What Apple Watch Means For Trackers

This morning Apple announced its much anticipated smartwatch, called Apple Watch. It will be released "early 2015," which I'm thrilled to say is also when my book about self-tracking will be released! My book, entitled Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor & Improve Our Health, is about how technology is fundamentally changing how we track our daily health ... Read more

The Quantified Doctor

My first book, due out January 2015, is about the Quantified Self movement. It's called Trackers: How Technology Is Helping Us Monitor & Improve Our Health. One of the chapters is about a doctor who encourages her patients to use self-tracking tools, such as Fitbit or MyFitnessPal. Well now there's a self-tracking company that caters ... Read more

Writer’s Log, 7/3/14: Publishing Contract Signed

An update on my book writing activities. As you all know, I completed my first book, about self-tracking, at the end of 2013. Today I signed a publishing contract for that book. It's with Bateman Publishing, one of New Zealand's top indie publishers. Just remember that last year's Man Booker Prize winner was published by ... Read more

Writer’s Log, 31/12/13: Book Completed!

Just in time for the new year, I have completed the final manuscript of my book about consumer health technology. Weighing in at 72,965 words, the writing and editing is done. Now I just need to get it published! But that is a task for the first part of 2014. I'm feeling proud that I ... Read more

Thoughts On 23andMe & The FDA

This week the world of consumer health technology got a rude shock, when the FDA warned personal genomics company 23andMe that its marketing was in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act). The FDA seemed most concerned about the potential for 23andMe customers to misread their DNA results and take unnecessary or ... Read more

Writer’s Log, 25/10/13: First Draft Done!

Today I completed the first, rough, draft of my book about consumer health technology. I've now got a 70,000 word document sitting inside my computer. 12 chapters. A friend suggested I print it out, so it feels like a real book. I think I'll do that, to feel the weight of paper on my fingertips! ... Read more

Writer's Log, 22/8/13: Over 50k Words

This morning I completed the ninth draft chapter of my book, on the topic of consumer health technology. I've now written 55,000 words, so I'm roughly 3/4 of the way there. I'm really pleased with the progress I've made since my previous Writer's Log at the end of June. My goal at that point was ... Read more

Writer's Log, 28/6/13: Half Year Report

We're halfway through 2013, so it's a good time to update you all on my book project. My book is about how Internet technology is revolutionizing the health and wellness industries, by empowering you - the consumer - to take control of your day to day health. I've had fun researching and writing it. I've ... Read more

Writer’s Log, 12/4/13: 20,000 Words

I just went past the 20,000 words mark in my book. It took me about 3 weeks to write the first 10,000 words, but just over half that (8 working days) for the second 10,000. And yes, I am tracking my daily book progress too, amongst all the other self-tracking I’m doing! I’ve now written ... Read more

Why I’m Disappointed In 23andMe - Hopefully Its “Personalized Recommendations” Will Help

When I began my book project on consumer health technology, I had two classes of technology in mind for particular attention: Quantified Self (a.k.a. self-tracking) and personal genomics. I’ve found plenty of material to write about in the Quantified Self area. However I’ve been disappointed in my findings about personal genomics. I’m also not so ... Read more

Writer’s Log, 28/3/13: My First 10,000 Words

Today I reached the 10,000 words mark in my book. 10,335 words, to be exact. I’ve finished the first draft of one chapter and am about 75-80% of the way through a second. I actually started the latter chapter first, but I’m waiting on some extra information from the company I’m writing about. So I moved ... Read more

Why I'm Bullish on Smart Watches

At the start of this year I noted the return of the watch to technology innovation. The renewed interest in watches is largely thanks to Pebble, a crowdfunded smart watch that got a lot of attention at CES this year. It's looking increasingly likely that watches are going to be a big driver in the ... Read more

Quantified Self at SXSW 2013

Industry analysts at Altimeter, Chris Silva and Jeremiah Owyang, did a welcome overview post of the technology that mattered at SXSW this year. Welcome because nearly every other SXSW post I saw was about the parties and corporate concerts...although I have been extremely guilty of that too at past SXSWs! I didn’t miss going to ... Read more