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Quantified Self

There are a new wave of devices that allow the wearer to understand more about themselves, ranging from heart rate to location. While sports is a common model for many devices, because they have APIs, it opens up this new wave of quantified self devices to be used for everything from tracking to health care.

The Quantified Self is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person's daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical). Such self-monitoring and self-sensing, which combines wearable sensors and wearable computing, is also known as lifelogging or sousveillance. Other names for using self-tracking data to improve daily functioning are “self-tracking”, “body hacking” and“self-quantifying”.

In this section I will be tracking on news and companies that are doing interesting things around APIs and the quanitfied self, while also sharing blog analysis as well.


Your Workout is About to Get Sweeter: Introducing Rewards!

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Ever notice how a glass of chocolate milk tastes that much better after a hard run?Or just how much you love those medals you get at the finish line of a race?Rewards for a job well done are always a welcome thing, and that’s why we’re bringing them into the RunKeeper app!When you complete a workout and hit the stop button, keep your eyes peeled for a little surprise—discounts, free goodies, or other rewards that will make you smile.Rewards will pop up from time to time when you’ve accomplished something awesome, like improving your pace. more.

Tory Burch for Fitbit Accessories Collection Now Available for Pre-Sale

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It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for—the Tory Burch for Fitbit accessories collection officially launches today!The collection is designed exclusively for Fitbit Flex, and includes an elegant brass pendant and bracelet, along with pattered silicone wristbands for everyday style.Turn your Flex into a fashion piece with the exclusive collection of chic accessories designed by Tory Burch, now available for pre-sale.Here are the details of the collection: Tory Burch for Fitbit Metal Fret Pendant ($175): Made of brass and based on the decorative, open fretwork that’s a Tory Burch signature; the pendant is suspended from a chain Tory Burch for more.

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Bionym Launches Its Nymi Developer Community

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TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - Nov 25, 2013) - Bionym takes the first step in building its developer ecosystem today.With over 6,000 identified developers eagerly awaiting the launch of the Nymis developer program, Bionym releases its SDK documentation and online forums.Bionym is unveiling the first public version of the SDK documentation that will allow for community feedback.These insights will augment the development kit to the benefit of the community, increasing engagement in the technology and its applications.Bionym is launching its online space to provide its current community with a forum, and the resources it needs to build for the Nymi. more.

Poikos Launches FlitFit API to Capture and Integrate Body Measurements with Third Party Apps

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Poikos, computer vision system provider, has launched the FlixFit API that allows third party apps and websites to capture high quality human body measurements through imaging.The current goal of Poikos’ measurement technology is to improve online retail experiences by understanding EXACTLY what size to order without leaving home.Poikos founder and CEO, Nell Watson, explained: Watson founded Poikos in 2010 with a few guiding principles: change the world through technology, lower medical costs, and create scalable infrastructure.Since its founding, Poikos has built its first product from scratch (FlixFit).Although it’s currently aimed at online shopping, the company foresees medical uses in more.