Walking is the superfood of fitness, experts say

September 29, 2014
 

Dorene Internicola, Reuters.com

 

Women walk together up a hill as they participate in some morning exercise during a visit to Torrey Pines State Park in San Diego

 

(Reuters) – Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star.

 

For author and scientist Katy Bowman, walking is a biological imperative like eating. In her book, “Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement,” she suggests there are movement nutrients, just like dietary nutrients, that the body needs…

 

Click here to read the full article at Reuters.com

 

Bad Cops Can Be Fixed With More Video…

September 15, 2014
 

Bad Cops Can Be Fixed With More Video… Maybe Even the Ones in Ferguson

 

By Kevin Maney, Newsweek

 

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Tiny cameras are one thing. Instant upload adds another dimension. Now that we have ubiquitous wireless networks—whether cellular or Wi-Fi—services like Google+ can upload video to the Web as soon as it’s shot. As Philippe Kahn, who invented the camera phone in the 1990s, told Newsweek, police or soldiers or mobs who see you shooting video might smash your device. But if the file is already on its way to the Web, the toothpaste, you might say, is out of the YouTube. “The truth gets shared,” Kahn says.

 

Click here to read the complete article at Newsweek.com

 

HOW THE NAPA EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED BAY AREA SLEEPERS

August 27, 2014
 

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The South Napa Earthquake was the strongest to hit Northern California in 25 years. Our data science team wanted to quantify its effect on sleep by looking at the data recorded by Jawbone UP wearers in the Bay Area who track their sleep patterns.

 

Click here for the full article

 

Fullpower® Awarded One More Key Sensor-Fusion Patent for Activity Identification

July 23, 2014
 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – July 23, 2014) – Fullpower® today announced it has been awarded another key sensor-fusion patent. This patent outlines a method to identify a person’s activity using sensor-fusion.

 

“Wearable and IoT depend on sensor-fusion to deliver,” said Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of Fullpower. “Jawbone UP and Nike+ Running, for example, are showcase implementations and this is just the beginning.”

 

The patent for invention number 8,784,309 relates to monitoring human activity, and more particularly to accurately calculating user activity statistics using a location sensor and an inertial sensor. This patent supplements the Fullpower patent portfolio for the MotionX® Sensor-Fusion processor technology, which includes US Patents 8,568,310, 8,187,182, 7,647,195, 7,970,586, and 8,320,578 among others.

 

The Fullpower Patent Portfolio
These patents are part of an intellectual property portfolio from Fullpower that includes more than 45 issued patents with dozens of patents pending. Broad coverage for the MotionX® Technology Platform and Sleeptracker® technology introduces a new and necessary approach for continuous activity and sleep monitoring and analysis, with applications spanning a variety of health and fitness, medical, and navigation applications. Fullpower’s ongoing innovation translates into continually broadening and deepening of this patent portfolio.

 

Important Links:
www.fullpower.com
www.motionx.com

 

About Fullpower and the MotionX Technology Platform

 

Founded in 2003, Fullpower’s world-class team leads the wearable and IoT revolution. Fullpower powers market-leading wearable solutions from Nike, Jawbone and others. The Fullpower wearable patent portfolio includes more than 45 issued patents and more than 75 patents pending covering Sleeptracker®, MotionX®, bands, pods, smart watches, eyewear, clothing, sensor-fusion, IoT, health, medical, wellness and machine learning.

 

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Jawbone Up and Sleepio

July 12, 2014
 

Jawbone Up and Sleepio app review

 

 

Using a wristband to collect sleep data, an app to help learn new habits, and online tutorials for tips, Observer corespondent Alice Fisher works on getting better sleep with the Jawbone Up.

 

“I used the Sleepio app in conjunction with a Jawbone UP wristband. The band tracks movement and sleep, information that’s stored in your smartphone and online in your Sleepio account. It’s very easy to use. Wear the wristband to collect data and add any extra explanatory information into a simple online diary along with your subjective experience of last night’s slumber. Sleepio analyses it for you.”

 

Click here to read the original review @TheGuardian.com

 

 

 

 

Sleep’s memory role discovered

June 5, 2014
 

From BBC News

 

By James Gallagher, Health and science reporter

 

The mechanism by which a good night’s sleep improves learning and memory has been discovered by scientists.

 

The team in China and the US used advanced microscopy to witness new connections between brain cells – synapses – forming during sleep.

 

Their study, published in the journal Science, showed even intense training could not make up for lost sleep.

 

Experts said it was an elegant and significant study, which uncovered the mechanisms of memory.

 

Full Article available at BBC.com

 

‘Wearable Web’ could become ‘trillion-dollar industry’

April 30, 2014
 

By Patrick Seitz, Investors.com

 

The emerging wearable-technology sector has created a boom market for research reports that say it’s going to be a boom market.

