Press Release: UCLA Hosts 24-hour Invention Competition to Meet Health Care Needs

Just a stone’s throw from Silicon Beach — the epicenter of technology in Los Angeles — the Business of Science Center at UCLA, with support from the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology and Center for Digital Behavior, is spurring innovation as the organizer of the second-annual Inventathon.

This event is a unique 24-hour competition designed to develop solutions for pressing healthcare needs using the latest device technology and mobile applications.

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Wearables: Data is Not Enough to Sustain User Engagement

Wearable self-tracking devices are quite likely the top health and wellness trend of 2014.  There is growing hype for wristbands, clothing, patches, and even ingestible pills measuring physical activity, sleep quality, and other physiological measures.  Their popularity is part of the larger Quantified Self Movement, the motto of which is “self-knowledge through numbers”.  But does self-knowledge necessarily lead to self-improvement?

Consumers are buying products like Fitbit and Jawbone UP with the hope that tracking health-related data will give them the insights and motivation needed to accomplish health goals.  However, according to a survey earlier this year, one-third of people who buy such a product stop using it quickly – within the first six months.

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