Saturday

A Digital Angel On Your Shoulder

We are seemingly on the way to being monitored even more than we already are, and it's a bit more personal than Google Maps noting how many times we hit the McDonald's drive thru last week.

We already have seen a few instances of smart watch wearers being alerted to medical conditions, and now the European Society of Cardiology is touting an Avatar-based app that can assist potential heart attack victims (where early intervention is particularly critical to survival).

Think of writer/director Kevin Smith (aka "Silent Bob") who recently survived a massive heart attack, and who had to actually be badgered into going to hospital since he told himself he was just having bad gas (or anything other than an actual coronary event).
The SAVE app uses an avatar, a nurse named Cora, to teach heart attack warning signs and symptoms, and what to do when they occur.
Geek Alert - the name "Cora" was also the name of a similar device in the Arthur C Clarke novel "Fountains of Paradise".

Medical Express


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