What is the Quantified Self Movement? – The Definitive Video
If you are a subscriber to the TopCoder Blog (please subscribe top left if you are not) you have seen quite a number of posts over the last few months that cover the Quantified Self movement and individual applications and devices propelling the space forward. Just last week we covered an innovative device/mobile app combination dubbed ithlete that accurately measures your HRV (Heart Rate Variance) in just 60 seconds time. This is a measure that most physicians don’t even calculate, yet it’s paying huge dividends for world-class athletes who want to better understand how to optimize their training regimen, and therefore their “game time” performance. And that in and of itself is a microcosm of the entire movement. Individuals crave better data that is visualized for them and helps them make personal choices that improve their performance. The Quantified Self is the ultimate consumerization of IT and it is just getting started.
On Point Read: The 5 Pillars of the Quantified Self
Luckily for TopCoder and we think for the readers of this blog, the Cambridge, MA area is a hot bed of activity in this burgeoning space and a short drive from TopCoder HQ in Glastonbury, CT. Weeks ago, we took the road trip up to Cambridge and the surrounding areas and filmed three very unique companies all doing rather different things in the Quantified Self space. Below is the first video in what is a 4-part series.
Gives you a great understanding of the Quantified Self movement and why it is disruptive
Discusses what will help Quantified Self ditch the niche realm and move on to the masses
Looks deeper into what personalization via technology can truly empower
Asks what advances we can expect in the near-future in the Quantified Self space
Below the video, please take a moment to learn a bit about the companies featured in this series: Zeo, Affectiva and InsideTracker
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3 Companies Aiming for Disruption
Affectiva wants you to know it’s OK to cry… or laugh, or get angry for that matter. They measure emotion through a wearable wrist-band device, sophisticated algorithms and a visualized dashboard. If you begin to think of the markets who would enjoy capturing accurate emotional data, you can understand why the team at Affectiva is a bit giddy. www.affectiva.com
InsideTracker is delivering more accurate and individualized health, nutrition and wellness recommendations by tracking a growing list of “bio-markers” identified through laboratory bloodwork. They help you optimize and make better decisions regarding what goes into your body. A great consequence of more consistent testing is also the implications this will have to prevent and catch disease at extraordinarily early phases. www.insidetracker.com
Zeo believes the path to improved individual performance lies – quite literally – in how you sleep. Their device, software and mobile technologies track your sleep performance and deliver back quantified analytics that are changing people’s lives. Their commitment to an Open API and what is already being created on top of it would give anyway paying attention very sweet dreams. www.myzeo.com
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