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George Takei shows how to give yourself a physical with your smartphone

Published Aug 7th, 2014 10:15PM EDT
George Takei Smartphone Physical Video

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Oh myyy: George Takei, the famous Star Trek actor and social media icon, has just released a sweet new video in which he talks with representatives from several biotech companies who show off new apps and accessories that could help you give yourself a physical using your smartphone.

Among other things, Takei tries out an electrocardiogram device that will let you use your iPhone case to check out your heart rate, a speculum smartphone accessory that can be used to take a picture of your inner eardrum, and even an ultrasound attachment that’s small enough to fit in your pocket.

All of these new apps and accessories are particularly intriguing because they come at a time when both Apple and Samsung have been ramping up their devices’ abilities to double as fitness trackers — Samsung’s Gear Fit smartwatch was its first attempt at making a Nike FuelBand-style fitness tracker, while Apple’s iWatch is widely expected to have a heart-rate monitor, a step tracker and features that can monitor your hydration levels, blood pressure, and sweat.

From Takei’s video, we can see that medical device manufacturers are already hard at work developing some incredible new technologies that could potentially give us much more detailed information about our health right at our fingertips.

Be sure to check out the full video below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.