Right, left, right, left: 1, 2, 3, 4. Lots of activity tracking devices are currently available to count the steps you take and estimate the calories you burn. Some will even remind you when you aren’t moving. But now a new generation of activity tracking sensors are moving in to the picture. Instead of tracking […]
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2016 science update: New research suggests the 10:1 microbial cell to human cell ratio is closer to a 1:1 ratio. Take a look at, “Scientists bust myth that our bodies have more bacteria than human cells,” (Nature News) and check out the comments. * * * The microbiome is the community of organisms that live […]
TateShots: Roman Ondak, Measuring the Universe The description: “Starting as an empty white room, Roman Ondak’s ‘Measuring the Universe’ at Tate St Ives grew through the contribution of around 90,000 participants to a constellation of black marks. Through the simple action of measuring oneself, Ondak’s work doesn’t just expand on ideas of space and the […]
Can you spot the popular self-tracking device in this photo? It’s not the sleek, quarter-sized Shine from Misfit Wearables. It’s the blue jeans. An intriguing new report, Tracking for Health, from Susannah Fox and Maeve Duggan at Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds: 7 in 10 U.S. adults report they track a […]
The mhealth field is growing by leaps and bounds, as evidenced by the more than 4,000 attendees from 50+ countries who navigated 4 tracks (technology, business, research, and policy) in three days at the 2012 mHealth Summit. Having attended all of the mHealth Summits since the first one back in 2009 (800 people, 2 days), […]
Read enough articles and reviews about tracking gadgets and talk to folks who sport them and you notice a funny thing. Among the discussions of cost, accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, connectivity, and usability there is talk of ‘feelings.’ “As soon as I strap it on, I instantly feel more athletic.” “I feel self-conscious as I realize […]
Remember that classic Far Side cartoon where a student sitting in a classroom raises his hand to ask, “Mr. Osborne, may I be excused? My brain is full.” That’s how I felt after a day and a half of sitting in a room packed with more than 200 thought leaders from across the health ecosystem […]
Activity tracking devices are just like real estate: what matters is location, location, location. If you own—or plan to own—a Fuelband, Fitbit, Metria, BioHarness, UP or other fitness tracking gizmo, you should consider whether the device straps to your wrist, clips to your belt, or is embedded in your shoe. Otherwise you may rack […]