That is a crucial question The Washington Post just came up with. They wrote an article about how wearable gadgets digitize our health and also designed a quiz to find out what kind of health tracker you are.
You can be the Hypochondriac, the Competitive Tracker, the Slacker Tracker, the Tracker Keeper or the Mindful Tracker. It turns out I’m in the latter category and I’m proud of it.
Here is the quiz.
I’ve been using AliveCor to measure ECG on my smartphone for years. I’ve seen its evolution from the very early device to the one of today. It’s good to see they just released an updated application which can serve as a heart journal.
AliveCor, Inc., the leader in FDA-cleared ECG technology for smartphones, announced today the launch of the latest version of its AliveECG app. The new version of the AliveECG App includes The Heart Journal, a feature that allows users to log and tag daily activities, symptoms and events in real-time that can impact heart health and work to identify abnormalities. It also introduces a new metric called Beat Fluctuation, a measure of how much the heartbeat changes from beat to beat in ECG (or EKG) recordings.
These new features help users to not only learn more about their own heart health, but also contribute valuable data to the global understanding of heart arrhythmias. Currently thousands of patients a month are creating more than 40,000 different tags after they record an ECG. With the new Heart Journal users can now document their lifestyle factors anytime – with or without an ECG recording.
I’m a science fiction movie geek therefore I never look for mistakes and errors in those movies. Although in some cases the errors are so obvious they might ruin the whole movie experience. I thought I would collect the 10 most interesting and sometimes surprising mistakes, factual errors and plot holes science fiction movies have made.
- Minority Report
- The Matrix Reloaded
- Hollow Man
- Star Trek: First Contact
- Fantastic Voyage
- Planet of the Apes
- Red Planet
- The Thing
- Back to the Future Part II
A new wearable device just became available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Doppel is meant to be a performance-enhancing wearable that can make users feel more alert or relaxed on demand using the innate human response to rhythm.
Here are a few details:
doppel can keep you alert and focused or, at different settings, help you to wind down and relax. People have used doppel to.
Be focused in a vital meeting
Stay in command during a presentation
Keep up the pace when running
Wind down for sleep
Be steady when life is hectic
I cannot wait to hear if you would back such a project. I’m skeptic at the moment.
I met Thierry Oquidam who is a vounteer of the e-NABLE project at Doctors 2.0 and You last week. They have developed a system in which they can print out simple prosthetics for a very cheap price (dozens of Euros). Small parts can be replaced easily and no expert is needed to assemble the prosthetics from the elements.
And now amazing news were published involving e-NABLE and Google:
e-NABLE has grown from a couple of kindhearted 3D printing enthusiasts to the largest network of volunteers dedicated to 3D printing low-cost prosthetics for those in need. The organization has become so big that even Google awarded $600,000 grant to the non-profit as a part of their Google Impact Challenge. And, today, the organization has found yet another powerful partner in the fight to arm kids. Leading industry player 3D Systems has announced a partnership with the e-NABLE Community Foundation (ECF) to develop a new 3D printable prosthetic hand file for printing on 3D Systems printers.
Hopefully such projects will make healthcare affordable and accessible to people who are in need worldwide. If you want to help them, here are a few things you can do:
- Talk about them on your website, your blog, your newspaper or any social media channels.
- Help them participate in events. If you organize or participate in an event where they could be present, please contact them to get organized.
- Support them financially or create a 3D printing department and use a bit of your machine time to make new hands.
A new smartwatch developed by Empatica can detect seizures and emotional stress. It uses sensors to measure electrodermal activities on the skin which are transmitted to a smartphone. It could not only help us live healthier by bridging the gap between human emotions and technology, but imagine the advantages of such a device in autism or epilepsy.
An excerpt from the article:
Picard explained that autistic responses to difficult situations can seem non-intuitive and sudden to observers and might involve head banging, other self-injury, or catatonic behavior. “In some instances, they are doing this to release a neurotransmitter that can quell the pain.” Picard explains, “if an autistic kid is lying on the floor motionless, but his EDA sensor reads that his signals are through the roof, caregivers can make better decisions about how to respond.”
Electrodermal sensors also have important implications for youth with epilepsy, which Picard discovered when one of her students placed the sensors on his brother. Twenty minutes before his brother had a Grand Mal seizure, the sensors registered off-the-charts skin conductance.
I receive a lot of message on- and offline about what devices I use to quantify my health. Therefore I decided to list the 10 health parameters I measure and the relevant devices I use. I hope you will find it useful.
Health parameter | Name of the device | Website
- Blood pressure | Withings Blood Pressure | Withings.com
- Brain activities | Muse | Choosemuse.com
- Focus or attention | Puzzlebox Orbit | puzzlebox.io
- Sleep | Withings Pulse | Withings.com
- Pulse | Wahoo | Wahoofitness.com
- Body temperature | CheckMe | viatomtech.com
- Daily physical activities | FitBit | fitbit.com
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) | AliveCor | alivecor.com
- Cardiac fitness | Tinké | zensorium.com
- Stress | PIP | thepip.com