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This demo of Apple's expected Healthbook app is too awesome to pass

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This demo of Apple's expected Healthbook app is too awesome to pass
Industry watchers at large are expecting Apple's next iPhone to come with an updated, iOS 8 operating system that will include the rumored Healthbook app. A fitness & wellness hub, so far it appears that Healthbook is the most ambitious crack at the trendy format, at least if it materializes as the rumors suggest.

Rumored to pair up with a future iWatch smartwatch, the app can allegedly track a plethora of vitals, such as your heart and respiratory rate, hydration, blood pressure and sugar, and even sleep and oxygen saturation. It's still unknown if and how such a variety of vitals will be tracked by the two, as there is no equivalent on the market just yet, and though there's a chance that's all just wishful thinking, the prospect is quite exciting.

That's precisely why we felt like we just had to share an awesome prototype tool of the app created by visual and graphic designer Jayaprasad Mohanan and a quick video that goes through it. Available on the designer's web page, the tool allows you to take a quick trip through his take on Healthbook yourself. It's not as thorough as the leaked screenshots of the app suggest, but it's beautifully made and follows Apple's approach in app design to the letter. Take a look yourself, or check out the video below (or go for both!).

source: JaraPrasad via YouTube

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posted on 26 May 2014, 09:54 1

1. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

power of apple !!!

apple and others...

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:00 14

4. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

When you'll discover that this is just a concept made by a fan...

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:58 1

2. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

I like the music though! A nice concept but I'm quite curious on how it's going to measure my respiratory rate and cholesterol level? But interesting concept nevertheless

posted on 26 May 2014, 13:53

10. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

it won't unless they also unveil the Imask, a mask you wear on your face all day as well as other obtrusive devices.

posted on 26 May 2014, 20:41

15. Anstice (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 May 2014)

From macrumors

During the last few months of 2013, Apple hired two new sensor experts, who may be working on the iWatch. Nancy Dougherty, formerly at Sano Intelligence, worked on designing a device to measure blood chemistry through microneedles. Ravi Narasimhan, Apple's second hire, formerly worked at biosensor technology firm Vital Connect, where he served as a vice president of research and development, responsible for "biosensor technology and algorithms for remote physiological monitoring with wearable medical devices."

Apple has also hired Michael O'Reilly, M.D., the former Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Medical Affairs at Masimo Corporation, a company that specialized in pulse oximetry, and it has hired Roy J.E.M Raymann, a sleep expert from Philips Research. Before joining Apple, Raymann headed up several sleep-related research products studying sleep and activity monitoring.

Marcelo Lamego, former chief technology officer of Cercacor, has also joined Apple to work on biometrics. At Cercacor, Lamego worked on sensor-based medical technologies like those used in the Pronto-7, a non-invasive, portable device that measures hemoglobin, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, and more.

Further fueling rumors that the iWatch will include a number of health and fitness-related sensors, Apple recently posted a now-removed job listing for an exercise physiologist to oversee cardiovascular fitness and energy expenditure tests at its Cupertino campus.

posted on 26 May 2014, 20:51

16. Anstice (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 May 2014)

Sorry. The reply was meant for ArtSim98. :)

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:59 2

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

I wonder how much sensors would be needed to gather all this info.

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:29 3

6. gustavoace (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

Well, I think they'll need only a heartrate monitor, since they cannot measure Cholesterol or ingested calories, and without a oximeter, neither the respiratory rate can be precisely measured. Everything else is location based or gyroscope information.

I wonder why a news website cares so much about fan made concept. This should be on deviantart, IMO

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:34

7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Good point. And how many well-working sensors you can actually fit in small device as smartphone? And how visible they would be, GS5 has small (and not even especially good) heartrate sensor and yet it is very visible.

posted on 26 May 2014, 12:41

9. Sauce (unregistered)

Considering how well a job Apple does at fitting stuff into their very slim/small products, I'd like to know the same thing.

posted on 26 May 2014, 22:03

17. gustavoace (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

As far as I can tell (I have a phd in biophysics), they can only use non-invasive techniques as sensors, as they are not, and never will be, licenced to use the iphone (or other smartphone) as biosensor. So, they cannot go much further in terms of what to measure, but they can get very precise

posted on 26 May 2014, 10:24 1

5. enthasuium (Posts: 138; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)

Apple's ifans are more intelligent in terms of concept, but not apple. Apple will come come up feature like Panaroma , sloMo, and they would sau AMAZING FEATURE

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:44 2

8. jexxx (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)

I'll take s-health over this anytime.

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:00 1

11. RoundhouseMcGee (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 May 2014)

Apple huh? Lolno, pass.

posted on 26 May 2014, 14:30

12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

I'll take a smartwatch without all the health/fitness garbage that IMO ruins the watch.

Obviously there is a large lucrative market for personal health data. Apple will make a lot of money selling your health data to the various insurance companies, data brokers, governments, etc. This revenue is probably just too hard for Apple to pass up.

posted on 26 May 2014, 16:34

13. deago78 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Thats a pretty big leap isn't it? Apple comes out with some healthbook app and then starts selling your personal information to insurers.

And saying health and fitness information ruins a piece of technology also just sounds like you just really don't like apple and nothing more.

posted on 26 May 2014, 17:05

14. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Unless you've been living in some remote place without Internet service, there is no leap whatsoever from healthbook app to selling personal information. This is standard industry practice for all makers of so-called health devices and services.

For me, it does ruin the user experience. Instead of enjoying my smartwatch, I would worry what data it is collecting, where this data is going, and how it will end up affecting my life. I don't like things that spy one me. YMMV.

posted on 27 May 2014, 10:02

18. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Ipass get it

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