Entries by Ben

By now, we all should know that exercise makes us smarter

But do we stay smart if we stop exercising? i.e.: What happens to your brain if you fail to keep those New Year’s resolutions? This question was tackled by researches at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The studies were, I think, startling as always: Rats who exercised generated twice […]

Wireless pedometer impressions

I’ve gone the ultra-geeky route over the last couple of months and worn three pedometers at once. Certainly by no means a record for me, but a pretty large number to wear at once all the same. Two of these pedometers happens to be wireless. We’re integrating wireless pedometers into Walker Tracker, and we’re wrapping […]

Portlanders: Help sponsor a great magazine about low-car life

Michael Anderson, the publisher of Portland Afoot, is running a Kickstarter campaign to make Portland Afoot free, and an App for your phone. Portland Afoot provides quality journalism on the ins and outs of having a car-lite life here in Portland, and on making Portland a better city for walking, biking and public transport. We’d […]

Humans are born to stroll

“If people want to be healthier and prolong their life span, all they really need to do is go for a walk. It’s the single easiest thing anyone can do.” – Gretchen Reynolds, Author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can: Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer “Two-thirds of Americans get no […]

Hiring: Support person for Walker Tracker

Walker Tracker is growing, and we’re looking for somebody to grow with us. We have an immediate need for a customer support person in Portland, Oregon who can jump into our programs and hit the ground running. This position is half analytical brain, half writer. If you have a good understanding of web applications, the […]

Keeping the mind sharp into age

There’s a great article at the New York Times today called A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond which details a massive study on cognitive function and aging, called Midus. One of the largest take-aways from the study, is how much better the mind continues to function with mental exercise. Specifically, a college degree, but also with […]

Announcing a new website – more to come!

In 2011 we contracted with the design firm Morange Design to help us build a world-class new brand and User Interface. Today we’re very excited to unveil the first part of that work, our new corporate website. We couldn’t be happier with it. In the hopper and still in development is an entirely new User […]

Walker Tracker profiled on Oregonlive

On Oregonlive, there’s a nice story on us: Walker Tracker, a Northeast Portland software start-up, measures its considerable progress (yikes, and a picture of -most- of our team!). The article was written by Rebecca Koffman who came and interviewed us. Thanks Rebecca!

Siri, please update my step entry

Text message integration with Walker Tracker comes standard in all of our walking programs, and is a ‘pro’ feature in our community program. It’s a fantastic feature for logging your steps while you’re on the go, or getting a quick read on your stats. And it just got a whole lot niftier on the iPhone […]