Category: Personal Projects

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Psychogeography By Sabastian Meier and Katrin Glinka

July 30, 2018

In honor of today being the last day of the existence of Moves, the app from which so many Quantified Self projects drew their location data, I thought I’d post this artwork by Sabastian Meier and Katrin Glinka, who constructed city models based on connecting Moves data with their memories. For discussion of the demise of…

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Hot Stuff: Body Temperature Tracking and Ovulatory Cycles

April 22, 2017

For the past eight months I’ve been tracking my temperature every minute using small, wireless sensors. I work in a lab that recently showed minute-by-minute body temperature can tell you fascinating things about female physiology, at least in mice. Using temperature, we can tell what day a mouse will ovulate, whether or not it will become pregnant within…

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Robby Macdonell: The Data Is in, I am a Distracted Driver

February 4, 2016

“When I see someone driving towards me with their face buried in their phone, I get gloriously indignant about it.” Robby Macdonell has given great talks on transportation logging and time-tracking. Here, he combined those two data streams, using Automatic and RescueTime, to prove that he does not use his phone while driving nearly as…

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Tuning My Brain With Music For Reading, Programming, and Archery by Rocio Chongtay

February 2, 2016

In this fascinating talk Rocio Chongtay shares her novel and thoughtfully designed experiments in using music to adjust her concentration and relaxation depending on what she’s doing. Using a consumer EEG device from Neurosky, Rocio tried different types of music while tracking the relaxation and concentration dimensions identified by the Neurosky algorithm. She had experience…

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Re-Living My Life with Mood Tracking by Kouris Kalligas

January 8, 2016

Kouris Kalligas, a long time participant and contributor at Quantified Self meetings, is the creator of the very easy to use data aggregation service AddApp. AddApp is an iPhone app that makes it simple to gain insights from data gathered on dozens of different devices. While running his startup, Kouris has also been doing ongoing self-tracking experiments….

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Randy Sargent on Using Spectrograms to Visualize Heart Rate Variability

January 4, 2016

Let’s start 2016 with a very interesting talk by Randy Sargent about how to visualize the very large data sets produced by some kinds of self-tracking. Randy’s idea about using spectrograms, normally used for audio signals, to create a portrait of your own time series data, is completely novel as far as I know. If…

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Effects of A Year in Ketosis by Jim McCarter

December 16, 2015

In this fascinating short talk by geneticist Jim McCarter, we see detailed data about the  effects of a ketogenic diet: lower blood pressure, better cholesterol numbers,and vastly improved daily well being.  Jim also describes the mid-course adjustments he made to reduce side effects such as including muscle cramps and increased sensitivity to cold. Jim begins:…

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Gary Wolf: Even when I'm active, I'm sedentary

October 2, 2014

We recently released our QS Access app, which allows you to see HealthKit data in tabular format. Not very many tools feed data into HealthKit yet, but Apple’s platform does pick up step data gathered by the iPhone itself. I have step data on HealthKit going back about two weeks. When Ernesto Ramirez and I…

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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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Matthew Ames: One Small Step on a Scale

September 5, 2013

In this video from the Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell, Matthew Ames describes the self-tracking project that dramatically changed his weight and fitness. Beginning with simply measuring his weight daily using a Withings scale, he added together a number of common QS tools, including Weight Watchers, Runkeeper, MyFitnessPal, Garmin Forerunner watch, and the Nike+ system, to support his self-transformation.

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Quick and Reliable Mood Measurement

October 26, 2012

Sami Inkinen, triathalete, self-quantifier, and founder of Trulia, measures his mood on a five point scale every morning, within five minutes of waking up. This method fascinates me. I do something similar (though I use only a three point scale). Sami has found that this quick and easy measurement reliably correlates with his athletic performance,…

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Living Without Numbers

October 23, 2012

Here at Quantified Self we talk about living with numbers. Look a few inches above these words and it’s right there in our four-word tagline: self knowledge through numbers. Information, increasingly numerical information, is becoming a driving force in the world. We’re surrounded by numerical representations of ourselves in almost all aspects of our lives. Probably no…

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A Visualized Self

October 2, 2012

Typically when the Quantified Self-er talks about using photography and image capture for self-tracking they’re talking about taking pictures of their food. Pictures are a very powerful way to capture information for better understanding, you know, they are worth a thousand words. On the blog here we’ve also highlighted a few really interesting projects that take…

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An Experiment with Polyphasic Sleep by Emi Gal

October 1, 2012

A great talk on a Polyphasic Sleep experiment by Emi Gal, the CEO of the interactive advertising platform Brainient. “The main takeaway was that it is fun, but not sustainable. None of the polyphasic sleepers have succeeded in doing it more than six months. You always act tired…” If you’ve experimented with polyphasic sleep, we’re…

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Why Self-Track? The Possibility of Hard-to-Explain Change

August 22, 2012

My personal science introduced me to a research method I have never seen used in research articles or described in discussions of scientific method. It might be called wait and see. You measure something repeatedly, day after day, with the hope that at some point it will change dramatically and you will be able to determine…

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QS Primer: Case-Crossover Design

August 21, 2012

We’ve already published this QS Show&Tell talk by Mark Drangsholt about using self-tracking to identify the triggers of his heart problems, lessen their frequency, and make good decisions about treatment. I’m re-posting it here to focus on attention on the interesting and powerful method Mark used, the case-crossover design, and invite you to think about…

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Temple of Self: A QS Masters Design Thesis

August 11, 2012

Aarti Vashisht has done some interesting QS-related work for her MFA at Art Center College Design. She designed some prototype sensors that could be worn on our bodies in the future, and interviewed people to learn their thoughts on how these integrated sensors might impact their lives. This is an image of the sensors she…