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"
Goji Play allows you to transform any cardio equipment into an interactive game machine. Attach the wireless controllers to cardio equipment, clip on the activity sensor, and you’re ready to play a variety of games, all while tracking your fitness metrics.$100 . I personnaly don't like the experience of doing something else while running. I'd rather have my workout outside, so I assume the Gym consumers could enjoy it, like EA Active.
The concepts of “self-tracking” and “the quantified self” have recently begun to emerge in discussions of how best to optimize one’s life. These concepts refer to the practice of gathering data about oneself on a regular basis and then recording and analyzing the data to produce statistics and other data (such as images) relating to one’s bodily functions and everyday habits. Some self-trackers collect data on only one or two dimensions of their lives, and only for a short time. Others may do so for hundreds of phenomena and for long periods.
As devices get smarter, users more discerning, and boundaries between personal and medical devices less defined, innovative device manufacturers should rethink the role design can play in the success of their products.
That didn't take long. Quit literally about 5 days from the date of the FDA's warning letter to 23andMe (11/22 – here) and the filing of a class action law suit in the Southern District Court of California (11/27 – here).
This is our reality: devices and apps that gather data on us and tell us how well or poorly we are doing health-wise. This trend is sweeping through the tech space and every new startup wants to play in this field. It’s true of society, we first create things that might kill us then build things that could prevent it.
What’s cool though for devices like these are apps like Headspaces, that teaches users to meditate and lead a more zen and focused life. See, we create disruptions in our lives and invent ways to still them.
With the increase of mobile technology and applications, we have also witnessed an increase in data tracking and the “quantified self” trend. Put simply, the “quantified self” involves associating metrics with personal tracked information. There are food logs used to track one’s diet, applications that track running/walking activity, and wearable hardware that tracks other physical activities. SiliconANGLE has covered several of these trackers (you can find some of them here, here, and here.) But what, if any, are the downsides to this tracking and self-quantifying trend?
In this video Timothy Jordan gives developers a sneak peek of the brand new Glass Developer Kit.
“Unlike Google Mirror API, the interface that Glass developers have been using up to now, the GDK will allow for offline Glassware functionality, real-time user response and ‘deeper access to hardware, such as the accelerometer and the GPS.’ Jordan went on to demonstrate each of these additions via specific apps that take advantage of the GDK’s abilities,”