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The Future Of Tracking: More Meaning, Less Metrics
1 year, 8 months ago 0

Pew Internet‘s recent study, Tracking For Health, revealed that 21% of people use some type of technology device to track their health data. In the New York Times article More Using Electronics To Track Their Health, Matthew Holt, co-chairman of Health 2.0 is cited as saying that there are close to 13,000 health and fitness [...]

Tinke: Quantifying Your Wellness
1 year, 10 months ago 0

A key indicator of overall health is your cardiovascular wellness. When you don’t have good cardiovascular wellness, you may experience symptoms such as tiredness, inability to focus, and poor muscle recovery after a workout. There are many apps available that measure your heart rate, but that is only one component of your cardiovascular wellness. In addition to [...]

Babolat Play & Connect: Improving your tennis game with data
2 years, 4 months ago 0

Sports and personal fitness are prime opportunities for personal metrics. Continually seeking improvement and progress, people who enjoy sport at all levels often do so blind – without any type of deep understanding of their performance. Recently, Babolat, a French sport company specializing in tennis and other racquet sports, announced Play & Connect, a racquet [...]

Fitbit Aria: Removing The Friction From Weight Tracking
2 years, 9 months ago 0

Fitbit, the creators of the small device that measures your daily steps, sleep, and flights of stairs climbed, is expanding their product offering to include a wireless scale. The scale, known as the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale was actually developed as a product based on feedback from the Fitbit user community who asked for an easier [...]

Nike+ FuelBand: You Can't Improve What You Can't Measure
2 years, 9 months ago 0

I am so excited, the latest in personal fitness tracking tools has arrived! This week Nike announced the NIKE+ FuelBand, a wristband that measures the number of steps you take along with calories burned and then calculates a proprietary metric, NikeFuel to help you gauge your overall activity. The NIKE+ FuelBand is one of many [...]

Three apps for keeping your 2012 health resolutions
2 years, 9 months ago 0

Let’s face it. In our heads, we know we need to change our behavior in order to see positive results in our metrics. But changing our habits and creating new ones is just plain hard. There comes a point when you’ve gathered all the data, you’ve internalized it and truly understand the meaning of your metrics, [...]

Review of the Jawbone Up
2 years, 10 months ago 1

Back in July, I wrote about the Jawbone Up announcement at TED Global. I’ve been anxiously waiting for the device to launch for months, but after using it for 4 days, I have to say I was really underwhelmed and disappointed. I think the product could be really great. But as a first release, it [...]

Basis Science: The Story Of Your Health
3 years, 1 month ago 0

I have a growing concern that we’re innovating like crazy to develop devices, platforms, and systems to track data about our lives, but not doing enough about interpreting that data. What’s the value of data without context? What’s the use of information with action? What’s the purpose of aggregating metrics without assessing their impact? We [...]

Does gameplay have the power to heal?
3 years, 1 month ago 0

After studying Personal Metrics for a while, I’ve realized that creating products or services that are rooted in Personal Metrics is very similar to designing games. I should note that I am not a game designer, however, I am fascinated with the psychology and neuropsychology of how game mechanics affect us as emotionally responsive beings. [...]

Using Personal Metrics to drive workplace performance
3 years, 3 months ago 0
Posted in: Business, Gaming

The idea that measuring behavior can drive behavior is central to game mechanics. By providing players with performance cues, the player alters their behavior to get to the next reward. But can this concept that has been adopted by verticals such as health, fitness, and finance thrive in the workplace to motivate employees and drive [...]