Introducing Open Health, for Healthier Habits
Since releasing Pebble Health with step- and sleep-tracking last year, we’ve been hard at work evolving our health offerings on Pebble. Today we’re introducing our vision for a suite of health services to help you develop and maintain healthy habits. No matter where you’re at in your fitness journey, we believe we can all stand to be a little healthier and happier--whether that’s by coping with stress, staying active, getting the right vitamins and nutrients, or checking in on your mood.
The world of health on wearables is unknown territory: no one yet knows what services will work best for people, or how to deliver a good experience that doesn’t try to be one-size-fits-all. In order to build the best health experiences imaginable, we’re taking some exciting steps to make our platform more open and collaborative: we’re publishing our activity tracking algorithms, releasing an experimental app to give you feedback on your mood, and announcing our plans to collaborate with researchers to bring the benefits of cutting-edge science directly to our users.
Publishing Pebble Health’s Activity Tracking Algorithms
Published algorithms are the missing piece in making wearables useful to developers and relevant to healthcare researchers, but no wearable device maker has opened the black box--until now. Providing greater visibility into how these algorithms work will allow others to expand upon our offerings, validate our output, and recommend improvements--making for better products and stronger collaboration all around.
A writeup of our approach is available on our Research Blog. We’re excited to take this first, critical step towards a more transparent, comprehensive health development platform!
The Happiness App
Health is bigger than steps, sleep, and workouts: your mood, energy, and stress levels have a huge impact on how healthy you feel. Our experimental Happiness App leverages the convenience of having Pebble right on your wrist to check in on how you’re doing throughout the day.
During this one-week program, you can give input on other factors in your environment to get feedback on how those factors correlate to your fluctuating mood.
Download the Happiness App here to start using it with your Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel, or Pebble Time Round. Just click the link from your mobile phone and follow the prompts to install the app. For help getting set up, visit our support page on Help with Happiness App Set Up.
We’ve been testing the app internally and generating some fun results and insights. Read about our experience with the Happiness App on the Pebble Research Blog.
Study with Mobilize Center at Stanford aims to motivate physical activity
We’re working hard to foster collaboration with the experts who know what it takes to effectively and sustainably improve your health. To start, we’re working with the Mobilize Center at Stanford University, a research center funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Big Data to Knowledge Initiative. With Mobilize, we are developing an app that encourages people to be more active throughout the day.
“Long periods of inactive, sedentary time are associated with greater incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes,” says Jennifer Hicks, Director of Data Science at Mobilize, “but relatively few interventions specifically target this behavior.” As one of the largest studies of its kind, the proposed study has the potential to deliver groundbreaking insights towards solving this widespread, complex problem.
By working with research groups, Pebble can improve and extend our existing developer toolset to make it easier for researchers to build health-related apps. In the long run, we hope our users can reap the benefits of these learnings as we make these apps and studies available to our community.
Pebble Research Blog
We’re publishing our algorithms along with our own research studies on our new Pebble Research Blog. Check it out as we add more content from the medical research community! You can also join our Health Mailing List for updates on our progress and new apps from the Pebble team.