Industry representatives wear fitness trackers at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January 2014 in Las Vegas. Health and fitness information is being increasingly shared with insurance companies.
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Insurer John Hancock now requires customers to use activity trackers for life insurance policies. Here's how that will put life insurance and even mortgages out of reach for many people.
Heart-rate monitors can be accurate – as long as you don't move.
Fitbits and other trackers are just the latest iteration of the fitness industry's relationship with technology.
Sales of Apple smartwatches are increasing, while Fitbit sales are on the decline.
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Research shows that people's social networks, employment conditions and life stages all impact their use of wearable devices. Understanding these factors can help you achieve your fitness goals.
When we sit, we accumulate calories and excess fat which can cause obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and death. The solution may be as simple as counting.
If you sit all day at work, then cancer, diabetes, heart disease and death are the likely outcomes. A cardiologist explains how the simple act of counting can reverse this evolutionary trend.
A log of your preexisting conditions?
Soon, wearable fitness devices will be able to diagnose diseases. Could that lead insurers to deny coverage to people based on their data alone?
Apple Watch: Sport over style?
Forget high-end design and cutting-edge communication. The new Watch is a fitness device and heralds a shift for the company – from enabling self-expression to nudging users toward self-mastery.
Imagine if all these people were gathering valuable data for public benefit?
If we can solve the privacy issues, placing trackers on people and the things we make can teach us a great deal about ourselves and the world around us.
Wearable technology could help us manage our own health but separate us from our doctors as they drown in data.
We now have the technology to do track our sleep through the night, but that may be doing more harm than good.
Tracking sleep is now routine in monitoring overall well-being. But are the devices used to do this actually useful, or have we simply found a more sophisticated way to clock watch?
Long walk to fitness.
Fitness devices like Fitbit set an automatic goal of 10,000 steps a day. But this isn't the magic threshold some make it out to be.
Is your smartwatch spying on you?
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As wearables record more personal and physical activity data about us, we risk giving away more than we'd imagine.
Still a few kinks to be worked out.
We can already track plenty of body data, but to really make a difference, wearables need to consistently collect clinically valuable information that can be used to improve health.
No longer restricted to elite athletes, personal fitness data can be collected from people jogging, going to the gym – even sleeping.
Beyond simply counting steps, fitness tracking technology creates personal black boxes that archive everything we do – even sleeping. So it’s not surprising to see that a Calgary law firm, representing…
The health benefits of wearable technology may have been oversold, just a tad.
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