Tag: temperature


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…


Stefano Schiavon: Using Data to Understand Personal Comfort

February 21, 2017

Stefano Schiavon is an assistant professor and researcher interested in sustainable building design. As he told us at last month’s Quantified Self meetup in Berkeley, California, “I am Italian. I love architecture. And I think buildings are beautiful.” One goal of building design is to increase individual comfort. However, this poses a problem. Everyone is…


Rain Ashford on Wearing Physiological Data

July 2, 2014

Rain Ashford is a PhD student in the Art and Computational Technology Program at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work is based on the concept of “Emotive Wearables” that help communicate data about ourselves in social settings. This research and design exploration has led her to create unique pieces of wearable technology that both measure and…


Does Shower Temperature Affect Brain Speed?

January 8, 2011

In November I learned about benefits of cold showers. So I tried them. I took cold showers that lasted about 5 minutes. I liked the most obvious effect (less sensitivity to cold). Maybe a bigger “dose” would produce a bigger effect. Maybe the mood improvement cold showers were said to cause would be clearer. So I…