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  • We are not fully aware about physical or mental condition. Of course there are apps that include biorhythms and various other features that help you. However, wearables go one step further. They do it automatically and, in the process, help you realize your full potential. Man is a machine and, in these days of high competition, he must do his best. Wearables can help you do just that. What is a wearable? A bracelet, a ring, a necklace and a watch are all wearables but of the passive kind as are clothes and shoes and hats. However, this is the age of artificial intelligence powered smart tech in the form of wearables. Wearables have evolved since the days of Dick Tracy the famous comic character and his legendary radio watch. Wearables can do a lot more these days. Smart wearables these days include everything from the famed Google glass to wristwear to even clothing. These devices have smart tech and sensors that can track heart rate, body temperature, muscle bio signals and brainwaves of the wearer. Smart footwear incorporates sensors and is linked to Google Maps to direct walkers towards their destination. Fitness trackers are becoming common these days. Wearables can help the visually impaired to navigate better. Fabrics become smarter with embedded circuits that sense movement, temperature and other parameters including breathing and walking pattern. You can know about your heart rate, calories you burn, blood pressure, time you spent in working out and, in future, about blood alcohol, health condition and health risk. Technology is advancing with Intel’s Curie microprocessor that can be embedded into apparels and, with 3D printed carbon fiber, change color based on adrenaline levels besides sensing temperature. On a lighter note, wearables are capable of raising entertainment and shopping experience to greater heights. Wearables...
  • I recently tried the Apple Watch Series 3 as my everyday driver for smart wearables and I have to say I was not overly impressed. I would like to say that this is my first impression I will need a few weeks of using it at the gym and wearing it every day to give you my final review. My first and probably biggest issue with the Apple Watch Series 3 is the design and build quality. While Apple is known for always making a premium product the Apple Watch Series 3 just reminds me of the touchscreen iPod Nano with a wristband. I was not overly impressed with the design or look while there are millions of different bands and cases for the device it just does not have a slick sporty design to me as a consumer. My other issue with the design is the edge to edge bezels design that Apple has done on every model since the original series one. The design just makes me uncomfortable using it at the gym. Without a case or bezel, the glass just seems to exposed and able to break when hit into something at the gym like an exercise machine or weights. One thing I really loved about the Apple Watch Series 3 was the LTE the fact that you could exercise and leave your phone behind while still getting streaming music, calls, texts, and notifications is great and really did move the needle for me as a smartwatch.  I would like to point out there are Android Wear Watches with LTE as well.  I did have one issue with the music streaming you can read about that in my previous article titled Music Apps on the Apple Watch Series 3 The fitness portion of the watch was ok...
  • Advancement in technology has helped fitness trackers in evolving into one of the biggest trends amongst health enthusiasts who wish to keep a tab on their activity level at all times. Starting from measuring sleep quality to caffeine intake, the fitness trackers are opening up newer possibilities with each passing day. Whether you are running on a tight budget or have a bulky wallet to cater to your requirements, a large variety of fitness trackers can keep you covered at all times by offering you motivation to kick start your workout plan and stick to the same. Today we shall discuss in detail about some important pointers which should be kept in mind before purchasing a fitness tracker. Purpose While proceeding with your purchase decision of a fitness tracker, you need to ask yourself its purpose in the first place. Multiple reasons could be existent but figuring out your sole cause can help in narrowing down the selection from the bulk of models available. Fitness trackers are known to boost up our confidence meter making it easier for users to set their goals and proceed towards the same by achieving milestones on a daily basis. Display Screen Fitness trackers having a built-in display make it easier to keep tab on time and in turn your ultimate fitness goals without having to reach out for your phone application time and again. Trackers equipped with a 16 colour OLED display can serve as the perfect aid whenever you proceed with guided workouts. However, a proper display is bound to add a few more pennies to the ultimate price tag of your fitness tracker. Thus, you should take this decision after a thorough consideration of whether you actually need one. Some fitness trackers which are not equipped with adequate displays resort to clever...
  • July 18, 2018

