From Nike to S Health, how do our fitness trackers measure up?
Every fitness device promises to help you get in shape by measuring and understanding your activity data, but can trackers actually help you become a healthier person? I strapped on eight different devices and apps and set out to learn everything I could about my body while taking a jog. My mile-and-a-half run up New York City's west side was tracked by RunKeeper, S Health Walking Mate, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Zip, Withings Pulse,Jawbone Up, Nike+ Fuelband, and the Scosche MyTrek (which has been replaced with the Scosche Rhythm).
Nissan is racing into the smart watch space with the Nismo. Here are some of the things the Nismo Watch can do: Connects to the car using a smartphone app as a Bluetooth Smart device Access vehicle telematics and performance data while on the track Capture biometric data via a heart-rate monitor in the watch Monitor the efficiency of your car with average speed and fuel-consumption readings Get tailored car messages from Nissan
A source exclusively showed VentureBeat one of the Samsung smartwatch prototypes sent to developers, in advance of the Sept. 5 launch. Here is one of the prototypes sent to developers and a few select partners. Note that Samsung is highly security conscious in protecting its designs, and occasionally sends off prototypes that don’t mirror the final design. But it won’t be far off.
Scientists at The New England Complex Systems Institute have figured out an ingenious (and seemingly simple) way of checking the emotional and/or sentimental pulse of a city, all by utilizing collected Twitter data.
Tested out on the bustling city of New York,the NECSI analyzed collected data of millions of tweets with algorithms that checked key words, phrases and emoticons to determine the mood of the tweets.
By combining that info with geotagging provided by users the data is compiled into an overview "mood map" of the city, giving a very clear real-time snapshot of how a cities population is feeling and where they're feeling it.
Microsensors in your shoes compile data on where you go and what you do. Your workout clothes track your daily progress at the gym and tell you when to slow down or speed up. And as you sleep, a headband monitors your REM patterns.
A far-fetched sci-fi fantasy? Not at all. It's merely a glimpse into what might be possible through a movement called "The Quantified Self," which is part of the wider transformation being driven by the Internet of Everything (IoE).
The M7 chip built into the iPhone 5S adds some sophisticated fitness tracking features to Apple's newest flagship phone. Will it hurt the burgeoning wave of fitness gadgets the same way cameraphones have gutted the point-and-shoot camera market?
The TrueSense Kit (TSK) is the first affordable, ultra-compact, ultra-low-power, bio-signal acquisition kit that allows bio-signal capturing anywhere, any time and on multiple body locations. The bio-sensor DIY kit can capture various bio-signals conveniently.
The Sensor is suitable for measuring on the user's forehead : EEG, ECG/EKG, EMG signals, capturing motion and posture activities, as well as environmental electromagnetic pollutions (EMP).
The SDK also include an Memory Module, and a USB Controller.
A new body sensor kit allows developers to build new prototypes and projects that measure heart rate, skin conductance, movement and muscle activation.
A hardware and software kit called BITalino includes a microcontroller unit, a battery block and a few different different physiological sensor modules that can be broken off and used individually or purchased in the form of an all-in-one board for prototyping.
Sensors in the kit include can track muscle activation (electromyography), skin conductance (electrodermal activity), heart rate (electrocardiography), movement (accelerometry) and ambient light.
BITalino’s developers say it can be used to “support classroom activities, interface with other devices, or perform rapid prototyping of end-user applications in the field of physiological computing.”
Passwords could be passé if this Toronto-based startup has its way. Bionym, which was founded in 2011 and closed a $1.4 million (CAD) seed round last month, has devised a biometric recognition system in the form of a wearable wristband — called Nymi, just launched as a pre-order for $79 for early 2014 shipping.
For all the hype, smartwatches as we're thinking of them will likely fail. (...) Smart watches could be hugely successful, if we change our expectations. We need to change the conversation and address the whole notion of wearable devices in general. We shouldn’t look at duplication in functions worn on another part of your body. Rather, if I look at wearable devices as part of a personal sensor network and not just a remote window to my phone, that would have far greater value and one I’d be willing to pay for.
In little more than a decade APIs have transitioned from relative obscurity to become the “digital glue” that empowers developers to create new software applications, partnerships and even new businesses.
In the broadest sense, digital health encompasses everything related to human physiology and health that can be captured and managed digitally. Each of these 5 points in our digital health checkup represents an important consideration for emerging technologies that continue to blur the line between clinical health and fitness or wellness.
Olivier Janin's insight:
Good critical approach of the phenomenon : private vs. clinical use, safety, accuracy, privacy and business model.
If capitalizing on big data depends on hiring scarce data scientists, then the challenge for managers is to learn how to identify that talent, attract it to an enterprise, and make it productive. None of those tasks is as straightforward as it is with other, established organizational roles. Start with the fact that there are no university programs offering degrees in data science. There is also little consensus on where the role fits in an organization, how data scientists can add the most value, and how their performance should be measured.
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