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Quantified Self Movement Gains Momentum
What if there were a device that could not only help you keep track of time, but also make you aware when you are losing time and why? As part of their senior class project at Cornell, recent graduates Brian Schiffer and Sima Mitra created a watch that measures our perception of time, as opposed to actual time.
The implications of this watch device, called Tic-Toc-Trac, could potentially lead to early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. When properly used, Tic-Toc-Trac not only measures how long you think a particular action will take—compared with how long it actually takes—but also helps to adjust your perception so that it is more closely in line with actual time. The Tic-Toc-Trac is just one of the many recent physiologic monitoring devices that contribute to the Quantified Self Movement, which is paving the way for people, both as individuals and as patients in the health care system, to measure and take charge of their own health advances.