The best Apple Watch apps in 2015 for health, travel, finance, and more
Jul28

The best Apple Watch apps in 2015 for health, travel, finance, and more

So you went ahead and bought that Apple Watch, even though you told yourself that you were going to wait until the second gen was released. Now you get to sit with popular kids and brag about your consistently top performing device. However, what will come to define your experience isn’t necessarily the bones of your watch, but rather, the amazing things that can be done with your watch. Below are 15 top Apple Watch apps that will step up your smartwatch game and distance yourself from any other fools. We pieced together this list by examining the best that developers have to offer when it comes to the best Apple Watch apps in Health, Finance, Games, and Travel so that you don’t have to. Apple Watch health apps Green Kitchen How would you like amazing specially curated vegetarian recipes delivered right to your Apple smartwatch? The Green Kitchen Apple Watch app was developed by David and Luise based on their award winning food blog Green Kitchen Stories. The duo specializes in providing recipes with ingredients straight from nature and avoiding troublesome stuff like gluten, sugar, and dairy products. HealthTap This app allows you to find personalized information to a wide variety of medical questions at the tap of a button. We count this among the best Apple Watch apps owing to the fact that over 70,000 physicians available on the app, users can talk to doctors, share photos and test results, and get immediate answers. You will also get personal reminders to help you manage your health. Daily Bread Writing down grocery lists are a thing of the past, thanks to Daily Bread. Developed by Jiaaro, The app comes with Siri integration so you can vocally add things to your grocery list. A cool feature for the smartwatch is the guided shopping tool. You can tap on an item once you have it in the grocery store and it will move on to the next one. Apple Watch fitness apps MapMyRun Under Armour recently acquired this Austin based startup — and for good reason. MapMyRun is already widely popular and now available on your Apple Watch. The fitness app combines a fitness tracker, a route guide, and a food log. Plus, you can meet up with other runners in your area through the social media portion and have running events. Human   Voted Best of the App Store in 2014, Human is more than just a calorie and activity tracker. Its Apple Watch app encourages and pushes you to move for 30 minutes a day and will automatically track and store the record of any movement that is longer than a minute. The app works in tandem with your...

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Mood-altering wearables put the control over emotions in your hands
Jul15

Mood-altering wearables put the control over emotions in your hands

Are we in control of our emotions, or do they control us? It’s one of the biggest questions surrounding the human psyche. Now, for the first time, it seems that technology might provide consumers with a tangible way to affect their own mental state — to a certain extent. New improvement in haptic feedback and sensory technology have allowed tech companies to develops products that can help influence your emotions, or even alter them completely. We took a look at three bold products that are either in the crowdfunding stage or already on the market. Doppel   Doppel is as unique as it is disguisable. The mood altering device looks like any other smartwatch out on the market today, but when you take a closer look, you see something completely different is happening. According to the company’s website, “Doppel is a new breed of psychophysiology wearable product that can increase or slow down your heartbeat rate, just like music.” The new wearable device uses a haptic feedback system between an app on your phone and the device itself. The wristwatch delivers physical vibrations that the user can adjust to help control heart rhythm. Muse   This new wearable head band is looking to completely revolutionize the way you meditate. And it’s doing a pretty awesome job. The sleek headband, called Muse, is connected via bluetooth to your phone or tablet. From there, as well as the beginning of each session, you will perform a brain exercise so Muse can evaluate your brain functions before moving into the meditation phase. Now here is were to cool part comes in. Your brain activity during meditation is translated into the sounds of wind. If you are feeling particularly calm and collected, the winds will be soft and settled. If you are mind is active, then the winds will pick up and blow. Thync   If you are looking for a quick emotional pick-me-up, or maybe you are feeling a little too happy and want to drop that back down, then the new Thync product might be for you. The Thync System comes with the new wearable device that attaches from the back of the neck, over your ear and slightly above the brow line. Is it a headband? We aren’t too sure, but what we do know is that the device applies low-level electrical currents to the brain. The technique is called transcranial direct current stimulation, and it already has some neurologist worried about over using the product. The Thync system comes with a pretty hefty price tag, around $299, and is currently for sale on the Thync website. The market is still relatively new for these products, so it...

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