In Part 1, I wrote about the ActiveSLEEVE, an accessory that lets you wear your iPhone on your arm. It's a great gadget, but what if you want to access the touchscreen while the device is 'at hand'? Or what if it's colder weather and you need a jacket. Enter the WEARCOM SOMA-1 from Alphyn Industries. The SOMA-1 Wearcom pullover is a remarkably well-made jacket that just so happens to have a flip-open velcro covered capacitive-touchscreen-friendly pocket on the forearm. Even if you don't use the gadget pocket, this quality garment could be your everyday jacket.
Add barcode readers, augmented reality, fax, language translation, heart rate monitor, and more to your iPhone or 4th gen iPod touch
The range of creative and practical apps that use the camera in unusual ways is astonishing. Who would have thought that you could use it as a heart rate monitor or a business card reader? There's even an app for those who are colorblind, to show them the colors present in any object you photograph.
Apple made a brilliant decision when it let developers create apps that access the camera input and use it in non-traditional ways. In this month's column, I offer a roundup of some of these apps.
These apps help you deal with the 10 top causes of death in the US.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of fatalities in the year 2007 associated with the top 10 causes of death was 2,423,712.
Access to good healthcare is important, but there are things you can do on your own to improve your health, including proper rest, diet, and exercise.
Listed below are the top 10 causes of death followed by the number of deaths attributed to each in 2007.
Physiology, disease, and drug references help doctors and nurses provide patients with the best care.
Blausen Human Atlas 2.0
$19.99, app2.me/2785; iPad version: $29.99, app2.me/2790; Free "Lite" version also available
Medical professionals need day-to-day access to vast troves of information as they help us confront the conditions that afflict us. The iPhone is a huge boom for them—no more searching through medical reference books or finding a computer to look up information online. With the iPhone, they can have it in the palm of their hand, wherever and whenever they need it. The App Store's Medical category includes apps that provide pharmacy and drug information, anatomy and electrocardiogram guides, the latest medical news, and much more.
Dr. Harvey Castro, blogger and Medical Editor for iPhone Life magazine, has created an app to prevent inadvertent over dosing from health professionals. IV MEDS has information on 45 intravenous medications and helps doctors and nurses calculate the doses for various concentrations. The app emphasizes that it's not a substitute for manual calculations by the health care provider, but rather serves as a valuable cross check. My personal feeling is that more of this kind of cross checking is needed, because one sometimes reads about patients who died as a result of getting the wrong dosage.
I've long been interested in how the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda can help a person be healthy, and have on occasion have consulted medical doctors who also have training in Ayurveda. This is called, as you may know, integrative medicine — doctors who combine a western approach to medicine (training as an M.D.) along with natural, holistic, and alternative therapies. If you'd like to find a practitioner of integrative medicine, this free app, called American College for Advancement in Medicine, helps you do so. You simply put in your Zip Code, and it gives you a list of doctors in your area.