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'Healthy apps' may turn smart phones into life-saving devices

Published: Friday, April 27, 2012

Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 19:04

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With a mixture of multi touch technology and GPS recognition, smartphones have become a vital part of the lifestyles of nearly 100 million Americans according to

With many people having their phones attached to them as if they were their organs, now they can check their actual organs vital functions with the comfort of their own mobile device.

Software applications (or apps) available at the Apple and Android store now can save peoples lives.

With health conscious apps categorized as “Health and Fitness” and others that are familiar, there is no excuse not to stay healthy.

The free app “Heart Rate” on the iPhone takes advantage of the phones camera as well as it’s fixed LED light.

After placing the index finger on the camera, the LED light starts flashing sensing and counting the hearts pulse rate.

The phone's camera senses your blood pressure and displays a very close estimate of the actual reading of the pulse.

Other apps like the “Pocket First Aid & CPR from the American Heart Association” comes on both platforms, the iPhone and Android.

The app includes up-to-date emergency information from the American Heart Association, illustrations and information about topics such as CPR, choking, bites, bruises and more.

The apps navigation includes training photos and videos of the CPR procedure , essential medical information incase of emergency and a first aid basics section.

The “Zombies, Run!” app offers an alternative to jogging.

Instead of counting your calories on the treadmill, the app gives the consumer the opportunity to run from zombies.

A story line gets fed to the users ears via headset creating a whole new world filled with zombies.

The app puts the user in a situation where they hear zombies coming towards them and all they have to do is survive.

The apps description on the Apple stores says “Zombies. There’s only one thing you can do: Run!”

With a high price of eight dollars, the app is considered high compared to other jogging apps that cost less than one dollar.

A costumer review reads “Like most people out there I laughed at the price, but after I got over the shock of paying $8 I couldn’t be happier.”

PJ Faulkner, a sophomore nursing major of Paragould, said if jogging isn’t your cup of tea and you choose to meditate instead, “Serenity: Chill Out” is the app to relax your mind.

Faulkner said he finds himself using the app whenever he needs to relax.

The app has 30 different “moods” ranging in different mood settings like romantic, fresh spring, summer, and galaxies hurling though space.

For example, if you are in the mood to sit on the porch and watch two birds chirping in the distance, there’s a mood for that.

If you wanted to listen to the sound of a piece of log burning on a bed of fire, there’s an app for that.

The app also offers a zen garden where you can try to achieve nirvana.

No matter what situation you are in, as long as you have a smartphone you should be able to handle any medical emergency until the professionals show up.


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