From a smart pain relief wand to medical devices that monitor vital signs, 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.
TytoHome Remote Exam Kit
True to its name, TytoHome is a remote exam kit that allows everyone to conduct a basic medical exam at home. A must-have during the coronavirus pandemic, this groundbreaking health gadget then pairs with a teleconferencing app that connects the user with a certified healthcare provider for a remote consultation, as well as diagnosis, treatment plan, and a prescription if needed.
Besides the Tyto device itself, which comes equipped with a digital camera and thermometer, the at-home diagnostic kit also includes accessories like a tongue depressor for examining your throat, an otoscope for ears, and a stethoscope for heart, lungs, and abdomens.
Smart Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
Yes, there are tons of interesting reusable water bottles on the market, but none of them can compare to LARQ. Say hello to the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle!
Using UV-C LED light, the exquisite stainless steel device not only purifies your drinking water in 60 seconds, but cleans itself every two hours (or anytime you click the button). You can also press the button on the cap twice to activate “adventure mode”, a more powerful three-minute water-purification cycle, usually recommended for purifying water that comes from rivers or other non-man made sources.
The purification system is operated by a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 1-2 months, and the double-wall insulation means beverages stay cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours.
Your 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. It’s that simple!
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.
The Most Health-Oriented Smartwatch
Designed by French company Withings, ScanWatch is the most advanced fitness watch hybrid to date. Thanks to the state-of-the-art medical technology incorporated into its design, it does novel things like tracking heartbeat irregularities and measuring blood oxygen saturation during sleep, all while retaining the previous Withings health and fitness tracking capabilities.
Fitted out with premium sapphire glass and an improved PMOLED screen, the analog smartwatch has a stylish, timeless look and is extremely comfortable to wear. Available in two sizes (38mm and 42mm), it boasts a 30-day battery life and is water-resistant up to 50 meters. When connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, the timepiece sends all activity information to the accompanying Health Mate iOS/Android app.
Award-Winning 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. The kit contains everything you need for an efficient, long-lasting teeth whitening procedure with no sensitivity, including mouthpiece and case, lip care balm, and 10 G-Vials of whitening gel.
3-in-1 Blood Pressure Monitor
When it comes to on-the-go blood pressure monitoring, it doesn’t get more stylish than BPM Core. Combining elegant, minimalist design with innovative technology, the compact 3-in-1 health gadget is also able to record a medical-grade ECG, as well as detect valvular heart disease by virtue of its integrated digital stethoscope.
Readings are instantly shown on the device, but the dedicated Health Mate app gives you instant color-coded feedback and professional recommendations, and makes it easy to keep track of your measurements.
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.
In addition to the glucometer itself, the kit includes 10 testing strips, 10 lancets, control solution, a lancing device, and a carry bag.
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.
Designed to help you manage and reduce stress, the unique tool gives real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain and teaches you how to achieve peace and calm. It also offers a series of motivational challenges and rewards in order to encourage you to make meditation a part of your routine.
Compact Air Quality Monitor
Traveling with asthma or allergies? The compact size and USB connectivity make Atmotube Pro easy to use anytime, anywhere.
Thanks to its accurate sensors and free mobile app, the sleek device alerts you in real-time about the presence of harmful gases (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and PM1, PM2.5, and PM10 pollutants like dust, pollen, soot, and mold, while also measuring air temperature, atmospheric pressure, and humidity in the environment around you.
Prizewinning Water Purifier
A reliable travel companion, the SteriPEN Ultra water purifier uses ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy 99.9% of all the harmful bacteria, organisms, and viruses that can exist in water.
Equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the award-winning device is capable of treating about 50L per charge. Moreover, in just 45 seconds, a smiley face will let you know that your water is safe to drink. Otherwise, a frowning face will indicate that the process needs to be repeated.
Smart Temporal Thermometer
With Thermo, Withings’ avant-garde infrared thermometer, measuring your temperature has never been easier. Just touch the device to your temple, press a button, and wait two seconds for the results to appear on its LED display.
The smart temporal thermometer uses 16 infrared sensors that collect around 4,000 temperature readings in two seconds. When connected to the companion app, either over WiFi or Bluetooth, you’ll be able to track temperature readings for each profile you create, set reminders, take notes, and get advanced health advice based on age, symptoms, and fever history.
Germ Eliminating Travel Wand
The UV-C light emitted by Verilux CleanWave UV-C Portable Sanitizing Travel Wand eliminates up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses found on the surfaces we touch every day by destroying their DNA.
This 10″-long sanitizing travel wand is effective against harmful germs such as MRSA, H1N1, and E-coli. All you have to do is simply hold the device over the surface for 30-60 seconds and this will be completely germ-free and safe to touch.
Female Urinating Device
Unsanitary public toilets are a serious health risk, but with Shewee, a portable urinating device, traveling ladies won’t have to worry about this ever again. The discreet device allows women to urinate whilst standing or sitting without even removing their clothes.
Personal Travel Humidifier
Powered by three AA batteries, Fancii & Co. Aqua Mist II lets you transform any water bottle into a personal humidifier, providing relief from dry air wherever you are. The petit device uses PureMist Moisture Technology to quietly moisten the air around you so you can breathe better and sleep more comfortably.
The Mini Humidifier can also be plugged into a USB source and features a timer function ranging from 2, 4, or 6 hours, aside from automatically shutting off after eight hours. Needless to say, its stylish and compact wireless design makes it a smart travel accessory.
Fertility Tracking Bracelet
The first fertility-tracking wearable on the market, Ava uses physiological parameters like temperature, resting pulse rate, and breathing rate to detect a woman’s fertile window. All you have to do is wear the intelligent FDA-approved bracelet on your wrist while sleeping and then sync it up with the companion app in the morning to see which are your five best days to try for a baby.
Pain Relief Device
Say goodbye to your sciatica, arthritis, or Carpal Tunnel pain with TechCare Massager Touch 24 Modes, a combination of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) and Powered Muscle Simulator (PMS) which delivers low-voltage pulses to the skin to stimulate nerve fibers, blocking the pain signal to your brain.
Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, the gizmo features a large touch LCD display and offers 24 preprogrammed massage modes, including Acupuncture, Deep Tissue, Cupping, and Combo.