sugar levels either at home or on the go. You can use themeter on its own or pair it with your phone, so you can seea history of readings. From the app on your iPhone, you cangenerate and share reports with your healthcare providers,and you can also keep track of levels via the Health app onyour watch. If you already have the condition, you can use thereports to check the status of your glucose levels regularly.
Using the lancing device and Bluetooth glucose meter is aseasy as a pinprick. The results are immediate and may evensave your life. One Drop takes the accuracy of its readingsvery seriously—its Aguamatrix commercial-grade meter isclinically tested and FDA approved. If you have diabetes, areconcerned about developing the condition, or are curious tosee your blood glucose levels throughout the day, One Dropoffers an excellent way to take your health into your ownhands.
Withings Wi-Fi Body Cardio Smart Scale
Available in black or white, Withings’ smart scale can mea-
sure and display your weight (in pounds or kilograms), Body
Mass Index (BMI), heart rate, muscle and bone mass, and
even the weather forecast! After installing the free Withings
Health Mate app on your iPhone or iPad, use it to connect to
the scale via Bluetooth. The app will use your existing Wi-Fi
network to log your measurements, obtain weather details,
and automatically download and apply firmware updates. You
can add other family members using the scale to track their
weight progress goals as well. Setup was straightforward, but
I did encounter a glitch when the scale attempted to connect
to my Wi-Fi network. The device only connects to 2. 4
gigahertz (GHz) networks and not the faster 5 GHz Wi-Fi AC
networks. While this is by design, so that smart home prod-
ucts won’t crowd your faster line, I had to make some
adjustments to my wireless network to get everything
operating as expected. It detected and recorded my weight
right away, and the app was smart enough to identify other
people using the scale based on the weight variations. The
only measurement that took some practice to get right was
heart rate. It requires bare feet, and it can be hit or miss
depending on where you place your feet. It took a few tries to
identify the sweet spot, but once located, the readings were
much more accurate.
Tangram Factory LED Smart Rope
This smart jump rope helps you get your daily aerobicexercise in. It uses vision persistent messages to displaycalories burned and rotations completed (i.e., jumps) via therope’s 23 embedded LEDs. Since the rope tracks and displaysyour jump count and calories, you can get into a rhythm faster by listening to blood-pumping music instead of countingjumps. For extra motivation, you can use Tangram’s companion app to share your scores on its public leader board andparticipate in competitions with friends. Besides capturingyour jump count, Tangram’s vision persistent LED messagesare what make this fitness accessory stand out. You mustkeep the smart rope moving at a decent clip in order to trickthe eye into seeing the rope’s readouts. Room lighting didn’taffect the display—I was able to quickly identify my jumpcount even in a brightly lit room. The smart rope recharges intwo hours, and the battery lasts for around 36 hours ofcontinuous activity on a single charge.
A HEALTHY FUTURE
We’ll soon live in a world where the objects we interactwith, wear, and even consume will offer real-time data collection that will allow us to live healthier lives. In the meantime,you can use these products with your Apple Watch to startenjoying their health benefits today. It’s time to get healthy! �
Mike Riley, a professional software developer and emerging information technologist,is the author of Programming Your Home, published by Pragmatic Bookshelf. Mike isalso a contributing editor and author of hundreds of technical articles and reviews fora number of popular technology publications. For more information, contact Mike viaemail at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @mriley.