Have you learned about the quantified-self movement?
Millions of health and exercise fanatics are constantly searching for ways to improve their fitness levels. Meanwhile, gadget and technology fans are always looking for new ways to use new technology to improve their own lives.
Where these two subcultures intersect, you’ll discover the quantified-self movement.
The idea behind quantifying your self is that you can use technology — sensors, applications and Internet solutions — to better comprehend and to optimize your daily diet, exercise, sleep and other aspects that affect health. After that you can monitor this information over time to see your progress or to be notified of issues.
Most quantified-self devices are wearable. They are inclined to be wristwatches, armbands, headbands or items that clip onto your belt or may be lashed to a shoe.
However, a few quantified-self devices are appliances for your house.
Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale – EUR 129
The bathroom scale is most likely the most traditional means to quantify one’s self.
Any scale can tell you your weight. However a scale known as the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale may upload that data to the Internet so it can be tracked over time. And in the event that you want to bring an element of peer pressure, then you may even broadcast your everyday pounds via Twitter.
Or, if you think that your weight isn’t a subject for general discussion on social media, you can upload it to a personal website, and from there the information could be shared with a variety of internet weight and health management websites and services — over 60 such solutions, based on Withings.
It’s also fairly intelligent. It may recognize each user automatically. Stand on it.
FitBit Aria – $129.95
Another Wi-Fi bath scale integrates with a quantified-self system called FitBit. The FitBit system is best known for a clip-on device that measures movement and activity during the day, and naturally that info is uploaded for internet monitoring. FitBit additionally makes a Wi-Fi scale known as the FitBit Aria.
The scale measures not just weight, but also body fat, and from these two data points it calculates body mass index, or BMI.
The FitBit Aria links to your house Wi-Fi system and can upload information to smart-phone programs on each the Android or iOS platform or to your personal account on the FitBit website.
By combining utilization of both the scale and the FitBit monitoring device, you can find a clearer image of the relationship between your ordinary activity and your general fitnesscenter, to the extent that BMI shows fitness. For example, you can set BMI or weight goals, and the FitBit system can help you reach them.
You could also add different data to the mix. For example, among the most common fitness-related iPhone programs is called RunKeeper; it’s intended to track the details of your running, walking or hiking. That information could be uploaded to the FitBit system and tracked along with of the rest.
Diet, sleep and exercise impact health, naturally, but so does your own surroundings — air quality, light, temperature, noise and humidity.
A new company called CubeSensors is developing a product made to track all that and upload the information to the world wide web, where it could be monitored and tracked.
The devices themselves are known as CubeSensors, and it’s a fitting name. They are white cubes packed with sensors, and in addition, they have the ability to wirelessly connect to the Internet via your house Wi-Fi system. Every CubeSensor is a 2-inch square powered by a rechargeable battery. They come in one of 2 starter packs, each comprising either a couple of CubeSensors for various rooms in your property.
You can set up criteria for alarms to sound in your own smart phone when these criteria are fulfilled — for example, once the temperature reaches a specific degree. You can even monitor environmental information with time.
CubeSensors may be most effective when used in combination with additional quantified-self devices. For example, a system that monitors and tracks your sleep patterns combined with CubeSensors could help you correlate sound, light or temperature with intervals of poor sleep so you could figure out what’s causing your insomnia.