As Hackernoon reports, “In recent years, software has shifted all important life processes to the digital environment, which helps to solve problems in various industries efficiently and quickly.”
Most developers don’t just think about writing code, they try to create practical applications to help people, animals and the planet. In order to understand how digital technology has changed our lives, it is necessary to become familiar with real-world problems that are solved with software.
Software that solves people’s problems
The IT industry is becoming more and more in demand and app usage is growing every day with no slowdown predicted in the future. According to Statista, there are over 6.3 billion smartphone users worldwide. In the app stores you will find an application for almost every need:
- exercise and nutrition;
- health and spiritual development;
- counting financial and online banks;
- taxi service and delivery;
- Booking tickets, hotels, restaurants, etc.
They made a real revolution in the world, helping people separate their time from routine tasks and do more valuable things. However, there is a special application that solves serious problems for people. They have a positive impact on our health and help monitor the body efficiently.
Software for visiting doctors online
With the outbreak of a pandemic that has almost changed the way the world is lived, many services have moved to the internet. Medical services were no exception; They offered patients two ways of helping: consulting a doctor via audio or video communication and having specialists answer questions via chat, or remote diagnosis using special devices (e.g. measuring and checking the heartbeat).
Online psychological therapy software
It often happens that a solution to a difficult psychological situation cannot always be found on your own, you do not want to discuss it with friends and there is no time and sometimes no money for a psychotherapist. To help a person cope with such problems, companies annually develop and improve virtual helpers: applications that provide support and assistance. According to MarketWatch, the top 20 mental health apps in the US were downloaded by 4 million users for the first time in April 2020. An online specialist will help relieve stress, clarify a relationship with a partner, find a common language with a child , and much more. For example, Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, will call emergency services if he detects a question with suicidal tendencies.
The My Pocket Therapist application brings therapists together from across the UK and allows them to consult patients online.
It’s a very handy platform that helps you find the right therapist, make an appointment and conduct a real-time video session. Patients can book, pay for and rate sessions. Doctors effortlessly create profiles, schedule appointments, and receive payments.
Of course, apps will not replace going to the hospital and will make medical services more accessible. They can also relieve patient flows during a pandemic by weeding out those with minimal symptoms. However, for services to really help people, they need to be functional, convenient, secure, and contain legal information.
Software for people with disabilities
Simple actions like talking on a smartphone, walking up stairs, or even checking the use-by date of groceries in a store can be difficult for people with disabilities. However, some of these problems can be successfully solved using an app:
- Roger’s voice. This is software that deaf people can use to talk to their conversation partners on smartphones. This app uses speech recognition technology to convert speech to text so the deaf can read what the other person is telling them.
- HearYouNow. This application allows deaf and hard of hearing users to adapt the sound to their situation: public places, gatherings, etc. For this they need to connect headphones to the smartphone through which the sound will be delivered with appropriate settings optimize the background or foreground. Developed by a Dutch hearing aid manufacturer, the app is intended for people who can use hearing aids but are not ready yet.
- be my eyes It is a crowdsourcing application that connects blind people and volunteers via video chat who are willing to help them in various everyday situations, such as checking the expiry date of products or crossing the street.
- Look at me. Developed by Samsung, the app helps children with autism to socialize successfully. The app teaches them to make eye contact, recognize emotions, memorize faces, and better express their feelings through in-game interaction.
Developers are constantly creating new software to help those in need. With these applications, everyone can feel like a full-fledged entity of society and not feel otherwise.
Online training software
Most people know that exercise is good for their health, but only a tiny fraction follow doctors’ recommendations. In today’s world, you don’t have to go to the gym when the weather is bad – you can use apps on your phone. With the best trainers and personalized technology, a workout at home can be just as effective as at the gym. The App Store offers strength training and cardio options, CrossFit and stretching programs, yoga, meditation and more.
For example, Nike created an app that includes over 180 exercises from trainers in these categories. At Nike Training everyone “Can create a 4-week fitness program based on personal goals. Whether you want to get leaner or stronger, you can choose your preferences, add your level of experience, and Nike Training will take care of the rest by letting you choose from a variety of workouts.” You can work out with your weight at home or with additional equipment at the gym.
But Seven has become a real discovery among sound software. If you have seven minutes a day to do fitness anywhere without equipment, this app will help you see the first results. With research-based workouts, Seven is designed to get the most out of it in the shortest amount of time. “The 7-Minute Workout is a high-intensity interval training program. You do a total of 12 exercises of 30 seconds each with a break of 10 seconds. Activities include push-ups, tricep raises, squats, and crunches. Just pick a goal: get in shape, lose weight, or get strong and you’re good to go.”
Dieting and nutritional improvement software
With the spread of digital services in all sections of the population, the need for nutritional control applications has arisen. These mobile nutrition apps help you track your diet and manage food intolerances to boost energy, avoid mood swings and keep your day on track.
FatSecret is one of the most popular calorie counters for iOS and Android. This software is highly functional. The app features food and nutrition diaries, a food calendar, Apple Watch integration, Apple Health, Google Fit, Samsung Health, a barcode scanner, reports, and the ability to set goals.
If you want to personalize your food, YAZIO software is a great solution. YAZIO offers customized plans to lose weight or build muscle. Standard features are food diary, nutritional calculator and barcode scanner. The app evaluates nutrition, allows you to add new treats, and monitors proteins and fats.
software for delivery
It happens that for various reasons a person cannot leave home and buy the necessary goods. This may be due to an illness, a busy schedule, or physical ability. In such moments, either close people or digital technologies can help. Grocery delivery software is very popular these days. Fundera predicts that shipments and online orders will bring in $32 billion by 2024.
If you decide to spend time at home today, Glovo will save you. “It’s a Spanish startup that delivers groceries, medicines, meals and more within an hour from restaurants, cafes, shops, markets and online shops.”
The service stands out from several major European delivery services as it offers to bring any small item on request. The order can be made in the application or on the website. The Glovo platform connects three parties: the user, the business (shops, restaurants, etc.) and independent couriers. The application receives a commission from the cost of goods from partners and a delivery fee from users.
Nowadays delivery of goods by drone is gaining popularity. Most companies currently use drones with six or more propellers. The shipping container is placed in a compartment on the bottom of the drone or attached directly to the aircraft itself. The customer receives the package by taking it from the drone compartment that has sunk to the ground.
Amazon was one of the first to try drones for package delivery. In December 2016, Amazon Prime Air successfully delivered the package to Cambridge – and as reported in June 2022, Amazon is conducting tests for home delivery in California.
Why software makes life easier
Modern software development aims to benefit people and save their time. You don’t have to queue to get to the doctor – you can reach him by phone. You don’t have to cook a lot of food as it can be ordered in the app with delivery. No need to go to the gym either: train at home by playing the video. Modern digital solutions enable everyone to lead a fulfilling life, even in isolation.
If you intend to create your own software, don’t forget to implement features that will be very appreciated by the inhabitants of your country or even the planet. This will increase awareness, attract users and tell the whole world about the product.
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