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Quantified Self Tools of the trade


This is the presentation that I gave at the Triangle Quantified Self Meetup on Wednesday evening 11/28.

This is the presentation that I gave at the Triangle Quantified Self Meetup on Wednesday evening 11/28.

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  • 1. Tools of the TradeThe best tools to encourage self quantification.
  • 2. What Am I Tracking?• Sleep• Physical activity/Fitness stats• Happiness• Calories
  • 3. Three Lessons Learned• Data collection must be passive• Low involvement is good, automatic is best• Almost every tool is worth the money
  • 4. Sleep• There are really only three players:• Zeo - http://www.myzeo.com/sleep/• Lark - http://lark.com/products/lark-pro/features• Sleep Tracker - http://www.sleeptracker.com/
  • 5. Quick Comparison Zeo Lark & Sleeptracker• Measures brainwaves • Measures movement,• Costs $99-150 heart rate, etc.• Mobile accessible • Costs $99-150 • Mobile accessible
  • 6. Physical Fitness• Too many devices to count, here are a few:• Fitbit - http://www.fitbit.com/ $99• Bodybugg - http://www.bodybugg.com/ - $99 (requires online subscription)• Bodymedia - http://www.bodymedia.com/ - $150• Nike Fuel Band - http://nikeplus.nike.com/plus/products/fuelband - $150• Fitocracy - https://www.fitocracy.com/• Withings Scale $160 - http://www.withings.com/en/bodyscale
  • 7. Quick Impression• Review of Bodybugg vs. Fitbit: http://tweakfit.com/fitbit-vs-bodybugg-reviews• Review of Fitbit vs. BodyMedia: http://quantifiedself.com/2011/05/fitbit-vs-body- media/• I’ve found Runkeeper to be more accurate but less convenient: http://runkeeper.com/• Fitbit is easiest, tolerably accurate
  • 8. Happiness• PACO for Android devices (still in Beta): https://quantifiedself.appspot.com/Main.html• Random Reminder $0.99 + Notepad: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co m.appspot.sohguanh.RandomReminder&hl=en• Annoyster (iOS only): http://www.annoyster.com/• Experial looks cool (iOS only): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/expereal/id57104 1935?mt=8
  • 9. Quick Impression• Happiness data is worth 10x more than other data• Whatever keeps you collecting is worthwhile• Testing PACO, close to ideal• Would be interested to hear about different tools
  • 10. Calories• Lots of devices purport to track calories automatically, mostly it’s manual though• Calorie Tracker $Free: https://itunes.apple.com/app/livestrong.com- calorie-tracker/id295305241?mt=8• Lose it $Free: http://itunes.apple.com/app/lose- it/id297368629?mt=8• Daily Burn $Free: http://itunes.apple.com/app/dailyburn-calorie- workout/id378928008?mt=8• MyNetDiary $Free: http://www.mynetdiary.com/
  • 11. Quick Impression• I have experience with Calorie Tracker, works well• Still takes a lot of effort• Biggest problem with any of the tools: packaged food vs homemade food
  • 12. Stuff I Haven’t Tried• Lifebox for audio recording life (Beta) - http://lifeboxapp.com/• Memoto (Not released) - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/martinkallstro m/memoto-lifelogging-camera• RescueTime ($6/mo) - http://www.rescuetime.com/• Beeminder $Free - https://www.beeminder.com/• Last.fm - http://www.last.fm/
  • 13. Quick Calculations• Average cost of doctor’s visit: $60• Median ER visit cost in 2009: $615• Average cost of hospital stay in 2011: $15,734• Cost of every app/device mentioned: $1,174.50• All of them would only need to decrease your expected lifetime medical costs by .4% to be profitable.
  • 14. Wishlist• Waiting for LumoBack: http://www.lumoback.com/ - $150• Basis Heartrate Monitor - https://mybasis.com/