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Quantified Self Europe, Nov 2011 - Fordcastle report


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Summary version of Fordcastle report from November 2011 QS Conference, Amsterdam.

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Quantified Self Europe, Nov 2011 - Fordcastle report

  1. 1. F Highlights from Quantified Self Europe Conference Amsterdam 26 – 27 November2011 @fordcastle
  2. 2. 2 (C) (B) (F) (A) (E) (D) Ashfordpresented some fascinating examples of wearable computers. McLaren (Formula 1) has developed “human telemetry” (C)that provides remote monitoring of cardiovascular performance that they are now using for driver monitoring. Otherinnovations presented by Rain Ashford included electronic tattoos (B) and flexible solar panels (A). Electronicscomponents have been integrated into yarns (D), dresses that light up in response to sound (E) and knittedaccelerometers.
  3. 3. 3 Frickcombines self tracking with art. The above installation represents a display of her moods, and she‟s done similar worksshowing off her sleep patterns. She described the Zeo sleep monitor as her „mechanical mom‟ – a device that‟s alwaysthere, and is genuinely interested in how you sleep.
  4. 4. 4 http://butterfleyeproject.comButterfleyeis a project developed by Hind Hobeika from Beirut, who talked about her prototype goggles that track heart rate anddisplay a light that is green if the swimmer is in their optimal target zone, yellow if they need to speed up or red to slowdown. The project has a US patent pending and should be in the market in 2012.
  5. 5. 5 http://www.smartsecondskin.comJenny Tillotsonpresented „scentsory design‟ which uses the sense of smell. As the only one of the five senses that is connected directly tothe limbic system, it has direct access to the individual‟s feelings. The project combines analytical chemistry (what causessmells) with nanotechnology, engineering, fragrance science and „aromachology‟. The idea is that the clothing can bothsense emotion and help you change your mood, for example emitting fragrances proven to have a calming influence ifyou‟re stressed.
  6. 6. 6 (A) (B) (C) Doughertywanted to leverage the power of placebos. She created pills with different „magical‟ properties, such as energy, focus, willpower and calm (A). Each of these had a smart chip inside them, which gave a signal to a wearable body monitor (B); sheworks for a company that does this. This in turn was able to capture what pill she‟d taken, and if necessary, automaticallypost a message to her Facebook friends so they could rally round (C) and provide social support.
  7. 7. 7 http://g51studio.comSteve Deanreported on the work he‟d done on refining the design and user experience with Asthmapolis, a location-based diabetestracking service. It started with a story about how Barcelona had only been able to find out what caused regular outbreaksof city-wide asthma after studying the outbreaks on a map, seeing they were near the port, and realizing the outbreakswere being caused by boats unloading their shipments of soybeans.
  8. 8. 8 Larsendemonstrated a portable smartphone brain scanner that allowed real time brain imaging. It consisted of a low-cost 14-channel EEG headset (a video game accessory) with a wireless connection to a Nokia smartphone. This enabled minimallyinvasive EEG monitoring, and the app provided a touch interface with real-time brain state decoding and 3Dreconstruction.