Stories: 7 EIC-developed apps you shouldn’t miss
Which app would make your life easier? Perhaps you’re looking for ways to learn a new language faster or have those guitar lessons that you always wanted to try. Many mobile apps are providing us with disruptive and useful solutions to execute tasks easily with just a touch on the smartphone screen. From health check-up to learning platforms, here are 7 EIC-developed apps that you shouldn’t miss.
Health care at the touch of a button
Nowadays, many health and medical apps can be downloaded in one minute or less, for free or paying a small amount of money. Technology is growing in the healthcare sector to offer better treatments to patients and reduce medical errors. Ada Health’s chatbot symptom checker app is one example available on the market, attracting more than 8 million users worldwide. Developed by a team of doctors, scientists and engineers based in Berlin, the free app checks user’s symptoms and takes into consideration pre-existing medical conditions using AI-based questioning to discover possible diagnoses. After the check-up, the patients receive a personalized assessment report that tells them what could be wrong and what to do next.
Learning on the go
What if you don’t need to go back to school to learn a new language or start playing a new instrument? Founded in 2013, Lingvist is a learning platform that offers speedy language online courses using big data and AI. The platform launched in Estonia maps the knowledge and skills of each learner, adapting learning materials in real-time and creating a unique experience for every learner.
Yousician is an educational app with a game component that helps beginners to learn guitar, piano, bass and ukulele, and supports professional musicians in their daily practice. Users can play along on their real instruments as the app provides instruction. Based in Helsinki, Finland, Yousician offers private lessons, guidance and feedback, as well as self-learning methods such as books and videos.
Today, more than 3.000 schools worldwide are using Smile and Learn. The Spanish app contains more than 4.500 activities for kids in pre-school and primary school. Smile and Learn includes a learning monitoring feature, allowing teachers to follow the evolution of their students. The app collects data on the time spent by kids on each game, checking their progress. Based on this analysis, a specific set of content will be recommended to keep boosting the learning experience.
Swipe and pay
With users spending more time on mobile than on websites, investing in innovative apps seems a natural step for the fintech industry. The Belgian Fintech startup Digiteal offers every European a personal assistant to manage their e-invoices and online payments. The company is certified as a payment institution by the National Bank of Belgium that operates in the entire SEPA zone. By optimizing invoice management and payment, Digiteal allows companies to get paid faster, on a more regular basis and at a lower cost, and consumers to manage and pay their bills like a pro. This app is also eco-friendly, avoiding the ecological waste of paper invoices.
Today, people from all over Europe can also open an account in minutes, without any of the hidden fees and restrictions that legacy banks often impose. Monese is a mobile banking app, offering accounts you can open instantly, so that you don’t lose access to the money you need every time you cross a border. Many banks require an initial minimum deposit to open and keep an account. Opening a mobile money account with Monese, on the other hand, is completely free and doesn’t require a minimum top-up to get it running. The app launched in September 2015 as the first mobile account in the UK, today has over 2 million sign-ups across 31 countries, and a 400-strong team in London, Tallinn, Lisbon and Berlin.
PENSUMO is a Spanish mobile app that is dedicated to converting “daily actions and purchases” into savings for the pension in a very simple way. The user downloads the app and buys something in a partner establishment, while making the photo of the purchase ticket and upload it in the app. By purchasing products in any of these stores, the consumer will automatically receive a fraction of the purchase amount back on a saving account. Each purchase will automatically add successive micro-contributions to his account. In terms of social responsibility, PENSUMO users will also be able to increase their funds by participating in civic campaigns, covering activities such as recycling, sports or road safety initiatives. Everything that can be measured through the free app can be added to the pension.
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