Tools of the  TradeThe best tools to encourage self         quantification.
What Am I Tracking?•   Sleep•   Physical activity/Fitness stats•   Happiness•   Calories
Three Lessons Learned• Data collection must be passive• Low involvement is good, automatic is best• Almost every tool is w...
Sleep•   There are really only three players:•   Zeo - http://www.myzeo.com/sleep/•   Lark - http://lark.com/products/lark...
Quick Comparison         Zeo              Lark & Sleeptracker• Measures brainwaves   • Measures movement,• Costs $99-150  ...
Physical Fitness• Too many devices to count, here are a few:• Fitbit - http://www.fitbit.com/ $99• Bodybugg - http://www.b...
Quick Impression• Review of Bodybugg vs. Fitbit:  http://tweakfit.com/fitbit-vs-bodybugg-reviews• Review of Fitbit vs. Bod...
Happiness• PACO for Android devices (still in Beta):  https://quantifiedself.appspot.com/Main.html• Random Reminder $0.99 ...
Quick Impression•   Happiness data is worth 10x more than other data•   Whatever keeps you collecting is worthwhile•   Tes...
Calories• Lots of devices purport to track calories  automatically, mostly it’s manual though• Calorie Tracker $Free:  htt...
Quick Impression• I have experience with Calorie Tracker, works well• Still takes a lot of effort• Biggest problem with an...
Stuff I Haven’t Tried• Lifebox for audio recording life (Beta) -  http://lifeboxapp.com/• Memoto (Not released) -  http://...
Quick Calculations•   Average cost of doctor’s visit: $60•   Median ER visit cost in 2009: $615•   Average cost of hospita...
Wishlist• Waiting for LumoBack: http://www.lumoback.com/  - $150• Basis Heartrate Monitor - https://mybasis.com/
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This is the presentation that I gave at the Triangle Quantified Self Meetup on Wednesday evening 11/28.

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Quantified Self Tools of the trade

  1. 1. Tools of the TradeThe best tools to encourage self quantification.
  2. 2. What Am I Tracking?• Sleep• Physical activity/Fitness stats• Happiness• Calories
  3. 3. Three Lessons Learned• Data collection must be passive• Low involvement is good, automatic is best• Almost every tool is worth the money
  4. 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. 5. Quick Comparison Zeo Lark & Sleeptracker• Measures brainwaves • Measures movement,• Costs $99-150 heart rate, etc.• Mobile accessible • Costs $99-150 • Mobile accessible
  6. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 14. Wishlist• Waiting for LumoBack: http://www.lumoback.com/ - $150• Basis Heartrate Monitor - https://mybasis.com/
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