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Apple is said to be dipping its toes into the next-big-thing market--health and fitness tracking. The tech giant is...
Apple is said to be dipping its toes into the next-big-thing market--health and fitness tracking. The tech giant is reported to be launching a mobile healthcare application called Healthbook, which will entirely transform the way users use their smartphones in everyday practice.
Healthbook's user interface consists of categories, arranged in card-style, which are organized in different colours. The cards track the user's data related to heart rate, blood pressure, nutrition, blood work, hydration, activity, blood sugar, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, sleep, and weight.
The Activity card tracks users' fitness, for example how many miles they have walked, or how many calories they have burned. With the Weight card, users can import their weight and height data, in order to track their body mass index and body fat. The Nutrition card can help users control their diet by listing food consumption.
The Heart Rate and Blood Pressure cards do the job that doctors usually do, so the Healthbook is of extreme convenience to users, by recording and storing this data.
Currently, a bit ambiguous, but quite exceptional, is the Bloodwork card, as it provides data and monitoring abilities usually provided by professionals. The Oxygen Saturation card can measure how much oxygen there is in users' blood, a feature that is vital to measuring respiratory rate.
The Blood Sugar card is probably the most significant one, as it tracks users' blood sugar levels. As diabetes is considered to be the 21st-century disease, this card can help diabetics easily check their blood sugar levels, as many times a day as they need.
The Hydration card tracks users' body fluid levels, while the Respiratory Rate card measures breaths per minute. The Sleep card may track sleep cycles, but more details on this have yet to be disclosed.
An impressive feature of Healthbook is the Emergency card, which stores essential information about the iPhone user. Such information will include the user's name, medical history, birthday, location, blood type, organ donor status, weight, and eye colour, but also emergency contact information, in case the user becomes ill.
From where Healthbook users' data will be sourced, sorted and managed has yet to be announced. Apple is supposedly testing the Healthbook on the future iPhone operating system, the upcoming iOS 8. It is likely, though, that the app will run on a future operating system version.
Apple has the chance to truly revolutionize the iPhone, by bringing heath and fitness tracking commodities to users' homes. Healthbook could help other healthcare apps to grow and develop, but it could also help manufacturers and users to better understand products in this industry.
Health and fitness apps have been on the rise recently. Samsung packs a heart rate monitor in its Galaxy S5 smartphone, and features a heart rate monitor and exercise modes in its smart wearables, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches.