Widely regarded as a landmark day in the movement towards making the world a healthier and safer place for women, the International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March. To mark this occasion, Mint underscores how technology, too, is helping this cause.
There are numerous apps that can come in handy in emergency situations. Google’s Trusted Contacts can be installed on any smartphone and used to share real-time location details and send alerts during emergency. The app will start sharing the location details if the user fails to respond to a location request within 5 minutes. Following the government’s mandate to offer an SOS button an all smartphones, most have the option to dial 112 without having to unlock the phone. In most smartphones, users have to press the power button three times.
If there isn’t enough time to take the smartphone out of the pocket, there are a bunch of wearables that can alert the emergency contacts, or even the police. For instance, the Titan Sonata Act Safety analog watch ( ₹2,144), when connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth, can trigger distress signals with the exact location details to emergency contacts by pressing the alert button on the watch twice. Safelet’s safety bracelet ( ₹2,799) looks like a fitness band and has a touchscreen. While it works on similar lines as the Sonata Act watch and sends alerts to emergency contacts with location sharing, when connected to smartphone, it also starts recording audio and uploads it on the app.
Boosting wellness and beauty
Beauty companies are increasingly turning to technology to offers more choices to their women customers. Procter & Gamble has developed a skin advisor, a web-based platform that asks users to upload their high resolution selfies and then uses artificial intelligence to analyse the skin to identify and recommend the most suitable product to them. Then there is Foreo’s Luna 2 ( ₹17,443), a skin-cleansing device that exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs pores and removes dirt and oil. It can also massage the skin by sending out low-frequency pulsations. Dyson’s Supersonic hair dryer ( ₹26,900) is another cool gadget that claims to protect hair with fast drying and controlled styling. It uses low velocity airflow to dry and style hair simultaneously and comes with four setting options for heat and three for speed.
Raising fitness levels
For fitness enthusiasts, there are numerous apps that can help in keeping up with the fitness regime through alerts, coaching sessions created by experts and mindfulness exercises. The Fitbit app (free for Android, iOS) has a section called Female Health Tracking, which allows users to log their periods, record symptoms, and get alerts two days ahead of predicted period cycle.
Biowink Gmbh’s Clue ( ₹91 per month) is another app thadoes the same job with all Android smartphones and Apple iPhones.
There are also numerous new smartwatches and fitness bands, like the Smartron t-band ( ₹3,999) that uses two light sensors at the base for tracking heart rate and a metal sensor on top to measure blood pressure and ECG. Fitness tracking isn’t limited to watches. It can be found in pieces of jewellery as well. for instance, Motiv’s titanium ring ( ₹14,139) looks like any other ring but, on the inside, it has an optical heart rate sensor and accelerometer to track steps and distance. The Bellabeat Leaf Urban ( ₹7,034) is designed like a leaf and can be worn as a necklace. It is made of a wood composite and steel and has sensors that can track activity, stress and sleep.