Weekly MaxWellness - 8/8

The absolute latest in wellness, from #wearables to #mhealth.

What you need to know this week in the world of wellness, compiled by our in-house mobile wellness geek extraordinaire, Taylor Pechacek. If you want this automatically delivered to your email address once a week, go ahead and subscribe here.

How activity trackers are finding their way into the clinic

  • For specialists whose practice revolves around patients’ mobility, such as physical therapists, equipping patients with an activity monitor gives them a view into patients’ daily lives they’ve never had access to before. But consumer trackers don’t always cut it in these situations, either because they lack regulatory clearance, or because they’re not sensitive enough for a particular use case. This has left a vacuum that companies like modus and dorsaVi are rushing to fill.

The best quantified self site you haven't heard of

  • Part of the reason I don't use all of the data that I collect is that I've struggled with the best way to present it. How do you go about integrating data from your activity, sleep, productivity, driving, locations, reading, writing, coding, and blogging into a single unified interface? The data we collect about ourselves should tell a story, and yet, the "dashboards" that I've seen try to do too much and lose the story in the visualizations.

The great unbundling: How large software companies are splitting up their apps

  • The company isn’t alone in its decision to break an application into multiple parts. Dropbox released Carousel in April to offer an image-focused application separate from its main app. Facebook is removing chat features from its main application to focus on Messenger. Google hasbrought its document and spreadsheet editing software out of the main Google Drive app.

What makes us fat: is it eating too much or moving too little?

  • We're constantly hearing messages that we're eating too much and not moving around enough. Now researchers suggest that we're actually not eating more than we did 20 years ago, it's that we're much less active. And that includes not just middle-aged workers tied to their desks, but also young men and women who spend their days sitting in front of their laptops.

The formula for Happiness...

  • Rhetoric aside, researchers at the University College London say happiness (or at least a discrete moment of it) is represented by the formula above, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The gist of that formula is this: Happiness spikes when we win and our expectations are low—but that happiness gradually fades over time.

The Moto 360 android wear watch is ready for its closeup

  • Android Wear is already out in the wild, on peoples’ wrists and theoretically in their hearts, but the Moto 360, the round-faced smartwatch that has caught the eye of many a fashion-conscious consumer, is supposed to be coming something this month, and a new leak suggests it’s just about ready for prime time.

Doctor on Demand raises $21M series A and adds Comcast as a customer

IN DEPTH SPECIAL: Internet of things 2025 report from PewResearch

  • JP Rangaswami, chief scientist for Salesforce.com, was particularly pointed in describing the benefits that will emerge in this new environment: “The proliferation of sensors and actuators will continue. ‘Everything’ will become nodes on a network. The quality of real-time information that becomes available will take the guesswork out of much of capacity planning and decision-making.