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235 points by rahulvarshneya 964 days ago | hide | past | web | 103 comments | favorite

Micro-analysing ones life in this manner is wrong and counter productive on so many levels.

Knowing how many tracks you listen to a day is interesting trivia only.

Knowing how long you sleep for each night could be useful, but only if you have a problem with sleep and know, scientifically, what you're looking for. If you're consistently missing out on sleep and feeling ill as a result, you shouldn't need exist.io to tell you this. And if you're not feeling unwell or having sleep problems, then you shouldn't need exist.io to tell you this either.

Knowing the number of steps you take is also irrelevant unless it's part of some very slow burn exercise regime you're on, in which case you'd presumably count them anyway. If you're doing normal exercise, steps and heart-rate may be of interest, but only during the exercise period.

In short, knowing all of this info about yourself is not helpful. When it lacks greater context and, unless you know how to interpret it, is just a source of confusion and anxiety. At best, it's novel trivia.

Shhh, you'll expose the entire gamification model for all these pointless applications.

A couple of years back I was working on a solution to track these kinds of things, and what you said is pretty much what I realized while at it. Tracking my sleep actually made me sleep worse because it placed more stress on sleeping. The less I think about it the better I sleep.

What I find more important is tracking what you did in terms of achieving the bigger goals you have. But tracking might not be important here if you have a good system that makes you do work on regular basis to achieve those goals.

I disagree - certainly about the steps. I use the Moves app on the iPhone, which tracks, without me having to think about it, how far I walk on a daily basis. I've found that it's motivated me to walk further than I used to.

I have a choice on a daily basis whether to walk to work, catch the bus all the way or do some combination of the two. It used to be easy to convince myself that I was walking further than I actually did (things like "I only caught the bus half way today, that's almost the same as walking the whole distance").

But when I've got an app tracking me every step of the way, that's not possible. I can get to Thursday, check my app and realise that I'm several miles short of where I should be, so if I'm going to hit my targets for the week I'd better get walking.

If anything, I'd love to be able to capture more stuff about my life automatically - it would be a lot harder to convince myself that the doughnut I've been given doesn't count because it was free (or whatever my latest lie to myself is) if I've got an app telling me otherwise.

Most people lie to themselves about things like the amount of exercise they do, the amount of junk food they eat and the amount of alcohol they drink. If they could have the truth presented to them as cold hard fact, that would probably be quite an eye opener.

The best use of this data isn't for finding problems, but for evaluating solutions:

- Do I sleep better if I don't listen to techno music before going to bed?

- Does not exercising late in the evening help?

- How about not drinking coffee in the afternoon?

- Lowering the room temperature?

Sometimes the effects are obvious, but often they are subtle, and it's easy to delude yourself (for a while at least) that a solution is helping when in fact it isn't.

That is researcher's job. Need at least thousands ppl's stats to get a small conclusion.

Researchers do studies that show e.g. that drinking coffee in the afternoon has a significant effect on sleep (let's say it results in an average of 15 minutes less sleep, p < 0.05).

This is valuable information, but people are different, so the question is, to what extent does this apply to me?

Genetics might help predict this (rs762551 ?), but in practice I'll just need to test this for myself.

The notion that there aren't always one-size-fits-all solutions is well accepted (though often still not well implemented) in medicine (a.k.a. personalized medicine).

"That is researcher's job" - Appeal to authority fallacy. We all can collect stats, run experiments, and draw conclusions. Some of us will have a better grounding in theory than others, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't experiment anyways. It's like saying "nobody but professional chefs should cook"

"Need at least thousands ppl's stats to get a small conclusion". - Not necessarily. It depends on the design of your experiment, the distribution of the data under question, and the desired margin of error. (Amongst other things)

But even if you only roughly estimate those things, you can gain conclusions that are valuable to yourself.

To make up an overly simplistic example: I spend two weeks not drinking coffee, two weeks drinking coffee in the morning, and two weeks drinking coffee in the evening. If the amount and quality of my sleep do not change significantly between the three experiments, it's safe enough to assume that I can consume coffee without influencing my sleep.

It's not a sound experiment, because it doesn't control for any number of variables. It has a wide margin of error. I have not really looked at the sample distribution of sleep duration/quality. And yet, I can make the assumption that drinking coffee in the evening will not affect my sleep.

The point is, it doesn't matter if it's 100% correct. It's roughly correct, most of the time - which is good enough to plan your life around.

