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QS Recap from last week's meetup

From: Mark M.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:14 PM
Hey everyone!

We had another amazing meetup last week. A big thanks to the three presenters. You all did a fantastic job! Here's a quick recap of the talks: 

Dr. Beiser on QS for Healthcare

To better understand the impact QS data can play in the Healthcare industry, Dr. Beiser has been using QS tools to observe one patient very closely. Initially, the patient was using a Fitbit activity tracker, Aria scale, iHealth blood pressure cuff, and taking a daily 21-question survey. From the data collected, Dr. Beiser's team observed certain trends as they occurred (like seeing her daily step count decrease when she started a new job). However, many questions remain - how can this data be used for real-time interventions? How can it be more easily collected and analyzed? How can more patients be engaged to use these tools consistently?

Adam Hewett on Brainwave Stimulation

Adam has been studying the brain for quite some time and shared his data on the effect brainwave stimulation had on his peak alpha. Increasing peak alpha is known to correlate with higher IQ, memory, and attentiveness. Adam uses audio stimulation to target peak alpha amplitude and frequency. His data showed that he increased his peak alpha frequency from 8.2 to 11.1, but his amplitude decreased from 6.4 to 4.6. Observationally, he now feels less anxious, more social, and more attentive. His data also showed that brainwave stimulation near his peak alpha increased his Heart Rate Variability. If you remember Steve's talk on HRV from the previous meetup, this is a big deal!

Katianne / Natalie on Designing for Goal-Oriented Self-Trackers

As part of Kim Erwin's QS class at IIT, this team of students explored the needs of goal-oriented trackers and found they want tools that are actionable, fashionable, and easily integrate into their lives. This led the team to design a new tracking tool prototype called Links. Links is a wearable, modular, and fashionable bracelet that holds different sensors in each of its charms. The team showed how they used customer research to design a product and tracking ecosystem centered around user needs. 

Our next meetup will be in early January. If you have been tracking something, I'd encourage you to consider sharing what you've learned in a Show & Tell talk. If you might be interested, let me know!

Thanks! See you all at the next meetup.

- Mark & Eugene

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