An offer that appears beneficial on the surface, but can lead to unintended negative consequences is called a "perverse incentive".
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.
We can either take advantage of advances in technology to enhance human beings (never to go back), or we can legislate to prevent this from happening.
Wearables help regular people track their activity, but sophisticated technology can give deeper insights to elite athletes.
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.
Jawbone was one of the first companies to popularise wearable fitness bracelets. Others can learn from its failings.
Activity tracking devices are boosting people's desire to make healthy lifestyle changes – and stick to them
From power walks to silly walks, we can use our movement to generate energy in a way that is unique to everyone. And that can be used to help secure our wearable technology.
People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
Ford Motor Company's attempts (and failure) to monitor its employees offers some lessons in why we should question the use of wearable tech by companies today.
Apps and wearable devices promise greater participation and empowerment in health care. But what are we risking when we take part in this new era of participatory health?
Apple can learn a lot from Google Glass and other augmented reality glasses.
The ideal fitness regime is not just a matter of time.
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.
Fitbit and other wearable technology are good for keeping track of your personal fitness. But should they be used by school children?
There are plenty of devices to help monitor your sleep, but are they any good?
Companies are excellent at offering apps and services in exchange for users' data. This approach can also be a big boost to scholarly research.
The UK government's move to electronically track criminals on parole shows how wearable technology can become a virtual prison.
It might sound strange but the world of animal-computer interaction could improve their welfare and help us understand them better.
Imagining possible futures can help us plan a secure information technology environment for the years to come.