Consumer Health


This 'AI' standing desk really just has a touchscreen tablet built-in

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I have a standing desk. My standing desk is automated, so I push buttons on its attached remote, and it goes up and down. Meanwhile, a company called Autonomous says its new SmartDesk 3 is "the world's most powerful AI-powered standing desk." Should I question the intelligence of my standing desk?


Handheld scanner divines how nutritious your food really is

New Scientist

FARMERS can now zap their crops with a handheld scanner to instantly determine nutritional content, which could prove crucial in mitigating the effects of climate change on food quality. "Real-time results mean farmers can add fertilisers or tweak moisture levels as crops grow" Farmers can use the app to assess the impact of changing conditions, such as extreme weather and soil quality, on the quality of their crops from year to year. It could allow farmers to mitigate the negative effects of climate change early by adding fertilisers or tweaking moisture levels as crops grow. Other companies are developing similar gadgets for consumers, and sensors that can be fitted onto a smartphone.


Artificial Intelligence: The Next Frontier in Health IT? (Part 2)

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Although the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is still very much at a premature level, prognosticators are quite bullish on how AI platforms could be incorporated in the future to improve patient care. The study specifically noted that "Clinical support from AI will strengthen medical imaging diagnosis processes. While the idea is to have AI systems learn and understand new medical functions, and in turn empower doctors to make better evidence-based decisions at the point of care, there has been significant discussion about whether or not the technology's potential is so powerful that it could one day actually replace human doctors. They attest that the job of artificial intelligence and machine learning is to mimic human cognitive functions, and to eliminate repetitive work for doctors--not eliminate the doctors themselves.


Shoe sensor will protect your back from heavy lifting

New Scientist

People often don't realise that they're not adopting the right posture when lifting heavy items, says Eya Barkallah at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi in Canada. This combination of sensors is perfect for spotting a lot of posture problems, says James Brusey at Coventry University, UK, who wasn't involved in the study. The team at Quebec had a volunteer put on the hat and shoes and lift some boxes in three different ways – half of the time the volunteer used best practice, but the other half, they deliberately lifted while making the most common lifting mistakes. But Subramanian Ramamoorthy at the University of Edinburgh, UK, thinks there are better ways to work out whether someone is moving in the right way.


Creators: Triggr Health Taps Machine Learning to Prevent Substance Abuse

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For utilities, this often equates to more intelligent interactive voice response (IVR) interactions, additional self-service options, and proactive outbound communications from the utility. It is only a matter of time before additional innovations in perhaps unrelated industries once again transform customer expectations, making today's innovation insufficient. As we continue to prepare for future customer expectations, hints at future demands are beginning to surface. A common theme seems to be the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), particularly when applied to conversational applications.


AI and IoT: Like peanut butter and chocolate?

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The company quotes an IDC report that claims IBM and Watson "can demonstrate the power of cognitive analytics in the IoT." In Japan, the AI/IoT combination is so hot that Japanese tech giant Fujitsu is reportedly dumping its mobile phone business (and mobile is probably the moment's third-hottest trend) to focus on the intersection of AI and IoT. "Strengthen its information technology services unit, which already accounts for 70% of sales," Nikkei said. Beyond the hype they share, combining IoT and AI can make a lot of sense.


Health And Fitness Data Is Useless

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The key to responding to this ever-spreading problem lies in designing our digital environments to support data-driven, low-activation energy tasks that promote positive, healthy habits. Omada Health uses trained health coaches to monitor users' progress and provide timely information on things like dietary choices and activity level, so users are encouraged to make adjustments in the moment, when it matters. These small changes, informed by data and empowered with context, support much larger behavior change that can ultimately lead to improved health. We have the ability to make health data proactive, timely, actionable and immensely useful.


Apple Event September 12: Apple Watch Series 3 Rumors, watchOS 4

International Business Times

The wearable gadget could also include features like sleep tracking, heart rate analysis, respiratory rate analysis and non-invasive blood glucose tracking. The person-to-person payment feature means users won't have to download an app like Venmo to send and receive money. As for health features, the Workout app on the watchOS 4 update will support various activities, including badminton, baseball, surfing, snow sports, pilates, paddle sports, kickboxing, jump rope, lacrosse, golf, fishing, downhill skiing, dance, cross training, core training, cricket, bowling, climbing and equestrian sports, among others. The two-way data exchange with gym equipment means device owners won't have to calculate how many calories you burned throughout the day.


FitGenie is applying AI to automate nutrition planning

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Here's one example: FitGenie, an iOS app whose ex-Georgia Tech co-founders bill it as a "smart calorie counter" -- on account of applying machine learning algorithms to simplify nutrition planning for people wanting to achieve a certain weight or fitness goal. "Our self-adjusting diet algorithm is based on a model we created that maps and forecasts the progress of an individual user and makes intelligent weekly adjustments based on the data we gather," says co-founder Keith Osayande, explaining how it's applying AI to calorie counting. Users of FitGenie do need to do some leg work, however -- including inputting their current weight (ideally weekly), and logging the foods they're eating and any activity they undertake (ideally doing so at least twice per week, says Osayande; more being better). The app then generates custom daily nutrition targets, based on whatever a user's desired fitness goal is -- such as losing weight, building lean muscle and so on.


Modern Apothecary

MIT Technology Review

A few weeks earlier, the two of them had won Hacking Medicine, a competition Cohen had previously helped found to pursue innovations in health care. This summer, PillPack launched custom software that helps streamline the prescription filling process and gives its pharmacists a more holistic view of customers so they can offer more personalized service--all at the same cost as filling pill jars at CVS or Walgreens. That weekend, Cohen and Parker talked to doctors about their patients' difficulties sorting their medicines and taking them as prescribed, and the health problems that resulted. By building a more complete view of each customer, PillPack has created that environment, allowing its pharmacists to deliver better care.