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Measuring Your Metabolism: Breezing at QS15

One June 18-20 we’re hosting ourQS15 Conference and Expo and we’re delighted that so many great toolmakers will be joining us to show off their devices, apps, and services. We’ve  asked each of our toolmakers to give us a bit more background information about their company and what they’re excited about. If you’d like to meet these innovative companies and the amazing people behind them then make sure to register today!

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1. How do you describe Breezing?
Breezing is a mobile metabolic tracker that affordably, easily, and accurately measures resting metabolic rate through indirect calorimetry, a gold-standard method for weight management. The tracker syncs wirelessly with a mobile app, so users can track metabolic rate anytime, anywhere. It tells them the calorie intake and exercise plan they need to maintain, lose, or gain weight based on their unique resting metabolic rate.

2. What’s the backstory? How did you get started?
In 2012, we had the idea to miniaturize metabolic carts for assessment of resting metabolic rate. A researcher performing a human physical performance study at Arizona State University showed us one of the instruments at her lab. She was complaining about the cost ($35,000) and size (old desktop PC + printer), as well as the difficulty of operating it. The instrument was preventing her from moving on to more exciting studies for field-testing and free-living conditions. We decided to take on the challenge, and from there we developed the Breezing metabolic tracker.

In 2013, we launched an Indiegogo campaign to bring the Breezing metabolic tracker to early adopters. The campaign successfully raised funds to manufacture the first batch, and we distributed ~165 Breezing trackers and ~3,000 metabolic measurements around the world. Thanks to our Indiegogo users, we were able to improve the Breezing user interface, which later allowed us to validate the tracker with more than 300 measurements, using the Gold Standard method for indirect calorimetry. Today, the device has accuracy comparable to metabolic carts in the market at a fraction of the traditional cost, time, and size.

3. What impact has it had? What have you heard from users?
We have helped users understand their metabolic rate, the changes in their bodies, and their calorie intake needs. Our user base includes individuals who are clinically overweight/obese, those who have metabolic problems or hypothyroidism, and most recently, pregnant women. We’ve also helped people with fitness needs, specifically sports training and athletic activity.

In the meantime, we’ve promoted education efforts to demonstrate the need for measuring resting metabolic rate measurement in order to fully manage calorie intake balance and weight.

Our users have shared with us their success stories, and with their permission, we’ve featured some of these stories in our videos and blog. What’s most satisfying for us is knowing that we’ve finally brought metabolic rate measurements to the masses and that we’ve really helped people.

4. What are you doing next? How do you see it evolving?
We believe in creating better access to metabolic rate tracking, so everyone can measure and track their metabolic rate and caloric needs as easily as if they were measuring their blood pressure or their glucose levels at home.

5. How can people find out more about you?
Visit www.breezing.com , or stop by our booth at the Quantified Self Expo. We look forward to meeting you. We’d be happy to test your resting metabolic rate! Just be ready and prepared. Here the measurement conditions you need to meet.

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What’s Your Health Score?: dacadoo at QS15

One June 18-20 we’re hosting our QS15 Conference and Expo and we’re delighted that so many great toolmakers will be joining us to show off their devices, apps, and services. We’ve  asked each of our toolmakers to give us a bit more background information about their company and what they’re excited about. If you’d like to meet these innovative companies and the amazing people behind them then make sure to register today!

dacadoo

1. How do you describe dacadoo? 
dacadoo enables individuals to measure and improve their health and wellbeing using digital technology, data science and behavior science principles. dacadoo determines your personal Health Score – a number from 1 (poor) to 1,000 (excellent), a scientifically derived overall wellness metric, based on your body makeup, your emotions and your lifestyle. Along with the Health Score, dacadoo offers you a healthy living navigation system with which you get personalized feedback on your lifestyle, set goals, earn reward points, participate in challenges, engage with friends and more. dacadoo can be used on a smartphone and also works with popular wearables and trackers.

2. What’s the backstory? How did you get started?
The idea for dacadoo came from the founder and CEO Peter Ohnemus who was concerned with seeing the growing rates of obesity all around the world and the fact that there was no way of tracking people’s health in real time. Ohnemus thought that the answer was an interactive and fun way to track and improve our wellbeing. Together with a team of specialists, Ohnemus set about to create a platform that accurately depicts the user’s state of health.

3. What impact has it had? What have you heard from users?
We have awesome testimonials from user all around the world who really like using dacadoo to stay engaged with positive habits.

