Every dad could stand to improve his health, whether he likes to sweat it out at the gym or on the open road. Or perhaps he simply likes some time to relax and de-compress. Check out some great health-inspired finds for your guy.
Basis Science, makers of the Basis Band, finally launched their first mobile app, and, notably, it’s an Android app. The app currently works on five phones, all from Samsung, but the company promises more to come.
The $199 Basis Band launched last November with Bluetooth connectivity built into all devices, but no mobile app at all. That was something of a surprising move for an activity tracker, but the device had already been in development for nearly two years. Basis’ Healthy Habits behavior change software platform has hitherto been available only as a web portal. The company announced the Android app at CES in January, slating it for the first quarter of 2013.
A live action fanfilm by the guys at Mars Rising Films for the iPhone and Android jogging app, Zombies, Run! In the harsh zombie apocalypse world, you are ru...
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I began to use the app. I am not on hardcore mode yet (so much zombies chasing you ! you should have a very fast run pacing !). I didn't end with a game over yet, I will try more to know if there is one.
The breakthrough is both the audio fiction in real time. And a smartphone asynchronous game : after your run, you can spend there the items you collected during your workout. The Gameplay is a "Cityville-like". Develop and upgrade your base to survive against hordes of Zombies.
A great innovative app. The motivational trick is based on fear, which is working well, especially on audio.
With Smartglasses and enhanced vision, I imagine lots of others incentive for funny workouts, like eg running after a bunch of swedish blonds, staging your ghost ...
And for more basic feature, you have a classical web personnal Dashboard. Well done !
Ernesto Ramirez just announced the 2013 Quantified Self Global Conference in San Francisco on October 10th and 11th at the Presidio Officer's Club.
For those of you who've never been to a QS conference, you should definitely make it a point to attend. A QS conference is a wonderful event where toolmakers, tool users, academics, and scientists come together to share and learn. It's like a meetup, except much bigger and two days long! There will be amazing show&tell talks, product demos, and insightful discussions.
Many of us still run this way, of course, but for how much longer? Now we can lace up a pair of "smart" sneakers and instantly shift from running by feel to running by metrics. Guesses at how far and how fast are replaced by real time stats on pace and meters travelled.
If you think you'll never make the switch, think again. As Nike learned from studying millions of users, the magic number of times a runner needs to see her data before becoming a more "science-based" runner is just five. Once a person crosses that threshold they are "massively more likely" to keep running by metrics than by feel alone.
That's a great number. Here are five more I've come across in
my ongoing study of the field of auto-analytics.
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Great inspiring figures and insights by H.James Wilson
"Microsoft has significantly upgraded the sensing capabilities of the second-generation Kinect sensor that will ship with the newly announced Xbox One game console. One example: The Kinect can detect a user’s heart rate optically.
The idea is to incorporate this functionality into exercise programs, as a start, but there are no doubt other applications, as well, and it’s also a sign of just how far the Kinect has come. The feature uses RGB and IR feeds to work."
Definitely not sure the HR detection is enough accurate to create and deliver Health Wellness related experiences which makes sense in term of Biofeedback.
The facial recognition feature can be engaging either : it compares the user face with pre-recorded emotional patterns. I am excited to test these features with the appropriate SDK to see how it could help to set emotional driven experience.
Virtually everyone has experienced the negative effects of a bad night's sleep: grogginess, crankiness, lack of focus and a host of other nasty feelings that hover over your body and mind the entire day.
Health Central compiled the bad effects of bad sleep on this inforgraphic.
What is interesting with such medical background compilation, is that it serves the promotion of Sleep trackers.
So did Jawbone which uses this as an undirect proof of concept for for its Up wristband.
With more than $1 billion in venture capital investment in 2012, health tech is one of the hottest industries today. From consumer-facing websites, to devices that help doctors prevent hospital infections, startups are changing the way the healthcare system works. Interviews inside Blueprint Partners, a New York-based accelerator, to find out more about what drives this growing sector.
EPFL scientists have developed a tiny, portable personal blood testing laboratory: a minuscule device implanted just under the skin provides an immediate analysis of substances in the body, and a radio module transmits the results to a doctor over the cellular phone network. This feat of miniaturization has many potential applications, including monitoring patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Wearable computing devices are projected to explode in popularity over the next year and with a wave of new gadgets set to hit the consumer market, could soon become the norm for most people within five years. ABI Research forecasts the wearable computing device market will grow to 485 million annual device shipments by 2018.
Currently, sports and activity trackers account for the largest chunk of wearable technologies shipped today. Smart activity trackers are widely available, and the device’s trendy and stylish appearance makes them very popular with a broad range of customers. It is estimated 61% of the wearable technologies market is attributed to sport/activity trackers in 2013.
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In addition, last year's ABI Research projections were that by 2017, 170M wearable wireless devices will be health and fitness related.
A scanner packed with sensors designed to read your vital signs and send them wirelessly to your smartphone in a few seconds, any time, anywhere.
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Scanadu launched their Indiegogo campaign to fund and accept pre-orders for their Scout “Medical Tricorder” device. They just passed the $500,000 mark, which is an indication of strong consumer demand for the device.
There are 7 billion hours a week we spend around the planet to be engage into Games.
This is what Jane Mc Gonigal calls the engagement economy. There is a tent of desire to strive to do extraordinary things and to unlock our willpower, our determination, our creartivity. And we can harvest this desire to do extraordinary things.
100 millions of hours to edit all the Wikipedia pages. Which is equals to 3 weeks of Angry Birds or 7 days of Call of Duty gameplay ww.
So, how can physicians use content marketing? It starts with creating content that is valuable and relevant to your patients and adding that to your web site, blog, or patient newsletters. Here are seven ideas for content to help get you started.
CDW Healthcare infographic highlights 5 healthcare IT trends that are transforming healthcare. Earlier this year, CDW Healthare, provider of technology solutions and services for the healthcare marketplace released their Health Tech...