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New Delhi: Delhi-based startup firm Pulp Strategy has launched Instappy— a new cloud-based mobile app creation platform for iOS and Android.

The company, which is targeting its products at small and medium businesses, claims that the new platform will enable users to build intuitive, native apps in less than 60 minutes.

“Instappy will open up the mobile commerce market for businesses without them having to worry about being able to “speak tech”, unaffordable costs, hidden maintenance or months of waiting before going to launch,” Ambika Sharma, managing director, Pulp Strategy, said.

“Instappy also has a strong online mentoring program where we will help guide businesses to make the most of their app ensuring that going mobile is not a cost head but a revenue center faster in the lifecycle,” she added.

According to the company, the platform is loaded with features that until now, were almost always exclusively available only with full-scale development effort.

“It equips users with a set of intuitive tools, a host of easy to integrate API’s, inventory management for retail apps and fully supported data integration,” it said.

Instappy will follow a subscription-based model and also has customised plans for enterprises, which may need unique integrations in their apps.

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Monitoring BP Through a Smartphone Application is Possible Now, Check it Out Here!

However, the app still needs to be validated in a standard regulatory test

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This iPhone app claims to accurately monitor BP. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a novel blood pressure (BP) application that can give accurate readings using an iPhone, without requiring any special equipment.

Developed by the Michigan State University researchers, the new “iPhone X” app measures BP via the ‘oscillometric finger pressing method’, or ‘peek and pop’ that enables users looking to open functions and apps with a simple push of their finger.

The user presses her fingertip on both the front camera and screen to increase the external pressure of the underlying artery, while the application measures the resulting variable-amplitude blood volume oscillations via the camera and applied pressure via the strain gauge array under the screen.

The application, featured in the journal Scientific Reports, also visually guides the fingertip placement and actuation and then computes BP from the measurements just like many automatic cuff devices.

When tested, along with a finger cuff device, against a standard cuff device, the app yield indicated that cuff-less and calibration-free BP monitoring may be feasible with many existing and forthcoming smartphones, the researchers said.

“By leveraging optical and force sensors already in smartphones for taking ‘selfies’ and employing ‘peek and pop’, we’ve invented a practical tool to keep tabs on blood pressure,” said lead author Ramakrishna Mukkamala, Professor at MSU.

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Representational image. (IANS)

“Such ubiquitous blood pressure monitoring may improve hypertension awareness and control rates, and thereby help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and mortality,” he added.

If things keep moving along at the current pace, an app could be available in late 2019, Mukkamala said.

However, the app still needs to be validated in a standard regulatory test.

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“But because no additional hardware is needed, we believe that the app could reach the society faster,” he noted.

While high blood pressure is treatable with lifestyle changes and medication, only around 20 per cent of people with hypertension have their condition under control. This invention gives patients a convenient option and keeping a log of daily measurements would produce an accurate average. (IANS)

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