4. What makes it different, sets it apart?
dacadoo has a medically validated health score at the heart of our system. It was developed by a former MIT professor who specializes in life expectancy. We believe people want more than just simple fun point-based system so we provide a score that is medically backed.

Our Health Score enables the lifestyle navigation. The dacadoo Health Score can be compared to the definition of temperature scales – the world could only describe temperature as simply ‘cold’ or ‘warm’ before the Celsius/Fahrenheit scales.

Also, when it comes to tracking, dacadoo is device independent so you can track your activities directly on dacadoo or connect it with your favorite tracking device. We connect with most of the popular ones, making easy it for you to switch devices.

5. What are you doing next? How do you see it evolving?
We are currently working on dacadoo version 3.0, which has significant enhancements and new exciting features. Stay tuned!

6. How can people find out more about you?
We will be at the QS15 Conference and Expo in San Francisco.  If not at the conference, check out our website or read our blog. You are also welcome to view our videos on YouTube and follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Announcing the QS15 Conference Program

It’s finally here.

Next Thursday we’re welcoming over 450 self-trackers, inventors, artists, toolmakers, researchers, and scientists to the 2015 Quantified Self Conference. Over two days were hosting over 130 different talks, sessions, and demos that showcase the ingenuity and expertise of our community. We create our program from the ground up, soliciting ideas from each individual that registers, and this year we’re excited to have over 100 different attendees contributing to the program. It’s going to be great.

View and download the QS15 Program here.

Here’s just a few examples of the amazing Show&Tell talks, Breakout Discussions, Lunchtime Ignites, and Office Hours we have planned.

Show&Tell Talks
THREE YEARS OF LOGGING MY INBOX COUNT – Mark Wilson
The number of emails in my inbox correlates very well with my stress level. After passively tracking this number for three years, I explore what this and other data says about how I’ve controlled (and been controlled by) this stream of angst.

TRANSCRANIAL DIRECT CURRENT STIMULATION (TDCS) TO MANAGE MY STRESS. – JD Leadam
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is an emerging “at-home” method for influencing the brain using very low voltage electrical current applied to the scalp. I’ll show how I’ve used tDCS in conjunction with self tracking methods to assist in controlling my stress.

TIME AND INTENTION TRACKING – Allan Johnson
Does tracking my intentions affect how I spend my time? Using an app for self-reporting, I compared how I spent my time when tracking both my intentions and time.

CAN’T YOU SEE I WAS FALLING IN LOVE? – Shelly Jang
As I struggle with the iron discipline required for keeping consistent logs, I am often forced to look into what I call passively collected data sets. I explored whether I can excavate data artifacts from past and correlate them with known life events. Using Google hangout conversations, I ask “can’t you see I was falling in love?”

28 YEARS OF TRACKING: BUT WHAT HAVE I LEARNED? – Nan Shellabarger
I’ve got lots of data – weight, activity, sleep, and health. I find as I keep reviewing it, visualizing it in different ways, always looking for patterms, there are still things to be learned.

USING HEART RATE VARIABILITY TO ANALYZE STRESS IN CONVERSATION – Paul LaFontaine
I measured stress during conversations using off-the-shelf technology. The results were unexpected and at times funny; with some lessons for me about my “fight or flight” response.

IN PRAISE OF BAD DATA COLLECTION DURING EARLY FATHERHOOD – Thomas Richardson
Sleeplessness and the pressures of birth and postpartum life drove me to to collect information and quickly discard methods that appeared wasteful. Looking back, did the kinds of information I collected tell me more than the data itself?

RE-LIVING MY LIFE WITH MOOD TRACKING. – Kouris Kalliagas
I used an email-based mood tracking service for several months. I never used the data in any way till I noticed something which triggered me to look back at my mood tracking data and search for patterns.

Breakout Discussions
TRACKING BABIES! – Morgan Friedman
Like many parents, I tracked my newborns. By comparing my records with those of other parents using the same app I learned some interesting things about my son. I’m curious to see how they play out as he grows up.

HACKING OUR MICROBIOME – Alexandra Carmichael, Richard Sprague
Today it’s possible to get data on the microbes that live in our gut using personal genomics. We’ll lead a breakout workshop on understanding and hacking our microbiome.

