Apple Watch Leads Health Technology Boom

As Apple and other companies are advancing to the area of medical care, the agency that oversees this field said that will give freedom to the sector

As Apple Inc. and other related companies of Silicon Valley advance to the territory of medical care, the agency responsible for overseeing this field in the USA said it will give freedom to the technology sector to develop new products without excessively stringent regulations.

Bakul Patel, who runs the new wave of consumer health products in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said that the majority of wear, as the Apple Watch, which will be released soon, and applications for smartphones with a focus on health, have a certain room for manoeuvre before going through a thorough examination of the governing body.

“We are adopting a very light approach, almost without interfering,” said Patel, Deputy Director of the FDA’s digital health in an interview. “If there is a technology that can motivate people to be healthy, we don’t want to get involved”.

The FDA is defining your role at a time when the medical and consumer-oriented technology are merging.

Apple, Samsung Electronics Co. and other companies are creating products equipped with sensors that have the potential to collect any information on blood pressure, body temperature, blood glucose levels, hydration, oxygen levels and conditions of the outside air.

Software algorithms are being developed to collect different information about the health of a person in order to offer a diagnosis of possible diseases that, according to his supporters, could end up being more accurate than a doctor.

Resources and guidelines

An urgent question is whether the FDA and other agencies have the resources and personnel needed to supervise this sector moves forward with great strides, said Malay Gandhi, Managing Director of Rock Health, a venture capital firm focusing on health and its headquarters in San Francisco.

The FDA’s annual budget is about $4.5 billion, a quarter of the $18 billion in profits generated by Apple in your most recent quarter.

Patel said that Apple, Google Inc. and other corporations must have a role in the review of applications to ensure that software developers are not exaggerating the benefits of their products. Both companies have visited the headquarters of the FDA in Maryland to talk about their initiatives in the area of health, he said.
The Agency has issued several guidelines to explain when you want to examine more closely the dressing devices and Smartphone applications.

FDA’s concerns focus on accessories and software that try to reproduce the functions of a medical device — not in features that simply monitor the steps or the heart rhythm, said Patel. A key question is how a person could be undermined if the product fails.

FDA guidelines on the regulation of mobile applications, published in February, let their physical activity monitoring applications and other wellness related products practically outside any control, while the technology used for Diagnostics, treatments and prevention will be examined more closely.

A lot depends on how the product is marketed, said Patel. If a company promotes a product that helps doctors to make medical decisions, this will require greater supervision, he said. In January, the FDA has approved for the first time an iPhone app that monitors the level of glucose.


The FDA will notice the new technologies that claim to diagnose illnesses or recommend treatments, said Patel. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, said on CNBC this month that appliances and services like Apple Watch and the system of your company HealthKit maybe can help identify some diseases and cases of cancer in the coming decades.

“We need to have confidence in what we get,” said Patel. “The trajectory was drawn and all the signs point in that direction, but, similarly, the research and the science they need to give us that confidence. It all boils down to if it will work or not “.

Patel said that as more health-related products get into the hands of consumers, FDA oversight responsibilities will become increasingly important.

“The FDA has a role to play to offer patients and consumers a level of confidence that can be used (these products),” he said.

1. The Apple Clock

Sao Paulo–the Apple Watch hits the stores on the day April 24 in the United States and eight other countries (but not in Brazil). If the expectation of the market is confirmed, will be a sales success. Analysts predict that up to 30 million of units can be sold this year. Is ten times the total of smart watches sold so far. But that doesn’t mean you should rush to cast off your Watch. See six reasons to buy the Apple clock and six not to buy it.2. Buy: Smartphone in your Pocket

A recent study found that smartphone users look to the device screen 220 times per day, on average. Other research indicates that half of people’s interactions with the cell involve notifications, queries the clock or calendar, pictures, tanned on Facebook and short messages. Are things that would fit on the small screen of a watch. So, instead of just taking the phone out of your Pocket (or purse), is more practical look at the wrist to check these things.

3. Buy: It’s Easy To Use

The graphical interface has been developed for use in Apple Watch watch.Instead of the grid of square icons seen in the iPhone, there are circular icons that can be moved on the screen. They get larger near the Center so that it is easier to touch them with your finger. The Crown of the watch and the lateral button complement the touch screen. People who experienced the Watch say the Assembly is convenient and very easy to use.

