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James Stout on Diabetes, Exercise, and QS

James Stout is a professional cyclist. He also has Type 1 Diabetes. In this Show & Tell, James explains how self-tracking has empowered him to understand himself and be a role model for others. Truly inspiring. (Filmed by the San Diego QS Show&Tell meetup group.)

QS San Diego: James Stout – Diabetes, Exercise, and Quantified Self from Ernesto Ramirez on Vimeo.

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Bill Schuller on Quantifying With Kids

Bill Schuller started tracking his exercise and weight in 2010, and got into the habit of talking about his numbers each night at the dinner table. Before long, his kids got interested in tracking too. In the video below, Bill talks about what he learned and tells some fun stories, including one about a tracking game he made up with his five-year-old son to clean up the house while his wife was away for the weekend. (Filmed by the San Diego QS Show&Tell meetup group.)

QS San Diego: Bill Schuller – Quantifying with my Kids from Ernesto Ramirez on Vimeo.

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Ernesto Ramirez: Quantified Self on a Budget

Ernesto Ramirez has world-changing dreams but a grad student budget. He built his own walking desk, which recently helped inspire me to start standing to do my work, and he has also figured out how to do QS on the cheap, using free web tools. In the video below, he describes his favorite tools, including 750words, HealthMonth, IDoneThis, and Last.FM. (Filmed at the Quantified Self San Diego meetup in June.)

Quantified Self on a Budget from Ernesto Ramirez on Vimeo.

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Quantified Self + HealthCamp = Innovative Conversations!

Come join the Quantified Self San Diego crew at HealthCamp San Diego as we host this month’s Show & Tell unconference style!

HealthCamp San Diego

If you live in San Diego or if you are here for Health 2.0 Spring Fling then this is the place for you!

This event is a great opportunity to show your best QS tool to a broader audience, share ideas and engage in discussions about the future of health care, wellness, prevention and personal health optimization.

HealthCamp San Diego will be held on Sunday March 20th at The Rady School of Management at UCSD.

Registration starts at 9:00AM and the event runs until 5:00PM with a reception immediately following. follow.

Register here!

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Quantified Self San Diego #2 Meeting Recap

On Tuesday Evening, January 18th, another inquisitive, intelligent and enthusiastic group of individuals came together to share and learn at the 2nd Quantified Self San Diego.

The event was hosted by Paula Nenn and Summer Rogers of Optimal Health and Prevention Research Foundation.  Paula attended our 1st QSSD, and was so in tune with what we were doing that she immediately offered her support by offering to host our next meeting.

After everyone socialized a bit over beverages and healthy snacks we started off the evening with a talk from Nate Heintzman, Ph.D. from Calit2 and the Biomedical Informatics Group at UCSD.

He shared information about his blood sugar as measured by the Dexcom SEVEN PLUS on an important and stressful day for him – the day he interviewed for a faculty positon.

The information from the device shows how you could appear to be diabetic, when you are actually stressed! Check out his talk on HealthGeek.TV at this link. UPDATE: (slides here) Continue reading

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Recap of San Diego’s first Show & Tell

This past Tuesday Evening over twenty people attended the first Quantified Self San Diego Meetup hosted by West Wireless Health Institute in La Jolla, CA.

There was a great group of people from varying backgrounds including Bio-Tech, Neurobiology, Engineering, Wireless, Academia, Finance, Philosophy, Physics, Health Care, Medica and many more!

vlcsnap-2010-11-17-19.jpgThe first talk of the evening was given by Ramesh Rao, a UCSD Electrical Engineering Professor who has been self tracking for a few years.

Ramesh analyzes his Heart Rate Variability information in a way that is familiar to anyone with a signal analysis background – by using the FFT.

Although his analysis is quite mathematical in nature, he is able to verbally and visually explain the data in ways which make it easy to understand what is happening to help us all understand the correlation between signal and feelings.

show_image_in_imgtag.php-1.jpgThe second talk of the evening was given by Chris Teague, a Wireless Software Engineer and Open Source Enthusiast. He shared his story of transitioning from non-athlete to Ironman. His engineering background and love of gadgets helped him quickly adapt to utilizing his tools efficiently.

