The quantified self revolution is the idea that as the data we accumulate on a daily basis grows and becomes more complete, our understanding of ourselves deepen and we can use that data to create better internal and external environments for ourselves. The article is called Quantified Self revolution : Hello Human 2.0 and features a video in the Shots of Awe series with Jason Silva called Explore The “Quantified Self” Revolution with Jason Silva.
Quantified Self revolution : Hello Human 2.0
This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a filmmaker’s perception of the Quantified Self revolution, a platform that tracks everything in your life, and a design-savvy fitness tracker.
Renowned filmmaker Jason Silva recently released a new video in his YouTube channel Shots of Awe wherein he talks about how amazing the Quantified Self revolution is. Silva talks about how sensors obtaining all these data from millions of people can be used to better analyze a person and could well be the beginning of Human 2.0.
It’s certainly an interesting concept to ponder, and that’s what Silva does best. The filmmaker’s been on a guest on theCUBE on at least one occasion, and we revisit his most recent appearance here, where he discusses Big Data and its impact on the consumer.
The biggest challenge right now in the Quantified Self revolution may be app fatigue, so it certainly doesn’t help that there are so many apps and gadgets available today. To keep you get focused and on task, there’s a new platform that will help you keep track of all the tracking that matters.
Tictrac allows you to sync all the apps and gadgets you are currently using so everything you need is in one place. It tracks anything from your email, blood pressure, supermarket foods, food intake, your baby, and even the calories you burned during your workout. And if you have just started with the quantified self revolution and your fitness tracker or app doesn’t offer other tracker, you can use Tictrac to track anything you please.
It is available in both mobile and web platform so you can check your progress anytime.
Via Heartbeat Bracelet
If you’re still looking for a fashionable fitness tracker, you might want to check out the Via Heartbeat Bracelet. The Via Heartbeat is still a Kickstarter project and has a long way to go to achieve its $300,000 funding goal.
What makes this fitness tracker different is that it looks simple but elegant and if people aren’t familiar with it, no one would guess that it’s a fitness tracker. It is designed to fit comfortably and stay in place no matter how rigorous your workout routine is. Via it’s web app, you can set your goals. This will automatically sync with your bracelet and will glow various colors depending on which of your goals is being achieved.
If you are interested with this project, make sure to check out the project and help fund it.
This article can also be found on the Silicone Angle website at http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/11/13/quantified-self-revolution-hello-human-2-0/
The first video can also be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjflrXDDU-w#t=89
The second video can also be found at https://vimeo.com/tictrac
The third video can also be found on the Kickstarter website at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/drbrenda/the-via-heartbeat-bracelet?ref=video
“We will measure everything… and feed that information back into the system.”
The Quantified Self Revolution. You’ve heard the buzz term, but it’s the idea that as we extend computation into everything, and as we extend sensors into everything, we’re increasingly extending those sensors into ourselves – creating a data rich, always on stream of information about our biological functioning.
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Tictrac is a Lifestyle Design Platform that empowers people through their own data. Users can connect with health and fitness apps and devices they may already use, from blood pressure monitors, wireless weight scales, sleep/stress trackers, diet and activity monitors to email, calendar, weather and much more. We currently sync with over 50 services/devices from fitness (MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, Endomondo) medical (Withings, VitaDock) personal (Fitbit, BodyMedia, Garmin) even social (Facebook, Twitter, Klout) adding new API integrations every week.
Users can visualise their data about themselves in personal dashboards that give them insights into how to improve their lifestyle. Users can also cross reference disparate sets of data to see how one aspect of their lives may affect another. They can then share their dashboards with professionals like their physician, personal trainer or coach who can interpret that data and tailor their programmes accordingly.