Archive for April, 2011

Meditation and side effects

Monday, April 18th, 2011

What is meditation

What are the intended effects

What side effects do people experience

What happened with the monks brains (beta/alpha waves)

The future of mobile health tech

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

From mobihealthnews:

Here’s a look at the round-up of investment deals we covered during the first quarter of 2011 in order of deal size:

1. Cellnovo – $48 million – Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners (EdRIP), Forbion Capital Partners; Auriga Partners, NBGI Ventures, and Credit Agricole Private Equity and others – The company is known for its wireless-enabled insulin pump and is now touting its “iTunes-like” software platform.

2. Doximity – $10.8 million – Emergence Capital Partners and InterWest Partners – Doximity is a medical communications platform that uses social networking technologies to enable doctors to communicate securely with one another.

3. Basis – $9 million – Norwest Venture Partners and Doll Capital Management – The company’s device called Basis Band measures the wearer’s heart rate and other vital signs.

4. HealthTap – $2.35 million – Mohr Davidow Ventures and Esther Dyson, Mark Leslie, Aaron Patzer – Healthtap plans to create an “expert health companion” that improves interactivity between physicians and patients.

5. Massive Health – $2.25 million – Felicis VC, Greylock Discovery Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Charles River Ventures – Massive Health is still in stealth (which it calls ninja) mode, but it says it will create smartphone apps for chronic disease management.

6. BL Healthcare – $2 million – Verizon Ventures, n/a – BL offers a touchscreen home health monitoring hub among other devices and services.

7. Toumaz – $2 million – Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong – Toumaz’s CE-marked Life Pebble device includes a single lead ECG, skin thermometer, and an accelerometer, which enables it to track physical activity.

8. Sproxil – $1.8 million – Acumen Fund – Sproxil uses text messages to authenticate pharmaceutical products in Africa with a scratch-off code.

9. Endomondo – $800,000 – SEED Capital of Denmark – Endomondo provides GPS tracking of any distance sport.

1st Annual Quantified Self Global Conference May 28-29

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

This May: the first Quantified Self conference!

Join a bevy of self trackers this May at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, May 28-29.  

I’ll be at the conference as the official QS blogger. While the quantified madness is happening, I’ll be doing play-by-play at and on When things quiet down, be sure to say hello – in person or @erigentry. 

Quantified Self 2011 is a conference for users and tool makers interested in self-tracking systems. It will be a “working meeting” for the QS community (14 groups worldwide), where we will gather, inspire, and learn from each other as we share and collaborate on self-tracking projects. We will also explore the potential effects of self-tracking on ourselves and society.

If you are an advanced user, designer, tech inventor, entrepreneur, journalist, scientist, or health professional, please join us for a weekend of collaboration and inspiration!

Note: We have a firm limit of 400 attendees, and we expect to sell out, so make sure to grab your spot andregister today.

Most of the conference will be hands-on and interactive, with user-defined workshops on mood, data visualization, sleep, ethics, and anything else people want to see. We will also have the best speakers from QS Show&Tell meetups reprise or update their talks on the big stage, and a few amazing keynote speakers, including Quantified Self founders Kevin Kelly and Gary Wolf: