A Posh Gadget Or An Essential Tool
Lots of people got used to viewing a smartphone as a posh gadget, a status symbol, a device to kill an excess of free time when waiting for a friend who’s always late or standing in a queue. And in fact it is difficult to deny it, as the statistics proves the point. The majority of apps created by 3-d party developers are games or some other kinds of applications with the ultimate target to entertain smartphone users.
The same stands true for the tablet usage. The iPad is viewed as a magic toy splendid for web surfing (mostly entertainment sites or social networking), video streaming (mostly shows and feature films), game playing etc. There are quite a few apps which try to make both smartphones and tablets really a working tool, positioning them as a way to monitor business transactions, stock activity, storage supplies, working loads etc. those useful app sare few and are oftener designed to meet the needs and requirements of some particular client than satisfy general consumer market desires.
It’s quite a funny phenomenon as from the very beginning a computer was viewed as a human assistant presenting a helping hand whenever necessary. And it stands true, particularly in healthcare. People enjoy numerous gadgets from quite simple such as electronic pulse oximeters and glucose meters to a very complex ones as robo-nurses or multiaspect remote patient monitoring systems which not only track a range of vital signs as a heart rate, breath depth and blood composition, but also give a valuable piece of advice when those indicators values are violated and contact the health facility representatives when an immediate intervention is of vital importance.
With all that equipment we tend to forget that in fact all those are computer devices, too, and there is not a big difference between a sleek tablet in a posh case and a bit clumsy monitor-equipped device placed at the bedside of a seriously ill patient. But the field which is theoretically extremely prospective is quite slow to develop and be promoted and reasons for that are various and numerous, presenting views and attitudes from all the parties interested in the project – healthcare providers, healthcare equipment manufacturers or 3-d party developers, iPhone Development and the ultimate users of the proposed technologies.