The LG Smart Activity Tracker actually looks a lot like the Nike+ FuelBand, and has many of the same features. It has an accelerometer and altimeter to measure activity. It will know whether you’re walking, running, or sitting, and its data can synced to an app on Android smartphones. It will also work with LG Smart TVs to sync up with on-screen exercise programs. LG also plans on adding a heart-rate monitor, which would be a pretty cool addition. Also, it has a touchscreen.
If you're a tech-loving urban hipster who's into their smartphone, buying organic produce, and exercising, guess what? You are incredibly likely to purchase wearable fitness-tracking tech like the Fitbit Flex or the Basis band.
Top mHealth publishers manage to generate more than 3 million free and 300.000 paid downloads in the USA on the iOS platform.
Currently there are 97,000 mHealth applications in major app stores, 42% of them adhering to the paid business model. With more and more traditional healthcare providers joining the mobile applications market, the business models will broaden to include healthcare services, sensor, and advertising and drug sales revenues.
Forecasts for global mobile health applications expect the market to grow at a CAGR of 40.4 percent through 2015. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is increasing adoption of smartphones and social networking sites.
Third and last part of the great article series written by Tim Chang (Mayfield Fund). "The Aspirational Self and the Quantified Self dovetail to create a kind of feedback loop that drives self-promotional behavior in the user on social networks"
Medscape Which Health Apps Are Accurate and Safe? - Medscape Medscape One is the overabundance of these apps: over 40,000, by some estimates. Finding the right app is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Future wearable electronic devices will automatically respond to the context of a user's actions depending on whether they are at home, work or driving, according to Invensense Inc. which unveiled its wearable Contextual Awareness System Development Kit (CA-SDK) at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.
A newly granted Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on last Tuesday describes a system through which your clothing could talk to your iPhone to help it create tailored workouts that know you better than you know yourself.
While many companies are looking at wearable computing in the form of smart watches or glasses-based heads-up interfaces (Apple included), there seems to be a background current at Apple devoted to more subtle and invisible incarnations of on-body tech. As with any patents, there’s no guarantee we’ll ever see these inventions ship, but wearable computing is bound to be a growing concern for any major consumer electronics maker in the next few years.
Even as the players solidify in the burgeoning adult health tracking space, a growing number of companies is looking to apply digital health and self-tracking lessons to childhood issues and the challenge of getting kids to be more active.
Here is an accurate review from Jonah Comstock of Zamzee, GeoPalz, Sqord, the gamification opportunities and issues.
Seven in ten (69%) U.S. adults track a health indicator for themselves or a loved one and many say this activity has changed their overall approach to health, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
- 60% of U.S. adults say they track their weight, diet, or exercise routine.
- 33% of U.S. adults track health indicators or symptoms, like blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches, or sleep patterns.
- 12% of U.S. adults track health indicators or symptoms for a loved one.
However, their tracking is often informal:
- 49% of trackers say they keep track of progress “in their heads.”
- 34% say they track the data on paper, like in a notebook or journal.
- 21% say they use some form of technology to track their health data, such as a spreadsheet, website, app, or device.
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