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5 outside-the-box health apps for Apple Watch that go beyond heart rate

Caitlin McGarry | April 27, 2015
Apple Watch is a health-monitoring machine. The device can count your steps, measure your heart rate, and tap your wrist to remind you to stand up, all on its own. But third-party app developers aim to take the Watch to the next level with unique apps that help you take action to improve your health, straight from your wrist.

Apple Watch is a health-monitoring machine. The device can count your steps, measure your heart rate, and tap your wrist to remind you to stand up, all on its own. But third-party app developers aim to take the Watch to the next level with unique apps that help you take action to improve your health, straight from your wrist.

WebMD

You won't be able to use WebMD's Watch app to frantically look up symptoms and diagnose your mysterious ailments, and frankly, it's for the best. The online medical encyclopedia's Watch app is designed to nudge you with medication reminders when it's time to dose up.

After you put in your medication regimine in WebMD's iOS app, you'll be able to view your dosing schedule and instructions on whether your pills must be taken with food. So far, so good. The app goes beyond that basic info with notifications when it's time to take your meds. The notification screen offers four options: take it, skip it, snooze, or dismiss the medication reminder altogether. The WebMD app's Glance view will show your day's medication schedule and whether you've taken or skipped any doses.

Skin

The skin is the largest organ on the body, and we usually don't pay it much attention unless things start to look real weird. ModiFace's new Skin app for the Watch encourages you to monitor and take note of your skin's changing appearance — because neglecting it could be deadly.

Skin uses your iPhone's camera to scan parts of your skin that are of particular concern, like a mole or a dry patch, then shows you a preview of the scan on your Watch. The app also evaluates your patch of skin's health based on redness, flakiness, and overall dryness. It certainly can't diagnose you with cancer, but it does let you track changes in your skin's appearance over time, which can raise red flags if a specific spot starts to look a little (or a lot) different.

ReSound Smart

Being able to control the volume of the world around you from your wrist would be a gamechanger for anyone with less than stellar hearing. GN ReSound, makers of Bluetooth hearing aids ReSound Linx, is rolling out ReSound Smart, a Watch app that functions as a remote control for those smart hearing aids.

Instead of taking out your iPhone to alter the Linx's settings, which can be a little obvious, now you can use the Watch to quickly toggle on wind noise reduction, adjust the hearing aids' microphones to enhance speech, and customize noise filters for specific environments. The app also lets you geotag locations to trigger those filters if you know particular places are noisier (or more quiet) than others. No one will ever know what you're up to, and the quick access to settings will prevent you from missing a word.

 

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