While the first two companies target healthcare providers, KinectHealth is a product for people looking to get more exercise. This application serves as a mobile fitness studio. During his presentation, the founder said that the technology has three elements to eliminate excuses- it offers “great workouts,” provides biometric feedback, and there are online workout buddies to make the exercise more social and fun. Using a camera, people looking to exercise can choose a particular type of work out, like yoga, dance, or weight lifting.
Right now, KinectHealth is only available for Windows 8 and can be connected to an Xbox. The motion sensor tracks calories burned and provides the user with insight into how hard they are working out and track their progress. Startups like Wello, GAIN, iPersonalTrainer, and Skimble operate in a similar space.
Kinsa was the final company to present in the health category. The company makes a smart thermometer that seeks to monitor and precent the spread of disease. Founder and CEO Inder Singh announced the launch of an Indiegogo campaign today to help achieve the goal of creating a “real-time map of human health.”
“Kinsa is moving to get info we need to get our families and neighborhoods healthy. We want to individuals the information they need to stay healthy, and help society to track and stop the spread of illness,” he said. If we succeed, we will create a system where data saves lives.”
The Kinsa thermometer takes temperature and then prompts users with cute little icons to list their other symptoms, such as fatigue, cough, cold, or headache. The accompanying application tells you how to avoid getting ill, or how to get better faster if you are already sick. Data is trackable overtime on a simple dashboard and people can immediately connect to clinics, nurses, or urgent care facilities. Furthermore, Singh said that the app has an “illness forecasting feature” that tells you when you (or your kid) is likely to be contagious and get better.
Kinsa also connects this personal data with the outside world. Parents can check the illness at their children’s school and also see the “health weather” in their city. The price is comparable to high-quality thermometers, but Singh said the more that gets raised on Indiegogo, the lower the price point will be.
Digital health is a new and exciting frontier. In 2012, venture capital funding of this sector grew dramatically, with 46 percent more money and 56 percent more deal volume than in 2011. At the same time, mobile technology is literally taking over the world. When these two forces combine, the options are exciting and endless. The ability of mobile technology to impact healthcare is one of the topics discussed at HealthBeat, VentureBeat’s upcoming health conference.
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