. Dr Grossman performed a Gastrostomy in June 2013, the footage of the surgery was recorded through a lens on his Google Glass headset and displayed on an ipad a few feet away and also live streamed to a Google+ hangout. Dr Grossman believes that Google Glass can change health care on many levels - it has the ability to live stream surgery to students learning the procedures or even consultants in other parts of the world who could give advice during surgery, the ideas are limitless!
You can find out more about Dr Rafael Grossman through twitter @ZGJR or his blog www.Rgrosssz.wordpress.com
1. Misfit Shine - Personal Activity Tracker
Details: www.store.misfitwearables.com - Price - $119.95
Devices: iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPod 5th Gen, and iPad 3rd & 4th Gen.
The Shine is a fitness tracker which allows you to set your own personal fitness goals and shows you how close you are to reaching them through LED lights on the face of the device. The closer you get to your goals, the more dots light up. Unlike other trackers on the market Shine also tracks swimming and can be worn as a clasp, necklace, leather band or sports band. The corresponding app shows step count, distance moved, calories used and total hours of sleep.
2. HydraCoach - Intelligent Water bottle
Details: www.hydracoach.co.uk - Price: £24.95 (approx ¤29.50)
The HydraCoach water bottle calculates and monitors how much water you are drinking. Input a few personal details and the bottle will generate a hydration goal for the day. Each time you take a sip, the counter calculates how much water you are consuming and the percentage reached of your daily hydration goal!
Devices: Iphone 3GS or later, Ipod touch 3G or later, Ipad, select android devices.
The Sync Elite measures steps, distance travelled, speed, activity time, calories and fat burn. It also has a stopwatch and a 30 day memory so you can review your data and track your results. Connect the device to the MapMyWalk app so you can view and analyse your progress and share it with your friends. The unit has an LCD display which shows your data so you can see your results immediately.
Details: www.elliptigo.ie - Price: ¤2399
ElliptiGO is a fitness device that looks like a cross between a bicycle and a cross trainer. The ElliptiGO emulates running outdoors but without the same level of impact so it can be used by both healthy runners and those suffering from injury. For those who do not want to be confined to the gym, they can take their training outdoors. Customers include elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts, as well as novices.
Mark McCabe - Physiotherapist - Sports Med Ireland
Mark is the Director of Sports Med Ireland. He qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1993 from Trinity College Dublin. He worked in the USA for a number of years before returning to Ireland to complete a Masters in Sports Medicine in TCD. He has extensive experience in Sports Medicine and has worked with athletes at all levels from weekend warriors to Olympians.
Sports Medicine experience:
. Physiotherapist /Strength and Conditioning coach to Irish Olympic Sailing team (2006-present)
. Past Physiotherapist and Strength coach to Derval O'Rourke (Bronze medal European Indoor Champs Turin 2008, 4th place Worls Champs Berlin 2009, Siver Medal European Champs Barcelona 2010)
. Consultant to IRFU National squad 2003-04
. Physiotherapist to Irish U21 Rugby team 2002-03
. Physiotherapist /Strength and Conditioning coach to Clontarf RFC 1999-2002
Future First Aid
Dr Johnny Walker has two passions in life - Health and Technology! Throughout the series Johnny will explore the latest innovations that are revolutionising the medical field and changing how we live.
This week Johnny will look at the latest devices that are being used in the home. These new gadgets make it easier to monitor your own health without taking a foot outside your door.
From the toothbrush that talks to your doctor, the weighing scales that can measure BMI and air quality and even the headband that relaxes your mind at night!
Future First Aid Devices
1. Withings Smart Body Analyzer
Details: www.three.ie/lifestyle - ¤149
The Withings Smart Body Analyzer tracks your weight and body composition including your heart rate and BMI. It uploads these results to your free Withings App so you can set goals and break them down into targets. It also measures the indoor air quality and temperature. This is the one-stop health tracking scale.
2. Beam Toothbrush
Details: www.beamtoothbrush.com £39.95 (approx ¤47.39)
The Beam Toothbrush is the first app-connected toothbrush. It maps your brushing behaviour and sends the data to your phone. You can even send this information to your dentist ahead of your next appointment.
Details: www.vitadock.com ¤99.99 plus taxes
GlucoDock transforms your iphone into a blood sugar meter. Each entry is stored immediately to your free Vitadock app so you can access this information on the go. Compare blood sugar levels before and after your meals and upload data about your mood, activity, medication and food. You can then share this information with your doctor or relatives.
Details: www.myndplay.com £129.99 (approx ¤154) / Mynd Meditation Sunrise App £1.29 (approx ¤1.60)
MyndPlay is a new system that provides brain training through entertainment. The Mynd Meditation Sunrise app is designed to help you relax as you use your mind to bring out the sun over meadows, clouds and cityscapes while wearing the MyndPlay headband.
Details: www.shimmersensing.com from ¤249
Shimmer is a wireless sensor that can measure a person's movement and joint motions. Using the Sirona app users can carry out exercises which have been given to them by their physiotherapist. The app monitors whether they are doing the movement correctly by showing a graphic on the screen which instructs the user.
6. Just Dance 4
Details: www.ubi.com ¤47.99
Just Dance 4 is a music video game with over 40 billboard songs that you can dance along to. Players can challenge their friends, bring a crew or just sweat it out by themselves on the dance floor.
7. Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012
Details: www.ubi.com ¤29.97
Fitness Evolved is a fitness video game with over 90 hours of activities to design your perfect workout. From Cardio, Boxing, Boot Camp, Dance and Yoga, there is a class to suite all fitness fanatics. Players can create workouts tailored to their fitness level and goals.