From wearables with monitoring chips to face scanners that assess your contentment, workplace surveillance seems to be going in one direction.
Wearable fitness trackers have less accuracy when used in certain ways.
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A health informatics researcher explains why people don’t always get the ‘credit’ they think they should from using wearable fitness trackers.
It’s one of your body’s most basic vital signs.
Trying a new exercise routine? Strapping on a new wearable monitor? An expert in human physiology explains the ins and outs of your heart rate and why it’s a valuable number to understand.
Interactions between people and machines continue to increase.
Engineers predict a time when people and robots physically interact all day long. For that to happen safely will require new soft materials that can do things like sense touch and change shape.
Technology can help crime victims deal with the situation - but the best solution is to avoid people being victims in the first place.
The Rape-aXe ‘female condom’, anti-rape underwear and an anti-groping stamp are all now on the market. But they put the onus on women to protect themselves, rather than on men not to attack them.
Clara, keen as ever for some well-deserved attention.
It can be tough to train a dog – but mainly because humans are even more prone to distraction and inconsistency than our canine companions. Wearable technology might help us be a bit more consistent.
A smartphone that bends: one day soon this could be your flexible friend.
Making technology such as a new smartphone that can you can roll, fold and bend requires new ways to manufacture.
Currently only half of people with depression access potentially adequate treatment, according to one research study. Digital devices could help.
Using smartphones and wearable devices to identify mental health symptoms and deliver psychotherapy will allow more people to access quality care, according to one psychiatrist.
In the brave new world of information capital, data collected from wearables and other technologies could be a slippery slope to a new social hierarchy.
An offer that appears beneficial on the surface, but can lead to unintended negative consequences is called a “perverse incentive”.
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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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.
Wearable systems can reveal just how hard these skaters’ bodies are working.
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Wearables help regular people track their activity, but sophisticated technology can give deeper insights to elite athletes.
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.
Calling time on Jawbone.
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
More power than you think in power walking.
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.
Technology can help workers in many ways.
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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.
Do you know how the data from your running app is being used?
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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?
Goggle Glass: what not to do.
Apple can learn a lot from Google Glass and other augmented reality glasses.