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The Pebble Time Smartwatch: Review

The original Pebble was the first device that I backed in a crowdfunding project and I didn’t regret doing so. Therefore becoming one of the first backers behind the Pebble Time was not a hard decision to make. And it was a good one again.

A swarm of smartwatches has flooded the market in the past 2 years. The reason why I wanted one is that my long term goal was to stop using plenty of health trackers and use one instead that could be paired with my smartphone. The Pebble Time is perfect for that.


First, it is beautifully designed, comfortable to wear, waterproof and doesn’t get damaged easily.

As a geek, I love the watchfaces with which I can change what I see on the front screen whenever I want. Right now I can watch how far away the New Horizons space probe got from Pluto.


The app database is amazing and for free.

  • I can see my progress when I use the Runkeeper app on my smartphone while running.
  • It lets me know how much time I’ve still got while giving presentations with gentle vibrations.
  • It wakes me up at the best time by being connected to the Sleep app on the smartphone.
  • E-mails, messages, weather, Twitter, stopwatch, pedometer, 7-minute workout and I could go on.

As they just came out with the round watches, it’s clear they also want to get to people who look for elegant smartwatches. I see no reason why not the Pebble would soon become the king of smartwatches if they keep on improving. The team and the products they create are always ahead of the competitors in a way that the Pebble is about being useful instead of being a luxury jewelry on my hand. Go Pebble!

ePatient Dave: “My Health: Upgraded” Stands Out As The Best Explanation Of The Future

I’m humbled and exceptionally proud that ePatient Dave, the world’s leading thinker about digital health and patient empowerment said that “the new book My Health: Upgraded stands out as the best explanation of the future that I’ve seen”. It was worth writing that book only for this comment from Dave. Here is the book.

Let me share an excerpt from his amazing article entitled Berci’s “My Health: Upgraded”: A futurist vision worthy of Doc Tom:

Parts of Ferguson’s vision continue to materialize today, and those are the parts My Health: Upgradedsteps forward to explore.

As a 65 year old who was saved by the best of medicine and has learned a lot since then, I’m thrilled at the idea of being alive another twenty years from now, in 2035, to see what the next wave will look like. I find reason to believe we’ll see Meskó was as right as Ferguson.


My Health: Upgraded – Only Disruptive Technologies Can Secure The Future Of Humanity

While many technologies are advancing at an almost exponential pace; the loss of the human touch, failures at preventing diseases, rising costs and doctor shortages influence the days of patients and physicians. It’s time to change that. It’s time to upgrade our health with amazing technologies without becoming cyborgs. This way, there will be no limits to what humanity can achieve.

To support this mission, I answer the forty most exciting questions covering the future of robotics, sensors and medical algorithms I have ever received after my talks; and I also describe how I have been upgrading my health for a decade in my new book, My Health: Upgraded (paperback & e-book).


The book consists of three parts:

  1. The Technological Revolution in Medicine: Information in our DNA can predict our future health. Biotechnology advances enable medical scientists to produce cells that fight tumors. Wearable devices measure our vital signs while at home. What we would have considered science fiction a decade ago is quickly advancing modern health care, and we haven’t seen anything yet.
  2. The Most Exciting Questions About The Future Of Medicine: I offer a fresh look at how innovative technologies enable us to change health care for the long term. I share advances such as the present reality of surgical robots and tackle questions such as whether nanorobots will ever swim in our bloodstream or whether actual, functioning organs can be made with 3-D printers.
  3. Upgrading My Health: To keep readers grounded in the here and now, I discuss how I use technology to monitor and improve my own health. From charting my sleeping patterns to using exercise motivation apps, I give detailed examples of how we can use technology to live a healthy and proactive life.

With the unique graphics of Richard Horvath and the wonderful interior design of Roland Rekeczi, every futuristic thought and idea is visualized.



Book trailer

Here is the book trailer and you can find examples for advanced praise from Dr. Eric Topol and E-Patient Dave deBronkart, among others, below.

The book also includes movie suggestions and the top hashtags for each of the 40 topics. I hope you will enjoy reading it. You can get the paperback and the e-book here.


Advanced Praise for My Health: Upgraded

“Dr. Bertalan Mesko, the consummate medical futurist, takes us on an extended technological tour – one that bodes well for how healthcare can advance.”
— Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Patient Will See You Now, Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute

“Dr. Bertalan Mesko has been called a thought leader thanks to his views on the future of medicine, and his latest book proves yet again just why he deserves that title. Dr. Mesko’s thoughts on digital health are comprehensive and innovative, but most importantly, they are accessible and easily understood. This thrilling book is a must-read for patients, providers, and all other stakeholders interested in taking control of their own health.”
– Dr. Larry Chu, Executive Director, Stanford Medicine X

“Sit down, loosen your mind, and settle into this book. It’s an extraordinary, liberated tour of what health and treatment will be like when we no longer starve for information and when everything physical is digital – which is far closer than you think.”
– e-Patient Dave deBronkart, e-patient thought leader, speaker, author

“Only few have the gift of being transformative ánd using it; Dr. Bertalan Mesko is one of them. This book bridges Hype, Hope & reality in a way that fits both the world of technology and medicine. Definitely a must read if you’re on the intersection of technology & medicine.”
– Lucien Engelen, Director of the Radboud REshape Innovation Center

