Wearable, Digital Tracking Technology: What's Out There, What it Does and How It's Used.
The Quantified Self: What it Is and Why It Matters
Feedback Loop Theory and its Role in Managing Behavior
Watch a PBS video segment on Quantified Self Technology
In my recent Food Management editorial column, In Praise of the Quantified Selfie, I commented on the increasing use of the digital tracking devices people are using to manage their diets, exercise and other aspects of their personal health. Apple Computer is also rumored to be working on a wearable device, perhaps one that adds new capabilities beyond those presently available (see link to the story about that rumor, also below).
This trend has clear implications for onsite foodservice programs: the larger contract management companies now often offer their clients systems that integrate the use of these devices with menu offerings, especially when clients have HR departments with well-developed wellness programs.
FM has reported on some of these uses several times (you can find the links to some of those stories below). But for those looking for more information on the technology and theory behind the so-called "Quantified Self" movement, we assembled the following set of additional readings. If you have opinions or observations to make about the technology, we welcome them: if you are a registered user of the site, you can submit your comments at the bottom of the page...
A Road to Self Discovery
Know Yourself: Track Every Facet of Life
Watch the PBS Video: The Quantified Self—Data Gone Wild?
In this PBS NewsHour video segment, public TV looks at how technology is helping people quantify and track various aspects of their lives.
Fitness Apps and Dining
Mobile Fitness Devices Tie in to Menu Promotions
Menu tie-ins with mobile food intake tracker give contractors another wellness tool. And at self-operated University of San Francisco Medical Center, FSD Dan Henroid has integrated the same kind of program to take advantage of the barcodes his department has been putting on its food offerings for several years. Read: The Fitness Bidness.
What? Me Change My Ways?
Got Your Game On?
Is Apple Getting Ready to Enter the Fray?
Pogue Ruminates on the Quantified Self
How Your IPad and iPhone Can Help You Shed Pounds
The Battle of the Fitness Bracelets
Wrangling Data from a Huge Variety of Fitness Gadgets
Diabetes Management in the Future
The Quantified Self: What Would Wiki Say?
A Somewhat More Cautious Point of View
Not everyone sees tracking technology as taking off as fast as the early adopters believe it will. This article from The Economist looks at both the technology's promise and its impediments going forward: Health and appiness.
How Feedback Loops Can Assist in Behavioral Change
And Speaking of Behavior Modification Therapy...
The Best Personal Data Tools