Pebble Opens Health Algorithms, Happiness App

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In the midst of another massively successful Kickstarter campaign, Pebble this week published its activity-tracking algorithms and released an experimental app that gives feedback on your mood.

The company is also collaborating with researchers to bring "benefits of cutting-edge science" directly to users.

"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," Pebble wrote in a Kickstarter update.

To get the ball rolling, Pebble is offering third parties access to its algorithms; developers are encouraged to take a peek and help expand upon, validate, and recommend improvements to existing technology.

Check out Pebble's Research Blog for more details on this "critical step towards a more transparent, comprehensive health development platform."

But health, as Pebble knows, is more than steps, sleep, and workouts: Your mood, energy, and stress levels also impact physical and mental well-being. Which is why the team launched a week-long experiment to gauge how environmental factors correlate to fluctuating moods.

Download the Happiness App online for use with a Pebble Time, Time Steel, or Time Round smartwatch. Click the link from your smartphone and follow the prompts to install.

"We've been testing the app internally and generating some fun results and insights," Pebble said.

The company's efforts don't end there, though. In collaboration with the Mobilize Center at Stanford University, Pebble is 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," Jennifer Hicks, director of data science at Mobilize, said in a statement. "But relatively few interventions specifically target this behavior."

Fitness tracker Fitbit beat Pebble to the punch, releasing a new Hourly Active tile in April that lets users set an hourly step goal that reminds folks to get up and move sometimes.

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