What about the apps that try to guide you to a healthy life style? They collect a huge amount of data with an armband linked to a smartphone or computer. These so-called ‘quantified self’ apps monitor the calories you consumed, the quality of your sleep, the calories you burned, kilometres you ran, … Well-known examples are Bodymedia (http://www.bodymedia.com) or Lark (http://lark.com/)
Are they just nice-to-have gadgets or can they really be useful in you personal health-management? The Belgian investigator Christel De Maeyer made an interesting study on this ‘qualified self’ tools. Christel lives in Belgium (Gent), but works also at the Stanford University (California).
In 2012 Christel followed people in Belgium and San Francisco who used the Bodymedia armband. You can check the results of her study on her site: www.sleepingwithtechnology.com.
Some interesting conclusions for us: