health and fitness technology


Technology helped me through the emotional roller coaster of CES

“Humans love to control how they feel. Booze and coffee have been perking us up and lubricating social situations for millennia. Mood-enhancing technology, on the other hand, usually tries to emulate a cup of joe or a glass of wine but without the need for rinsing your liver. I’m generally OK with pumping chemicals into my body, but with a few mood-changing gadgets catching my eye in the run-up to this year’s CES, I thought I’d give some a go. The hope was that I could avoid the usual uppers-and-downers routine that a week in Vegas demands.” - James Trew, Deputy Managing Editor, Engadget 

Wearable tech that alerts you to injuries, inspired by a paralympian, this week on the Design & Violence blog. 

[Lucy Jung, Daniel Garrett, Ming Kong, Elena Dieckmann. Innovation Design Engineering Program. Royal College of Art. Imperial College London. Bruise, the Injury Detection Suit. Pressure-sensitive film embedded in sportswear. Project sponsor: Rio Tinto Sports Challenge. Images courtesy the designers]

The AIRO wristband tracks not just sleep, exercise and stress, but also what you eat

…the AIRO uses a special embedded spectrometer to track not just your heart rate, but also your sleep patterns, workout intensity and calories consumed. It’s even able to break down the nutritional intake of your food.

Abhilash Jayakumar, co-founder and CEO of Airo Heath, tells us it’s able to do this because specific nutrients have different light properties. “As your body breaks the food down, the sensor can detect the amount of light that passes through the blood based on green, red and infrared patterns.” So, for example, if you just ate a candybar, you’ll see a spike in sugar intake reflected on an accompanying AIRO app. The wristband is able to parse the nutritional value of food into protein, fat and carbohydrates. Jayakumar tells us that the app is right now not quite sophisticated enough to tell the difference between simple starches and complex ones, but the team still has more experiments to do, so don’t rule that out just yet.

Personal spectrometer.

  • OK, so for a few years I have always wanted to create a magazine that caters for students. I am always flipping through magazines thinking "WHY IS THERE NO INFORMATION ABOUT JUGGLING UNI LIFE! I NEED HELP!". I decided this year that I would start an online magazine called "Studie Magazine". I tried to get it started but it was way too time consuming while I was at uni, so I stopped it. However, I am about to embark on 7 weeks of well-deserved holidays and I am super keen to get back on track!
  • So I am calling out to anyone that has artwork, or photos or stories about anything student or study related that you would like to be published in an online magazine! This is open to anyone! Even if you have written a piece or essays about uni, or if you have some tips about organisation, or staying healthy, or cheap places to travel etc etc, please join in! I think that this could be a really amazing thing and I would LOVE to see it take off! So shoot me a message or submit something to me and we can get cracking!
  • Wooooooooo for Study!

Wearable tech could save us time and money

As wearable devices gain popularity, health care professionals are exploring how quantified self-data can encourage healthier living habits, detect acute medical problems the moment they surface and ultimately cut down on the cost of treatment. The benefits are more than just losing weight.

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