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How wearable tech is giving people a sixth sense

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  • Eventually, like training wheels, the technology may be discarded altogether.At the 2012 Quantified Self conference — an event that brings together people who are dedicated to using tech to optimize their health — one woman reported that, like Le Santo, she had learned to tell if she was ovulating without…
  • Harvard research from 2009 showed that people who recorded their heart rate for a minute at a time, multiple times a day, could learn to deliberately slow it down.
  • This could help them regulate their emotions better and they may be able to apply the same skills to regulate uncomfortable symptoms like migraines or poor circulation.I spoke to Virginia-based personal trainer, Chris Clough, who has noticed that clients who monitor their heart rate during interval training eventually learn to…
  • Every three hours for two weeks I recorded my heart rate using a wearable.
  • Indeed, aside from his glucose monitor, Bob Troia told me that he simultaneously uses three wearables that measure essentially the same thing — a Fitbit Blaze, a Jawbone UP3, and a Ōura ring — because they give wildly different results on basic measurements like the number of hours he’s slept.Despite…

Are health trackers imparting a permanent psycho-awareness of our bodies?

Eloise Le Santo has a sixth sense. She can feel her body’s patterns: her oscillating levels of weakness and strength; her mental sharpness turning dull and then sharp again; and her emotions — the way that anger predictably subsides into calm. From noticing these sensations alone, she can tell when she’s ovulating.

Le Santo developed this sixth sense after she started tracking her menstrual cycle using Glow, an ovulation and fertility calendar app. The tracking made her more attuned to how her body changes throughout the month. She started noticing subtle feelings that have eluded her previously.

Le Santo is part of an emerging group that uses apps and wearables as “prosthetics for feeling,” or artificial extensions that give them new powers. The term was coined by Linda Stone, a writer for Radar. For the most part, a wearable is a bracelet or watch that counts the hours you sleep and the number of steps you take, and then scolds you if the numbers are too low. Stone characterized this as an alienating way to relate to your body. Instead, technology could facilitate better health by supporting you. Ideally, health tech would help users gain mindfulness and wellbeing, rather than bully them into achieving specific targets.

If you use a wearable long enough, you may not need one anymore. Some forms of health data tracking can increase users’ bodily awareness, according to the 2016 book Self-tracking, written by University of Washington data scientist Gina…

How wearable tech is giving people a sixth sense

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