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On Topic: The Measured Life

The Measured Life

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2011
  • By Emily Singer

Do you know how much REM sleep you got last night? New types of devices that monitor activity, sleep, diet, and even mood could make us healthier and more productive.

The People


Personal Science

The Tools


Tools for Quantifying Yourself

The Blog


A Bracelet Body Monitor


The Latest Sports Stat: Players' Vital Signs

Wearable sensors collect data from athletes as they're playing—data that could soon be broadcast during the game.


From Your Heart to Your iPhone

A new app gets data from an implanted device and can share it with the patient, doctors, and family.


A Pedometer for Eating

Researchers at Clemson University have developed a device that counts your bites.


Helping Patients Test Treatments for Chronic Illness

  • By Emily Singer
  • 07.12.2011

Customizable tools will let patients, and their doctors, track various health metrics.


Extra Sleep Boosts Basketball Players' Prowess

Tracking technology quantifies the power of a good night's sleep.


Tracking Attention, Social Activity, and Our Environment

  • By Michael Nagle
  • 07.05.2011

Can monitoring how we interact with the world change our notion of ourselves?


Astronauts Measure Sleep in Orbit

A new study will track astronauts sleep patterns while in space.


A Wristwatch that Monitors Blood Pressure

  • By Emily Singer
  • 06.30.2011

Researchers hope a device that tracks vital signs around the clock will help patients better control their blood pressure.


The Self-Tracking Stuff that Broke

Technological troubles during my month of self-tracking.


A Physician's Perspective on Self-tracking

How can we get the average patient to take charge of their health?

Emily Singer: Technology Review's Biomedicine Editor

This section explores new tools and trends in self-tracking, a growing movement in which people monitor various personal metrics in order to make more informed choices about living a healthier and more productive life.


Resources for Self-Tracking

The Quantified Self Guide to Self-Tracking
A comprehensive collection of apps, devices and other tools for self-tracking, along with user ratings.
A free website that allows users to track blood pressure, ovulation, pain, sleep and other factors.
The Quantified Self blog
A blog maintained by the Quantified Self community highlighting local events and other developments in self-tracking.
A patient social networking site in which users rank the different treatments they have tried for a number of conditions.
Personal Informatics
A list of resources for people who want to collect personal data.
The Boston Quantified Self Meetup
One of many local chapters of the Quantified Self.
A patient social networking site that provides users with tools to track their symptoms and the effect of different treatments.