brAInfood: Do you measure your health?

Date of publication: November 2021 / Checked if updates were needed: March 2024

What is this brAInfood about?

This brAInfood looks at fitness trackers, such as a pedometer, and the data it collects from you. How does such a fitness tracker function? What data does it collect, and how is the data collected? What are the advantages and disadvantages of tracking your (sports) activities? You can find an answer to this series of questions in this brAInfood.

Why should I read this?

Do you consider buying a fitness tracker, or do you want to ask Santa for a fitness tracker as a present? Great! When choosing a fitness tracker, you will have to make certain considerations, as mentioned in this brAInfood. What do you want to achieve with the fitness tracker: motivate yourself, monitor yourself, give your doctor medical insight, or ...? To what extent do you want to/will you follow the analyses and proposals of your tracker? Who do you want to give access to your personal and/or medical data? ... Reading this brAInfood will help you to be better informed about fitness trackers, and whether or not to use a fitness tracker.

What can I find out when reading this?

This brAInfood gives you insight into:

  • the different types of fitness trackers;
  • how fitness trackers work and what data they use;
  • the benefits and caveats of using fitness trackers.

With brAInfood, the Knowledge Centre Data & Society wants to provide easily accessible information about artificial intelligence. brAInfood is available under a CC BY 4.0 license, which means that you can reuse and remix this material, provided that you credit us as the source.