Medicine and Health
Apple Watch 2 round-up: innovation or just an upgrade?
When Tim Cook announced the Apple Watch for the first time, he said it would change the way we live our lives.
Wearables from other companies already established in the wearable industry had secured a place for themselves in the niche, and Apple thought it could add something to it. The Apple Watch, although it didn’t become an indispensable accessory everyone wanted to own, did convince a lot of people that wearables could occupy a spot in their daily routines and relationship with technology. However, many people pointed out that the Apple Watch did reveal its first-gen caveats in the process.
The Apple Watch 2 is more or less confirmed as being in development, with the launch date pegged for the second quarter of 2016. The information comes from Qanta, the manufacturing company responsible with quite a few of the Apple Watch 2 components. The chairman of the company, Barry Lam, revealed that the Apple Watch 2 release date should be anticipated for Q2 2016, considering their intel with the manufacturing process. Although his statements do not represent the official stance of Apple, they do provide some level of credible insight into the development of Apple Watch 2.
Tim Cook seems concerned about how well his first device is being received, because while a good fitness tracker and a decent communications device for iOS users, the Apple Watch hasn’t quite made wearables mainstream. When the device was launched, the company’s main goal for it was to establish the wearable as something everyone should have. That didn’t happen, although the Apple Watch did take over the better part, about 95 % of market sale in the smart watch market.
The Apple Watch 2 release date was rumored well before Lam spoke up this weekend, but his statements are the first official information about the company until now. Unless Apple rushes to disprove these statements, we can pretty much say that next Spring, the Cupertino-based giant is definitely going to unveil another wearable device.
Compared to the first generation, the Apple Watch 2 should not only improve upon it but demonstrate that wearable technology can be an everyday thing. One of the reasons why the devie wasn’t widely adopted was its price, and another was its lack of Android compatibility. Android users are more accustomed to the concept of wearables because they have a lot of options out there. Apple fans don’t have as many and the Android market should have been a target for the wearable. Since the company insisted on exclusivity, the Apple Watch didn’t become the hit they expected it to become. Pricing and a lot of gimmicky, yet useless features can also be motives to downplay the importance of the launch.
However, the Apple Watch did turn wearables into a topic of conversation and brought attention to the market from customers who previously didn’t really care about it. When Apple gets in the game, usually it’s a sign that there’s potential in the product. Hopefully, the Apple Watch 2 will exploit some of that potential – not with digital heartbeat messages, though. The Apple Watch 2 is expected to either become what the first generation didn’t really accomplish – a mainstream device that really moves life along or an innovative product that adds a new dimension to wearable technology. I’m sure Apple wants the device to accomplish both those things, but there’s also a third scenario, in which the Apple Watch 2 becomes another elitist device that takes things already on the market and fits them to its ecosystem.
Right now, information about what kind of ideals the Apple Watch 2 is supposed to fulfill is scarce, so anything is possible. Most likely, however, the company will choose the round design this time around, seeing as most people seems to vote for those types of smartwatches. On the other hand, another great thing to turn the Apple Watch 2 into would be a completely health-oriented device, with minimal gimmicks included in the software. In this case, an even more popular smartband design could be adopted, keeping the improvements to the sensors and cloud computing.
The existing information about the Apple Watch 2 that can be considered viable does not point out new traits that the watch will have, nor does it reveal design elements and software features that Tim Cook and his team are working on. However, it does confirm that the company is working on improving their wearable and making it a universal tool of integration in every aspect of our lives.
One of the more interesting rumors going around about the Apple Watch 2 is that in order to become a more affordable and more widespread device, accepted by Android and Windows users alike, it will be a cross-platform device with a health-oriented function made to help people stay fit and healthy without too much effort. The company has already demonstrated their inclination towards positioning the wearable as a health-tracker and personal coach, so it’s entirely possible that the Apple Watch 2 will come with a very different user experience.
While pricing is one of the most widespread reasons why people didn’t buy the first Apple Watch, some pointed out that it tried to do too much. Tech enthusiasts were of the impression that the device could have been refined further into a healthy living aid, something many people are interested in nowadays. With the growing concern about spreading health issues across the world, a device that would help us keep track of our nutrition, fitness, mental health and lifestyle would be welcome. The Apple Watch 2 could be the device to do that.
With a better heart-rate monitor, advanced sensors for health readings and tracking, personalized coaching assistant functions for Siri and innovations in how the way the Watch would gather data from all your platforms in order to form an overview of your lifestyle could turn the Apple Watch 2 into an innovative device. At the same time, it could actually help the wearable become a mainstream device by targeting something everyone wants to do: live a long, healthy life. I believe if Apple were to go down this path, it could turn the Apple Watch 2 into a much simpler device that would pay for itself, even if the components and high-end sensors would warrant a high price. People would go crazy over an easy-to-use device that told them how to fix their eating habits step by step or how to slowly introduce exercise into their life at a comfortable pace.