    Adidas miCoach Fit Smart Band Review

    I am reviewing another smart band today it’s the Adidas miCoach Fit Smart. I was kind of confused by this band at first as it’s not your run of the mill daily fitness tracker. The device I would describe more as a smart heart rate monitor, personal trainer or even a workout companion. I would not describe the device as an activity monitor since well it does not track daily activity but monitors everything during a workout. The band really impressed me for starters it’s waterproof and lasted almost a week on a charge. Adidas does say the Adidas miCoach can last 5 days on a charge if you work out an hour a day. Since I don’t workout every day it went over a week before it needed a charge. I was impressed by this considering the Fitbit Flex only lasted 4 days with no heart monitor but again that’s monitoring your movements, sleep and exercise where the Adidas miCoach is only chewing up battery when you’re working out the rest of the time it’s just displaying time, date, and heart rate. The devices itself when I worked out I loved to death it tells you using lights on the side white meaning you are under your target heart rate, green when you’re in your target heart rate zone and red when you need to back down. When I was doing DDP Yoga I need to stay in my target heart rate zone and it would vibrate every time I needed to slow down or increase my heart rate I loved that feature. The app itself I think really gives your money’s worth if you buy the band the app and all the workouts are free I think that’s a very fair deal. If you don’t have a band...
  • July 16, 2018

    Music Apps on the Apple Watch Series 3

    I recently purchased an Apple Watch Series 3 to test and to my surprise, the watch does not have a native Spotify and Pandora app. Not all Apple Watch Series 3 have an LTE connection mine does because I bought it through Verizon, but this was kind of a concern to me and I will tell you why. I have been on a major fitness kick lately trying to lose weight and get healthier. I have AirPods and they are great I figured the Apple Watch would be a great companion to my Apple headphones that’s why I picked the Apple Watch. The first negative about the watch was there is NO Spotify or Pandora app on the Apple Watch Series 3. Spotify was rumored to release a WatchOS app at Apples WWDC and that never happen so the only way to stream music from my watch is to get Apple Music. On my first jog earlier, this week I went to play music and realized I had no cell service so I then offlined a bunch of playlists to my Apple Watch Series 3. To me signing up for Apple music at $9.99 month is no big deal I have a Spotify family account and it kind of stinks that I need an Apple Music Subscription, but I have MacBook Pro, iPhone 8, AirPods, iPad Mini and now Apple Watch so the $9.99 month will not be wasted. Not to mention thinking about it I buy a lot of Apple hardware but have bought little to nothing from Apple echo system besides a few apps from App Store, so I am sure this will make Tim Cook happy to read this 😉 I started looking around and this not something just Apple is doing to help get subscribers in...
  • July 10, 2018

    Stand Up App Review

    Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows I have been on a health kick trying to lose weight and my latest find to help with this process if the Stand Up App. Any technology job or office job is filled with not a lot of movement we sit at our desks and try to get as much work done as possible in an eight hour time frame five days a week. The Stand Up app helps fight the sitting we all do at our desks. I truly believe that sitting has replaced the Smoking and Tobacco Use epidemic of the 90s in America.  Stand Up works by reminding you to Stand Up and move on a schedule that you set. The app works with iPhone, iPad and the iWatch and I think does a better job than the standard Apple activity reminded.  Stand Up allows you to set your schedule based on The frequency of standing. When to When you want to stand. Standing duration before sitting back down. The app does have one really nice feature which stands up above the rest by letting you set Stand Up schedules for locations if you location service is enabled. You can even get a 7-day history on how much you stood for the day based on the number of times you stood up when the remind to stand went off and you clicked OK I’m Standing. The app lets you change the colors of the display, change stand up and sit down messages all for free the only in-app purchase is changing the sounds for alerts which costs as cheap as $.99 cents to as much as $4.99 depending on how much you want to pay the company Raised Square, LLC which relies on donations to develop the app. Overall I...
  • July 4, 2018

