|VertiGo Exercise (AR)|
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|Country of origin||India|
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What does the app do?
The app developers claim the app is for vertigo patients, and that it uses augmented reality (AR) via a virtual trainer with the goal of recovering from vertigo by giving information and education on vertigo and related conditions.
✔ The app does state that it is not intended to replace a medical consultation, and strongly advises that users see a doctor.
✔ The app developers state that it has audio and visual guides through 21 vestibular exercises and reminders for medication and exercise schedules – all of which may be helpful for users. However, these have not been reviewed as part of this app review due to inability to access.
✔ Online search suggests the app appears to have been developed by the Indian branch of a large pharmaceutical company.
✘ The app only works with a marker which it states will be provided by a doctor. There is also a download for a marker available in the drop down menu on the app.
✘ App has not been updated since June 2017 despite negative feedback from users that it does not work well due to the marker.
✘ HOWEVER, when attempting to download the marker from the app the web page is not available.
✘ A large number of users posted reviews saying that the marker didn't work, and the experience of this reviewer is that the main app features are inaccessible.
✘ An online search for the marker by the reviewer yielded zero results.
✘ You can't access the exercises or prescriptions without the marker. However, you can access the diet information.
✘ The diet information has 2 diets “low-salt diet” and “trigger-foods”, however, they're not comprehensive as each contains only 4 suggestions.
✘ The low-salt diet doesn't comment on foods with low salt.
✘ The app doesn't appear to state that a low salt diet is recommended for people who have been diagnosed with Meniere's disease, or tell the user what to look for (in terms of salt content) when shopping.
✘ The app doesn't appear to advise people with a history of hypotension that they should seek medical advice before commencing this diet (potential safety issue).
✘ Neither diet suggestions include some of the well-known diet advice for helping with vertigo (depending on the cause of the vertigo).
✘ The app doesn't mention which types of vertigo can be helped by diet or which are triggered by certain foods.
✘ The app gives references to journals it has consulted but only 2 journals and 1 website are listed.
Date of review: 18 June 2023
Platform reviewed: Apple
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