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.
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'InsideTracker' Review: Can a Commercial Blood Test Make You Healthier?
November 21st, 2014
InsideTracker is a service that analyzes your blood for various biomarkers to see if your levels are in the "optimal" zones. But critics are skeptical this can actually work to make a healthy person even healthier.
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Two New Fitness Trackers Coming from Jawbone
An image of the Jawbone Up3 fitness tracker.
November 5th, 2014
Two new fitness trackers from Jawbone were announced today — a less expensive tracker for exercise newbies and a high-end tracker with more bells and whistles.
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Apple Health App: What It Can and Can't Do
An image of the new Apple Health app.
October 3rd, 2014
Apple's new Health app is now up and running on the latest version of iOS8, but what exactly can this app do for you?
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Fitness Tracker Fatigue? How to Make Wearable Tech Useful
A group of fitness trackers
November 20th, 2014
The popularity of fitness trackers has exploded, yet few people keep using these devices after a few months. Now, researchers are looking at what key features would it would take to make trackers better.
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New Health App Gives Your Fitness Tracker a Boost
Screen shots from the new app-based coaching program, KiQplan
November 4th, 2014
If you want your fitness tracker to do more than just count calories and steps, a new app-based coaching program aims to do just that.
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New Basis Peak Is Part Fitness Tracker, Part Smartwatch
The Basis Peak
September 30th, 2014
A new version of the Basis fitness tracker called Peak — which features a new design, improved heart rate monitoring and some smartwatch capabilities — will be released in early November.
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South Napa Earthquake Woke Up Many, Fitness Trackers Reveal
a diagram of the percentage of people awakened by the earthquake.
August 25th, 2014
Data from people who wear fitness tracker Jawbone UP shows how everyone's sleep was affected through the South Napa Earthquake.
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Soleus Go: Fitness Tracker Review
The Soleus Go fitness tracker
November 12th, 2014
The Go is a new fitness tracker from watchmaker Soleus that tracks daily steps, calories burned, distanced traveled, workouts and sleep.
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Adidas Fit Smart: Fitness Tracker Review
October 22nd, 2014
The Fit Smart is a new fitness tracker from Adidas that's intended for people who want to improve their workouts, whether that be running or fitness training for sports.
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Why the Apple Watch Doesn't Mean 'Death' for Fitness Trackers
A pile of fitness trackers
September 10th, 2014
The Apple Watch enters fitness-tracker territory by offering ways to monitor daily exercise and heart rate, but the device doesn't necessarily mean the end of trackers like Fitbit.
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