    Fitbit Flex 2 Review

    As I have posted before I am trying to get healthy and lose weight I recently purchased The Fitbit Flex 2 to help me monitor my activity during the day. I would have gone with the Microsoft Band 2 if it was not discontinued as I had an original Microsoft Band and I loved it but I won’t spend money on outdated unsupported hardware. Many of my friends pushed me to go Apple Watch or Android Wear since I do have two phones an iPhone 8 and Pixel 2, so I could have gone either way, but the Fitbit Flex 2 was the right fit for me. To start the Fitbit Flex 2 is waterproof which is really appealing to me as the Apple Watch is not and some Android Wear is not, and I like to go swimming and want to track my activity. The Fitbit Flex 2 itself is a very small device so it’s very customizable with all different bands and accessories if you don’t want people to know you’re wearing a fitness band which is not a big game changer for me, but it makes the device more appealing. The Fitbit Flex 2 tracks the main metrics steps, exercise, calories, miles, and sleep time. The device does vibrate every so often to remind you to move if your someone like me with a desk job. The Fitbit Flex 2 does vibrate to alert you of incoming text messages and phone calls. You cannot answer the calls on the device but it’s a nice feature if your phone in your pocket and you can’t hear it on vibrate or silent mode. The Fitbit Flex 2 does cost between $50-$60 dollars depending on where and when you purchase the device which does make it affordable for most people...
  • The exam season is on. With upcoming exams like JEE 2018, MAT, AIPVT, VITJEE, MUOET and OJEE Exam 2018-2019, around the corner it is very important for students to be prepared, positive and most importantly healthy. Here are some of the top healthy tips for the students this exam season. Enough time for self study The students should give themselves enough time to study. Sometimes the group studies with friends take a lot of time and the students are not able to find time for the self study. In such cases, self study should be encouraged to make effective utilization of the time and efforts. To sort it out even a bit more, the students should prepare a time table in order to organize the study accordingly. Using flow diagrams and charts It has been observed that the visual aids are really very helpful in terms of studying and revising. Before starting a topic, the student must write down everything and carefully make notes in the form of tabular formats, graphs, diagrams or anything which is more understandable to them. This has to be done in order to prepare for the examinations in an appropriate manner. Practice and Practice The students must concentrate on practicing a lot. The students can find out the practice sets from the old question papers, previous examinations, test notebooks, and so on. Some online resources can help you study for no charge at all, like a free MCAT practice test. Practice is a must to enhance the skill of learning and growing. The students must make sure that they are spending the right amount of time in order to spend right amount of efforts in each of the section. A break is necessary It is good to study as many hours as possible but it is...
  • Image via Flickr by Tunstall Telehealthcare Technological advances in medicine usually come in the form of new types of equipment or new tests to detect diseases. But now, innovative modes of communication are at the forefront of the new advances, improving health care efficiency and expanding care for more people than ever before. Welcome to the new era of telehealth. What is Telehealth? Through computers and mobile devices, medical professionals monitor your medical conditions, consult with specialists, and avoid costly doctor office visits. Telehealth makes the digital exchange of information easy and quick. With monitoring equipment, your doctor keeps tabs on your vital signs, blood glucose levels, activity levels, and more. The information goes directly to your doctor, with no need to wait for your next appointment. This data saves patients from expensive hospital visits, as an immediate action can prevent a developing problem. Patient Portals New patient portals offer direct links to doctors. These portals allow you to access your medical information, request prescription refills, review test results, and read summaries of recent visits. You can also send emails directly to the doctor, pay bills, or even video chat with your doctor or specialists without leaving your home. Virtual Appointments If your health condition requires frequent visits to the doctor for checking vital signs, you can replace that with a virtual appointment. Your doctor receives your information in real time and then consults with you through a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It not only saves you a trip to the office, but it also takes less time while still providing the high-quality health care you expect. It may take some getting used to, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Remote Monitoring One of the biggest advantages of telehealth is the ability to monitor patients remotely. For elderly patients...