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Eric Boyd and his Haptic Compass Anklet

Alexandra Carmichael

Here is Eric Boyd's talk about the device he built called North Paw - a haptic compass anklet that continuously vibrates in the direction of North. It's a project of Sensebridge, a group of hackers that are trying to "make the invisible visible". Eric Boyd - The North Paw: A Haptic Compass Anklet from Loren Risker on Vimeo.

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Meet the Heart Rate Pendant

Alexandra Carmichael

Eric Boyd, a long-time QS member and now part of the Toronto QS Show&Tell meetup group, has a new project. It's called HeartSpark, and it's a heart-shaped pendant which flashes little LED lights in time with your heart beat. HeartSpark and Eric (video below) were featured on Engadget today - congrats! Thanks to @faisal_q for posting the link.

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Announcing: New Sensors and the Frontiers of Self Tracking

Alexandra Carmichael

With the first QS conference 32 days away, we're excited to announce that Eric Boyd will give a keynote on "New Sensors and the Frontiers of Self Tracking. " Eric is an inspiring hacker who constantly pushes the boundaries of what is possible using the latest sensors and tools. A long time member of the Bay Area Quantified Self Show&Tell, he now helps power the Toronto group.

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Eric Boyd: Tracking My Daily Rhythm With a Nike FuelBand

Ernesto Ramirez

In 2013 Eric Boyd started using a Nike FuelBand to track his activity. Not satisfied with the built in reporting the mobile and web applications were delivering he decided to dive into the data by accessing the Nike developer API. By being able to access the minute-level daily data Eric was able to make sense of his daily patterns, explore abnormalities in his data, and learn a bit more about how the FuelBand calculated it's core metrics.

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Elimination Diet + Functional Medicine

Eric Green

Eric Green discusses his experience reversing Crohn's Disease using functional medicine. While doing some research, he found a functional medicinal doctor and was recommended an elimination diet. He discovered that the elimination diet was one of the most helpful strategies that he found to identify trigger foods and train his body to avoid them.

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Eric Boyd: Learning from my Nike FuelBand Data

Gary Wolf

We've been getting some great Quantified Self Show & Tell talks coming in as we get closer to our European conference. Now that there are so many self-tracking tools that can serve as tools for gaining insight into our actions and behaviors it's important to understand what we can learn from the data we gather. One of the key questions Quantified Self participants have is whether the devices they use are accurate, what they are good for, what signals they display about our real activities.

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Latest Happenings in the QS World

Alexandra Carmichael

A few exciting things have happened in the past week that I wanted to highlight. Two New GroupsThere are now 10 global Quantified Self Show&Tell Meetup groups, with the newest ones in:- San Diego, organized by Ernesto Ramirez, John Amschler, Cece O'Connor, and Gregg Masters, and- Toronto, organized by Carlos Rizo and our own Eric Boyd. I'll be in Toronto for their first meetup on October 27 - hope to see some of you there!New Video IntroductionKees Plattel, of the Quantified Self Amsterdam group, has generously put together an amazing 12-second animated QS logo to use at the beginning of all of our videos.

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Day 2: QS Guide, Conference Wiki, and Sensor Technology from Eric Boyd

Eri Gentry

Welcome to Day 2! Quick couple of notes to add from Day 1, then on to highlights from our keynote speaker, Eric Boyd. A common problem for QS-ers is knowing which tools, products and methods to use in their self-tracking. Finding the answers would requires hours to months of online research and/or testing.

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Managing My Time with A Dashboard View

Eric Mann

Eric Mann realized at a point in his life that he didn't feel he was getting what he needed out of life, so he began tracking his time spent in his life. He pulled a bunch of data together from his calendars and put it into a spreadsheet to analyze. He then went a step further and built an app to visualize his data and also set goals so he can actually see if the time he is spending is working towards a goal or not.

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Announcing New Talks for QS Europe Conference!

Alexandra Carmichael

The QS Europe 2013 Conference in Amsterdam is one month away! Here are some more of the awesome talks and sessions that will be given by QS community members. Check them out below, and please remember to register soon if you’d like to come – there are only a few tickets left. Hope to see you there! -- New Show&Tells Using Data to Hack My Habits and Whip Up My Willpower (Mark Leavitt) Tracking Puns (J.