Slow Health takes just a bit more mindfulness and thought. But a little dose of that every day can help us move the needle on our own health, and because health is social, the health of our loved ones and community.
Microsensors in your shoes compile data on where you go and what you do. Your workout clothes track your daily progress at the gym and tell you when to slow down or speed up. And as you sleep, a headband monitors your REM patterns. A far-fetched sci-fi fantasy? Not at all.
If privacy protection is taken as the shared responsibility of both the participant and the database host, the risks don't disappear, but they shrink down to a size that makes it possible to balance them with the upside potentials.
From Fitbits to vibrating forks, gadgets promise healthier lifestyles through examination of our daily activities such as diet, exercise and sleep. While the hype is high, I'm not cheering as enthusiastically as my colleagues here in Silicon Valley.