THE QUANTIFIED SELF AT WORK – Joost Plattel, Phoebe Moore
More than 13 million wearable fitness tracking devices will be incorporated into employee wellbeing and wellness programs 2014-19. We will discuss how self-tracking and monitoring are used in working spaces whether traditional or freelance. What are the advantages/disadvantages of quantifying the self at work?

AGGREGATING MULTIPLE DATA SOURCES FOR SELF-KNOWLEDGE – Anne Wright, Randy Sargent
We’ve been working on aggregating, visualizing, and analyzing data for personal benefit, using multiple self-tracking sources. We’ll share our methods, and invite you to comment, ask questions, or share your own.

SEX, SEXUAL HEALTH & QUANTIFIED SELF – Ilyse Magy
Cycles, lovers, positions, kinks, symptoms, stats, safety: how can tracking sexual activity benefit our experiences? We’ll talk about what tools you’re using but mostly dream up the tools we would want to use. This is a sex-positive, feminist, inclusive space open to all gender identities.

QSXX: WOMEN-SPECIFIC QS CONVERSATIONS – Amelia Greenhall, Maggie Delano
Women-centered QS meetups in SF, Boston, and NYC have created space for important conversations. Nicknamed “QSXX” (though not all women have two X chromosomes), this breakout session is specifically for people who identify as a woman to talk about QS experiences.

THINKING THROUGH DATA ACCESS AND PRIVACY – Kendra Albert
How do you view third-party access to your data: either by governments, advertisers, or corporations? Are certain types of data okay to share but others make us feel icky? We’ll focus not just on privacy “in general” but on specific types of circumstances in which data might be shared, trying to draw lines between types of data and uses.

WHAT IS THE SELF IN QUANTIFIED SELF? – Natasha Schull
How do digital tracking technologies engender new modes of introspection, understanding, and self-governance?

Lunchtime Ignite Talks
THE DIGITAL HEALTH COACH – Glennis Coursey
You might have everything you need to be healthy – wearables, health apps, a wireless scale. But without the motivation and support to actually get healthy, change can be hard. That’s where digital health coaches come in. Glennis shares what she’s learned building digital health coaching programs at Sessions and MyFitnessPal.

FIGHTING PARKINSON’S DISEASE WITH DATA: ROUND THREE – Kevin Krejci
Round three in the proverbial boxing ring between Kevin and Mr. Parkinson, as he updates us on his progress tracking multiples symptoms and therapies with multiple gadgets to slow the progression of this progressive neurodegenerative disorder. Sleep and biome discoveries highlighted in this round…

A QUEST FOR HIGH FIDELITY ACTIVITY TRACKING – Jamie Williams
Jamie will show us how he is building tools to capture a timeline of his daily activities and explore his habits through data visualization.

AM I BEING INTENTIONAL? – Beau Gunderson
The challenges of tracking (and defining) intentionality.

WHY I WEIGHED MY WHISKERS – Jon Cousins
When I was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder, I noticed that my libido seemed to, er, rise and fall as my mood changed. Could this be due to a variation in testosterone? And might the rate of growth of my beard be one way of measuring this? I borrowed accurate laboratory scales and started daily mood tracking and whisker-weighing.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE DOING – Cara Mae Cirignano
Whatify allows you to collect data in a mindful way in pursuit of a specific question, instead of just gathering reams of data and then rooting around for insights. We use the most powerful tool of professional researchers, randomized experimentation, to help you easily isolate and understand one decision at a time. No experience whatsoever required.

FRICTIONLESS TRACKING WITH BEEMINDER AUTODATA – Danny Reeves
Beeminder is Quantified Self plus commitment contracts: data-oriented behavior change. But mustering the discipline to enter data can be a catch 22. We’ll discuss the myriad ways you can automatically collect data about yourself with Beeminder, highlighting our partnerships with other QS mainstays like RescueTime, Fitbit, Withings, Zapier, and IFTTT.

Office Hours
SHERBIT – Alexander Senemar
Your apps and devices are constantly generating data about you. Sherbit puts it all together so you can easily understand and analyze your information, keeping the integrated day firmly under your own control.

REVVO – Siva Raj
Revvo is a smart exercise bike. Unlike apps and wearables that track activity (steps, calories, distance etc.) Revvo actually tracks your fitness – and helps you train smart – so you see quick results.

EXPLORING TOMORROW – Ryan O’Donnell
Exploring Tomorrow focuses on teaching students how to quantify their daily interactions and goals through the use of self-management tools developed through the science of behavior to align each student’s values with their daily actions.

