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Learning From Your Microbiome: uBiome at QS15

June 8, 2015

Next week we’re hosting our QS15 Conference and Expo and we’re delighted that so many great toolmakers will be joining us to show off their devices, apps, and services. We’ve  asked each of our toolmakers to give us a bit more background information about their company and what they’re excited about. If you’d like to…

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Toolmaker Talk: Hind Hobeika (Butterfleye)

May 23, 2012

At a recent QS-themed event at Stanford, 3-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond described the constant stream of new technologies that make bicycles lighter and more streamlined and that provide ever more detailed monitoring of the cyclists. In contrast, innovation in swimming seems limited to controversial bathing suits. Competitive swimmer Hind Hobeika aims to…

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Toolmaker Talk: Michael Forrest (Happiness)

May 9, 2012

In talking with many toolmakers, I find myself constantly surprised by how different people approach the same, and seemingly simple, issue with very different perspectives. A few months ago I wrote about Mood Panda which went from private to community. In contrast, Michael Forrest’s Happiness has evolved from shared to private. I also find Michael’s experimentation with the…

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Toolmaker Talk: Vaibhav Bhandari (Enabling Programmable Self with HealthVault)

April 25, 2012

A few years ago, there was a lot of hoopla about PHRs (Personal Health Records), and the idea that all of one’s health records would be easily accessible in one place. Things haven’t turned out as rosy, and one major player, Google Health, shut down. However, Microsoft continues to persevere with its version, HealthVault, and…

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Toolmaker Talk: Yoni Donner (Quantified Mind)

April 11, 2012

There are ever more widgets to measure our physical selves, but how can we measure how well we’re thinking? Yoni Donner is trying to address this need with Quantified Mind. At a recent Bay Area QS meetup he told us how he used his tool to discover that fasting reduced his mental acuity, which was…

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Toolmaker Talk: Caspar Addyman (Boozerlyzer)

March 14, 2012

Our QS Conferences are organized to maximize discovery and serendipity. The entire program results from us inviting attendees to present and participate. You’re never quite sure what you’ll get, but it’s hardly ever boring! I didn’t know what to expect when Caspar Addyman took the stage in Amsterdam to talk about “Tracking your brain on…

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Toolmaker Talk: Alexander Grey (Somaxis)

February 29, 2012

The first speaker at last week’s QS meetup in San Francisco was Alexander Grey. He told us about the muscle-activity sensor he had developed and the fascinating things he had learned about himself from using it. The result of many years of thinking and work, he’s now eager to find collaborators, so he jumped at…

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Toolmaker Talk: Mike Lee (MyFitnessPal)

February 15, 2012

At a QS Meetup in San Francisco about a year ago, I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in over 15 years. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that he had quietly built one of the most widely used weight loss tools: MyFitnessPal (with 170,000 ratings on the AppStore, mostly 5s!). Mike Lee explains…

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Toolmaker Talk: Ross Larter (MoodPanda)

February 1, 2012

About three years ago, Gary Wolf wrote a detailed post on Measuring Mood — some tools are complicated enough to get you grouchy! Gallup goes through a lot of trouble to gauge the US happiness level on a daily basis. Others take a simple approach, such as Eric Kennedy’s recent talk at the Seattle QS meetup on Tracking…

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Toolmaker Talk: Eric Gradman (Facelogger)

January 18, 2012

This is the eight post in the “Toolmaker Talks” series. The QS blog features intrepid self-quantifiers and their stories: what did they do? how did they do it? and what have they learned?  In Toolmaker Talks we hear from QS enablers, those observing this QS activity and developing self-quantifying tools: what needs have they observed? what…

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Toolmaker Talk: Sam Liang (Placeme)

December 16, 2011

This is the sixth post in the “Toolmaker Talks” series. The QS blog features intrepid self-quantifiers and their stories: what did they do? how did they do it? and what have they learned? In Toolmaker Talks we hear from QS enablers, those observing this QS activity and developing self-quantifying tools: what needs have they observed?…

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Toolmaker Talk: Bethany Soule & Daniel Reeves (Beeminder)

December 7, 2011

This is the fifth post in the “Toolmaker Talks” series. The QS blog features intrepid self-quantifiers and their stories: what did they do? how did they do it? and what have they learned? In Toolmaker Talks we hear from QS enablers, those observing this QS activity and developing self-quantifying tools: what needs have they observed?…

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Toolmaker Talk: Rich Rifredi (BAM Labs)

November 30, 2011

This is the fourth post in the “Toolmaker Talks” series. The QS blog features many stories by those conducting personal QS projects that are about: what did they do? how did they do it? and what have they learned?  In Toolmaker Talks we hear from those closely observing all this QS activity and developing appropriate tools: what…

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Toolmaker Talk: Gil Blander (InsideTracker)

November 16, 2011

This is the third post in the “Toolmaker Talks” series. The QS blog features many stories by those conducting personal QS projects that are about: what did they do? how did they do it? and what have they learned?  In Toolmaker Talks we hear from those closely observing all this QS activity and developing appropriate…

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Toolmaker Talk: Nicholas Gammell (GAIN Fitness)

November 2, 2011

This is the second post in the “Toolmaker Talks” series. The QS blog features many stories by those conducting personal QS projects that are about: what did they do? how did they do it? and what have they learned?  In Toolmaker Talks we hear from those closely observing all this QS activity and developing appropriate tools: what…

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Toolmaker Talk: Robin Barooah (Equanimity)

October 19, 2011

This is the first post in a new series of “Toolmaker Talks” we’re starting on the Quantified Self blog. There are many conducting personal QS projects, and much of what is featured on the QS blog is about: what did they do? how did they do it? and what have they learned?  Now, we want to…