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In the Quantified Self movement, the final frontier will not be space, it will probably be sub-dermal implants that monitor everything from inside your body. Until that technology emerges though, smart clothing appears like the next logical step for self-tracking devices. After all, clothes are unobtrusive, ubiquitous, and by nature always in contact with the skin. Today, we take a look at the upcoming smart garments, and we see also why that technology is not quite ready yet. Read more
We have already talked on the blog about connected health innovations for the elderly. Today, let’s take a look at the other end of the age range and see what sort of futuristic devices are available (or will be available) for babies.
At Withings, we believe that self-tracking is one of the keys to change. If the change you are trying to achieve is to get more fit, tracking your weight is of course essential and you can do that with the Wi-Fi body scale. Another factor that you can track is what you eat. Tracking what you eat can be a great help. It gives you a picture of how much you consume and you may even surprise yourself and identify those occasions where you over-consume.
It will also help you learn more about the real nutritional value of what you eat and let you make informed decision about what you will really gain by renouncing to a cupcake compared to, say, a can of soda.
In this new entry in our “partner spotlight” series, we discuss Beeminder, a partner that marries an original concept with an innovative representation of data.
Beeminder is built around the Greek concept of “Akrasia”, and specifically around defeating it. From Beeminder’s blog, akrasia “encompasses the phenomenon of procrastination, lack of self-control, lack of follow-through, any kind of addictive behavior”, basically all those petty reasons that add up and psychologically prevent you from reaching reasonable goals.
We have already examined various sides of the self-tracking movement, such as moodtracking or lifelogging. Could tracking our daily tasks also help our professional lives by enhancing our productivity? If you are one of the people who struggle to stay away from Facebook or other time-consuming websites in order to complete your real tasks, or if you always leave your to-do lists half finished, time-tracking tools may be a great solution to your problems!
During the past few years, the levels of childhood obesity have been increasing at an alarming rate in Europe and the US, mostly because of the spread of children’s consumption of junk food and of sedentary lifestyles. Video games, television, unhealthy family eating habits are just some of the factors that push children in becoming overweight or obese. Recently, various efforts have been made in order to include technological innovations in the fight against childhood obesity and, thankfully, the results appear more than promising.