The following health gadgets work together with your smartphone to help you stay fit and to encourage you to start and stick to healthier habits. Some of them enable patients to manage chronic conditions, others are specially designed for medical professionals, but these innovative devices can quite literally change, and even save your life.
1. Personal EKG
This nifty, FDA-cleared mobile EKG monitor from AliveCor allows you to track your heart health anytime, anywhere. When coupled with its dedicated app, Kardia Mobile delivers a medical-grade electrocardiogram (ECG) to your smartphone in just 30 seconds.
2. Portable Gluten Tester
Designed by San Francisco-based startup 6SensorLabs, Nima is the world’s first portable gluten detector. Complete with several one-time use test capsules and a proprietary app that allows you to track and share data with other users, the pocket-sized sensor could be a lifesaver for people with gluten allergies or celiac disease.
3. Teeth Whitener
A product by GLO Science (winner of the Thomas Edison Award for design and innovation), this high-tech teeth whitening device uses ground-breaking patented technology G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) to deliver professional, long-lasting results at home or on-the-go. GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device is powered by a compact, iPod-like controller and requires four 8-minute application sessions daily to make your teeth up to 5 shades whiter in 5 days.
4. Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
When it comes to on-the-go blood pressure monitoring, it doesn’t get more stylish than Nokia BPM+. Combining elegant, minimalist design with innovative technology, the compact health gadget is extremely easy to use and synchronizes with your smartphone via Bluetooth automatically. The dedicated Health Mate app gives you instant color-coded feedback and professional recommendations, and makes it easy to keep track of your measurements.
A chic alternative to traditional air pollution masks, BioScarf is as much a warm and comfortable fashion accessory as it is an air filtration device that lowers the risk of respiratory health problems. The revolutionary neckwear offers protection against pollutants, allergens, and viral infections thanks to its special built-in N95 air filter which strains more than 94 percent of contaminants out of the atmosphere.
6. Wireless Smart Glucometer
Made by iHealth Lab Inc, the Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System is a state-of-the-art, FDA approved glucometer that measures glucose levels in the blood and then displays them on your smartphone. This innovative health gadget features a sleek, portable design and is compatible with Apple devices. The accompanying iHealth Smart-Gluco app allows you to keep a history of all your measurements and share them with your doctor.
7. Brain Sensing Headband
Complete with 7 electroencephalography (EEG) sensors, Muse monitors your brain activity during meditation and transmits the information to your computer, smartphone, or tablet via Bluetooth.