Why Have I Been Quantifying My Health For 17 Years?
I gave a talk at the HQ of Prezi.com in Budapest a few days ago at the Quantified Self Meetup. I was asked to present the future opportunities of health wearables, but I had to realize I’m quite a quantifier myself.
In 1997, I started logging some details about my life and have been doing so without even one exception for 6136 days. I log the times when I go to bed or wake up; projects I worked on and a score between 1 and 10 for my mental, physical and emotional statuses.
Based on these, I could make important decisions about my life and lifestyle many times. Now I use different devices to make this process as smooth as possible backed by data.
- I used genomic services three times (Navigenics, Pathway Genomics and GentleLab) and now have the raw data of my genome sequence.
- AliveCor for ECG.
- Withings Pulse for activity tracking.
- Tinké for determining heart fitness.
- Lumosity for improving my cognitive skills.
- HapiFork to eat more slowly, thus less.
- Withings Blood Pressure for simple blood pressure tracking.
- Focus@Will for music designed for focus and also measuring the effectiveness of my sessions.
- Pebble to replace my smartphone with the smartwatch in many cases.
- InterAxon for EEG measurements (it has been shipped).
Now at the dawn of the wearable revolution, there are too many devices and the hype is too big, but we will get to the period of “meaningful use” soon!