After attending the Medicine 2.0 conference where I learned more about the Quantified Self (QS) community, I've decided that I want to get a QS device and I want to start tracking some of my own biometrics so that I can share that information with the QS community. When I exercise at the gym, I usually wear a Polar heart rate monitor, but that's about the extent of collecting quantifiable biometric data on myself.
There are a number of QS devices out there ranging from clips, arm bands, keychains, and watches. Which one should I get? Should I wait for some of these newer devices to get released? Or, maybe I'll end up using 2-3 of them simultaneously. That's my style of testing devices. That wouldn't be a true comparative study, but it would give me some qualitative data on these different digital tools.
Stay tuned. I'll share more information as I research QS devices and pick one (or two) out. Several of these QS devices communicate via Bluetooth with your smartphone. There are a variety of apps available on the iPhone and Android for some of the major QS devices. I plan to test some of these over the coming weeks, so stay tuned. One of the first devices I plan to test is the BodyMedia FIT armband that has Bluetooth so that I can use my smartphone to track my biometrics. The BodyMedia FIT will help you track:
- Total Calories Burned
- Total Steps Taken
- Total Time Spent In Physical Activity
- Sleep Duration and Efficiency
You can learn more about the BodyMedia FIT armband here.