14 Portable Health Gadgets That Can Change Your Life
Last updated on 21 Feb 2017
By Miruna Corneanu
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 especially designed for medical professionals, but these innovative devices can quite literally change – and even save – your life.
Created by two Boston-based designers, Quitbit is the first smart lighter on the market intended to help you quit smoking. Resembling a Zippo, the sleek device – complete with a built-in display – tracks your smoking habits and tells how many cigarettes you light up, when you’re smoking most, and how much money you save by cutting back. The lighter comes with an app for iOS and Android that will allow you to set goals and analyze your smoking behavior over longer periods of time.
Stylish Tracker-Watch Hybrid
An elegant fitness tracker-watch hybrid designed by French company Withings, Activité Pop counts your steps, tracks your swimming, monitors your sleep, and records calories burned. Made of PVD-coated metal and featuring a silicone strap, the watch has a stylish, timeless look and is extremely comfortable to wear. It is powered by a standard CR2025 cell battery that lasts for about 8 months, and comes in a range of nice colors. When connected to the iPhone via Bluetooth, the Pop sends all activity information to the accompanying Health Mate iOS 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.
Brain Sensing Headband
Complete with 7 electroencephalography (EEG) sensors, Muse, a lightweight headband and companion app, 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.
Instant Hot/Cold Pain Relief Wand
A modern alternative to the traditional ice packs or heating pads, The Instant Hot Or Cold Pain Relief Wand cools to 43º F and heats to 104º F in just one minute. The wearable pain relief works with four AA batteries and uses hot/cold therapy to treat aching muscles, reduce pain, and stimulate circulation.
USB Portable Air Purifier and Fan
The compact size (11 x 11 x 9cm) and USB connectivity make Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier and Fan easy to use anytime, anywhere. When compressed, the gizmo acts as an air purifier, removing odors and ultrafine particles from the air around you. Once extended, the purifier turns into a cooling fan that provides relief from heat and improves air circulation.
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.
World’s Most Advanced Smartphone Breathalyzer
Become a smarter drinker with Alcohoot, a mobile breathalyzer that connects to your smartphone and helps you keep track of your BAC levels. The small gadget uses police grade technology and works in tandem with an Android/iOS app, which not only enables you to measure your blood alcohol level quickly and accurately, but also shows open restaurants nearby and orders you a taxi.
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.
Groundbreaking Smartphone Ultrasound Device
The first smartphone ultrasound imaging device in the world, MobiUS SP1 System enables medical professionals to diagnose patients in remote areas. Developed by medical company Mobisante, the small, portable ultrasound wand is not compatible with iOS or Android devices, but comes attached to a Toshiba TG01 handset running Windows Mobile 6.5. It can be used for monitoring pregnancies, but also for various abdominal, cardiac, pelvic, and peripheral vessel scans. Images are stored on an 8GB microSD memory card and can be shared via Wi-Fi, cellular networks, or USB.
Smart Fork that Helps You Eat More Slowly
Powered by Slow Control, HAPIfork helps you stay healthy by monitoring your eating habits. The electronic fork uses a built-in accelerometer to track hand motion. Consequently, it measures the time between bites, and if you’re eating too quickly it starts vibrating and its circular light turns red. The smart utensil features a Micro USB connector and pairs with HAPIfork mobile app (Android and iOS) to help you track and sync your data as you eat.
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.
Remote Cardiac Monitoring System
BodyGuardian Heart allows healthcare practitioners to monitor their patients with cardiac arrhythmias and send the data to the service’s cloud platform. Developed by Preventice Solutions in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, this remote cardiac monitoring system is capable of tracking ECG, respiratory rate, heart rate, and activity level. When coupled with the PatientCare Portal or the BodyGuardian Connect smartphone, it can also remotely monitor blood pressure, weight, glucose, or peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2).