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 […]
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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 […]
Nike unveiled a new basketball shoe, the LeBron X, during the London Olympics. The Nike+ model will lighten your wallet by $315, while the basic version will set you back $180, according to the Wall Street Journal and the (unofficial) Nike blog. [Sept 14 update: Nike has now reported the price is $270] The shoes […]
The brilliant folks at Misfit Wearables have created a fun infographic that mashes up the calorie burn of various activities (in kcal/hour for a 155 lb person) with the ‘startup cost’ of the activity (running = $80 pair of shoes). The data and sources aren’t exact science, and you have to expend a few brain […]
When it comes to nutrition and sports performance, it can be hard to know what works and what doesn’t. Research studies are critically important to dissect out such issues as how best to hydrate, how to delay fatigue, and the role of genetics in eating for peak performance. But what really matters is what happens […]