Apps have become such an integral part of our lives that many have gone beyond being useful to become a lifestyle necessity.
Technology is not only becoming an ever growing, ever present extrinsic source – maps, messaging, and social media apps all lending a helping hand for the outside world – but now we are seeing developers create helpful, essential and valuable extras.
Data research and development company, Google DeepMind, is teaming up with the National Health Service for the second time. Together they are creating a device with a learning algorithm which accurately scours images of macular degeneration. The hope is to detect early signs of premature blindness in patients and use the app-collated data to act quickly, depending on the severity.
— The Verge (@verge) July 5, 2016
This kind of tech progression is not reserved for companies or institutions only, nor do they have to be so clinical. Here are 5 apps for your personal devices that you can use to improve on life:
Developed for both Android and iOS, Google Translate can translate any language into your native tongue. Whether it be through voice, text-to-speech or reading foreign scripts, this app will lessen the fear of being lost in translation.
A much-neglected activity from day to day, Waterin reminds you to consume more water and helps maintain a healthy digestive system. The app is free for iOS only.
Free for both Android and iOS, Timeneye allows you to monitor your personal time in any capacity – work, projects or hobbies. The visual app learns your habits as you use it, and suggets how to properly and effectively use your time.
— Timeneye (@timeneye) October 10, 2015
Akin to the tap-and-go technology used in key cards, Apple Pay allows you to purchase items via your phone. The touch ID system imbedded in iPhone 6, 6s, and SE allows for easy and quick access as you tap your phone on the store’s automative cashier. The security system is tight as your bank details are never on display, and the details are not sent to the teller. The app is iOS only.
A free app for both Android and iOS, ShopSavvy scans any product barcode and compares the price to other stores in the area. Several tabs within the app keep track of items for you and automatically list any new deals that might’ve surfaced. – Phil Logan
Photo by Ben Atkinson-James.