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The Quantified Baby could be a game changer, but only if parents don’t expect it to be a life saver

Every now and then, I’ll wake up from a deep, snore-riddled sleep, and, for whatever innate reason, get seized by an overwhelming sense of panic that something is wrong with one of my kids sleeping about 15 feet away. Sometimes, the worry will pass. Other times, I’ll be driven to get up and sneak into their [...]

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You shrink, they grow: The little-told story behind the un-sexy fitness tracker that actually works

It’s rare to find an app that’s top of the App Store charts, funded by top VCs, in a hot category like the Quantified Self, is profitable, has rabidly loyal users, and that is almost never, ever talked about by the tech press. That’s MyFitnessPal. I use MyFitnessPal multiple times every day and have for [...]

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Meet the apps hoping to be the Fitbit for your financial fitness

Everyone wants something different from the quantified self movement. Some delight in learning more about themselves; others want to use all that data to improve their lives. Members of the latter group are often disappointed. But that doesn’t mean the quantified self movement can’t lead to self improvement. Just ask the people behind Level, a finance app, [...]

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A decade in, the “Quantified Self” is still more hope than reality

Ever since Wired editor Kevin Kelley first coined the term “Quantified Self,” organizing a meetup of interested lifehackers and relentless self-improvers in 2007, the world at large – and the technology industry more specifically – have been predicting the rise of a global quantified self movement. More recently, the industry has turned its attention toward [...]

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Be your own coach: The case against activity trackers and the quantified self

One of the most prevalent arguments made in defense of big data and sensor technology is that it can make us healthier. In the future, they argue, the notion of a “checkup appointment” will become obsolete. The sensors will always be “checking up,” alerting doctors, patients, and — perhaps problematically — insurance companies of any potential health problems. [...]

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Why ResearchKit Is the Most Exciting Thing Apple Announced Yesterday

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 health. Here’s why it’s important, and how it [...]

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“The Audit”: A science fiction nightmare about the quantified self

It was the kind of gorgeous San Francisco morning where the pre-dawn sky, rich with purple and orange sunlight gradients under a blanket of star clusters, looked every bit as good to Bennett Marcus as anything his 20th generation iPhone screen could muster. The sky that humbled Bennett as he sipped coffee and read Twitter on his balcony [...]

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The Data You Can (and Can’t) Trust From Your Fitness Tracker

Everyone is on the fitness tracking bandwagon. The Apple Watch will track your heartbeat, steps, and activity. The Fitbit and Fuelband have been doing similar things for years. But they aren’t perfect. At best, the data is good encouragement, but at worst, it’s unreliable and misleading. Here’s why all that data doesn’t equal better health, [...]

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The Apple Watch could be worth all of the hyperbole and still fail terribly

We’ve all become very used to seeing usually sane, independent reporters churn out hyperbolic ad copy at each new Apple product announcement. Today was no different. But as we wait out the next four or so months between the Apple Watch’s unveiling and its on sale date, tongues panting in anticipation, there’s a good chance [...]

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Vessyl: A Cup That Uses Molecular Sensors To Track Everything You Drink

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. Read more… Continue Reading from the [...]

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