01 HEALTH HACK­ING

Women's Health (UK) - - WELL ON TREND -

It all sounds very Nine­teen Eighty-four, but health tech is evolv­ing faster than you can say Ge­orge Or­well. The aim? To keep you out of your lo­cal GP surgery. The gov­ern­ment has part­nered with Ama­zon with a view to re­lay­ing health ad­vice via the dul­cet tones of Alexa. Over in Sil­i­con Val­ley, Ap­ple has been busy patent­ing blood-pres­sure track­ing tech­nol­ogy, as well as a pair of head­phones to mon­i­tor the max­i­mum amount of oxy­gen you can use dur­ing ex­er­cise. Else­where, en­gi­neers at Rut­gers Univer­sity, New Jersey, are de­vel­op­ing sweat-analysing mi­crochips. In­te­grat­ing them into your tracker will mean non-stop mon­i­tor­ing of bac­te­ria, viruses and en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tants, as well as signs of ill health. Dr Siri will see you now.

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