HEADS UP HEALTH – David Korsunsky
Heads Up Health helps consumers combine medical, wearable and self-collected data with personalized analytics and insights.

SIREN – Ran Ma
At Siren we believe that prevention is the best medicine – we combine smart textiles and user-centric software to give people actionable data in order to make informed decisions about their health. The first product that we are working on is a sensor embedded sock that tracks temperature, combined with a smart wearable anklet tracking motion that connects to a smartphone via BLE.

PERSONAL DATA BANK – Arkadiusz Stopczynski
Personal Data Bank with SafeAnswers allows users to collect, store, and give fine-grained access to their data all while protecting their privacy. With this infrastructure available as a service, developers can create applications powered by personal data in an easy and scalable way.

PROACTIVE LIFE – Daniel Gartenberg
I work on a variety of projects to track and improve sleep. This includes smart phone sleep trackers, providing different types of auditory stimulation during sleep, and figuring out alertness using simple reaction time tasks.

FITABASE – Aaron Coleman
My company helps researchers use Fitbit data to make discoveries in public health and behavioral science. Stop by and I’ll show you how.

That’s just a sample of the over 130 different sessions at the conference. We’re nearly sold out so register today!

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See Your Zzz: Beddit at QS15

Next week we’re hosting our QS15 Conference and Expo and we’re delighted that so many great toolmakers will be joining us to show off their devices, apps, and services. We’ve  asked each of our toolmakers to give us a bit more background information about their company and what they’re excited about. If you’d like to meet these innovative companies and the amazing people behind them then make sure to register today!

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1. How do you describe Beddit? 
Beddit is a sleep monitoring solution.  It’s a combination ulta-thin sensor strip placed under the bed sheet and a mobile application. Beddit has been thoughtfully designed to be a non-wearable solution with no skin contact required so that anyone can use it. It can be used even if there are two people in the same bed!

2. What’s the backstory? How did you get started?
Beddit CEO Lasse Leppäkorpi suffered from myocarditis during a triathlon at a time when he was supposed to be in peak condition. He used a wearable chest strap to monitor his resting heart rate and recovery during the night. This was rather uncomfortable and the idea of developing a better solution was planted in his head. Later Lasse ended up working in a laboratory at Aalto University in Finland on a project where the team was trying to develop an office chair that would measure blood pressure without any wearable sensors. After years of struggling with a plethora of sensor types, one of the professors walked in with his invention … That’s when Lasse realized his chance and the first iteration of Beddit was born.

3. What impact has it had? What have you heard from users?
Sleep monitoring has become it’s own topic within the activity tracking industry and is growing in importance. Relatively inexpensive solutions have opened the eyes of many industries and researchers who finally have the tools to accurately monitor vital data from many people and in situations never previously possible.

We have a lot of extremely engaged users and partners ranging from the highest-level athletic teams to globally recognized researchers and institutes in the world helping us with product development and evangelizing the importance of sleep. Obviously as Beddit is designed mostly for home sleep monitoring, there’s still some product development ahead of us for a few use cases. We’re very positive that we’ll ace it.

4. What makes it different, sets it apart?
We boast a combination of a relatively inexpensive price, accuracy of data, and the device’s non-wearable design. We just introduced “Smart-measuring” coupled with our new Beddit Smart product. You don’t have to even touch or open the Beddit app in the evening to have their sleep measured!

5. What are you doing next? How do you see it evolving?
We are focusing on R&D and evangelizing the importance of sleep. We aim to become the standard for sleep monitoring that other businesses can build on. It’s most valuable when there’s long-term data which means whatever solution ends up winning has to be really easy to use and invisible.

6. How can people find out more about you?
A good place to start is our website www.beddit.com. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to see what we’re up to.

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Get Insights From Your Data: Addapp at QS15

Next week we’re hosting our QS15 Conference and Expo and we’re delighted that so many great toolmakers will be joining us to show off their devices, apps, and services. We’ve  asked each of our toolmakers to give us a bit more background information about their company and what they’re excited about. If you’d like to meet these innovative companies and the amazing people behind them then make sure to register today!

Addapp

1. How do you describe Addapp?
Addapp is a free iPhone app that provides personalized insights into your well-being from data you already produce with wearable devices & apps. For example, Addapp can detect a relationship between your protein intake and your weight, as well as between your deep sleep and your cycling.