 

Generator Research says that the wearable-device market will grow from $8 billion this year to $101.2 billion in 2018. Smart watches and smart glasses will provide the majority of growth for the market, analyst Andrew Sheehy said Wednesday. The market includes smart glasses, smart watches, fitness and activity trackers, and heart-rate monitors.

 

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Read More At Investor’s Business Daily

 
 

MotionX-GPS Drive V17 Features Community Contributed Road Alerts

April 4, 2014
 

MotionX-GPS Drive version 17.0 is now available for the iPhone and iPad. MotionX-GPS Drive, the best-selling navigation app in Apple’s App Store, now features community contributed road alerts and reporting including accidents, hazards, police location, weather, and more.

 

Additionally, new intelligent spoken notifications warn the driver of road alerts ahead. Now even if you know where you’re going, MotionX-GPS Drive provides you with valuable and relevant live driving information.

 

MotionX-GPS Drive version 17.0 is immediately available for $0.99 in the App Store. The application covers the U.S. and Canada and includes 30 days of free Live Voice Guidance. Additional guidance packages are available at $2.99 for 30 days or $9.99 for a year. This upgrade is free to current MotionX-GPS Drive customers.

Fullpower Acquires SleepTracker® Intellectual Property

March 31, 2014
 

SANTA CRUZ, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 31, 2014) – Fullpower® today announced the acquisition of SleepTracker® intellectual property, including the SleepTracker patent portfolio that includes U.S. patents 7,306,567 (Jan 9, 2004) and 8,096,960 (Jan 9, 2004).

 

“The SleepTracker IP and patent portfolio further strengthens Fullpower’s wearable IP and patent portfolio,” said Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of Fullpower. “Sleep cycle alarms are essential to wearable and the quantified self.”

 

The Fullpower patent portfolio includes more than 40 issued patents and more than 70 patents pending. Broad coverage for the MotionX® Technology Platform introduces a new and necessary approach for continuous activity and sleep monitoring and analysis, with applications spanning a variety of health and fitness, medical, and navigation applications. Fullpower’s ongoing innovation translates to continually broadening and deepening of the IP related to the MotionX-24/7 Plug & Play Ecosystem for Wearable.

 

Easy Wake Device, US 8,096,960, Priority date Jan 9, 2004 (PDF)
ABSTRACT: A device that monitors a user’s sleep cycles and operates to sound an alarm to awaken the user at an optimal point within a sleep cycle. Once an alarm time is set and the alarm is activated, the device begins to monitor a wearer’s sleep cycles by identifying the points in time at which the wearer’s moves his or her body limbs. As the alarm time is approached, the device can trigger the alarm earlier if the wearer is at an optimal point in the sleep cycle or, even retard the triggering of the alarm if the optimal point in the sleep cycle is expected to occur shortly. The device can be used to assist children in waking up to prevent bed wetting, or in a patient for obtaining light therapy.

 

Easy Wake Wrist Watch, US 7,306,567, Priority date Jan 9, 2004 (PDF)
ABSTRACT: A device that monitors a user’s sleep cycles and operates to sound an alarm to awaken the user at an optimal point within a sleep cycle. Once an alarm time is set and the alarm is activated, the device begins to monitor a wearer’s sleep cycles by identifying the points in time at which the wearer moves his or her body limbs. As the alarm time is approached, the device can trigger the alarm earlier if the wearer is at an optimal point in the sleep cycle or, even retard the triggering of the alarm if the optimal point in the sleep cycle is expected to occur shortly.

 

About Fullpower Technologies
Founded in 2003, Fullpower’s world-class team leads the wearable revolution with the MotionX Plug & Play Ecosystem for wearable. MotionX powers market-leading wearable solutions from Nike, Jawbone and others. The Fullpower wearable patent portfolio includes more than 40 issued patents and more than 70 patents pending.

 

Important Links:
www.fullpower.com
www.motionx.com

Powered By MotionX

February 20, 2014
 

BMR reviewed its first Jawbone UP in August 2013. Fresh out of the box, it was impossible to miss the play taken from Intel’s book, which was the statement imprinted inside the band that this was the “UP by Jawbone with MotionX”. Combined with the copyright notices in the phone app, we had all the motivation we needed to start the journey to learn just what MotionX is all about.

 

That journey quickly led to Philippe Kahn, CEO of Fullpower, the makers of MotionX. If that’s a familiar name it’s with good reason – Philippe is the former CEO of Borland, founder of Starfish Technologies, inventor of the camera phone, leader of the Pegasus Racing sailing team, and holder of endurance sailing records (a pursuit that calls for performance and decision making optimization under conditions of serious sleep deprivation). There’s plenty more, but back to our topic.

