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Brian Wilt

Brian leads an engineering team building personalized health insights and coaching. At Jawbone, he makes data human. He coaches kids volleyball. He earned his PhD studying neuroscience and applied physics at Stanford (go Card), and before that, high-energy physics at CERN and MIT. Follow him @brianwilt.

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How University Students Sleep

Good sleep is strongly linked to learning, memory, creativity, and problem solving. However, poor sleep habits notoriously plague college and university students, depriving them of performing their best when it matters the most. Research into the problem has generally been limited to sleep surveys of single universities, for short periods, of less than 1,000 students (110, for example). Leveraging the sleep tracking capabilities of UP by Jawbone, we can take an unprecedented look at how tens of thousands of college students sleep across the country at over 100 universities, totaling 1.4 million nights of sleep.

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Who Gets More Sleep: Men or Women?

One of the things that excites us about working at Jawbone is not just the ability to ask questions about biology, health and anthropology, but also the capacity to peek into the data for the answers. This is one of those moments where we found an unexpected insight into how people really live. (more…)


Life on Foot @ Design Museum

London’s Design Museum is devoted to celebrating product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. Its Life on Foot exhibition, “a creative journey into how traditional shoemaking has been shaped by contemporary design and new technologies”, premiered May 13. The exhibit also explores the science and culture of walking as an activity, looking at how life on foot differs in different societies around the world. Wearable devices like UP by Jawbone are transforming the way we track and understand our health as individuals, but also our knowledge of human behavior as a whole. For the exhibit, Jawbone’s passionate data scientists built visuals to share our unique perspective on how we move in our cities and around the world.