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Anand Sharma: Aprilzero, Gyroscope, and Me

July 1, 2015

With all the self-tracking applications, devices, and services out there it can be hard to make sense of all the data you’re collecting. Anand Sharma ran into this situation in 2014 when he started thinking about his data and how he wanted to use it to help him understand himself, optimize what he cared about,…

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Lee Rogers: Why Annual Reporting

August 26, 2014

Lee Rogers has been collecting data about himself for over three years. The daily checkins, movements, and other activities of his life are capture by automatic and passive systems and tools. What makes Lee a bit different than most is that he’s set up a personal automation system to collect and make sense of all…

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Philip Thomas on Building a Personal Dashboard

August 15, 2014

Philip Thomas is a software engineer at OpenDNS. He’s been collecting a lot of personal data since college, first starting with his custom built beer tracking system. He then moved on to slightly more sophisticated personal data. As the data started to pile up in services and systems he started to explore what it would…

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Valerie Aurora On Tracking Street Harassment

October 3, 2013

When you move from a small town to a big city you’re faced with a number of interesting challenges. How do you get around? Should you sell your car? When Valerie Aurora moved to San Francisco she faced these common roadblocks, but she also encountered something new: being harassed. In this great talk, filmed at…

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Sara Cambridge on Crowdsourced Dietary Ratings

June 10, 2013

Sara Cambridge is an interaction designer and a frequent contributor to the Quantified Self community. This past spring she was tasked with creating a unique information visualization as part of her graduate coursework at the UC Berkeley iSchool. Given her interest in QS she chose to use her experience with tracking her diet using the…

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Evan Savage on Panic Tracking

July 17, 2012

Evan Savage has panic attacks, especially triggered by caffeine while driving. In late 2011, he was having multiple panic attacks a week. He didn’t want to take drugs, so he made his own recovery plan – logging his food, exercise, and panic attacks. He eliminated caffeine, and thought he had recovered, then relapsed. In the…

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Mike Winter on his Bike Safety Device

June 1, 2012

Mike Winter does a lot of crazy research projects, including building an autonomous motorcycle. But when his daughter was in a bicycle accident a couple of years ago, he started thinking about bike safety. Specifically, he built a device with an Arduino CPU and a few sensors that attaches to your bike and connects with your…

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Jeremy Howard on Language Acquisition Performance

May 28, 2012

Jeremy Howard has been studying Chinese for the last two years. The method he uses is called spaced repetitive learning, found in SuperMemo and Anki, in which you prompt yourself to remember something just before you’re about to forget it. Jeremy wrote his own software to track his learning, including variables such as time of day, what…

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Sky Christopherson on The Quantified Athlete

May 26, 2012

Sky Christopherson is a velodrome cyclist who has been on the U.S. Olympic team. After retiring, he lived in the world of startups, and when his health started to decline as a result of that stress, he turned back to the kind of quantification he had been doing as an athlete to restore his health. In…

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Stan James on Project Life Slice

May 25, 2012

Last December, Stan James started to wonder how much of every day he spent staring at glowing rectangles, and how he was spending that time. He set up his webcam to take a picture of himself every hour, as well as a screenshot of what he’s working on. In the video below, Stan talks about…

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Recap of QS Discussion Group

March 17, 2012

George Lawton was kind enough to take notes at our most recent QS Discussion Group meetup. Here is his summary, below. The QS Meetup on March 13th in Mountain View was great fun, and covered a variety of topics ranging from nutrient tracking, classifying large archives of footage, quantifed-mind.com, and pH tracking, and newly disclosed…

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Dave Kil on Optimizing Workouts

December 25, 2011

Dave Kil runs marathons. He has detailed records of all his workouts for the past year and a half. Recently, though, he started feeling that running was getting boring, and he wanted more variety in his workouts. So Dave helped create sensors that can monitor different activities passively, including cycling. He also added high-intensity training…

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Melanie Swan on Genomic Self-Hacking

November 21, 2011

Melanie Swan of DIY Genomics describes the results of sequencing her own genome in the hopes of developing her own personalized preventive medicine strategies. She developed a mobile app that permits exporting of personalized sequencing data more easily. A series of small nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified by Melanie in her own genome relating to…

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Gary Wolf on Listening

October 31, 2011

Gary Wolf shares “What we learned from starting Quantified Self” and starts off sharing a key journalistic secret – listen! He explains the biggest ‘surprise’ to come out of the QS experiment – face to face meetings are a key element in the collaborative knowledge making process. And in order to grow our family, let’s…