How self-tracking and sports apps manage to actually change human behavior

Self-tracking has a long history in the area of sports. It’s therefore not surprising that a large number of the most popular apps are found in the sports market. For instance, apps for runners represent one of the most popular app categories in the various app stores. Currently over 100 million sports apps are downloaded. […]

Save water with the new Iro sprinkler system

After the launch of the Soil IQ, gardening is now being made just that bit easier with the introduction of a smart sprinkling system by Rachio. Its sprinklers take into account the weather conditions, season and the type of plants in your garden to minimize wastage of water. Christopher Klein, Rachio’s co-founder, says that regular […]

Active ‘self-tracking’ to help Ajax on its way to the next championship

As technology becomes more accessible to everybody, an increasing number of soccer coaches and clubs are beginning to see the use of active monitoring of their players. First, the Dutch national soccer coach started checking their sleep patterns, and now Ajax’ coach Frank de Boer has started investigating the stress factor. This was one of […]

New sports watches by Garmin render personal coach obsolete

Garmin has introduced new watches for runners. The new GPS watch by Garmin is thin, light and features a color display. The manufacturer promises that these new watches containing the most advanced technologies will render personal coaches unnecessary. The Garmin Forerunner 220 and 620 offer joggers running schedules. If you run too quickly or too […]

Techno textile: smart T-shirts and socks are the harbinger of the next-generation wearables

Gadgets like the Fitbit and Fuelband are great fun, and your smartwatch or cool glasses will also make you look like a highly sophisticated techno-fan. However, the next generation of wearable technology really lives up to the monicker of “wearables”: smart T-shirts and socks stuffed full of sensors. Now that the market for activity trackers […]

Nike creates new metro map for London showing FuelPoints between stations

A Nike+ FuelBand is a great device for tracking your daily activities. The app’s playful nature will quickly challenge you to move more — between metro stations, for instance. The people at Nike thought the same, so they sent out a data scientist to determine how many FuelPoints you can actually earn by walking from […]

Activity tracker Angel: a godsend for creative developers

Out of the blue there’s a white wearable that seems to prove the existence of angels. Because particularly for creative developers, this white wearable is a veritable godsend! The Angel bracelet boasts a host of integrated sensors that will set every self-tracker’s heart ablaze: they measure your movement, skin temperature, blood oxygen level and pulse. […]

Spreadsheets: Big Data on the sexual act, for couples

A resounding cheer from many an office: “Nosing through spreadsheets” has suddenly taken on a much more exciting connotation thanks to a new app named Spreadsheets. To some, it will seem like a borderline idea, but for others it will be a no more than logical: an app for tracking your love life. It may […]