In his talk he focuses on how a Power Tap helped helped him track his cycling power and quantifies that his training paid off by showing how his power capability grew this year.

FitBit-1.jpgThe evening was wrapped up by Chemical Biologist Jun Yin. During her talk she introduced us to Fitbit. She shared information regarding how the device works, what behaviors she changed due to the information and how she translates the data into her experiences. She also added some interesting commentary about human-device relationships.

The meeting was also sponsored by Float Spa San Diego and Zeo.

Mark and Malou, the owners of Float Spa San Diego, donated two certificates for members of our group to experience their Sensory Deprivation Tanks. Due to time restrictions we did not draw the two winners. We will announce them as soon as we do!

Zeo.jpgZeo is offering a $15 discount and free shipping on their device. They were also kind enough to offer support in getting their new Raw Data Library up and running so that self quantifying people like us can begin collecting the data recorded by the EEG headband.

Keep an eye open for a future post on a beginners guide to hack the Zeo and collect your own data at home.

Our next gathering will be mid January – sign up at http://www.meetup.com/QuantifiedSelfSD/ to be notified when we finalize the details!

Videos will be posted soon!

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1st San Diego QS Show & Tell (Nov 16, 2010)

Hello from San Diego where we’re excited to announce our first Quantified Self Show & Tell!

San Diego has a rich history in both Wireless Technology and the Life Sciences. Many companies have combined talent from both fields and are collaborating to create future technologies. These technologies will be small, low power, minimally invasive, easy to use and will give us all the opportunity to follow the data toward better individualized health.

Luckily we have two such entities that will be represented at our first Show & Tell.

The Gary & Mary West Wireless Health Institute have generously donated the use of their Training Facility for our first gathering.

Our first confirmed speaker is Ramesh Rao. He is a both an Electrical Engineering Professor at UCSD and a Director at Calit2. His work has been featured on on the Quantified Self blog with his fascinating Numbers from the Heart post, and he has volunteered to share his knowledge with us.

We are looking for more presenters to give a 5-10 minute talk about self tracking in any form. Please contact us if you’re interested!

Ideally we will have a few devices and SW tools on display for participants to take a look at. If you have created your own home brew tracking system, use a tracking device or work for a company and you can bring a prototype please bring it with you!

We are also in search of sponsors and volunteers who are willing to provide audio/video recording services and refreshments for our gatherings.

Please join our MeetUp to be kept informed of future events: MeetUp.com/QuantifiedSelfSD/

See you at West Wireless on November 16th.

The QS San Diego Team

QuantifiedSelfSD (at) gmail (dot) com

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Upcoming QS Show&Tell Meetups Near You


Don’t be shy – come to a QS Show&Tell meetup! 
Say you’ve been reading this blog for a while. You’ve watched some self-tracking Show&Tell videos, read about some of the experiments people are doing, and now you’re thinking of coming out to a physical meetup. Great, this post is for you! 
Here is a schedule of upcoming Quantified Self Show&Tell meetups around the world, in chronological order – for newcomers and regulars too:

Boston‘s 3rd QS Show&Tell – August 10 at MIT Media Lab.

SF Bay Area‘s 15th QS Show&Tell – August 11 with Gordon Bell as a guest speaker. It looks like we will blow past our previous record of 100 people attending, so we’re in the process of finding a larger location. The new location will be emailed to all members of the meetup group.

New York City‘s 8th QS Show&Tell – sometime in August. Sign up on the meetup group to stay informed.
September – Quantified Self Comes to Europe!
Amsterdam, Netherlands‘ 1st QS Show&Tell – September 20, location TBD.
Washington DC‘s 1st QS Show&Tell – November 8 or 9 as part of the mHealth Summit. More details to come in a future post.
Other groups getting underway are in Sydney, Seattle, San Diego, and Chicago, and here is some advice if you want to start your own group
I hope you’ll join us at one of these events, to share what you’ve learned from your self-tracking project or to meet other enthusiasts. We look forward to meeting you!
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