Addapp has made a conscious decision to focus on providing awesome insights, but it also expands on them by giving users more background info and suggestions but also calls to actions.

2. What’s the backstory? How did you get started?
Around two years ago, CEO Kouris Kalligas started using all kinds of fitness apps/devices and put all of his data into one Excel document. He wanted to understand any important correlations or other relationship types within his data. He ended up with such a big spreadsheet filled with findings and he quickly realized keeping up with it was not sustainable. He got involved in the Quantified Self community and joined the QS conference in Amsterdam. It took him only one day to realize that he was not alone in this problem. This is why he started Addapp: to make sense of the data produced by wearable devices and apps people use to track their well-being (running, cycling, sleep, biometrics, etc.).

3. What impact has it had? What have you heard from users?
Addapp is at early growth stage with thousands of signups and active users. We are learning every day what users want and optimizing insights for it. They are asking for smarter and more engaging insights, and that’s exactly what our team is doing in the background. In the fall of 2015, we plan to make an even bigger splash in the market with new functionalities, which we are currently defining based on customer research.

4. How can people find out more about you?
If you want to know more about Addapp, browse to Addapp.io, find it for free in the App Store, tweet us @addappio or mail us at support@addapp.io. We guarantee everyone gets a reply!

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The Art of Self-Tracking

On June 20th we’re inviting the public to join us for the first ever Quantified Self Expo. It’s going to be a full day of dedicated to showcasing amazing QS tools with multiple demos, talks, how-to sessions, and exciting experiences. But that’s not all.

We’re excited to host, as part of the Expo, an exhibition focused on data as art. In the words of our co-curators, Alberto Frigo and Jacek Smolicki:

Art of Self-Tracking is an exhibition gathering a number of international artists who use different personal data tracking techniques in their artistic practices.

Ranging from meticulously composed manual diaries, hand-drawn representations of every meal consumed on daily basis to sonification of geo-locational data and 3D renderings of shapes recognised in clouds, the exhibition aims to highlight the plurality of perspectives on self-tracking.

We’re honored to be hosting the following artists and their amazing work (which you can see a few previews of below):

Alberto Frigo (IT/SE), Brian House (US), Catherine D’Ignazio (US), Daniel Peltz (US), Davide Di Saró (IT/CA) & Kristy Trinier (CA), Elly Clarke (UK/DE), Ellie Harrison (UK), Giovanni Meneguzzo (IT), Ingrid Forsler (SE)
Borítás Viktor alias Iwan Wilaga (HU/HK) , Jacek Smolicki (PL/SE), Jacopo Pontormo (IT), James Pricer (US), Janina Turek (PL), Morris Villarroel (CA/ES), Stephen Cartwright (US), and Yann Vanderme (FR).

Alberto Frigo

Alberto Frigo

Brian House

Brian House

Daniel Peltz

Daniel Peltz

Elle Harrison

Elle Harrison

Giovanni Meneguzzo

Giovanni Meneguzzo

Ingrid Forsler

Ingrid Forsler

Iwan Wilaga

Iwan Wilaga

Jacopo Pontormo

Jacopo Pontormo

James Pricer

James Pricer

Morris Villarroel

Morris Villarroel

Stephen Cartwright

Stephen Cartwright

To see the artwork for yourself we invite you to join us on the 20th. It’s going be a wonderful event.

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Learning From Your Microbiome: uBiome at QS15

Next week we’re hosting our QS15 Conference and Expo and we’re delighted that so many great toolmakers will be joining us to show off their devices, apps, and services. We’ve  asked each of our toolmakers to give us a bit more background information about their company and what they’re excited about. If you’d like to meet these innovative companies and the amazing people behind them then make sure to register today!

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1. How do you describe uBiome?
uBiome is a microbiome sequencing service that lets you explore the populations of bacteria that live on and inside your body. Based in San Francisco, we were founded in 2012, went through Y Combinator and have funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

Here’s how it works: we send you a kit, and you send us back a sample from your mouth, nose, skin, genitals, or gut (just a swab of your toilet paper will do). We sequence it for you at our in-house lab, and you can then login to see visualizations and comparisons of your data.

We want everyone to be able to explore their own microbiome while advancing research on a massive scale at this new frontier of science.

2. What’s the backstory? How did you get started?
In 2012, the NIH-funded Human Microbiome Project (HMP) finished, mapping out many of the bacteria who live intimately with us. uBiome launched an Indiegogo campaign that same year, to see if the public would be interested in being part of a project to use the HMP technology for large-scale microbiome studies. The campaign raised 3.5 times more than the $100,000 we asked for, and uBiome was born.

