Quantified Self

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On pace
WalkJogRun, a more accurate app from the guy who invented run tracking
(Kari Bodnarchuk for the Boston Globe)
When Adam Howitt decided to run his long road race, the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta in 2002, he wanted to make sure to optimize his training regimen. However, the only way to figure out the certain distances he needed to run was to drive routes in his car and track the distance on his odometer. As a programmer with a couple of decades of experience, he figured he could come up with an easier, more accurate way to track his distance runs. Read More
Next steps
RunKeeper launches 'life tracking' app Breeze to make Fitbit irrelevant
(Courtesy of RunKeeper)
Boston’s RunKeeper today debuts a new mobile app that aims to help motivate you to move yourself even when you’re not working out. While the idea is simple — a step counter paired with well-timed push notifications to help you hit daily goals — the company aspires to make wearables from the likes of Fitbit and Jawbone no longer necessary. Read More
Sunday Runday
Big weekend for RunKeeper's #118forBoston
Runkeeper Runday
RunKeeper is looking to get innovative with its push to get more people out and running (and using RunKeeper) in the lead-up to this year's Boston Marathon. On Sunday, the company will be holding a first ever #SundayRunday to get its entire user base to complete an activity in unison (or as close to running together as is possible). Read More
Ask and Ye shall receive...
Quantified Self conference launching in Boston
The Fitbit Force is displayed at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas on January 7, 2014 (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Last week, in my piece outlining how RunKeeper could become the startup synonymous with Boston, I suggested one way the startup could make a bigger splash in the city and beyond — hosting or leading a quantified self/health tech conference. Come to find out, someone already thought up an East Coast quantified self conference set to be held in Boston's Innovation District this spring. Read More
Big Win in Austin
Sensible Baby wins at SXSW Accelerator Awards
Co-founder Jeffrey Tagen
The annual South By Southwest Interactive awards/festival took place over the weekend, and Boston was well represented at the SXSW Accelerator Awards. Sensible Baby, a Somerville-based startup that uses sensors to monitor sleeping babies, won the competition’s “Best Bootstrapped Company” award — given to the company that has “done the most with the least.” Read More
RunKeeper rallies its runners for #118forBoston
On March 1st, RunKeeper began a new initiative to get more people out and running and to honor what is going to be a very special Boston Marathon this year. With its #118forBoston campaign, the company is hoping to be able to track over 118 million miles of workout activity from its users up to the day of the 118th Boston Marathon. Read More
Shine on
SunSprite hopes its Fitbit for sunlight will brighten your day
(Image courtesy of SunSprite)
The newest wearable device out of Boston aims to solve a problem you probably don't know you have: ensuring the sunlight you're getting is bright enough to boost your health. Bright light is especially helpful in the winter months, according to Cambridge’s GoodLux Technology. The company is maker of the SunSprite, a device that measures how much bright-light exposure you’re getting. Read More
Cheering crowd
MC10 brings Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck, and Taylor Twellman to Harvard to talk tech and sports
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On Thursday afternoon, there was quite a bit of buzz and even a long line of students anxiously waiting outside of the Harvard Innovation Lab, the usually quiet, white monolith that sits on an island at the outskirts of the Harvard Business School campus in Allston.

The reason for the uncharacteristic crowd at the ‘i-lab’ was a panel focused on the crossroads of sports and technology.

While it doesn’t seem like the type of event that would draw a packed house of MBA candidates, the event, hosted by Boston-based wearable sensor company MC10, featured some well known names from the sports world, highlighted by the appearance of former NFL top draft pick and recent Pro-Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck. Read More