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What I remember of tools used etc.

Jay B.
jaybest
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 33
The following are the main points I recalled of people's conversations:

DEVICES WHICH ARE COOL
- EEG [Emotiv $300USD, $600USD dev version] Open EEG [~$300NZD]
- Scanadu Scout http://www.scanadu.co...­ (Tricorder)
- Scanadu Scanaflow (Urine measure)
- Fitbit
- Basis B1

- Bitlano is $149EU but does EEG and ECG!
- Lumoback (?) is pretty cool
- Fitbit (Tim has one spare)
- Watch which has
- Tektrack? ["wasn't that good"]
- Oxygen bar down in Auckland central
- Sensory deprivation tanks (one in Hamilton, not sure if any in AKL? - I have pretty

simple diagrams etc if people want to build a salt tank etc)

APPS AND WEBSITES
- Splunk for analysis of logs (very creative use of open source software)
- I have used Odesk tracker + my own keystroke program
- Realage.com
- RescueTime
- StayFocused (browser plugin which gives you times of day to do productive surfing eg block FB / Twitter etc)
- XBMC (to track TV watching - could be interesting to map this against mood etc)
- 43things.com (goal setting site)
- Things (best Todo tracker I have found)
- Saga - Life blogging
- Jeffrey - Time tracking (Pet uses this with logs through to Splunk)
- Grock is great for streaming data
- I wrote down Croncs but I have no idea what that was!
- Lift is surprisingly effective for building habits (similar to Seinfeld "chains" concepts).

FITNESS APPS
- Runkeeper [Mark said it was good as it has Health Graph?]
- Gymhero for workouts
- Mapmyrun for running [good as has elevation and accurate calories]
- MyFitnessPal [good for calorie, nutritional diary etc]

- Sleepcycle on Iphone [You can hack out the raw CSV]


GOOD DIARIES
- https://penzu.com...­ (basic free form diary)
- I have tested Twitter for tracking data but not a big fan (@mybodylab)
- 750 words
- Also using Evernote

McNamara is going to:
- Get Jay an EEG for the weekend ;-)
- Explain why you get smarter the longer you get hungry!

Mindful meditation
---------------------------------
- Sensory deprivation tanks
- Also use of golf balls + pink or white noise / Binaural
- Meditation (different methods including Mark has been using "complex but simple

Buddhist meditation for up to hours at a time for a full day, as well as 10 day sessions

up at the buddhist centre - I think it is this one? http://www.kagyu.org....­)
- Many developers use meditation of various formats (mantra, silence, total mindful

presence)
- I have personally used binaural and experiemented with bio feedback (eg HR), to then

control and be able faster move to certain mind states.

BOOKS
Marvin Minskey - Society of the Mind
Lifehacker - By Gina
4 Hour Body, 4 Hour Chef and 4 Hour Work Weel - Tim Ferris
On Intelligence (from the guy who started Palm)
Peter Singer (?)

http://www.goodreads....­

OTHER LINKS
I am tracking my projects when I get to them up at
www.43things.com
https://twitter.com/m...­ (but I gave us this unstructured data source)
ultimately it will make a blog and maybe a book:
www.mybodylab.com

This lists some of these projects. On Quora there is a fair bit of a good community of

likeminded people!
http://www.quora.com/...­
Camille N
camnicode
Group Organizer
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 5
Fantastic, thanks for this Jay! biggrin
Mark
nzmark
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 2
Thanks for the awesome summary Jay!

Basis B1
Basis just released a new hardware update (doesn't look that interesting), and sleep analysis. This seems more detailed than SleepCycle although the latter does have nice charts showing your sleep habits over time.
http://www.mybasis.co...­

- Grok is great for streaming data
...
On Intelligence (from the guy who started Palm)
Grok is built on the concepts Jeff Hawkins developed in his research and details in the book. The book itself is a must-read for anyone who wants a better understanding of how we actually think and act. In fact, I think anyone who doesn't understand this lacks the basic foundation of how to interpret human behaviour and design ways to modify it (e.g. educators, legislators, product designers). But I could be biased (in joke).

https://www.groksolut...­
http://www.onintellig...­
https://www.youtube.c...­ (his TED talk)

I hope that Grok does more than anomaly detection, tracking standard deviation is a simple way to do that. ;)

- Runkeeper [Mark said it was good as it has Health Graph?]
- Gymhero for workouts
Developer site for Health Graph:
http://developer.runk...­

- Meditation (different methods including Mark has been using "complex but simple

Buddhist meditation for up to hours at a time for a full day, as well as 10 day sessions up at the buddhist centre - I think it is this one? http://www.kagyu.org....­)
- Many developers use meditation of various formats (mantra, silence, total mindful presence)
The organisation site for the meditation method I have practiced is here:
http://www.dhamma.org...­

This is basic Buddhist meditation (with no religious stuff). There are some other organisations/people teaching the same techniques, but I haven't tried them. Beware of anyone "augmenting" the techniques with their own add-ons like mantras, yoga, religious views, drugs, etc.

If there's enough interest I could try to define meditation in a more formal way; it is a little off-topic for Quantified Self, unless it's acceptable to use one's own brain as a measurement and tracking device. :-)

Marvin Minskey - Society of the Mind
Minsky had the interesting idea that separate agents interacted to produce aggregate behaviour of intelligence. Executive function ideas are still hypotheses, and the fact that the brain is a complex electrical circuit maps reasonably well to Minsky's idea (which is most likely not completely accurate but a good metaphor). My analogy: when your laptop OS blocks on an I/O operation (probably only happens if you use Windows) and pauses, what part of the computer hardware is actually in control? The CPU? The I/O controller? The bus controller?

Pete O.
user 83235762
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 1
Nice notes. Just a couple of things to add.

Splunk
If you are interested in using Splunk to analyse your data, it's worthwhile checking out http://blogs.splunk.com/2014/01/22/connect-splunk-to-the-internet-of-things-in-ten-easy-steps/­. Personally, I am much more manual (partially as a way of checking out the data as I move it around), and I use https://www.splunkstorm.com/­

Ad hoc data
I tend to change things around as I learn. There are some great apps, but sometimes I just want to collect my own data in a structured way - for this, I am currently playing with Memento Database on an Android phone. So far, it is proving to be a quick and easy way of collecting data (rather writing a specific application).

Sleep
For sleep analysis I use two things - Sleep as Android (with the additional Detailed Stats and Cloud Backup packages). And Lumoback (with it's associated wearable). But two things to note - neither of these exports data well, and tracking is much simpler as a single man.
Camille N
camnicode
Group Organizer
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 7
Saga - Life blogging
Scanadu Scout - Medical Tricorder
Pete O.
user 83235762
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 4
Not to forget the Scanadu Scanaflo
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