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Auckland Quantified Self Meetup Group Message Board › Tools and Tips

Tools and Tips

Tim M.
tim_mcnamara
Lower Hutt, NZ
Post #: 10
A place to record things that you've found that are useful.
Tim M.
tim_mcnamara
Lower Hutt, NZ
Post #: 11
XY Leap - Auckland-based genetic testing startup
A former member
Post #: 6
Thanks for starting this thread, Tim! Will add my links and what I noted from the meeting later on this evening.
Pete O.
user 83235762
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 2
Quantified Mind describes itself as a "free online cognitive optimisation platform". That may be optimistic, but it does provide being able to see how typical your personal characteristics are compared to other people.
A former member
Post #: 8
Not quite a tool or tip, but this was brought up in the Meetup...

Google Unveils Smart Contact Lens That Lets Diabetics Measure Their Glucose Levels
Pete O.
user 83235762
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 5
Tracking vehicle activity has proved to be relatively simple. the hardest part for me was to find the OBD2 connector (the interface to your cars Onboard Diagnostics), available in most cars for the last 15 years.

I bought a ELM327 adaptor - in my case Wifi rather than USB (because I wanted to connect to my Android phone) and a power switch because I wanted to be able to leave the device plugged in (and the connector is usually under a steering column or the dashboard) without draining the battery. Variants of the adaptor are available from www.trademe.co.nz or www.amazon.com, but I decided I wanted to buy off someone local who knew what they were doing - so I bought my adaptor from www.stahlcar.co.nz (who even replied to one of my emails at 11 pm on a Friday night!).

To use the interface, I bought Torque Pro (amongst other apps). Torque Pro allows me to:

  • build a personalised dashboard (of a much wider range of things than normal - but the exact details do depend on the car).
  • log any or all characteristics (for later access).
  • interface to the GPS (so, for instance, you can then import to Google Maps and see what speed you were doing at each location along a trip).
  • see the OBD2 error logs (typically something that only garages do as part of their diagnostics when they are figuring out what is happening with your car, and maintenance issues).


Torque Pro also allows for addons, including a few diagnostics routines (for both OBD2 and your car) - but more crazily Track Recorder - a plugin that allows you to overlay a video of your driving, a Google Map view of where you were, and your custom dashboard onto one (large) video file. It's designed (obviously enough) for people who race their cards - but it is a truckload of fun for the normal man too. For anyone who followed CES 2014, General Motors have announced something exactly like this as an option on the 2015 Corvette.

Overall, for around NZ $60, it is possible to pull of some interesting details, and have a lot of fun with seeing some pretty detailed info about your car and your driving.
Pete O.
user 83235762
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 6
Sorry, I should also mention Dash - which unlike the other applications, adds a social aspect to the experience. It's only been released in Jan-14, and sadly, isn't available to us folks who are not in the US. But I take it as the start of a new group of apps designed for a broader audience than the "car geeks".
Simon W.
user 5915204
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 1
Here are some of the things I mentioned yesterday:

QlikView: A tool to quickly mashup data and visualise it. It is very business focused. It is strong on the import side, not so strong on quickly creating visualisations:
http://www.qlik.com/...­

Spotfire: Similar to QlikView, but with more of a scientific bent. Easy to create visualisations (drag-n-drop).
http://spotfire.tibco...­

Tableau: I haven't really used this one. But is similar to QlikView.
http://www.tableausof...­

Julia Lang: Scientific programming language that has great potential. I think of it as a cross between Matlab and R, but with the speed of C.
http://julialang.org/...­

D3.js: Browser side graphing. This is just vizualisation, it does not do number crunching.
http://d3js.org/...
Pete O.
user 83235762
Auckland, NZ
Post #: 7
A summary of Health APIs - http://mobihealthnews.com/30727/in-depth-digital-health-apis-every-health-startup-should-know/­ - quite a good starting point. Some of these were completely new to me...
A former member
Post #: 12
From last night's discussion -

Mark H
- Sleep as Android for sleep
- Sports Tracker for running
- Agile Data
- Discussed 'thunking' to measure blood sugar without using needles.
- Interested in measuring 'presence' e.g. passive lights/mini-lamps that light up when you are home - for family/friends.

I found an interesting article on the web about measuring blood sugar with light here.

Simon
- Apple rumoured to be releasing heart rate device
- Fitbit flex
- Discussed idea of creating a place for community-driven data analysis - how can we aggregate and import all data
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