sports & fitness
Normalizing Blood Pressure by Improving Fitness
Siva Raj was interested in lowering his blood pressure. With a family history of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks he was worried about slightly elevated blood pressure (pre-hypertension). Despite a regular exercise and healthy diet, his blood pressure measurement didn’t respond. After reading literature about the link between fitness and cardiovascular health, Siva decided to change his training to improve his fitness. He decided to incorporate a increased intensity into his routine. After a short period of time he had increases in this fitness and was able to observe the reduction in blood pressure he was looking for. Siva explains his methods at the Boston QS Meetup group.
Using IOT for Motivation
Charlampos Doukas is a maker, he likes to build devices, collect and analyze data. He also has a blog, Internet of Things so he spent a lot of time working from home, sitting in front of a computer, which is really bad for his health. Since he graduated and started working, he gained a lot of weight and his blood cholesterol is rising. In this talk, he discusses about how he uses Internet of Things combined with devices to motivate him to be more active. He shares his learned experiences in this talk.
Measuring Exhaustion and Readiness
Philipp Kalwies talks about the risks of over-training and how an athlete can measure their body's level of exhaustion. He believes that the right amount and intensity of training is the key to successful performance for athletes. In this talk, he discusses the testing of a new device which promises to conveniently deliver data that athletes need to measure their exhaustion and intensity and help to find the right moment for their next workout.
Managing Type 1 Diabetes
Last year Alex Collins was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Prior to his diagnosis Alex was frequently engaged in different types of exercise and physical activity. After his diagnosis his doctor mentioned that he might have a hard time exercising and controlling his blood sugar to prevent hypoglycemia. In this talk, presented at the London QS meetup group, Alex described his process for tracking and understanding the data that affects his day-to-day life so that he could live his life normally without a high risk of complications.
When Anxiety Knocks
Juliana Chua works for Zensorium, which is located in Singapore. Zensorium came up with a product called Bing which helps one measure oneself passively on a day-to-day basis. The product not only measures mood, but it also tracks sleep and activity. In this talk, she shares how she used quantification to temper the travails of her own life, as well as help both national athletes and regular working people.
Which Grasses Aggravate My Allergies?
Thomas Blomseth Christiansen
Thomas Christiansen's allergies are aggravated when he runs during grass pollen season. For this project he used a GoPro to document passing vegetation and a device to record his sneezes in order to pinpoint which plants activated his nose.