By Vanessa Naylon
Along with the ideas and practices that were introduced at the Quantified Self conference, lots of tracking technology was introduced too. Here are my top three product picks from the 2012 Quantified Self conference:
- Equanimity, a meditation tracker for iPhone
- Massive Health’s Eatery: simple, photo-based nutrition tracking that provides group feedback
- Zeo, a sleep tracker that maps the quality of your sleep every night
One fascinating device that hasn’t yet hit the market yet is the Butterfleye heart rate sensor for swimmers. As a swimmer, I know how hard it is to find waterproof technology for exercise tracking and really want to try Butterfleye.
I’ve also signed up for updates from a few of the dozens of lifestyle trackers out there. It’s amazing how many are on the market. Zipongo, Wikilife, Fluxtream, Traqs, Activity Sensor, Body Media, and Mymee are just a few of the trackers that I learned about at Quantified Self…in addition to the ones I’d already known: Fitbit, Dailyburn, Myfitnesspal, Fatsecret, Fuelband, and Lift. Clearly a lot of teams are working on the problem of health and fitness tracking and healthy habit building.
But you don’t have to depend on commercial products: Mark Leavitt (who invented his own HealthESeat) and Sacha Chua (Quantified Awesome) both rolled their own solutions. They remind us that we can build trackers ourselves, and that owning one’s tools is adds motivation to self-tracking practices.
Have you created your own tool or found a favorite one for self-tracking? If you attended Quantified Self, what tracking products did you find most interesting? Leave a comment and let me know.