3. What impact has it had? What have you heard from users?
We’ve sequenced tens of thousands of microbiomes now, and started to release preliminary findings. For example, we don’t see a difference between male and female gut microbiomes, but we do see a difference between gut and mouth microbiome samples.

A flood of individuals and researchers from around the world have approached us about starting studies, on everything from underarm bacteria to inflammatory bowel disease. We even have people testing their koalas and their stream water. The level of excitement about being part of this new field of research is incredible.

You can think of it like a genetic test, except for one major difference. With the microbiome, you can actually DO something to shift the levels of bacteria in your body. So as we learn more about patterns associated with different disease states, people may discover ways to hack their microbiomes to reduce suffering and optimize health.

4. What are you doing next? How do you see it evolving?
We have a strong social mission of enabling citizen science around the microbiome, so that people whose lives could be most affected by new research breakthroughs actually have a chance to be part of the process up front and help set the agenda.

uBiome wants to enable anyone to start a study, share what they’ve learned, and collaboratively add to the world’s knowledge about this emerging and powerful field. In a talk our CEO Jessica Richman gave at TEDMED a couple of years ago, she asked the question, “Could a citizen scientist win the Nobel Prize?” It’s really about leveling the playing field to help science go faster.

5. How can people find out more about you?
Visit http://ubiome.com, or stop by our booth at the upcoming Quantified Self Expo. We look forward to meeting you and your bacteria!

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Unlocking the Answers in Your Blood

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Last week, together with our friends from InsideTracker, we ran a short contest to see what kind of experiments and tracking projects could be supported by having access to InsideTracker’s Ultimate Panel biomarker tests. And wow, the response was amazing.

We received so many great entries from the community. From individuals wanting to understand how their training and activity affect their hormones, to people just wanting help figuring out how chronic conditions are affecting them. It was hard to choose just two winners, so thanks to the generosity of the team over at InsideTracker we were able to choose three!

Congratulations to Dana Greenfield, Mary Eggers, and Felipe Gerhard! We’ll be doing more in-depth follow-ups with each of the winners here on the blog soon, but until then here are the great experiments and projects they proposed:

  • Dana Greenfield - “I want to learn if certain foods I eat –such as spearmint tea, or omega-3 supplements–have actual effects on free testosterone or other altered biomarkers associated with my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome diagnosis…”
  • Mary Eggers - “I’ve been a triathlete for 20 years. Multiple Ironman races and and high volumes of training have left me with anemia, high levels of cortisol and some other issues. In August after age group nationals I’m going to switch my focus to swimming, with the goal of competing at USMS nationals. When I return, what will happen then? I am also switching from a paleo based diet to plant powered for this journey. What will that effect? This would be a fantastic chance to properly measure change…”
  • Felipe Gerhard - “I want to study how a diet based only on Soylent will affect my overall health, hormones, and energy levels. How will I do it? I will switch to an almost exclusive Soylent diet for at least two months with one cheat day per week (~85% caloric intake from Soylent). One InsideTracker Ultimate Panel will be performed in the beginning to establish baseline value and a second one towards the end, 6-8 weeks into the diet. During the experiment, I will supplement with creatine, vitamin D, and any additional supplements recommended by InsideTracker after the first blood panel. I will continue ongoing tracking of basic QS stats such as body weight, body fat percentage, Fitbit data, daily and weekly habits, and sleep. I will start to track compliance with the diet and my energy levels through a subjective rating scale. What will I learn? Changing to Soylent as an almost exclusive source of food is a radical change in diet (#ForgetNormal). Though there are anecdotal long-term reports of people switching to Soylent, these reports are typically not accompanied with such an extensive blood panel that is offered by InsideTracker. In addition, there have been discussions around potential negative effects on hormonal levels. Therefore, tests for Testosterone, DHEAS, Cortisol, and other hormones included in the Ultimate Panel will be a crucial component of this experiment. I am personally interested in improving my sleep and energy levels and hope to see a correlation not just with the change of diet, but potentially also with the range of biomarkers that InsideTracker provides…”

Want to learn more about InsideTracker and what you can learn from blood and biomarker tests? Come see them in person at our QS15 Expo! Tickets are now on sale and readers of the blog get a special $10 discount! Register today!

