Entries by Carol Torgan, Ph.D.

Quantified Self + Participatory Art = Quantified Art + Participatory Self

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 […]

8 Themes from the 2012 mHealth Summit

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), […]

A Shiny New Activity Tracker: Technology as Talisman?

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 […]

Is your activity tracking gadget accurate? Do you care?

  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 […]