In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, we look at a pedometer for your canine companion, an iPhone app that could maybe help you diagnose skin cancer and a touchscreen faucet that lets you customize the water you drink at home.
1. A Pedometer For Your Pooch
Pedometers are something I'm quite passionate about. I wear one every day, and have talked about a variety of brands here in Healthy Tech before. And now, it turns out, I can buy one for my 15-year-old dog, Leia.
The geniuses at ThinkGeek are now selling a pedometer for your dog priced at $9.99.
I've always assumed Leia, who lives with my parents, sleeps most of the time when they aren't home. But now, I could easily find out if she's running around the house. (Well, probably not as much as she used to, given that she's 15.)
The pet pedometer is lightweight enough that it won't weigh your dog down, and it'll even track up to 99,999 steps. Then again, if I found out Leia did more steps in a day than me, she would be the one who clearly earned a fattening treat at the end of the day — not me.
Via Coolest Gadgets
2. An iPhone App That Helps You Monitor Areas Prone to Skin Cancer
iPhone apps are increasingly helping us perform more and more serious health screenings on ourselves, and now comes word that the University of Michigan Healthy System has created an app called UMSkinCheck to help screen for skin scanner.
Just a week after it was released to the market on July 10, the app, not surprisingly, made it on the top 10 of free apps in the "Medical" category of Apple's App Store.
The app won't tell you if you have screen cancer #&8212; though perhaps that will be part of it one day. Instead, it instructs users to take a series of 23 different photos of parts all over their body from head to toe.
Users are reminded, on a regular basis, to take them again. Should they start to notice a mole or something else change and/or grow, the user can then more easily show that to the doctor.
Instead of telling the doctor how a mole, for instance, used to look — you can show them.
UMSkinCheck isn't breakthrough technology, but it's taking technology we already have and encouraging us to use it in smarter ways.
3. A Touchscreen Water Faucet That Lets You Customize Your Water
I will admit, I don't tend to like most hands-free appliances in the bathroom. Paper towel dispensers are reliable enough, but I feel like automatic faucets and soap dispensers are hit or miss. Tyent, however, is now unveiling a product called 9000T that actually encourages you to touch more because it's a faucet with a built-in touchscreen display.
The 9000T acts as a water ionizer, too, which allows you to adjust the pH level of the water coming out of your taps. In other words, you can decide to make your water more or less acidic or alkaline.
For instance, according to Gizmodo, perhaps you'll want to drink ionized water when you're exercise, since it supposedly has smaller molecules and is easier for your body to absorb. Or you'll want to drink alkaline water, which is believed to be high in antioxidants, if you want to decrease the risk of cancer. (Again, this is all theory.)
You select what you want based on the touchscreen interface. There are even audible descriptions explaining how it all works, and a blue/red LED indicator that tells you the temperature of the water. (I can't tell you how often I scald myself when washing dishes — this would be a welcome feature for me.)
It costs $3,000 unfortunately, but hopefully, it's something we'll only see come down in price over time.
About Healthy Tech
This is the Healthy Tech Weekly, where guest columnist Alan Danzis reports on choice healthy technology news stories. Each week you'll discover new fitness gadgets, apps and going-ons, as well as what's around the corner, with medical innovations that will one day change the way you monitor and impact your overall health and well-being.
By day, Alan Danzis works at Atomic Public Relations. His opinions here are his own and do not reflect the opinions of Atomic, nor the clients Atomic works with.