What Wearables and Trackers Are Telling Us Beyond the Numbers

September 8, 2014 6:48 PM

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What Wearables and Trackers Are Telling Us Beyond the Numbers

While big data is transforming our health care industry, "little data" is transforming our individual health habits. Increasingly, individuals are collecting and analyzing their personal health numbers from steps to sleep to blood pressure. There are as many data to track as there are tools to do so, from wearable devices like Fitbit or JawboneUP to apps such as MyFitnessPal and MoodPanda, with more than 500 resources listed on the Quantified Self's self-tracking guide. Various predictions (here and here) suggest a 500 percent growth rate in health and fitness devices by 2017.

However, is it helping or hurting us in the long run to outsource the monitoring of our own body? Perhaps both. Long before this technology existed, Albert Einstein warned, "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the serva...

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