Apple did it again yesterday with three big announcements: the new iPhone 6, Apple Pay mobile payments and the much anticipated Apple Watch.
I’m most excited about the Apple Watch, which sports an incredible user interface that is thoughtfully designed in classic Apple style. Carrying over the familiar touch screen from the iPhone, Apple Watch also introduces two new elements: a digital crown dial for easy navigation (especially zooming in and out of content), and “taptic” feedback for gentle taps on the wrist instead of annoying beeps and squeaks to get your attention.
Two Apple Watch features are particularly relevant for Voalte and all healthcare apps:
- Connectivity. Apple Watch requires an iPhone. It uses Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone and connect to the Internet, use the GPS and use location services. Combined with the new taptic feedback feature, this provides graceful notifications with a tap on the wrist, which is a big improvement over a ringtone that notifies everyone nearby or a vibration that’s easy to miss.
- Biometrics. Track your physical activity, including walking, running and standing. My favorite is the built-in heart rate monitor. Apple also includes two apps to help you stay focused and achieve daily personal activity goals. All your biometric data will sync with the new HealthKit framework on the iPhone. Apple is partnering with various healthcare organizations such as Mayo Clinic to make this data available to your doctor and personal health record.
At Voalte we have been prototyping the concept of wearable mobile applications. Wearable mobile devices will allow us to continue improving and advancing mobile applications designed specifically for healthcare. Now it’s our opportunity at Voalte to create the next generation of healthcare apps to continue improving patient outcomes and healthcare communication for our customers and end users.
Ben King is Chief Technology Officer of Voalte.