Siri Shortcuts to boost health and fitness routines
As Apple announced on its website, more apps now offer Siri Shortcuts. Siri Shortcuts help users get things done faster across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, AirPods and CarPlay, allowing them to access and use their apps with just a tap or by asking Siri. Here are some examples:
- Snoww app: users can start a run saying “Hey Siri, let’s ski!” and get information about the speed, elevation drops and distance traveled by raising their wrist to trigger Siri on Apple Watch (“Hey Siri, how was my run?”);
- HomeCourt: users can ask Siri to start a dribble workout on iPad or iPhone.
- Nike Run Club: runners can use Siri to start a run and get proactive suggestions based on running habits.
- Streaks: users can track daily habits by asking Siri to log activities from hydration and exercise to taking vitamins and walking the dog.
- AutoSleep: users can ask Siri to track sleep duration and quality.
Third-party health devices are integrating Siri Shortcuts into their apps for easier data retrieval and control. The QardioArm smart blood pressure monitor now lets users ask Siri to remotely check in on family members. For example, people who care for an aging parent can ask, “Hey Siri, what’s mom’s blood pressure?” and get that information right on their iPhone or Apple Watch. With the Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, people with diabetes can better track and manage blood glucose levels by asking Siri, “What’s my glucose level?”.
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