 

What follows is based on recent exchanges with Fullpower intended to bring greater clarity to what MotionX does and why it’s important. Currently, MotionX solutions can be found in the Jawbone UP and UP24, Nike+ running products, and the MotionX 24/7 app found in the iPhone App Store (where it alternates between first and second place on Medical category’s top seller list). Let’s start by digging into the technology’s various facets:

 
  •  Wearable device algorithms.
  • Communications capability.
  • Apps for iOS, Android, and Windows.
  • Cloud infrastructure to support interaction, data retrieval and presentation, updates, etc.
 

On their own, fitness bands contain a fair amount of miniaturized technology which typically includes processors, an accelerometer, a battery, and an antenna, usually Bluetooth. That’s just the hardware. Software is required to make these components function and work together properly to support power management, communications, and critically, data interpretation and collection.

 

On its own, an accelerometer can detect movements and send those signals to be processed and stored. From this point it gets complicated in a big way – particularly if accuracy and reliability are high priorities. The key challenge is how to interpret the signals coming from the accelerometer and distinguishing between a stride, a run, a handshake, or another Dorito chip.

 

It turns out that Fullpower has mastered this interpretive process the hard way – with time and painstaking effort. To begin with, activity monitors are usually worn on the wrist or arm, or carried in a pocket. As a result, products like the Jawbone UP must be carefully calibrated or “tuned” in order to accurately interpret and estimate what the wearer is doing.

 

There are different approaches to solving this problem. One way is to adapt commonly available algorithms like those designed to protect laptop hard drives in the event of a fall; another is to partner with research institutes which have a focus area on this topic and then adapt their work; and a third is Fullpower’s.

 

In broad, suitable-for-publication terms, Fullpower has invested many years of effort developing a rigorous approach to measuring and estimating natural human motion. Part of this process is includes video footage, inertial measurement unit (IMU) recordings and other undisclosed techniques, all performed 24/7, because sleep has to be studied too. These data are compared to the data being reported by the activity monitor with the net effect that this comparison and verification process greatly reduces errors in the estimation process by eliminating questions like “did the subject just twitch their arm or did they roll over while asleep?” Or, “is the subject running or are they just shaking their leg during a meeting?”. The video analysis can be conclusive and this knowledge can be factored (literally) into the algorithm development process. Repeating this process over the course of years, with many different people, activities, and situations yields a high level of precision backed by a very large and unique data set which only gets more accurate over time. This process doesn’t just apply to tracking steps – it plays a central role in developing sleep cycle alarms and more.

 

As an aside, another result of this kind of original research is a substantial intellectual property (IP) portfolio of early, seminal patents that have been awarded with many more awaiting approval. In Fullpower’s case, these patents cover more than just algorithms – they go on to include wearable devices, health/fitness/medical patents, sensor-related patents, and more. The net effect is that Fullpower has created a significant asset that can be licensed to produce current, ongoing revenue streams that complement the rest of the company’s efforts. In light of the early stage of wearable technology, this is a significant achievement.

 

Once precision has been assured and the required computational power has been designed to minimize power consumption, the question turns to how to offload the data that has been collected and stored on the device. Today, some devices require a cable connector to transfer data to a phone or computer. Others can use a cable or Bluetooth, and yet others use Bluetooth alone. It’s possible that the low energy feature of Bluetooth v4.0 will become the standard of choice for activity monitors, but we’re still early in the evolution of these products. The MotionX platform is compatible with cable- and Bluetooth-based channels.

 

We’re now ready to leave the device and move through the rest of ecosystem starting with phone apps. Innovation in this part of wearable technology is alive and well – in the course of its review process BMR always includes an analysis of the associated phone app. Some are rudimentary, others are considerably more sophisticated. Regardless of the features there are some basic functions that need to be fulfilled, including retrieval of data from the device, displaying it on the phone, delivering updates, and possibly provide connections to social media. Oh, and this all has to be done reliably while maintaining an engaging and satisfying user experience. Regardless, apps are an essential part of the experience and form another important part of the overall wearable ecosystem.

 

From the phone, the data are sent to a cloud-based platform that does the heavy lifting of managing user accounts and their associated data, and generally serving as the coordinating management platform for these devices once they’re in the wild.

 

MotionX is an end-to-end ecosystem designed expressly for wearable technology. It provides all the primary functions required to make a wearable technology product work, and it does so with a very high degree of accuracy and reliability. In the course of developing MotionX, Fullpower has amassed a substantial intellectual property (IP) portfolio, and its value is likely to increase as wearable technology continues to expand its footprint in our daily lives. If MotionX is another home run, it would be perfectly at home with the rest of Philippe Kahn’s successes.

 

Read the Original Article @Body Monitor Review