Category Archives: quantified self movement
I have noticed that a lot of Quantified Self folks and biohackers are interested in longevity research. Personally, I never could understand their fascination with extended life. While I am not completely AGAINST the studies in this area, I regard the whole concept more cautiously and with much less enthusiasm. Lately I have been jotting down some thoughts on this topic, and would like to share them in today’s post. Please note that these are just half-baked thoughts, and I am yet to write a full post (hopefully, sometime in the future).
As you may already know, a couple of weeks ago I attended the 2013 Quantified Self Conference in San Francisco. This was my very first QS conference, and even after two weeks I still feel overwhelmed. The program was full of amazing and inspiring presentations, engaging and thought-provoking “break out” sessions, and demo sessions for cutting edge QS products and services. I also got to meet a lot of interesting like-minded people, including some “movers and shakers” of the QS space and A LOT of readers of Measured Me blog. In today’s post, I will would like to offer a recap of some of the things that I found especially interesting.
As promised, posting today the slides of my “100 Days of Summer” talk that I presented at the 2013 Quantified Self conference in San Francisco last Thursday (October 10). In this presentation, I shared most important and interesting results of the first phase of Measured Me project.
On Monday, September 30, Quantified NYC group has held its 23th meetup. The event was graciously hosted by Projective Space which offers collaborative community space to over 60 startups. With over a hundred people in attendance, interesting demos and inspiring presentations (quantifying Starcraft gaming skills, predicting choice of clothes based on weather forecast, and other self-quantified awesomeness!), it turned out to be a great evening. Here is my brief report on what I saw and loved:
Talking 20 is a young biotechnology start-up in California that aims at making low-cost, at home blood tests that could be used to track twenty essential amino acids (hence the name). In October 2012, I responded to their call for support on Twitter and purchased “T20 Starter Pack” home kit for ten dollars. I paid 12 dollars (2 dollars to cover shipping), and a couple of weeks later received the kit, which I mailed back to them in December. After waiting patiently for ten months, I can finally share with you what I learned from my blood test. Drumroll, please…
The Quantified Summer project has finally come to an end last week, and I am currently working on the report that will summarize and present the findings. The actual data will also be made available for download on this blog, and of course, I will share the most interesting results in the future posts. In the meantime, let me explain briefly what exactly this project was about.
A while ago I blogged about my search for the best self-tracking tools (link to part 1; , link to part 2), and one of the apps that came up in the final was rTracker. I have been using it since then, and have become a huge fan. rTracker now is a central tool in my Measured Me experiment – an attempt to capture and express my everyday life numerically. I usually try to stay as neutral and unbiased as possible in my reviews, but in case of rTracker, my engagement has evolved from being an enthusiastic user to becoming a “brand advocate.” I thought it would be great to finally “meet” a genius behind such an amazing app, so a couple of weeks ago I contacted Dr. Robert Miller, founder of Realidata Ltd. and developer of rTracker. He kindly agreed to answer a couple of questions for Measured Me blog.
Check out awesome Quantified Self magazine on Flipboard created and curated by Alex Melnikov of VisualData (Russia). Over 600 articles on dozens of topics from self-tracking to mobile health to newest gadgets and and apps for self-monitoring and self-experimentation. Contributors are always welcome!
In this post I would like to briefly discuss differences between self-quantification and self-tracking. These two terms are sometimes confused with one another because they both concern with measurement. To me, however, they are conceptually different, and seeing them used interchangeably kind of bothers me.
On May 30, New York chapter of Quantified Self held its 21st meetup. This time, self-tracking community of NYC was treated to awesome presentations on reducing sleep time, using life logging tools for quantifying health and diabetes, confronting chronic pain and other challenges of life, detecting depression and happiness by analyzing social media activities, and experimenting with ways to track triglycerides.