Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
Google obviously has some big goals. They want to make cars that drive themselves, index all of the world’s information, map the entire planet, put computers on our face and bring free Wifi to people across the globe. Considering those ambitions, it was really just a matter of time before they decided to Read More
Popular opinion holds that wearable tech’s biggest drawback is the potential for Big Data to catalog our personal health data and use it to sell us more crap we don’t need.
Few realize, though, that wearing a machine around your wrist that counts your every step can also cause another problem: a total obsession with walking. At least, that’s the case in “Stepping Out,” a personal essay in the New Yorker by your cool European-seeming uncle David Sedaris.
Companies that sell fitness tracking wristbands are having a hell of a time getting people to actually keep wearing them. Fitness tracking startup OMSignal thinks the way to get people to keep using the tech is to actually put the tracker in your clothing.
As of today, OMSignal is selling their new line of fitness tracking clothes, starting with a men’s line. The collection includes long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, which you buy along with a small black tracking box. The box — which you have to attach to whatever clothing item you’re wearing — is a tracking module that hooks up to the shirt and sends the biometric data to your phone via bluetooth.
Companies like Fitbit, who make fitness wearables and health trackers, purport to want to help businesses wire up their employees to improve productivity — and allegedly, employees love it, according to a convenient new report by The Human Cloud at Work project.
The project is a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London and cloud services company Rackspace. They worked with British businesses to hook their employees up to a combination of three wearables: an accelerometer wristband, a brain wave sensor, and a posture coaching device.
Dutch college student Shawn Buckles was sick of companies like Facebook and Google using his data to fuel their businesses. So he decided to take matters into his own hands and sell it himself by auctioning off all of his online data.
So what exactly was up for sale? Location tracking records, social media profiles, Read More
We saw this day coming, and we tried to warn you.
Fitbit has started to sell its trackers by the thousands to employers along with “sophisticated tracking software,” says a new report from Forbes. With employees’ permission, employers can then track their workers’ health, see how active individual employees are and foster a little healthy competition.
Wiring up companies so that employers can monitor workers’ health is becoming “one of the fastest growing parts of Fitbit’s business,” Fitbit CEO James Park told Forbes.
The leaked screenshots from Apple of the project codenamed “HealthBook” have whipped up excited talk about possible wearables from Apple in the near future. But when enough people are generating larger and more sophisticated sets of personal health data, the question isn’t if, but when marketers will arrive to begin buying and selling Read More
9to5Mac leaked screenshots on Monday of the Healthbook, a long rumored project by Apple. Healthbook is a fitness and health tracker, but the screenshots suggest that counting calories and monitoring your heart rate are just scratching the surface of what this app is capable of.
The app tracks vital Read More
Shaquille O’Neal: star of basketball, that weird movie Kazaam and also, according to SXSW, the world of wearable tech.
The one thing more depressing than spending your weekend nights alone in bed watching Sherlock is falling asleep before you even find out how he solves the murder, amiright?
Some Netflix employees have figured out a possible way to solve the highly pressing problem, The Week reports. At an internal company Hack Day last week, a team of five Netflix-ers presented their invention: a customized FitBit wristband that detects when you’ve fallen asleep, pauses whatever show you’re aggressively binge-watching and replaces it with a friendly “Looks like you’ve fallen asleep!” message. When the user returns to Netflix (presumably after a night of Benedict Cumberbatch-filled dreams), they can resume their show from the point at which they previously dozed off.