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Win a new Apple Watch for your QS Project

AppleWatchSportBlackWe’re interested in the Apple Watch. So you might expect there to be a bunch of interesting self-tracking projects using the Apple Watch presented at QS15: The Quantified Self Global Conference and Exposition.

We expected that too. But, as you might have noticed, even devoted Apple fans are still (mostly) waiting for their watches to arrive. There hasn’t been enough time to learn very much.

So, to prime the pump, we got our hands on a new Apple Watch, and we’re going to give it away to somebody who has an idea for a QS project to try. The model is exactly as shown above: 42mm Space Grey Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band.

Here’s a picture of the actual watch, still in the brown delivery box.

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Here’s a picture of the brown boxed, opened up.

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And that’s where we’re stopping. The person who wins the watch should get to open it, right?

Let us know if you have a project to propose using our very short application form. We don’t expect there to be more than a few dozen entries, so your odds of winning are quite high compared to most promotions. But you do have to be at the conference on June 18 and 19, 2015, to receive the watch.

(You can register here: http://qs15.quantifiedself.com/register/)

How to Enter

Use this form to tell us what you want to learn about yourself and how an Apple Watch can help you make these discoveries. We will select an idea that we think will be especially meaningful for everybody to learn from, and we’ll hand over the watch to you on June 18. The conference starts in a couple of weeks, so please act fast!

You can share your ideas with us and the Quantified Self community on Twitter using #QSAppleWatch. We’d love to see what you want to learn!

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Welcome to our QS15 Friends of QS

In the lead up to every QS Conference we’ve put on there is always interest from pioneering people, organizations, and companies who are looking for ways to get involved. In 2013 we created our “Friends of QS” program as a lightweight way to get involved with the QS community at our events. We’re so happy to welcome back a few old friends and include a great group of new friends at our upcoming QS15 Conference & Expo.

Our Friends of QS include:

Beeminder is a goal-tracking tool with teeth. Connect a QS gadget or app (Fitbit, RescueTime, etc) and Beeminder plots your progress towards your goal on a Yellow Brick Road. Stay on track and Beeminder is free. Go off the road and you (literally) pay the price.
BrainStimulator_friends The Brain Stimulator creates electronic cognitive enhancement devices which use Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to influence the natural electrical impulses of the brain, often producing positive effects. Studies have shown that tDCS has promise to safely increase focus, short-term and longer-term memory, language learning abilities, mathematical skills, motor control, and induce “flow-state” learning capabilities.
bulletproof_friends Bulletproof is an industry leader in coffee, nutrition, supplements and technology developed to help people perform better, think faster, and live up to their fullest potential using a blend of time-tested knowledge and cutting-edge technology.
Fluxtream is an open-source non-profit personal data visualization framework to help you make sense of your life and compare hypotheses about what affects your well-being. Using Fluxtream, you can bring together and explore physiological, contextual, and observational data from many devices and apps on a common timeline.
Gordon Bell is on a quest to understand how to store everything in his life in cyberspace. Since 1998, he has been working on the MyLifeBits project with Jim Gemmell, founder of Trov, a company dedicated to helping people track their stuff. After QS2012, Gordon became a “trackee” of health data using CMU’s Bodytrack holding BodyMedia, Heartrate and other data.
HeadsUpHealth_friends At HeadsUpHealth, our goal is to make it easy for anyone to take control of their health information and use data to make better decisions. We integrate medical records, wearable data, self-tracking and legacy data (pdf, .csv etc.) into a personal repository. We then provide the tools needed to use this information for health optimization.
The Quantified Self Institute is an experimental collaboration between the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Groningen, the Netherlands) and QS Labs to bridge the gap between science and the QS community. It is a network of QS users/makers, researchers, students, companies and other institutions that support the mission to encourage a healthy lifestyle through technology, science and fun.
Rock Health s powering the future of the digital health ecosystem, bringing together the brightest minds across disciplines to build better solutions. Rock Health funds and supports startups building the next generation of technologies transforming healthcare.

If you’re interested in supporting our work and interacting with the amazing attendees at the QS15 Conference & Expo we invite you to join our Friends of QS. The easiest way to get involved is  to register for QS15. On the registration menu, select “Friends of QS.” By paying a small premium over the normal ticket price, you support our program and also receive a range of benefits designed to support the toolmakers in our community.

Want to meet the great people behind the companies and institutions you see above? Register today for the QS15 Conference & Expo!

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