Category: Technology

Announcing ActiveOS

Reading Time: 1 minute It’s been quite a while since I’ve regularly written a blog post.  I’m hoping to change that after the New Year and start writing regularly again as I have a lot to share, and much has been happening since the blog has been active.  With that in mind, my health & fitness tech startup – ActiveOS…
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Quantified Self Meets Virtual Reality

Reading Time: 6 minutes This week I’ve had a few of my interests intersect – the Quantified Self, virtual reality, biofeedback / neurofeedback, and consciousness.  Earlier this year I came across the Oculus Rift , a next gen virtual reality headset, that looks to be a game changer (no pun intended).  Like many people fascinated and growing up with technology…
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Jawbone UP API Discovery

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Saturday I stopped by the Apple store and picked up an UP device by Jawbone. The UP is a wristband and iPhone app that will track your fitness and sleep activity and help encourage you to live a more active life style. As with most of my Quantified Self gadets (Fitbit, Zeo, Withings, Neurosky, etc.) my first reaction was to “free my data”. Similar to my initial journey with the Fitbit, I was inspired to find an “unofficial” way to get access to the data.

Life Logging and Location Tracking

Reading Time: 1 minute It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been busy working on my Quantified Self-related interests: working on my personal tracking projects and organizing the QS Los Angeles meetups. Yesterday I gave a show & tell presentation on my experiences with life logging and location tracking. Many of you who read the blog are probably…
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How To Turn Your IPad Into A Virtual Monitor

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is a quick blog post, but a very nifty trick. At various times, I’ve used multiple monitors at work to increase productivity. I’ve usually done this using my 21″ monitor as the main screen, and my laptop display as the secondary. I’ve also used a handful of virtual desktop applications that let you create…
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MindStream – NeuroSky EEG Data Streamer

Reading Time: 2 minutes Since I last posted on the NeuroSky Brainwave Visualizer, I decided to write a simple app to “stream” brainwave/EEG data from NeuroSky devices (the MindWave & MindSet).  I couldn’t find any apps to save the EEG data so I decided to write a system tray app that will save data to a file and broadcast…
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Neurosky Brainwave Visualizer

Reading Time: 3 minutes I recently purchased a Neurosky Windwave EEG device ($100 model).  The Mindwave measures your brain’s electrical activity, and can detect your level of focus (attention vs. mediation) and measure typical brainwave patterns (beta, alpha, theta, and delta).  There are a number games included, and a wide range of ones to download from their appstore.  I…
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Automatically sync & import Garmin TCX data

Reading Time: 3 minutes Over the last few weeks, I’ve been gradually increasing the supported devices for TRAQS.me.  As of today, I’ve successfully integrated FitBit, Withings, GPS data (GPX files), MyZeo, and now Garmin Heartrate monitors (TCX files). Devices like FitBit make syncing and importing data relatively fast.  As soon as the device syncs with the ANT-based station, data…
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TRAQS.me – Tools for Reporting & Analysis of the Quantified Self

Reading Time: 2 minutes A month ago around this time I was anxiously awaiting the first annual Quantified Self conference in Mountain View, CA. This was a fantastic conference on many levels and, although a little late, deserves a future post detailing the great sessions, people, and companies who were there.  I didn’t have an official speaking session, but…
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Firefox Scrapbook Hacks – Viewing and Saving Webpages from Anywhere!

Reading Time: 4 minutes This weekend I decided to wrap up a couple cool knowledge management “hacks” and share some code on GitHub.  I primarily use the Firefox Scrapbook plugin to save all web pages of interest and use it as a general “digital snippet” repository. Since I started using Scrapbook in 2006 there have been a number of…
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