It's of course not good enough to make any statements about the general impact of coffee on sleep patterns. But that's not what self-measurement tries to achieve.

I agree completely. I believe that this information is useless trivial unless it's (a) embedded in context and (b) consumed experimentally.

By "embedded in context" I mean you need to not just know a larger constellation of interesting information (steps, tracks, mood, location, &c) but also have available information that connects the various data points meaningfully—"I'm blue so I listened to The Cure".

By "consumed experimentally" I mean that you have to have a lever or action which you want to use conditioned on the information gathered. Simply knowing is possibly boring or creepy, but being able to change your own behavior using that information is power. For instance, the opposite causal pathway as above: "I'm listening to The Cure, so now I'm feeling blue" implies a lever you could pull to feel happier. This drives you to want to experiment.

If you have both of those then you're driven to use data like this experimentally and that's pretty wonderful. To anyone who also agrees or is just interested in what you can do with data like this I suggest taking a look at Ian Eslick's "Personal Experiments" [0] which helps direct a user to collect data and invoke an N-of-1 experimental design atop the collection.

[0] https://personalexperiments.org/

I can only agree that it is generally not very insightful — however, tracking might help some people focus and help them not necessarily understand, but realise, as in take a more emotionally loaded grasp, what is happening. In general, I would refrain from absolute when it comes to motivation science.

One practical application that I have found to Moves (one of the tools listed there, and the most used one) is journaling: not really detailing how much calories I have burned, bus simply where I was, and what I’ve done. The integration with FourSquare is great to help me remember “that great little restaurant I when to when I was in Barcelona… was that in June or April?”

In my experience — admittedly anecdotal and (I wish on everything that is precious) representative to no one — I torn my knee a year ago: ACL, the very bad kind. The pain… I spent a month in bed, convinced for the first two weeks I might not ever walk on my own (that wasn’t remotely possible, and sometimes making a jockish surgeon burst out laughing at your naïveté is all you need to feel oddly better). I still couldn't barely walk and had to: exercise, as soon and as hard as you can, is the only treatment. Moves really helped me track my every step there, and a dozen stepped counted at the time. I am emotionally quite fragile in general, more so then (because the accident had cost me a good client, delayed an interview with an amazing company, forced my long-distance girlfriend and I to cancel holidays together, ridden me to a windowless bed while Spring was finally out) and the pain… Without that bouncy blue dot proclaiming 360 steps was a ‘Personal record!’ I wouldn’t have gone through it nearly as well. Without the app to track on its own the time it took me to tumble on crutches to my very good, very busy and very time-conscious physical therapist (a block away, that is… 20 minutes the first days), I would have had no idea how to be there on time. Not representative, indeed. Bit not useless.

None of the tracking apps that I’ve used have had the expected impact: some revealed to me how my psyche was at stake more than training, some that GPS technology sucks, or that good design is still direly needed… None (with the notable exception of Moves) I’ve used durably, but all have had a positive, eye-opening experience on me. Often, help me realise what you describe quite well. But experiencing it still beats reading about it.

> In short, knowing all of this info about yourself is not helpful. When it lacks greater context and, unless you know how to interpret it, is just a source of confusion and anxiety. At best, it's novel trivia.

Isn't that the service that exist.io is hoping to provide? It seems to me like their mission is providing people with greater context than just a bunch of data points. They provide the expertise in interpreting this kind of data so that people don't need to analyze it themselves.

Now, I'm not convinced that they'll be able to provide actionable ways for people to improve their lives, but I certainly hope they can! We generate a lot of data w/out much effort; if we can also use it to improve our lives w/out much effort that's a big win from my perspective.

Isn't that part of the entrepreneurial spirit: having the courage to build something even though you don't yet have all the answers?

Agreed. The real value in this data is when it is grouped with 100s, 1000s or more people. One person's data is a statistical anomaly, group it in a significant sample size, then you get real insights. I agree with their page - selling data is gross, but that's where the value is.

> Knowing the number of steps you take is also irrelevant unless it's part of some very slow burn exercise regime you're on, in which case you'd presumably count them anyway. If you're doing normal exercise, steps and heart-rate may be of interest, but only during the exercise period.

Fitbit assigns me a goal of 10,000 steps per day. I can view the data and work to reach that goal. By being more active I burn more calories, allowing me to lose weight.