However, the Apple Watch 2 could also become a device similar to the LG Watch Urbane 2 LTE – a wewarable that replaces your smartphone and connects you to everything you need at a glance. I don’t know about you, but complicated is not what I’m looking for in a wristwatch. Nonetheless, the idea of replacing a bulky device and all that social media nonsense with a small, useful device that only gives you the notifications that actually matter during your daily life could also make an impact on the market. But this is a difficult device to pull off, seeing as it would need accessories like a headset and a truly unique UX in order to be actually easy to use.
If you have to wait for the Apple Watch 2 display to get to where you want it to be and load the information you need, it’s not a very time-saving device, I guess. Maybe some of you guys find using wearables fun and easy, but I honestly only see them as health- and fitness-related devices. Notifications can be a bonus, but responding to emails and messages on a less than 2-inch display can’t be comfortable no matter how ingenious the user interface is. We’re looking down on our phones enough already.
Anyhow, the idea is that if Apple wants to make a device that everyone will want to have and will feel like they need in their life, they should focus on making the Apple Watch 2 a health-oriented device and on making the software smart enough for users to feel familiar with. At the same time, a health-oriented device would serve the easy purpose of getting you through the day and through your calendar appointments, serve you only priority information not related to your health metrics, stress levels, mood and mental state and give you an overview in a timely manner about how you’re actually treating your body. These are just my ideas and the way I see the future of wearable technology and the Apple Watch 2, the reality of things could be very different.
The idea is that the Apple Watch 2 is in development and will be launched around April 2016, if the info is correct. How the device will look like or what it will be able to do is still a mystery. I imagine the Apple Watch 2 as a health tracker and fitness coach, but I’m sure you guys could see a million other neat purposes for it. How could the Apple Watch 2, in your opinion, convince the majority of people to “need it”?
Medicine and Health
Your Chance Of Contracting This Rare Eye Infection More Than Triples If You Wear Reusable Contact Lenses
If you wear soft reusable contact lenses instead of soft disposable ones, your chance of getting an uncommon eye infection rises by almost four times. These sobering conclusions come from study conducted by the University College London (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, which looked at what variables could make someone more likely to get Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK).
“In recent years we have seen an increase of Acanthamoeba keratitis in the UK and Europe, and while the infection is still rare, it is preventable and warrants a public health response,” said lead researcher Professor John Dart in a statement.
“Contact lenses are generally very safe but are associated with a small risk of microbial keratitis, most commonly caused by bacteria, and which is the only sight threatening complication of their use. Given that an estimated 300 million people across the globe wear contact lenses, it is important that people know how to minimise their risks for developing keratitis.”
Over 200 patients were recruited by Dart and colleagues, 83 of them had AK and the remaining 122 were taken to the Moorfields Eye Hospital for various ailments. The second served as a control group so that the researchers could determine what risk factors made someone more likely to develop the corneal infection.
According to their findings, people who wear reusable soft contact lenses had a 3.8-times higher risk of acquiring AK than people who wear daily disposable lenses. Wearing lenses while sleeping and taking a shower raised risk by 3.9 and 3.3 times, respectively. According to the researchers’ calculations, switching to daily disposable lenses might avoid 30-62 percent of AK cases in the UK, and this may hold true for other nations as well.
“Previous studies have linked AK to wearing contact lenses in hot tubs, swimming pools or lakes, and here we have added showers to that list, underlining that exposure to any water when wearing lenses should be avoided,” said first author, Associate Professor Nicole Carnt of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital. “Public pools and coastal authorities could help reduce this risk by advising against swimming in contact lenses.”
Even though sight loss from AK is uncommon, it can occur in extreme cases, which is why the researchers decided to further explore potential risk factors. The team is working to find ways to reduce the annual incidence of AK, which is estimated to affect 1 in 20,000 contact lens wearers in the UK.
Opthalmology published the paper.
Top Rated Dentist Apps for 2018
Looking at today’s technology it is kind of hard to believe that 20 or 30 years ago we didn’t know what a smartphone was, right? Hell, most of us (kids and adults alike) didn’t even have a mobile phone! And those of us who had one were in complete awe over games like Snake or Pong!
Therefore, I think that a quick look at how mobile games evolved over time is a true testament to the speed of technology. I mean, going from Snake played on a 1990 Nokia phone to a high-graphics game played on the latest Android or iOS smart device is a huge leap!
Even more, nowadays we can run complex apps on our mobile devices, and some are quite impressive. Let’s take apps designed for dentists and their patients – a simple search will reveal a plethora of options, so I chose only the top-rated ones as an example.
