Wearable technology is the next new wave of technology, and it’s bound to drive a lot of the innovation in the consumer electronics industry. We can expect to see a lot more watches, glasses, fitness gadgets, and wristbands in the years to come. But bear in mind that we’re in the “brick phone” phase, or version 1.0, of wearable tech.
The "quantified self" movement offers many doodads for tracking, analyzing, and visualizing your physical activity. But what about your mental activity, your inner life, your ups and downs and joys and blues and everything in between?
I have a Fitbit . I got it because I wanted to collect some data about myself and I liked the simplicity of the set-up.
The Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale tracks your weight over time to help you achieve your weight goals. Use the Wahoo Balance as your everyday scale and sync to your favorite app to set users, set goals and track your weight change over time.
Today, Kent Bottles wrote a very information-rich article about quantified self (QS) on the Health Care Blog. Titled, " Will the Quantified Self Movement Take Off in health Care? ", Bottles provides a whirlwind tour of QS with lots of examples and links. Two key pieces are worth pointing out: He quotes a New York Times article on " The Data-Driven Life ", which mentions the four key enablers of QS. Good summary:
The London Quantified Self meetup (#QSelfUK) is modeled on the Bay Area Quantified Self Show & Tell meetings started in 2008 by Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly in the Bay Area. Your host for the London meetup are a team composed of Adriana Lukas (@adriana872), David Bradshaw and Denis Harscoat (@harscoat). Write us with your recommendations, tips, and observations. This is a regular show and tell for people who take advantage of various personal self-tracking tools and methods to gain more knowledge about themselves, others and the world around them.
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a form of neurostimulation which uses constant, low current delivered directly to the brain area of interest via small electrodes. tDCS was originally developed to help patients with brain injuries such as strokes. Tests on healthy adults demonstrated that tDCS can increase cognitive performance on a variety of tasks, depending on the area of the brain being stimulated. tDCS has been utilized to enhance language and mathematical ability, attention span, problem solving, memory , and coordination. [ 1 ] [ edit ] History
How We Started Our team met in early 2012 at a Startup Weekend event in Lansing MI. We were inspired to build our own tDCS machine after a few weeks of reading about the technology, and struggling to find and easy and cheap way to try one for ourselves.
Brain Stimulation Unit, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke It turns out that one of the ways you can speed up a microprocessor – shoving more current into it – also works on the human brain.
DaSilva, A. F., Volz, M. S., Bikson, M., Fregni, F. Electrode Positioning and Montage in Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. J. Vis.
Public release date: 26-Jul-2012 [ Print | E-mail | Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Holly Brown-Ayers firstname.lastname@example.org 401-455-6501 Women & Infants Hospital PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In one of the first studies to look at transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in real-world clinical practice settings, researchers at Butler Hospital, along with colleagues across the U.S., confirmed that TMS is an effective treatment for patients with depression who are unable to find symptom relief through antidepressant medications.
The following was originally Katie McCurdy’s response to the excellent, ongoing discussion about the future for self-tracking . It’s too good not to elevate to a post of its own — Susannah. ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ Katie’s self-crafted medical timeline (Click to enlarge; see story below)
Early screenshot of Basis Band's dashboard Perhaps surprisingly, a majority of American adults track their own health data, however, most aren’t using digital technologies to do so.