Quantified Self Toronto Show & Tell #16

Quantified Self is "self-knowledge through numbers". Tracking, feedback, goals, little self-improvement projects, come share your experiences using technology for personal growth. Tracking your mood with your smart phone? Recording your workouts, diet and/or weight? Using a fitbit, zeo, or heart-rate monitor? Whatever it is, come share with others and learn from their experience as well. Or come just to watch - sharing not required if you're just curious to see what this is about!

If you are presenting, here's a quick tip: The three Quantified Self Questions are: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?  Remember, sharing is important and valuable even if you share your failures - you never know when someone else will be trying the same thing and you can help them avoid the mistakes that you made!  We want to hear your personal stories, and that means really human things like struggling with motivation, experiencing setbacks, and hopefully, every so often, having a flash of insight!

Meeting structure:
7:00-7:30pm: informal networking
7:30-7:45pm: Eric will introduce QS, and then we'll do our quick "three words about yourself" introduction round. People who are interested in presenting something will raise their hands.
7:45-9:00pm: show and tell, people give brief (10-20 minute) presentations with extensive Q&A from the crowd

We have until 9:30pm to clear the space, so there is time to chat informally after the talks. Hope to see you there.  Afterward, we'll be retiring to the nearby Firkin on Yonge (a British pub), join us there for beers and conversation!

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  • Jim I

    A few notes I took:
    Andrzej Taramina:
    - Zeo sleep tracker - uses head band when going to bed => http://zeocanada.com
    - weight graph - lost 25 lbs primarily using moto cross bike -
    crated by Weigh scale that knows who based on weight range, automatically uploads
    - ultrasound to smartphone => http://www.geekwire.com/2011/mobisante-release-smartphonebased-ultrasound-system/
    - palm sized Genome Mapper - Mini-ION => http://prote.in/feed/2012/02/mini-ion ; http://nanoporetech.com/
    (can currently get blood analysis for athletes for ~ $150)
    - soil sampler (moister, nutrients, etc)
    - Heads Up Display - Recon => goggles http://www.reconinstruments.com/
    - Scanadu - StarTrek like body scanner with I/F to Smartphone - http://www.scanadu.com/
    (Tricorder XPrize - http://www.qualcommtricorderxprize.org/)

    Eric Boyde: analysis of cans of pop per day

    Alex Leyn: Tricorder XPrize by qualcomm => www.qualcommtricorderxprize.org/
    (similar competition Nokia Sensors Prize)

    December 4, 2012

    • Alex L.

      FYI, 23andMe just dropped their price to $99/kit + lifetime service -- that's a fantastic deal relative to recent history ($400/kit, then most recently $300/kit). It doesn't appear to be time limited. I suspect they are losing money (loss leader) in order to establish the base critical mass network effect in membership.

      December 11, 2012

    • Jim I

      Hmmm... Now that might be an interesting Christmas present. Lets see... Give the Gift of Genomics

      December 11, 2012

  • Andrzej

    Dear Santa:

    One of these, please: http://www.redferret.net/?p=34654

    December 10, 2012

    • Carlos R.

      Andrzej, thanks for the links. Check more devices and services at http://pintrest.com/c...­. Let me know if you would like to help us curate this page.

      December 10, 2012

  • Andrzej

    A more recent article on the Scanadu Scount "tricoder", with an updated photo of the device:

    http://gizmodo.com/5965143/holy-spock-the-star-trek-medical-tricorder-is-real-and-its-only-150

    1 · December 8, 2012

  • Andrzej

    Cool article late yesterday, which references QS tools/techniques albeit obliquely.

    Technology Will Replace 80% of What Doctors Do:

    http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/12/04/technology-doctors-khosla/

    1 · December 5, 2012

  • Louise O.

    Thank you for your super notes, Jim. Much appreciated!

    December 4, 2012

  • Jim I

    Very intersting stuff and got lots of new ideas. Was a bit challenged following up on some of the details.

    December 4, 2012

  • Alex L.

    Weight loss program with an critical motorsport component -- that's the weight to do it!

    December 4, 2012

  • Andrzej

    Here is a link to the article I mentioned about privacy and who owns the data being collected by your QS gadgets. Some interesting issues here.... http://on.wsj.com/SvRrsA

    December 4, 2012

  • Rachel L.

    Eclectic, provocative, playful discussion. Always an interesting crowd exploring all sorts of experiments in physical and mental health and the life around it.

    December 4, 2012

  • Swee

    Very interesting session. Lots of good information... now I have even more gadgets on my Christmas wish list. ;-)

    1 · December 3, 2012

  • Louise O.

    Good variety of presentations. Speakers who know their stuff. Friendly crowd. What more could anybody want?

    December 3, 2012

  • Ana N.

    Hey guys! Everyone has got to eat...especially after a long Monday work day! For those of you who are interested, I found a deal for the Milestones up the street where the first 5 people to join can take advantage of a $15 credit for just $5. It would be a good place to get together before heading over to the meetup. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/TGWQu8

    1 · November 15, 2012

  • Sarah

    Where‘s the side enterance? Or is there a contact #?

    December 3, 2012

    • Andrzej

      On Shuter St. Sliding doors...

      1 · December 3, 2012

  • Swee

    Would Friday be better? On Monday night, some people (ok, maybe just me! :-)) may not be able to stay late....

    October 22, 2012

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