At Health 2.0, apps for helping you sleep, breathe better
Companies show-off the latest in mobile health tech for consumers at the Health 2.0 conference Monday in San Francisco. SmartPlanet blogger Boonsri Dickinson shows you three apps that caught her eye.
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>> Hi, I'm Boonsri Dickinson for SmartPlanet. We're here at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco. Dozens of companies are showing off the latest in health tech for consumers. Here's what caught our eye.
>> This is our Walgreens mobile app, and it's available for all smart phones and the iPad. And the feature we're talking about today is the Refill-by-Scan. And you can scan the barcode on your prescription and submit that for refill in under 20 seconds.
>> There's also new technology to help you sleep.
>> We're launching a new product call ZO Mobile that helps you measure your sleep quality at home and connect right to an iOS or Android device to see your deep sleep and your REM sleep so you can really understand what's going on with your sleep. So the app works by measuring your sleep quality from this lightweight headband, and then it actually will suggest to you online how do you optimize your caffeine intake, how do you look at the mattress in your room or the light in your bedroom to get better quality sleep.
>> But when you can't rest, sometimes you just need to breathe.
>> So My Calm Be is a specific stress-reduction app that helps people maintain a sense of well-being and calmness through slow breathing. The application that the heart-rate monitor comes with actually first calculates the breathing rate where you're the most calm. Now once I know that, I can use the mobile applications to breathe at that slow breathing rate to maximize my sense of calmness.
>> Three new apps among thousands devoted to your health in the app store. For SmartPlanet, I'm Boonsri Dickinson.