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2015 QS Visualization Gallery: Part 2

We’re back again with another round of visualizations from our QS15 Conference and Expo attendees. In today’s batch you’ll see a variety of representations of different tracking projects, from tracking biometrics while watching a movie to running distance over nearly 13 years. Enjoy!

interstellar-hr-hrv-gsr-1024x635 Name: Bob Troia
Description: I tracked my heart rate, HRV, and galvanic skin response while watching the movie Interstellar (in IMAX!), then plotted the data to understand how my body reacted during the 3+ hour movie. (Check Bob’s blog post about this data here!)
Tools: Polar H7 chest strap, SweeBeat Life app (iPhone), Basis B1 band, Excel.

 

Sleep for a week Name: Tahl Milburn
Description: This shows sleep over a week. The overall height of the bar is the time in bed. The part above the baseline is actual sleep whereas the part below 0 is restless sleep or awakening during the night. The line above the bars is the goal number of hours. The bar itself is green is all okay, turns yellow if overall duration is short or awakened too much. Red is even worse.
Tools: Google Charts with data from Fitbit.

 

LifeGauge Name: Tahl Milburn
Description: This is a very simple but powerful chart. T his is a “Life Gauge” which show how much of my statistical life has already been used. The ultimate age is based on the consensus estimate from several sources. Note the yellow and red markings indicating that one might be running out of life soon.
Tools: Google Charts for the graph itself. Several sources for computing the ultimate age.

 

BigGraph Name: Julie Price
Description: My running miles per week plus marathons since 2002.
Tools: Tracked running miles using various methods and recorded both on paper and, in the past few years, on a Google sheet. Summarized & graphed in Excel before manually adding in marathons.

 

IMG_8244 Name: Allan Caeg
Description: ”How much did you win today?” is one of the most important questions I ask myself every day. This pre-sleep question constantly gets me to reflect on what I did with my free will, inspiring me to ensure that I’d make the most out of every day.
Tools: Reporter

Stay tuned here for more QS Gallery visualizations in the coming weeks. If you’ve learned something that you are willing to share from seeing your own data in a chart or a graph, please send it along. We’d love to see more!

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Steven Zhang: Concussions, Headaches and the Whole30 Elimination Diet

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At every conference, a synchronicity will occur where a few talks cover a similar, but previously unexplored topic. At QS15, we were surprised to see an increased discussion of concussions. It’s hard to know whether this is due to random chance or a glimmer of the zeitgeist, but we like to take note of these little waves of how people are finding new ways to understand themselves, or in this case, overcome strife.

Though Steven Zhang had a history of sleepiness and headaches, he never tracked them prior to his concussion. But during his recovery from post-concussion syndrome (which worsened his sleepiness and headaches), he wanted a clear record of his progress. He tracked headaches using the Tap Log android app and tracked his sleep using Sleep As Android, manually logging in and out in the app as he prepared for or woke from sleep. That he naps often and has many unsuccessful attempts to sleep meant that automatic methods for tracking sleep, like wrist-worn activity trackers, were ineffective, an important lesson considering that good sleep data is still sought after by many in the QS community.

Visualizing his data in Tableau, he gained a sense of norms for his headache frequency and nap lengths, allowing him to test the effectiveness of a dietary intervention, the fascinating result of which you can watch in the video of his talk below:

Steven presented this talk last month at the QS Global Conference in San Francisco. To see more great talks like this, you should join us at our Europe Conference on September 18 and 19th in Amsterdam. We have a limited number of early bird tickets available, so make sure that you don’t miss out by registering!

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Announcing the 2015 Quantified Self Europe Conference

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We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 Quantified Self Europe Conference. On September 18th and 19th we’re once again filling the beautiful Casa 400 hotel in Amsterdam with talks, discussions, and demos from the global Quantified Self community. If you’re interested in self-tracking, lifelogging, data visualization and art, new technologies of personal science, the policy and politics of  data access, and helping understand and shape the future of the Quantified Self movement, these two days are for you.

As always, we’ll be crafting a “carefully curated un-conference” that is based on the emerging topics from the QS community. When you register, we’ll invite you to tell us something about your own self-tracking practice, and suggest topics for discussion. We’ll be working over the next three months to put together a program that surfaces the most important current questions. We have a limited number of registrations available for €149, so if you plan to be there you want to register right away.

REGISTER FOR QSEU15

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QS15: What Happened?

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Two hundred sessions. Two thousand people. Thirty thousand square feet of exposition space on a San Francisco Pier. Did we really do that?

Over the next weeks we’ll be posting videos, photos, interviews and essays inspired by what happened last week at #QS15. But for the next day or two we’re just going to recover a bit, reflect on how things went, and enjoy the afterglow of spending 3 days with remarkable self-trackers, toolmakers, and scholars who share our interest in self-knowledge through numbers.

Our deepest thanks to to everybody who came to the event and to the hundreds of QS participants who worked with us for more than a year to create the program: to the speakers and session leaders who shared their self-tracking stories and ideas; to our courageous sponsors, whose support was indispensable; to the remarkable architects at The Living, who worked with us tirelessly to design an exposition space that supported conversation and discovery; and, to our friends at e2k events x entertainment, who managed the construction of the exposition from scratch.

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An Interface for Your Life: Compass 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 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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How do you describe Compass?
Compass is the first application agent from the Existence platform, developed as an interface for your life.