Gamification in service of nudging people towards healthier behaviors has value. It's a means to an end. Sometimes just having a concrete goal with a progress meter is all it takes to get a person to make a small but important change.

It's entertainment mostly, distraction. Is it all bad? It depends.

Being a QS geek myself and partner in a QS based startup, I am always interested in new products.

However, it seems to me that 90% of people doing anything in this space have the same idea: track as much as possible and then try and see if there's anything interesting there.

"44% more likely to check in when you climb more floors" -- big whoop! I suspect that this is exactly the level of insights that you are likely to gain from that sort of approach. You will discover that you are indeed less productive if you don't sleep well or that you tend to have headaches after drinking large amounts of alcohol.

Exploratory data analysis is appealing because we like the idea of discovering something completely unexpected and revolutionary but I think confirmatory analysis (the boring one where you form a hypothesis and set up an experiment to test it) is much more likely to be useful.

If you prefer "confirmatory analysis" over the "correlate all the things" approach then check out zenobase.com (I'm the founder). The answers you get are as smart as the questions you ask :-)

That said, I also just signed up for for Exist.io; the screenshots look great, and I'm curious to see where this leads!

Interesting model for the beta:

    What we're doing works a bit like a Kickstarter. We're asking supporters to back 
    us for AU$60.

    Why charge for 1,000 places?

    The maths on 1,000 × 60 means two co-founders working full-time for six months. 
    This is just enough time for us to get stuck in without worrying about the future
    It's also a handy, low number that means we don't have to worry about scaling a 
    whole lot of data analysis just yet.
Although, I think that should be on the front page. But I like it better than someone setting up a quickie Selfstarter install and waiting for money to roll in.

Oh that's a neat model. I'm going to hang on to that idea for my start-up (on the back burner, just had to take a permanent position due to my financial position).

How many tweets you make? How many tracks you listen to? How is this data going to help you improve your life? Tracking your sleep is one thing. But most of this is just noise.

The name Exist is creepy. As if, you don't truly exist until you can pigeonhole yourself into a couple of statistics. I swear, everyone here is mind blind.

Don't forget...


Because highly personal data needs to be shared with your friends. Just because.

Actually the real feature here would be "SHARE WITH MOM" for those mothers who always call to ask "Are you getting enough sleep?"

Everyone here is mind blind”? https://xkcd.com/610/

I agree that tweets and tracks probably won’t help you notice any useful patterns. But I don’t see the name Exist as creepy. I interpret it rather as a way of saying that this is very passive software, and all you have to do to use it is to exist normally, as if it’s not there. Like existence is the context of this software, not the product they are selling.

Should've gone with thrive.io. I don't want to exist; quantify what I'm doing wrong, and how I can change it to achieve my goals.

That xkcd is good for a chuckle, but the problem is real.

I dare you to try talking to a stranger on the subway regarding a topic requiring any kind of methodical or critical thought. You're going to get a lot of glassy eyed vacant stares, even controlling for the fact that they don't know you.

That comic isn't one of xkcd's finer moments. It only works if all the people are coincidentally on their way to someplace like Mountain View or Redmond. You know damn right well that you're 'more conscious' than most people, and less conscious than Jeff Bezos.

  Connect literally five other services for a broader view
This copy seems quite strange. Using literally in this context would traditionally precede an impressive number. "We have literally thousands of service intergrations"... or something.

I agree when read literally (pardon the pun). However, I think the point is that this is a beta product and features are limited; thus the term 'literally' is used ironically in this case.

I've seen enough of those app claiming to be platforms to say: five, actually working, relevant services, correctly pooled together is an impressive number. Not f*cking up the timezones would be a great improvement.

Yeah, to me it seemed like some kind of weird joke. I was confused when I read it. At least we know they aren't exaggerating when they say 5!

I literally agree with you.

Wow so much dismissal and negativity here. I admit that some of these metrics are trivial and perhaps useless, but I think this is a looking glass into how life will be in the future. Everything in your life will be monitored and there will probably be interesting knowledge that surfaces. For example, I would like to know what foods I eat that effect my mood positively or negatively. I would like to know emergent routines that are detrimental to my health. I would like mountains of data to tell me if I am really happy in my life, and if not what I might consider doing to change that. Understanding these things for ourselves is difficult because we are completely biased and effected by short term noise. Is this service the answer? probably not - but starting somewhere is good.

