You can quantify just about every part of your life with today’s tech, but what’s more important than getting enough rest? There are now a plethora of ways to keep an eye on the quality of your sleep as well as how much you’re getting.
A 42-year-old man from New Jersey recently showed up in an emergency ward following a seizure. After looking at the data collected by his Fitbit Charge HR, the doctors decided to reset his heart rate with an electrical cardioversion. It’s the first time in history that a fitness tracker was used in this way.
Patients are increasingly bringing their fitness-tracker data to their checkups. Not only are doctors ill-equipped to deal with this information—they’re skeptical that it’s even useful.
In our quest for ever-better sleep trackers, we may have to turn to an older technology for results.
Wearable technologies like fitness trackers are becoming hugely popular, leading many to speculate about the potential for implantable technologies to augment human biology. The question that is often not asked however is: “How do we feel about living with technology on (or in) our bodies 24/7?”
Apple announced several things yesterday, but ResearchKit, the company's new medical research and health platform, is clearly the technology with the most potential to actually improve people's lives. Services like it are already at work around the globe, helping doctors and patients manage symptoms and improve…
Back in 2013, the FDA forced 23andme to pull its DNA testing kits in the United States, saying the personal genetics company was offering an untested diagnostic device. Now the FDA has given the okay for 23andme to test for one specific genetic disorder — a potential sign that the company's full offering may stage a…
It sounds like a pretty damn good deal: Pay a hundred bucks for a blood test and get five simple personalized nutrition tips that promise to add years to your life. Sold! I tried it. And I found, as with any data-based health app, its claims need to be taken with a hulking heap of salt.
Ever wished you could keep track of what you're consuming without keeping a detailed list? Meet Vessyl, a cup that can calculate detailed information about what your drinking—and sync that information with your fitness tracker and peripheral apps. The quantified self has officially made its way into our tableware.
Fitness trackers are basically a grown-up excuse to mess around with a gadget under the guise of self-betterment. But why should adults have all the fun? Kids' electronics maker LeapFrog just unveiled the LeapBand, a wrist-worn fitness tracker that encourages kids to get up and do stuff.
Wouldn't it be amazing if we all had a personal medical scanning device like Star Trek's tricorder? Now the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is hoping to make it happen. We spoke to some contestants to learn how they're planning to win part of the $10 million in prize money.
The FDA has given personal genetics company 23andme 15 days to comply with health regulations, before the federal agency begins seizing the company's DNA testing kits. The FDA says 23andme is offering an untested "diagnostic" device in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Tiny computer chips installed on your teeth could one day allow you to monitor everything from the chemical composition of what you're eating, to your ratio of talking to chewing. This technology could be part of your "quantified self" regimen, or a whole new system of surveillance.
Runkeeper was one of the original iOS apps. It started off simply: turn it on and it would monitor how far and fast you ran. But the really interesting stuff began once Runkeeper opened up beyond the phone.
So here is an impolite question: How big is your belly? What size are your thighs? How much of your body is squishy? If you can't tell me how fat you are, you'll never get thin.
Lists of numbers are hard to remember and boring like a 36 volt drill. So Withings takes dull health-related numbers and transforms them into useful data visualizations. Its new blood pressure monitor makes tracking your daily measurements easy and interesting.