4. Buy: Apps For Everything

When Apple started selling Apple Watch, on 24 April, the App Store will make a section with specific apps to the clock. They will run on the iPhone, but with an extension in the Watch-so that the user can interact with them on the small screen. As happened with PCs, tablets and smartphones, we can expect a flood of new applications that will add more and more functions to Watch. Among the companies that have created apps for the clock are Nike, CNN, Twitter, Ebay, New York Times, ESPN, American Airlines and many others.

5. Buy: Wrist Coach

It is true that a monitoring bracelet activities can count your steps and register their physical exercises. But the Apple Watch does much more. He can send you move when you’re stopped for a long time, for example. He also measures your heart rate to help you stay within the ideal frequency during practice. In a race, walk or pedal stroke, the Watch can tell you to speed up or reduce the pace. Can also indicate the way, something that the bracelets are not exercises.

6. Buy: Many Watches In A

Apple Watch user you will be able to choose among dozens of dials. There are classic designs that mimic since mechanical watches up to one in which Mickey Mouse points the hours while the balance walk in the rhythm of the seconds. In many of these faces, the user can choose the colors and the information on the screen. In addition, as happens in smartphones, the clock will be synchronized via the LED smartwatches. And he’s going to automatically adjust the start and end of daylight saving time.

7. Buy: Complications

Some dials of Apple Watch exhibit, beyond time, additional information such as weather, moon phases and even stock quotes. Apple calls these extra indicators of complications, a term borrowed from the traditional watch industry. Can offer quickly information that you search frequently.

8. Maybe: Apple Pay

One of the attractions of the Apple Watch is to allow payments via Apple Pay. The Watch includes a wireless NFC, for short. Simply bring you a payment terminal to close the account (this can also be done with the iPhone 6 Plus 6 or, as in this photo). But for now, Apple’s payment service is only available in the United States.He’s likely to get to Brazil someday, but until then, maybe your Apple Watch has already been retired.

9. Don’t Buy: Is The First Generation

Who remembers the first iPhone? He had no connection 3 g nor GPS, features that Apple has incorporated to the iPhone 3 g, released a year later. Already the iPad didn’t have cameras in your first generation. They debuted on the iPad 2. In both cases, who bought the original model may have been frustrated after. It is likely that this also happens with the Apple Watch. Digital devices tend to be much better by the second or third generation, when the practical use has shown to the manufacturer what needed to be added or corrected them.

10. Don’t Buy: For He Serves?

The Apple Watch is not capable of running applications independently. He just lets you interact with apps installed on the iPhone, which should be connected to it via Bluetooth. In addition, the small screen of the watch may be too small to see maps, read long texts or photos, for example. Thus, in many situations, the Watch will serve primarily to remind you to take your iPhone out of your pocket.

11. Don’t Buy: It’s Not A Rolex

For many people, the clock is a status symbol. Who has a luxury model on the wrist will hardly feel satisfied with the Apple Watch – even if it’s that coated in gold and sold for up to 17000 dollars in the United States. The small screen of liquid crystal denounces as soon as it is not a real clock.

12. Don’t Buy: Short Life

Unlike a traditional clock, which can last long, the Apple Watch will likely have lifespan of a few years. The watch will evolve quickly, which should make the current outdated model in a short time. A future breakthrough that Apple already anticipated is that at some point he will be able to run applications independently, something which is not possible in this first generation.

13. Don’t Buy: Iphone Only 5 Or Newer

As we said, the Apple Watch only works when connected to a fully iPhone via Bluetooth. The detail is that it must be an iPhone 5 or newer. That leaves out those who have an older model of the iPhone. And, of course, if you have another brand smartphone can forget the Apple Watch.

14. Don’t Buy: There’s Another Option

Your smartphone already does almost everything the Apple Watch can do. You can count your steps, indicate the path and make phone calls, in addition to offering many other forms of communication. Want to record your exercise? You can do this with a monitoring bracelet activities (such as the Jawbone Up in this photo). It costs less than half of what it costs a Apple Watch of the simplest. In addition, the bracelet is more lightweight and unobtrusive to the clock.

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