Namaste anywhere with your meditation apps.
There are apps that are now available to consumers that focus on helping people clear their minds from their busy schedules through yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
With technology being in the forefront of almost all aspects of our lives, it sometimes seems as if life is passing us by without us realizing it. The practice of meditation, yoga and mindfulness allow us to step back from our crazy lives and take a minute or so for ourselves. However, busy schedules sometimes do not allow us to make it to a yoga or meditation class.
In today’s day and age, our devices are now known as distractions, but why not allow them to help us to reach a more relaxed state? There are several top rated yoga and meditation apps that can be found in our phone’s app stores that are designed to help relax even the busiest person with various time lengths. Some apps keep track of how consecutively you practice meditation throughout the week.
Monitoring health through apps give people a sense of comfort while caring for their loved ones.
There comes a time in a child’s life when they start thinking about their parents’ health and how to stay updated with them. New medical advances and technology such as Virtual Home Care apps are allowing children to stay updated and monitor their loved ones’ health. For example, with the FamilyCare app by Electronic Caregiver if a parent takes their blood pressure with a home blood pressure monitor, the data is sent to their account and whoever has authorization to the account such as medical professionals and loved ones can monitor the data.
Randy Carson, Mastercare partner of Electronic Caregiver, sees the various benefits that virtual home care can have for families and those in the medical field.
“One is for the adult children to make sure their parents are complying, if they have chronic diseases, to make sure they are keeping track of things and if they don’t take their vitals or whatever they need to be doing,” Carson said. “I as a child would get an alert [from the app] and would say ‘hey mom, maybe you should remember to take your blood pressure or take your glucose so we can keep track of it’.”
“The big benefit really is more towards the doctors and their ability to manage chronic diseases,” Carson said. “These days what we are moving towards is more of a holistic way of taking care of chronic diseases and the approach is to keep people well as opposed to treating episodic care as we always have. We are trying to keep them out of the doctor’s office and the hospitals.”
Dog walking apps give owners a sense of connection while away from their dogs.
Letting a stranger walk your little furry friend can make any dog parent uneasy, but dog walking apps are changing the landscape of the traditional walk. Alisa Hamby, owner of Royal Bark Social Club here in Knoxville, started a dog walking business in San Francisco prior to returning to East Tennessee. While in California, Hamby employed an app that gave updates during her walk with the client’s dogs. Each client had a barcode magnet assigned to them. It would alert the owner when she picked up and dropped off the dog and would keep track of how long the walk would last.
The app also had GPS tracking which would allow the client to see where the dog was at all times and allowed her to upload photos that she took of the dogs to share with the owner while on their walks.
“The clients really appreciate the updates and just to know what was going on, but they really loved the pictures – it’s something they looked forward to,” Hamby said. “People are so busy now but they want their pups to be extremely well cared for. Now that I’ve opened a daycare, we use the photo updates piece of the app. It makes our pet-parents so happy to get a quick pic of their dog in the middle of the day.”
We are currently in an app-friendly society where people like to be updated with all aspects of their lives, and even their furry friends’ lives.
Car sharing apps now offer a new way of commuting.
The days of going to your local car rental agency to rent a car seems like an idea of the past while being in the midst of car riding apps such as Uber and Lyft. Newly designed car sharing apps, like Turo, allow customers to share their cars while they are not using them in cities such as Miami, Washington D.C. and Atlanta. The app allows approved customers in the Turo community to locate the car they have booked before their trip with the GPS component, unlocks the doors of the vehicle with cellular or Bluetooth connection and your trip begins without the hassle of stopping at a car rental agency.
Vanessa Rodriguez is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee with a degree in journalism and electronic media. When she’s not working, Vanessa can be found enjoying time with family and friends, traveling or spending hours on YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify.