Biohacking Innovations: Top 10 Health Tracking Devices
Biohacking aims to prolong healthy life through the optimization of nutrition, sleep patterns, doing sports, etc. To monitor body parameters, biohackers use different gadgets. Some of them not only track the pulse rate, temperature or state of tissues but also help to maintain health.
What is self-quantification and why does a biohacker need lifelogging?
Before improving body parameters, biohackers carefully analyze them. Basing on the collected data, they make up the picture of the current health state and future possible health risks as well as define ways of health optimization. Everything is measured – the time of sleep, amount of consumed food, mood, weight, pulse rate, and many other parameters. Altogether, these measurements are called self-quantification, meaning digital identity – a digital “picture” of the body made up based on measurements.
For example, biohackers can track the interrelation between wellbeing and nutrition. As a result, they can understand what products cause them to feel unwell, and what products have a positive impact on the body.
Systematic tracking of health data and body behavior is called lifelogging.
One can find special lifelogging apps that record literally every moment of the biohacker’s life. Users need to enter information about the duration of sleep, food, sex and physical activity in smartphones. At the end of the day, the app draws the balance and shows how much time a certain activity lasted.
How to choose a biohacking device
You need to choose the device in correspondence with the goals of performance analysis. However, even the simplest device needs to track:
physical activity during the day;
time and quality of sleep;
This data is enough to obtain basic parameters and make up the picture of the current health state.
Biohacking gadgets that will amaze you
A smart electronic device the main function of which is to regulate human circadian rhythms. The inner side of the ring contains special sensors. They recognize sleep phases, measure body temperature, pulse, activity and rest periods, and then send data to the smartphone.
Developers state that the gadget helps to normalize sleep. The ring fulfills all the standard functions of a fitness bracelet, has a waterproof feature, and the charge lasts for seven days of use.
The product is the result of the 25-year work of researchers at Australian National University. Glasses simulate sunlight, helping the body to survive during decreases in solar activity. They rely on a simple operation principle, having green LEDs embedded in the rim. When used daily, the device improves your wellbeing throughout the day and sleep quality.
Muse meditation headband
The product is designed to fight against stress. It can simplify life for the people that want to learn how to meditate. The headband synchronizes with the tablet app. To make the process of studying easier, the app is outfitted with sound and light effects.
A small sensor attached to the backside of a wristwatch. The device connects to the smartphone and fulfills a range of useful functions: tracks the pulse rate, works as a steps teller and a calorie counter. You can use the sensor to answer phone calls, turn on music and take photos. As Сhronos closely seats on any watch model, it does not bother you in everyday life.
A bracelet synchronized with the special smartphone app. The device measures steps, calories, traveled distance, and the duration of workouts. The sensor accurately measures pressure. The device can be attached to the chest strap that comes in the kit in order to measure heart rate. It provides data in the form of a cardiogram. Besides, the device records all types of physical activity and workouts.
AngioScan pulse oximeter and blood vessel scanner
A compact modern device that serves the purpose of timely diagnostics of the cardiovascular system. Using the scanner, one can find out the level of blood saturation, measure stress index and pulse rate. Besides, AngioScan assesses the biological age of vessels and the state of arterial walls. The device stores all the data (1,000 last measurements). The scanner helps to diagnose the symptoms of cardiovascular diseases in time. A pulse oximeter is attached to a finger and data is shown on a small display.
QardioArm wireless pulsimeter
The device is used to measure arterial pressure. Data is shown on the display in the form of a diagram, which is simple to understand. Measurements are taken three times in a row for a more accurate evaluation of readings. Users can manage the device through an app using Bluetooth. Besides, the device can notify the owner about arrhythmia and track the pulse rate.
Xiaomi Mi Band fitness tracker
Smart bracelet tracks the activity and body state during workouts. The device has a built-in pace counter that collects statistics during the day. Besides, the tracker measures the number of consumed calories, the efficiency of exercises, pulse rate. The bracelet records the time of falling asleep and awakening, as well as tracks sleep phases and quality. Users can manage the device in the non-contact mode.
FitBit fitness bracelet
Another representative of smart bracelets that serve the purpose of tracking physical activity. The device fulfills a rather wide range of functions:
counter of consumed calories;
monitoring sports goals.
The device monitors heart rhythm using the special Pure Pulse technology – optic sensors flash hundreds of times per second to gather data about blood amounts circulating through the wrist.
Bellabeat Leaf wellness tracker for women
Shaped as a pendant, the tracker can be worn as a brooch or a bracelet. The device looks like a tree leaf and is outfitted with numerous sensors, as well as the memory that stores data of the last two weeks of operation. The tracker synchronizes with the smartphone app and tracks:
amount and quality of sleep;
readings in the pregnancy mode;
amount of water you drink during the day;
pulse rate, physical activity during the day.
Biohacking is impossible without a clear understanding of what is happening with the body at every moment. Numerous measurements and devices serve this purpose. You can learn more about biohacking and ways to improve life quality at Biohacking Conference Kyiv, which will take place on March 26.