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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.

Clue

Apple has taken a lot of heat for not including period-tracking, a vital component of women's health, in HealthKit. But Clue CEO Ida Tin thinks apps like hers are more equipped to help women track periods because they emphasize qualitative over quantitative data. Clue's new Apple Watch app will help women get a full overview of their cycles and see pretty quickly where they are during the month. Tin told Macworld that while the phone "is still the best place to enter data, the Watch is where you access your data."

Clue already knows when you're PMSing, when you're ovulating, and every other symptom or mood you experience throughout the month, because you've given it that information. Now it's right on your wrist.

"We think it's a pretty interesting platform for what we do because it's this very intimate platform where you can get this very fast understanding of where you are in your cycle," Tin said.

Apple may have blinders on when it comes to periods, but Clue and other women's health apps get the job done without HealthKit's help.

BACtrack

A slew of smart breathalyzers are currently on the market. They pair with your iPhone to tell you just how drunk you are. We've tested them before, and some are worth the money. But those blood-alcohol content testers might be worth even more if their results showed up on your wrist — then you really can't escape the fact that you've had too many beers.

The new BACtrack app for Apple Watch pairs with both of BACtrack's smart breathalyzers to let you start a BAC test without drunkenly digging for your phone. You can also set a reminder for the Watch to notify you 15 minutes after your last BAC test so you can test yourself again when the alcohol has disappeared from your mouth (which will give a wildly inaccurate reading). When you sober up, take a look at past readings to figure out the effect alcohol is having on your body.

Developers are already using Apple Watch to deliver more than just basic health information, and they don't even have access to the Watch's sensors yet. Expect the next generation of health apps to give you even more of the data you need to take charge of your body. For now, you can get all of these apps in the Watch App Store, which launched Thursday.

 

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