Quantified Self

Can an iPhone App Relieve Depression? The Developers of ‘HappyPlace’ Think So

Bummer. (Photo: Zazzle)

Just in time for your annual winter doldrums, a new app called HappyPlace purports to manage your moods and even combat bummed out feelings, the Guardian reports.

The app’s functions are based on research suggesting that depression could be caused or maintained by biased ways of thinking, “particularly around the processing of ambiguous faces,” the Guardian says. In other words, you should probably move out of New York City because other people’s resting bitchfaces could be making you depressed. Read More

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Scientists Are Working on a Bra That Prevents Stress Eating

Results may vary. (Photo: Getty)

Like something ripped straight from a Cathy comic, bras that monitor your stress levels may soon be available to help combat overeating, Discovery News reports.

A team of Microsoft scientists developed a bra that reads wearers’ vital statistics, picking up on the physical symptoms of stress. Using the bra, the scientists predicted changes in physiology that accompany eating and stress, “including whether the subjects were happy and angry,” Discovery says. Read More

Quantify Me

This Smart Wristband Will Count Your Calories For You, You Lazy Oaf

Day Five: Salad again. (Photo: Getairo.com)

We’ve gathered there are two components to dieting: eating healthy food, and keeping track of it. Sadly, neither the first nor the second step is much fun. A new smart wristband is setting out to make the second part a little bit easier, though.

The AIRO wristband “uses tiny LEDs on [its] underside to detect metabolites in the bloodstream, which means it can break down the nutritional intake of your food,” PSFK reports. The wristband can divvy up the sludge you’ve shoveled into your body into protein, fat and carbohydrates. It can’t tell the difference between simple and complex carbs, PSFK says, but hey, neither can anyone else. Read More

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Fertility and Fitness Apps Join Forces in the Name of Science (And Anxiety)

Getting pregnant was never so aesthetically pleasing. (Photo: Glowing.com)

“Am I pregnant?” and “What is my BMI?” are two of the most anxiety-inducing questions facing any sexually active woman. That’s why it’s disconcerting that diet-and-workout app MyFitnessPal and fertility app Glow have joined forces–but Glow’s CEO swears it’s in the name of science.

“BMI is a big factor in one’s chance to get pregnant,” CEO Mike Huang told TechCrunch. “If you are too high, or too low below the established norm, it can cause you to have more irregular menstrual cycles and have more difficulty conceiving.” Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Zuckerbergs in Budapest, Naveen’s API and at Least One Tumblr Engineer Is Super Stoked to Now Work for Yahoo

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Yahoo! for Yahoos! We’ve found a leading candidate for the single person happiest to hear that Yahoo was acquiring Tumblr. No, we’re not talking about CEO David Karp.

Meet Tumblr engineer Jeremy Johnstone. He used to work for Yahoo, and, apparently, the company retains a place of pride in his heart. In fact, he still wears Yahoo gear so constantly that one of his colleagues (the parent of Tommy Pom, no less) has created an entire Tumblr–”Jeremy’s Yahoo Wardrobe”–to chronicle his displays of loyalty.

For example, here is the bright purple car covered in Yahoo decals that he drove in 2007. Here is his Halloween costume from 2006, when he dressed up as the Yahoo logo. And then there are his many company t-shirts. Love is a beautiful thing, you guys. Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

THERE WAS ONCE A JOB POSTING FOR BEYONCÉ ARCHIVIST

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Hey, you. You with the expertise in “servers and enterprise class storage.” What were you doing in 2011? If you’re not currently adjusting the temperature on the official Beyoncé archive in Midtown Manhattan–button up that cardi, it gets chilly in there!–you did that entire year wrong.

As GQ magazine’s recent cover story crowning Queen Bey “Miss Millenium” revealed, the sex on a some very-well-rounded sticks songstress is something of a total self-quantifying maniac: Read More

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Graydon Carter Isn’t Interested in Quantifying Himself, Thanks Very Much

Mr. Carter, stubbornly unquantified. (Photo: 
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Does any corner of New York society remain untouched by the go-go spirit of the raging tech boom? Apparently not.

It seems the culture of optimization has advanced even unto the lofty reaches of Vanity Fair, with this month’s issue containing an exploration of the quantified self by culture critic James Wolcott (not yet available online). And to tee up for his colleague’s column, no less a personality than head honcho Graydon Carter himself opened up the issue with his thoughts on the matter.

His editor’s letter begins, “Not to generalize, but mankind can be divided into three groups.” This’ll be good! Read More

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Naveen Selvadurai’s Next Project Explores the Quantified Self

Not pictured: Fitbit and Withings scale. (via @Naveen)

Don’t call it a startup–at least not yet–but Foursquare cofounder Naveen Selvadurai dropped some hints about an upcoming personal project at an event at Union Square Monday evening, as Erick Schonfeld revealed on Twitter.

The de-Crunched tech blogger was at the VC firm for an event about “Networked Health,” and Mr. Selvadurai’s proposition, taken straight from the Quantified Self rule book, sounded like it fit right in: Read More