23 Key Trends Reshaping Health Tracking and Wearable Tech

by Carol Torgan, Ph.D. on January 26, 2014

There’s a lot of hype, hope, and hyperbole crowding the wearable tech and health tracking space these days. Here’s a look at where I see the field headed in the future based on evidence and intuition. Do you agree? Disagree? What do you see in your crystal ball?

NOW
Calories
Weight
Sleep
Physical fitness
Genome
Blood
HR
Steps
3D
Wrist
Social Network
Attached
Black
Flexible
Graphs
Plastic
Bio-monitoring
Quantified Self
Sports Performance
Battery powered
Numbers
Personalized
Predictable
NEXT
Nutrients
Pressure
Circadian rhythm
Mental fitness
Microbiome
Sweat and tears
HR variability
Gait
9 DOF
Foot
Neural Network
Embedded
ROYGBIV
Flexibility
Photos
Paper
Biomimicry
Do-It-Yourself
Performance Art
Metabolism powered
Biometrics
Customized
Predictive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Activity trackers should be more like Santa Claus. Here’s why.

by Carol Torgan, Ph.D. on December 3, 2013

It’s too much trouble to push a button.

We don’t want to have to push a button to have a tracker go into sleep monitoring mode and we really don’t want to have to remember—upon waking all blurry-eyed and foggy-brained—to push a button to have a tracker go from sleep mode to movement mode (or any other mode). This issue came up repeatedly at a recent DC Quantified Self  Meetup.

We don’t want to have to think about pushing buttons, syncing, connecting, or anything else. We want our activity tracking devices to automatically know when we’re sleeping and when we’re awake.

We want our tracking to be seamless and invisible.

In essence, we want our activity trackers to be just like Santa Claus—who’s also really, really good at the incentivizing part.

He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

You better be good for goodness sake.

Happy Holidays!

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