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Samsung ehealth announcement: a health app vs Apple HealthBook?

Samsung ehealth announcement: a health app vs Apple HealthBook? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

Speculation is that the South Korean company could launch some health-related apps for its smartphones or a Gear Fit-type wearable device, or, asEngadget reports, the event could also be related to forthcoming sensors and components that can monitor vital stats.

 

Considering the timing of the event, which falls mere days before rival Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, there are also rumors that the company would be launching something on the lines of the rumored Apple’s fitness tracking HealthBook app for iOS 8.

 

The app is reportedly capable of monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, weight, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, and blood sugar, as well as track your bloodwork, hydration, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep. Although there are apps out there in the market that provide some of these features, HealthBook is expected to combine them all in a single mobile interface.


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New Apple pedometer patent may hint at a future iWatch

New Apple pedometer patent may hint at a future iWatch | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

A newly published Apple patent application that details ways to improve a wrist-based pedometer could represent another piece of evidence pointing to an iWatch.

 

The application, “Wrist Pedometer Step Detection,” came out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today. This is part of the standard patent process toward issuance. It details ways to improve step detection when someone is wearing a pedometer on a wrist.

 

In the patent application’s implementation, the pedometer might be able to “automatically determine that the pedometer is being worn on a user’s wrist.”

 

Pedometers, the application points out, are often attached to a user’s trunk – on the waist or pants or shirt pocket. A commonly used algorithm to measures steps, however, doesn’t work as well when the pedometer is on a wrist, because the arm’s movement can interfere with the measurement of acceleration.

 

 

Apple’s patent application would overcome this by filtering the measured movement or inferring steps from previous measurements, leading to more accurate step counts and distance estimation. Additionally, the document notes, “users do not have to specify where the pedometer is being worn” because the software will compensate.

 

 more at http://venturebeat.com/2014/03/13/new-apple-pedometer-patent-may-hint-at-a-future-iwatch/ ;


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