Category: Lab Notes

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Share Your Method of Analysis Without Sharing Your Data

May 10, 2018

We are happy to have a guest post from Bastian Greshake Tzovaras, the director of research at the Open Humans project, on a new way to share personal data analysis methods. Read to the end to learn about a data analysis contest happening this month. Bastian can be found online at @gedankenstuecke. -Steven The Quantified Self community builds…

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Is My Data Valid?

August 8, 2017

Helpful tips on data validation from a Quantified Self project for home lipid testing looking into the accuracy of the CardioChek® Plus from PTS diagnostics.

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Comparing Apple Watch and Fitbit One for Step Tracking

June 25, 2015

When the Apple Watch was announced I started waiting with bated breath to see how it could be useful for Quantified Self and self-tracking purposes. Of course this means staying up late and making sure I had one on order as soon as possible. I put in my order shortly after midnight on launch day…

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QS15: What Happened?

June 22, 2015

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…

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Communities, Climate, Environment, and Health

April 7, 2015

Today, we are participating in the “Data and Innovation at the Climate-Health Nexus” panel hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. When we’ve spoken to people about this meeting the reaction we tend to receive is, “What does Quantified Self have to do with climate change?” It’s a valid question, and…

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Welcome Christopher Snider

April 3, 2015

Today we are excited and honored to announce that Christopher Snider has joined QS Labs as our Associate Editor. In the run up to our yearly Quantified Self Public Health Symposium, Christopher will be assisting our efforts to grow our QS Access editorial channel in support of our mission to explore the role of data…

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Work With Us

March 27, 2015

Quantified Self Labs is growing and we’re looking for a few good people to join our team. If you share our interest in “self-knowledge through numbers” and enjoy working with a talented and experienced team both in person and remotely, please look at the open job and internships listed below. To apply, send a cover letter…

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Quantified Homescreens

February 16, 2015

Betaworks recently announced that they had collected data from over 40,000 users who shared their iPhone homescreens through their apptly named #homescreen app. As they stated in their announcement, the apps people keep on their homescreen are often the apps they use the most. Being a data-minded individual I thought, “I wonder what kind of…

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Fitbit vs. Moves: An Exploration of Phone and Wearable Data

February 12, 2015

Like many people paying attention to the press around Quantified Self, self-tracking, and wearable technology I was intrigued by the many articles that focused on a newly published research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The letter, Accuracy of Smartphone Applications and Wearable Devices for Tracking Physical Activity Data, authored by Meredith A. Case et al.,…

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How to Represent a Year in Numbers

January 20, 2015

As the calendar turns over to a new year, it’s useful to look back and see what the last 365 days have been all about. Looking back is always easier when you have something to look back on, and, no surprise here, self-tracking is a great help for trying to figure out how things went….

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The State of Wearables

January 14, 2015

In our work supporting users and makers of Quantified Self tools we pay close attention to how others talk about trends and markets. In the past year, the most-used catch all term for devices that help us track ourselves has been “wearables.” Now, it’s clear that wearables covers only a fraction of QS practices. Many of…

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How To Access & Export MyFitnessPal Data

January 13, 2015

MyFitnessPal is one of the leading dietary tracking tools, currently used by tens of millions of people all around the world to better track and understand the foods they consume every day. Their mobile apps and online tools allow individuals to enter foods and keep track of their micro- and macro-nutrient consumption, connect additional devices…

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QS Access App Visualization Showcase

October 21, 2014

Two weeks ago we announced the release of the QS Access App so you could access your HealthKit data in tabular format for personal exploration, visualization, and analysis. In that short period of time, we’ve seen a good number of downloads and positive feedback. We know from our experiences hosting in-person and online communication about…

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QS Access App: See your HealthKit Data in a Table

October 2, 2014

On Wednesday this week we learned that the QS Access app we submitted to the Apple store was approved. This means you can download the QS Access app on iTunes. We hope you’ll find it useful. Our app is a very simple tool for accessing HealthKit data in a table so that you can explore…

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How to Download Minute-by-Minute Fitbit Data

September 26, 2014

NOTE: The methods detailed in this post no longer work. The post is kept here for archival purposes, but unfortunately you will not be able to access your Fitbit data by following the steps. Earlier this week we posted an update to our How To instructions for downloading your Fitbit data to Google Spreadsheets. This…

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Downloading Fitbit Data: Update

September 22, 2014

We’re posting a quick note today to let you know that we’ve updated our “How To Download Your Fitbit Data” post. It now included separate instructions for both the old and new versions of Google Spreadsheets. This is just the first in a series of planned updates. We hope to post additional updates to allow…

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Welcome Steven Jonas

September 19, 2014

Today we are excited and honored to announce that Steven Jonas has joined QS Labs as our Senior Editor/Information Architect. As has been the case with previous additions to QS Labs, we welcome Steven as a friend and fellow community member. Steven serves as a co-organizer of the Portland QS meetup group, and has participated…

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Access Matters

September 4, 2014

Someday, you will have a question about yourself that impels you to take a look at some of your own data. It may be data about your activity, your spending at the grocery store, what medicines you’ve taken, where you’ve driven your car. And when you go to access your data, to analyze it or…

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A Code of Conduct

June 27, 2014

Quantified Self Labs is wholeheartedly dedicated to creating conferences and events that are safe and comfortable for everyone involved. This means providing a harassment-free experience for every participant, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, and beliefs. Providing this experience for our members requires a concrete, visible commitment…

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Seth Roberts: The Best Way To Learn Is To Do

April 28, 2014

My friend Seth Roberts, pioneering self-experimenter and personal scientist, died last Saturday. Seth’s sister Amy, made the announcement yesterday on his blog. The news was unexpected and very sad. A few things Seth taught me: Doing lots of experiments keeps you supplied with new ideas. With sensitive and reliable measurements, tiny experimental effects can yield surprising…