This is an app, for iOS users, that makes a dentist’s work with patients easier. The app is equipped with over 200 illustrations, images, and animations that showcase the effects of various dental conditions. This way, a dentist can literally illustrate how a specific disease will progress in time if not properly treated.
DDS GP can help explain some of the most common dental problems such s decay, cracks, or periodontal disease. Furthermore, it accepts edits and drawings which the user can save, and it helps to create individual treatment plans for each patient.
Now, since it’s such a well-detailed app, the price is a bit steep, but for those interested to learn, there are more options at healthyteeth.org (and for free).
If you have to wear braces or you’re planning on installing some in the near feature, this app may be of great use. The app provides useful information, videos, and pictures on how to care for braces and what to do if any problems would show up.
Designed by a dentist for dentists everywhere, this free app for iOS provides users with animations and 3D video representations of various dental procedures. Given that some patients are new to the field and some may even be fearful of some treatment methods, DentalNavi is a fantastic way to illustrate what happens in a patient’s mouth while you’re working on it.
The app has several different modules such as implantology, interactive jaw movement, and checking for occlusions. Everything is highly graphical, which is why communication with your patients will be improved significantly.
My Dental Clinic
A free Android app that can help you manage the activity of an entire dental clinic – cool, right? You won’t have to deal with papers and difficult planners since everything will be readily accessible using your phone!
The app allows you to keep patients’ records such as personal information, notes, appointments, dental charts, and more. Furthermore, you have the possibility to call a patient directly from the app, and the appointments can be sent to your Android calendar.
Overall, this is a fantastic virtual planner for small to medium clinics, and most users seem happy with the features provided.
As you can see, the world of mobile apps has evolved from low-graphics games to high-end graphics and advanced apps that can keep up with various services at once. Isn’t this advancement impressive?
Medicine and Health
You Will Be Surprised By These Recent Developments in Mattress Technology
The industry presents you such a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to mattresses than it ever did before. As a matter of fact, presently, you have mattresses that are estimated to last you another 40-years; that’s approximately the major part of your life or the rest of it! The flocking, however, comes with its own level of technical work for us; we have more work trying out all the new brands coming up by the day as we compile our information. All a worthy experience – some of these beds have you bewitched to them; you just don’t feel like getting up at all.
But what are these improvements that have come to change the face of the bed industry as we knew it? What are the technological advances made to beds that you probably haven’t heard of? Some of these leaps are present in the Top Mattress only; you need to be prepared to do some decision making for a change by the end of this article – be sure to buy yourself and loved ones the nights they deserve.
The Memory Foam Treat
Originally, memory foam was only available and used by NASA to make their pilot’s uniform. But when it was released to the public in the late seventies, we had opportunists springing forth and making the first foam beds. Right now, different types of foams are being made for the best bed make. Organic foam and synthetic foam all find their way to the top beds in the market. Others are a hybrid make involving a mixture of latex and synthetic foam. All these provide different levels of firmness and response to pressure and temperatures.
Memory foam beds are usually preferable and recommended to the side and back sleepers at times. This is because the foam creates more depressions and contouring with the body preventing much pressure on the spine. Stomach sleepers and back sleepers (not majorly) need more firm options for a perfect spine alignment.
The Bed-In-A-Box Concept
Most of you bought your custom beds which were shipped as they are; you had to ask for help as you ferried it from the door to your room. Now consider a whole queen-sized bed coming inside a box, and all you have to do is open the box once you reach your room! This is the technology that will wipe away all shipping charges from bed provider stores and bring about a cool convenience to the client. That’s about as cool as it can get.
Meet the Smart Mattress
Need to sleep at angles? Easy, adjust it! Are you a snorer which is affecting your partner? Easy! Smart Motion technology literally has your back. The wireless remote controlled bed has a head and foot massage option due to its adjustability. The wonder bed also has an automatic alarm system that determines when the sleeper is in the light sleep stages and hence calculates when best to wake them up. This comes together with a customizable coach that collects your sleep data and offers better sleep recommendations upon comparing your data with people with your characteristics. The Sleeptrack app pre-installed is also designed to have meditative music to help you fall asleep faster. Can sleeping get any easier than that really?
Sleep Cool Beds
Sweating during the night can be quite a bore – especially if you have the same issue during the day. Sleeping with the windows open or buying fans to cool the room doesn’t seem to work for you. Take it easy; you are not alone. Good news is, there is something for you out there.
The market now has beds popping up with a top layer infused with gel to allow for breathability, thus, one sleeps as cool as they want. No hot nights anymore – sleep as sound as you’ve always wanted.
There is absolutely no more need to go around complaining of a consistent back pain or shoulder pains as a result of your unfulfilling nights. You need a mattress upgrade that suits your preferences. Some of these beds are really pocket-friendly. You’ll, nevertheless, be needed to dig deeper if you want to access the best that the industry has to offer.
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