Friday, March 7, 2014

Azoi Releases Wello iPhone Case That Monitors User's Vitals

Personal health is (or at least should be) important to most people. Keeping yourself relatively healthy and keeping yourself in check can be difficult, especially if you are constantly on the go. However, thanks to a new case for the iPhone, all that is about to change.

Designed by Azoi this iPhone case, known as Wello, is designed to measure a plethora of vitals including blood pressure, electrocardiography (ECG), heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature and lung function. According to the company, the case will offer a high level of accuracy in an attempt to make users more aware of their health.

The case has multiple built-in sensors that are easy to trigger. All you have to do is simply hold the case near your body for a few moments as key bodily functions are recorded. The gathered information then passes to the Wello app on your smartphone where it will be interpreted, measured and displayed all on your phone. In addition to that, the case can also talk to pedometers, sleep trackers and other fitness devices to incorporate additional data.

As of right now Azoi has only designed the case for the iPhone. The Wello case fits the iPhone 5, 5S and 4S and communicates to the phone via Bluetooth. According to Azoi, Wello is compatible with other iOS devices as well as Android phones running KitKat and equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). If you're confused about how a case designed for the iPhone fits an Android device Azoi has an answer. The case can be equipped with a special attachment that would adhere to Wello making it fit.

Devices like the Wello are becoming increasingly popular. Products like the Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, and Nike+ FuelBand are all wearable gadgets that monitor health and fitness and are capable of syncing with your smartphone. However, the Wello is the only device that doesn't make you buy an extra accessory, though the case is not as convenient as a wearable device and is also more expensive.

The device is currently available for preorder in the US, Canada, Europe, China and other regions with the device set to ship in the Fall of 2014 though the case still needs approval from the FDA before it can be released in the US.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Apple Launches iOS In The Car

As of March 2014, Apple has finally announced its 'iOS in the car' project that has been rumored about for quite a few years. The project goes by the name of Apple CarPlay.

Apple CarPlay is a system that wires your iPhone apps with your car's digital system allowing you to have easier access to control all of your phone while traveling. The basic idea of CarPlay is allowing you to use your iPhone functions like maps, receiving phone calls, and incoming texts more easily. No more glancing down at your cellphone while at the wheel trying to read directions. Everything will be controlled by Siri so you won't have to take your hands off the wheel. Only the iPhone 5S, 5C and the iPhone 5 will be compatible along with all new iPhones that will be soon to come.

CarPlay allows you to use your iPhone's messaging by reading your text messages aloud, play your iTunes music and navigate more efficiently using Apple Maps through a better display screen. It's safer, easier and more convenient while driving. CarPlay already has many confirmed apps which feature, Beat Radio, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Stitcher. Many more options will become available in time as we see this new technology arise later this year.

The only down side to all this is that CarPlay is not a driverless system! You can not command Siri to drive you home.

CarPlay will be used three ways; through Siri, using a touchscreen built into your car or using the car's physical buttons and/or controls. Currently, there are no cars with CarPlay on the road at this time, but they are hitting the streets later this year with models from Honda, Jaguar, Kia and Volvo, including many more companies that have already committed to supporting the CarPlay platform.