The Quantified Self

The "quantified self" movement aims to measure all aspects of our daily lives with the help of technology. Wearable devices such as activity trackers, along with apps that let us log our every step, snack and snooze could bring us a better understanding of ourselves, our nature, and may even benefit our health. LiveScience brings you our latest coverage of this movement, and what it means for the human body, the human psyche and human culture.
Read More

Latest Articles

Health Apps May Share Your Data, Study Finds
A man checks his heart rate on his phone.
March 8th, 2016
Some health apps may share your medical information without you knowing it, a new study finds.
Read More »
Counting Steps: Are You Walking More, But Enjoying It Less?
older adults, old people, walking, seniors
January 7th, 2016
Counting steps may cause people to initially ramp up their activity, but may make them enjoy exercise less in the long run, research hints.
Read More »
Bendy Liquid Metal Coils Could Make Stretchable Loudspeakers
Stretchable Acoustic Device
July 16th, 2015
Coils of liquid metal could be used to make stretchable loudspeakers and microphones, potentially leading to new kinds of hearing aids, heart monitors, and wearable and implantable devices, researchers say.
Read More »
Popular Blood Pressure App 'Highly Inaccurate,' Study Says
A man checks his heart rate on his phone.
March 2nd, 2016
A popular health app that claims to let people estimate their blood pressure using just their smartphone is "highly inaccurate," according to a new study.
Read More »
'Writable' Circuits Could Let Scientists Draw Electronics into Existence
Soft, Writable Circuits
December 23rd, 2015
Scientists have developed a way to produce soft, flexible and stretchy electronic circuits and radio antennas by hand, simply by writing on specially designed sheets of material.
Read More »
Fitbit May Help Boost Activity in Older Women
two women running
June 23rd, 2015
Fitness trackers have gained popularity in recent years, but it's not clear whether all this tracking is actually helping people become healthier. Now, a small new study suggests the devices can help people become more active.
Read More »
Mio Fuse: Fitness Tracker Review
The Mio Fuse
March 30th, 2015
The Mio Fuse is a new fitness tracker and training device from Mio Global, a company known for wrist-worn heart-rate monitors.
Read More »
Autism App? iPhone Tool Could One Day Spot the Disorder
Autism & Beyone App
January 28th, 2016
An app that can study people's facial expressions and emotional responses could one day be helpful in detecting autism signs in children, new research found.
Read More »
Mobile Health Tech Looks Promising, But Does It Work?
A woman checks her smartphone during a workout.
August 13th, 2015
Smartphone apps and wearable devices have the potential to help Americans improve their heart health. But right now, there's not enough evidence to evaluate whether all this technology actually helps people get healthier.
Read More »
Is the Apple Watch a Good Health and Fitness Tracker?
An image of the Apple Watch's activity app
June 12th, 2015
A prominent feature of the Apple Watch is its health and fitness tracking, which monitors your movement throughout the day and reminds you to boost your activity. But is the device worth buying for its health features alone?
Read More »