Compass works quietly in the background looking at the moments in your day and creating three amazing ways of viewing your time.

We don’t count moments, we make moments count!

What’s the backstory?
Six years ago, Chris Dancy thought there had to be a better way to save all the information about his life.  After consulting, speaking and making media appearances around the globe, he joined Healthways  as SVP, Chief Digital Officer.

How did you get started?
In the fall of 2015, a small group of dedicated people started to map out how the future of the user interface could put humankind back in control of our overly saturated tech lives. Four principles where created that drive our product today: Trustworthiness, Awareness, Safety and Kindness, or “TASK.”  In January 2015, we started coding our way to the future. Our team grew in the spring and we are excited about our first event and public debut at the Quantified Self Conference 2015!

What impact has it had?
After announcing the launch of our Alpha version at SXSW 2015, we were blown away to have over 100 signups in 24 hours.

People shared the types of problems they were trying to solve through their use of Compass. Each user’s submission was a trip with great personal intimacy. Users were looking to “{get} help with understanding my depression,” “ease stresses at work and home,” “learn how to sustain my happy times,” and one user even wanted to “make better use of the limited time I have left on earth”.

What have you heard from users?
Each organization we share Compass with is blown away at the potential of a native client on mobile devices.  We are currently exploring partner models. Our limited Alpha testers have experienced both a lot of delight and a lot of testing fatigue. No system has ever been assembled to combine this much personal information and we are thankful for the ongoing support of our testing communities.

Planet_SunsetWhat makes it different sets it apart?
Having tried hundreds of applications, services, devices and sensors, we feel we are the only platform that is taking what people want to do most, which is live their life, not log data, and combining it with things they love to do, like taking photos, looking at maps and reviewing timelines.

Most importantly, we’re the only application that uses Healthkit, activity, behavior, environment, date, time, and more, to passively create moments in a person’s day. So often data services depend on 100’s of API’s, manual logging or arcane processes. Compass elegantly runs in the background and doesn’t stop working if you decide to go live life.

Finally, we are passionate about privacy and data ownership.  Compass data lives solely on the device and is exportable by the user at any time.

What are you doing next?
Next up we have more testing and some final UI tweaks for our release this fall.  We are prioritizing our device strategy from Android to Apple Watch and hiring great new people!

How do you see it evolving?
So much of what we do today as consumers of technology services has turned humanity into a giant mouse pad for personalization.  We see the power of the Existence platform and application agents, like Compass, to become the fuel for an entire new ecosystem of habits and environments as we replace applications and services.

How can people find out more about you?
Check out our blog or introduce yourself to our team!

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A Computer on Your Finger: OURA 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!

How do you describe Oura?
Ōura makes a self-tracking ring that helps you be your best in everyday life. By sensing your body’s physiological responses, it guides you to adjust sleeping behavior and activity level to improve your sleep quality and optimize mental and physical performance. We want to help people stay balanced, improve quality of life and overall mental and physical performance.

What’s the backstory? How did you get started?
Our passion comes from our own need to stay balanced and performing well in the middle of hectic business and family life and our desire to provide the same opportunity for others so that people can live up to true their potential.

Several members of our team have created consumer products, either medical, wellness, sports and/or mobile and/or embedded systems in different contexts. A few of us have done research and created algorithms, one for more than 17 years at Polar, the leading manufacturer of heart rate monitors. Several members of our team have monitored themselves for a long time in different ways. We knew that to get a long-term view on physiological changes in the body we had to find a unique way to access the data with high accuracy but in a very desirable comfortable design. We found the finger to be an optimum place for measurement and through years of extensive R&D and prototyping, eventually managed to fit a full featured computer into a small enough form. The ŌURA ring was born.

What impact has it had? What have you heard from users?
The ŌURA ring will be available for pre-orders in July-August, so extensive feedback from users/customers is yet to come. However, within a limited group of people and our own team, we have been using ŌURA rings – some of us wearing two of them continuously – for more than half a year. And with the earlier prototypes, we’ve collected data for much longer.

Since launching the product at Launch Festival in San Francisco in March 2015, we have met hundreds of people, showing them the ring and the App and sharing the science and technology. The feedback has been very positive. People love the design and especially appreciate our focus on providing the user with an understanding of how to improve sleep quality, adjust activity, and balance them to optimize their mental and physical performance.

What makes it different, sets it apart?
ŌURA ring amplifies the voice of the body. Through the App it gives an opportunity to better understand what choices are good for us. Since our lifestyles are unique and the physiological reactions of our bodies are unique, by listening to our own bodies we can adjust our behavior to stay balanced and perform well.

ŌURA ring is simple and effortless to use. There are no buttons or lights, it requires nothing from you. It just senses your body and its reactions when you wear it. It combines style and comfort with high-end technology, applying over three decades of research on human physiology and behavior.

What are you doing next? How do you see it evolving?
Over the few months, we are creating connections – our target audience and especially early adaptors – mostly in the USA, to deepen our understanding of how we can refine the benefits of using the ŌURA ring in every day life.

ŌURA will be evolving in many ways, based on the feedback and ideas coming from the backers of the early adaptors in the pre-order campaign as well as from those partnering with us to develop their own solutions and applications based on ŌURA ring.

How can people find out more about you?
Check out our website and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. And of course come see us in person at the QS15 Conference and Expo!

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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!

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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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