Category: News and Pointers


Most Young People In The United States Have Used A Health App

August 2, 2018

The recent report by Victoria Rideout and Susannah Fox, “Digital Health Practices,Social Media Use,and Mental Well-Being Among Teens and Young Adults in the U.S.” deserves sustained attention for its exploration of the relationship between social media and mental health in teens and young adults. While the study is designed to contribute some realism to the…


New QS Devices

August 15, 2017

While a student at UC Berkeley, I was awed by the miniaturized devices created in the engineering department for neuroscientists. Eventually, these devices will enable entirely new kinds of Quantified Self projects. Here are three especially promising projects I came across while studying for my degree in neurobiology.


The First Quantified Self Women's Meetup

July 16, 2013

I’ve been organizing Quantified Self Meetup groups since 2011. After every meetup, another woman says something to me like: I wish we could talk about [  women’s specific health topic  ]. I’d like to give a talk about [ … ] , but it doesn’t feel like it would fit in. My tracking isn’t quantitative enough…


Quantified Self and the future of healthcare

August 26, 2012

A few months ago Quantified Self received an invitation from the Health Informatics Society of Australia to speak to their members at their annual conference hic2012. They wanted to hear a QS perspective on the future of healthcare. I volunteered to go down under, to share some interesting self-tracking stories, and to speak about the possible…


What would you do with your microbiome sequence?

August 1, 2012

If you had access to free microbiome sequencing tests, to detect and analyze bacteria living in the nose, mouth, skin, gastro-intestinal, and/or urogenital areas of the body, what experiments would you think up? Would you compare oral bacteria in people with lots of cavities vs. people with no cavities, look for differences between people with…


QS Conference Program Released

June 20, 2012

The third Quantified Self Conference is only 87 days away!! So we thought we’d release the program of awesome talks and sessions that will be given by QS community members. Check out the full list below, and please remember to register soon if you’d like to come – there are only 100 out of 600…


Beijing Quantified Self?

May 11, 2012

I recently had lunch with Richard Sprague, an engineer at Microsoft Beijing. He raised the possibility of starting a Quantified Self Meetup group in Beijing. The meetings could be held in one of Microsoft’s two brand new buildings, which are in the exact center of Zhongguancun. If you might attend, please let me know (e.g.,…


10 New QS Conference Sessions by Awesome Attendees

May 8, 2012

We’re excited to announce another new batch of sessions at the upcoming QS conference. Thanks to everyone who is stepping up to speak! The full roster of show&tell talks and breakout sessions so far is listed here. Check out these awesome new topics: Breakout Conversations How to separate user feedback signal from noise and incorporate into product…


Adding Smart Gestures to Everyday Objects and the Human Body

May 6, 2012

Imagine if you could switch your music track while running just by tapping on your hand or your arm. What if your TV and lights knew when you had fallen asleep and automatically turned off. Or if doorknobs were as smart as your current tablet touchscreen and you could send messages to people before they…


Welcome Robert Lynde!

May 2, 2012

Running Quantified Self Labs, the organization that supports and coordinates fun QS events and communities around the world, takes funding. We’re very grateful to have generous sponsors that believe in the movement we’re nurturing and want to help make it blossom. And now we’re excited to announce that Robert Lynde is joining Gary, Ernesto, and…


Announcing Ten New Sessions for the QS Conference

April 7, 2012

We’re excited to announce another new batch of talks and sessions at the upcoming QS conference. Thanks to everyone who is stepping up to speak! Check out these awesome topics: Show&Tell Talks Genes and Other Strangers (Esther Dyson) Tracking Breathing with Wearables (Danielle Roberts) Chronicling chronic lower back pain, posture, and happiness (Andrew Chang) The Quantified…


28-Hour Days, Business Models, and Biometric Yoga

March 24, 2012

We’re excited to announce a new batch of talks and sessions at the upcoming QS conference. Thanks to everyone who is stepping up to speak! Check out these awesome topics: Show&Tell Talks My 28-Hour Day Experiments (Joe Betts-LaCroix) Quantified Awesome: Tracking Time, Clothes, Stuff, and Other Little Things (Sacha Chua) World class performance through sleep quantification…


Timeline of QS Meetup Group Formation

March 19, 2012

SJSU grad student Adam Butterfield did some analysis of the QS meetup groups around the world, and he recently passed this sheet around at one of our QS Discussion Group meetings. I think it’s an amazing way to see the growth in the number of QS meetup groups! The timeline runs from June 2008 to March 2012 (click…


Upcoming QS Events

March 12, 2012

This is a “mark your calendars” post to let you know about some fun QS-related stuff coming up that’s not sold out yet! March 20 – The Uploaded Life: Personal evolution through self tracking — MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) event, Stanford GSB Cemex Auditorium 6:00 – 7:00 pm  Demos, Networking and Refreshments; 7:00 – 8:30 pm…


From Orgasm to Emotion: New QS Conference Talks

March 7, 2012

We’re excited to announce the first batch of talks and sessions at the upcoming QS conference. Thanks to everyone who is stepping up to speak! Check out these awesome topics: Show&Tell Talks Data Doesn’t Lie: Orgasm vs. Performance (Dave Asprey) Stress relief with a biofeedback game (Olivier Janin) QS+1 Lessons learned from assisting in trading…


Announcing Quantified Self Week!

February 22, 2012

You are invited to learn and to share your knowledge! What: QS Week – “Self-Knowledge Through Numbers” When: Date To Be Announced   Where: all over the world….  😉 What is QS Week? This September, our Quantified Self community is coming together for a new experiment. Working together, we are going to create a world-wide, week…


Announcing the Quantified Self Conference 2012

February 14, 2012

We’re excited to announce the third Quantified Self conference, to be held September 15-16, 2012 at Stanford University. Registration is now open, and please feel free to tweet… now! Quantified Self 2012 is our third conference for users and tool makers interested in self-tracking systems. It will be a “working meeting” for the QS community (50 groups…