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Oura Ring on Kickstarter: Sleep and Activity Tracking On A Finger

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I first got a look at the Oura ring at the Quantified Self Public Health Symposium last May. I was surprised that the Oura engineers had managed to get sleep and activity tracking into  a bit of jewelry the size of a ring, and ever since I’ve been deeply curious to experiment for myself. Although a few samples showed up at QS15, there was nothing we can could take home with us. But the Oura ring campaign on Kickstarter launches today, with delivery estimated for November 2015. The company is a QS sponsor, and they’re offering readers here and our followers on Twitter a few hours head start on the campaign’s very limited number of $199 rings. (They have just 500 0f these, after which the minimum pledge to get a ring rises to $229).

The Oura ring has both optical sensors and an accelerometer, an increasingly common duo, used in the Apple watch and quite a few other devices. But I thought that the combination of sensors and battery demands would make a ring-size sleep and activity sensor challenging.

Of particular interest to me is the offer of “laboratory accurate” measurement of heart rate variability, or HRV, using the optical pulse sensor. Heart rate variability is the the variation in the time between heart rates, and it’s useful for Quantified Self experiments involving measurement of emotional arousal and stress. HRV is relatively easy to get, if you have an accurate heart rate monitor, but typically these have taken the form of elastic chest straps. Even Apple, with its relatively capacious watch, doesn’t yet promise accurate measurement of HRV. If the Oura ring ends up offering accurate HRV in a ring that is easy to keep on at all times, it will spark a lot of very interesting new projects.

Thank you to Petteri Lahtela and Hannu Kinnunen, the Oura founders, for giving us a few hours head start. We wish you good luck on your campaign!

For early access use this link: Quantified Self Access to Oura Kickstarter.

Note: both Petteri and Hannu will be at Quantified Self Europe conference in Amsterdam on September 18 & 19.

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QS15: A Review

QS15 Tweet Robot designed by The Living. Photo: Rajiv Mehta

QS15 Tweet Robot designed by The Living. Photo: Rajiv Mehta

In just little more than a month we’ll be convening in lovely Amsterdam for our 2015 Quantified Self Europe Conference. While some might call us crazy since we just wrapped on our big QS15 Conference in San Francisco, we like to think that we’re on a tour, inviting people from around to world to engage and learn about the power of personal data.

With QSEU15 so close, we decided to take a quick look back at what makes our conferences so special. Rather than telling you what we think we thought it would be best to highlight the thoughts and writing from individuals who attended and participated in our 2015 Quantified Self Conference. We’ve gathered up links to articles, blog posts, and write-ups of all types and are posting them here for you to read and review.

If you’re intrigued by the ideas and events described in the links below make sure to register for QSEU15. Early Bird tickets are on sale for just a bit longer so take advantage now!

Training the Next Generation of ‘Quantified Nurses’

Quantified Self ’15 (Day 1 Recap)

Quantified Self ’15 (Day 2 Recap)

What’s a Self Anyway?

Compass Alpha at the Quantified Self Conference 2015!

Quantified Self Expo, Part I

Quantified Self Expo, Part II 

About the Quantified Self Conference and Expo

Own your Biological Machine

Quantified Self 2015

Architecting health data for the cloud

What you can learn from the 2015 Quantified-Self conference

QS15: Measurement with Meaning

More About Me at QS15

What I learned at Quantified Self 2015

Notes from the 2015 Quantified Self Conference

My Data, Your Data, Our Data

News from the Quantified Self movement

Quantified Self Labs

Some of the Best from the 2015 Quantified Self Conference

Personal Gold @ Quantified Self ’15

Learning about new self-tracking technology at QS15

If you wrote something about your experience at QS15 let us know! We’d love to feature it.

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2015 QS Europe Conference: Scholarship Application Now Open

Today we’re happy to announce that we’re opening up a scholarship application for the 2015 Quantified Self Europe Conference. Since our first conference in 2011 our aim has been to foster an inclusive environment, and with the help and guidance from many attendees we’ve benefited greatly from exposing ourselves to the wide range of ideas about what it means to get “personal meaning from personal data.”

In the last few years we’ve listened to our community, in particular our friends Amelia Greenhall, Maggie Delano, and Beau Gunderson, regarding how we can best make our events meaningful and open for all. In that time we’ve published our anti-harrassment policy for our conferences and implemented a code of conduct designed to make our meetups a more welcoming place. But, we know that publishing codes and policies is only one piece of a bigger effort to make sure that our Quantified Self community continues to grow and welcome those who are typically left on the fringes of technology-related events and conferences. Earlier this year we opened up our first scholarship application for the QS15 Conference and Exposition. We were amazed to receive interest from individuals all over the world who wanted to come learn, participate, and be a part of our community. Due to the generosity of our sponsors and our Friends of QS we were able to welcome over a dozen scholarship attendees, many of whom took part in shaping the program and adding their unique voices to the multi-day event. It was so great to see, and we’re excited to do it again.

The 2015 Quantified Self Europe Conference will be held in Amsterdam on September 18th and 19th at the intimate Casa 400 Hotel. If you identify with a group that has been typically underrepresented and would like to attend the 2015 Quantified Self Europe  Conference and Exposition we want to hear from you. We’ve made a simple application form for you to fill out so you can tell us a little about yourself. We’ll be reviewing applications as they come in. Because the conference is attendee-drive we place an emphasis on those would like to contribute to the program. As you fill out the application, please be as descriptive as possible so we can best understand why you’d like to attend and how you might be able to contribute.

Scholarship Application

Interested in attending the 2015 Quantified Self Europe Conference? Early Bird registration is now open, but tickets are selling fast. Act now to register for only €149!

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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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