“An easy to read guide to future health. Introducing recent history and everyday examples of progress as evidence of trends, it looks to the future of health technologies and their interactions with everyday lifestyle with informed optimism, avoiding unnecessary jargon. Covering areas from personal health recording to cheap DNA sequencing and AI assistance, it shows how the reader can take control of their own health and the many future opportunities for improving it. It also explores when we will get the technologies we see in sci-fi movies. All of this makes it a compelling but easy-going read.”
– Ian Pearson, Futurologist, Author of You Tomorrow

“Dr. Bertalan Mesko has written an amazingly interesting book that explores the future of medicine and how it will affect our health. As a transhumanist and politician, I highly recommend this book to all those who are interested in how technology is going to impact our bodies and change our lives.”
– Zoltan Istvan, futurist and US Presidential candidate

“Three in one, My Health: Upgraded is a didactic snapshot of digital health today and to come, a practical “how-to” guide on self-tracking, and responses to real “questions from the audience”. And Dr. Bertalan Mesko dares to answer them all. While I see many digital health books and articles, My Health:Upgraded is definitely not to be missed!”
– Denise Silber, Founder of Doctors 2.0 and You

“This one is just fantastic, an encyclopedic work by one of the recognized experts. No need to “Google” about the future of medicine, this book is like a search-engine on itself, about the amazing facts & possibilities of our health, but upgraded!”
– Dr. Rafael J. Grossmann, FACS, Surgeon, Healthcare Futurist & Innovator

7 Videos About The Brave Future Of Medicine

When I receive questions about how healthcare and the practice of medicine will change due to the technological explosion we are living in, I like to be brave and assume that all stakeholders will move into the right directions if they are provided with guidance. As a proof, here are 7 videos about a brave future of medicine.

The Future Of Clinical Trials:

Let’s Design The Hospital Of The Future!

Our Home Will Be The Hospital Of The Future?

The Future of Patient Empowerment

Supercomputers Can Make Physicians Better! 

Virtual Reality Can Change The Hospital Experience

What We Can Print Out In 3D In Medicine

5 Things I Learnt On The Way To 50,000 Twitter Followers

I started using Twitter in 2007 and have been publishing thoughts, content and news about digital health since then almost on an hourly basis. I don’t care about numbers but when you reach a milestone, it keeps you thinking about what you have learnt on the way. Here are the 5 things I learnt while building a network of over 50,000 followers.


1) The slower, the better.

I could have followed tens of thousands of people irrelevant to my topics and gain a few more followers myself. But using Twitter has always meant being in the bloodstream of information and for this I chose to take it slow. It took me over 8 years to build my network and I’m glad I chose the wise way. I know many of those people in person or we have been in contact for years. It builds trust and leads to professional relationships.

2) There are no limits

I travel around the world almost constantly, but I’m based in Budapest. What I learnt is there are no physical or geographical limitations when millions of people are connected to each other. My network is mostly US-based but I can talk to any medical professional, patient or innovator who has something to say about forming the future of medicine.

3) We solve problems together

A lot of issues related to healthcare pop up in the stream of Twitter every day and we try to get the best people to think about the possible solutions. Through Twitter, I managed to crowdsource a complicated diagnosis, I get answers for very specific questions and make new contacts around the world.

4) People respond more easily

I talk with people by e-mail, Skype, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and many more channels. In my experience, people tend to respond faster when approached on Twitter as they know the character limitation only lets them transmit the key part of the information without the garnish.

5) I get news on Twitter

Twitter is the best filter I have today to get the key news and announcements about digital health. Companies get in contact with me to test their products and wearable health trackers. Twitter sends me those tweets that received the biggest attention that day. If I still miss something, someone will send it to me personally.

Because of my Twitter network, I live in a limitless world full of opportunities and information.

Let’s tweet in touch!

Looking Back At Today’s Healthcare From The Future in 2050 – Video

A lot of people ask me about the future of medicine and healthcare. What’s coming next, what about the future of radiology, genomics or health sensors. They ask me to make really sharp predictions. But instead of this, let’s do something else now. Let’s look back from 2050, and see what today’s healthcare included, what barbaric elements played an important role in today’s healthcare in the 2010s.

Please let me know if I missed something.


See more videos on The Medical Futurist Youtube Channel.

What To Expect From Sequencing Your Microbiome? – Video

Since 1997, I’ve been quantifying myself. The reason was living a healthy life for which I needed data. I’ve had genomic tests, used health wearables, the data they provided me with, I even thought about what could come after the so-called wearables revolution.

Getting my microbiome sequenced was just another step forward. Another attempt at learning more about my health and my body. I chose uBiome as I have been following them for at least a year. The microbiome is the colonies of bacteria living in our digestive system. They influence how we eat, digest, sleep or what mood we have. Knowing more about those cc. 8 kilograms of microorganisms could yield important pieces of information.


I ordered the test, received the sampling tube, provided a tiny sample of my feces and shipped it back. Three weeks later, the results arrived in my account.

Here is the overall structure of my microbiome:


I can compare my results to those of vegetarians, men, women, athletes, heavy drinkers and more.


They tell me the types of bacteria I have, the most unique ones and the most enriched or depleted ones too compared to the results of people of my age, gender and lifestyle habits (I had to fill in a very long survey about that).


The results didn’t change my lifestyle as there was no reason for that. My microbiome is similar to that of omnivore men. I must keep on living a healthy life. But learning more about my body and health certainly made a big impact on my life. Measuring health is purely freedom and I’m enjoying it from my home.

Here is the experience on video:


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