AMITIAE - Wednesday 4 March 2015
Health Monitoring, iPhone and Apple Watch: Federico Viticci's Inspiring Story
By Graham K. Rogers
I tested the Nike+ system in 2007, just in time for the start of a back problem, so instead of increasing a daily target, I was tracking the decreasing limits of my walking range.
That early demonstration of how different technologies could be linked to guide personal goals - even if my own physical state did not allow me to benefit as I would have wanted - was a good indication of how iOS devices could be used.
It was also clear with the Nike+ that external input means would need to be developed to be more sophisticated if such systems were to be expanded. A number have been developed, such as the Jawbone and others.
Within the next few days the Apple Watch is expected to be released, although when it actually goes on sale is not known (nor its availability in countries round the world). That device was developed with a number of monitoring systems planned, including a heart-rate monitor.
To manage the data and allow those interested to record a number of data points as input the Health app was included with the release of iOS 8. I have tried a number of the input options, but so far only Distance and Steps record automatically. I have not yet developed the personal urgency to take the time to record other inputs like carbohydrates, calories or fiber.
Included in his "Life After Cancer: How the iPhone Helped Me Achieve a Healthier Lifestyle" is the observation that he used the Health app with the awareness that its integration with the Apple Watch would be an important factor for the future.
Read that story. It is not a cloying tale of sickness, recovery and the future, but demonstrates a reality that anyone of us might be unlucky enough to experience; yet Federico remains positive with the outcome; and the use of the personal monitoring software gives him targets for the future.
See Also:Life After Cancer: How the iPhone Helped Me Achieve a Healthier Lifestyle (Federico Viticci, Mac Stories)
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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