> I would like mountains of data to tell me if I am really happy in my life

Is happiness really found in measurable things? How am I supposed to measure how happy it makes me when my son grins ear to ear when I get home from work?

Happiness, as far as I'm concerned, is found in contentment, love and purpose. I don't see a way to measure any of these things. And I certainly don't need a website to tell me if I have them.

Agreed. I actually like these types of products, but I object to the idea that a massive amount of data is going to define whether or not you're happy. If you need to sift through a massive amount of data to determine that, then no, you're probably not happy.

On the other hand, these products can help you achieve some "thing" that might make you happier. For instance, being fit might make you happy, and seeing how far you traveled each day may motivate you to walk further every day.

But the amount of steps you walk shouldn't define your happiness. And if you try to draw happiness from that, I would guess it's going to be a failed endeavor.

I think what people are saying is that this concept has already been started by many companies already. It's just another take on a model that people who've tried QS for awhile already understand it's not the right solution.

I had gotten into QS for a bit, but as others have said, once you start to use the products and follow the methodology, you start to see how what sounds great in theory doesn't work so well in practice.

That said, I hope they do well, because, why not. I just know that this isn't as interesting to me as it would have been 6 months ago, having some experience in the space.

How will you measure whether the constant act of measuring affects your mood positively or negatively?

"Quantified self" is a bit like trying to turn a quantum phenomenon into classical physics by taking precise measurements and bounding the parameters until some structure appears to emerge. You've got a theory then, but instead of describing the original phenomenon it's an image of the choices you made to get that data.

This kind of tech reminds me of a story from Einstein's Dreams. It's a world of two kinds of people. Those who live close to the Earth living out there lives happily with no reservations and those who live at high altitudes because they believe the higher you are, the longer you'll live. Those who live at high altitudes measure the time they're at lower altitudes with stress and worry then haste back up so as to not get older.

So busy quantifying your life, you forget to actually live your life. My 2 cents.

This is very true and something I think about a lot. I come from the perspective that knowledge is always good to have, however it's a balance. You want to experience life in the now and live to the full, so most of the time these services are getting in the way.

I imagine as more computer 'clothing' comes out things like this will become more common because more knowledge at no more time expense can't be a bad thing.

So, what is the deal with the quantified self obsession? Is it a young persons thing? Has it always been that way and I just missed out on it? Or is it a newer phenomenon that is catching on due to technology making it easier to capture data about ourselves?

I'm really curious.

It's hardly new; people had commonplace books in the 1600's.

I think QS is probably more popular in communities like hacker news because there are a lot of people here that understand:

1. Computers think faster than you 2. Computers remember more than you 3. You can use the above to solve interesting problems.

Combine that with pervasive computing/surveillance and you enable yourself to remember arbitrary amounts of things and mine insights from them.

Empirically, it's probably a young person's thing, because people tend towards conservatism with age, and the technology required is going to be something young people are more comfortable with. But there are plenty of older people involved in QS.

1. Computers think faster than you

Not yet. But they make calculations faster.

Not really. I'd be impressed with a robot that could do bipedal gate (for example) as well as humans do, but the problem is lack of computing power. A human doing mental arithmetic is not at all representative of what and how much the brain actually does during the act.

For me, it's down to having a chronic health condition. Over the long term (say, 2 years +), it's really easy to lost context -- suddenly, the fact you've been to the toilet 10 times a day rather than 11 seems like an improvement, rather than indicating you probably should see your doctor.

I use QS tools to define where some degree of normality is, so my simple monkey brain doesn't lie to me and I can see when I cross that line :).

Exactly. I have some depression (or maybe just standard human psychology that I have somehow failed to cope with) that will flare up horribly if I'm not eating well, exercising properly, getting enough sun, spending enough time not working, getting enough social time, and probably a few other things I have no idea about yet.

Left to my own devices I'll end up eating out for all 1-2 meals a day, only move from the bed to my car to my desk, forget what sunlight looks like, pull 12 hour days and 4 hour nights of sleep (or stumble into a 48 hour cycle), IM only my closest friend every few months, get suicidal and quit another job because nothing matters and the world is cruel.

For me at least, quantified self is not about trying to treat myself like a machine, it's about trying to remember not to.

I can relate to it deeply. I'll give QS tools a shot. Thank you! Anything in particular you recommend?


I find this sort of thing especially helpful when trying new medications/treatments. It's nice to have a chart that I can look over to help give me a better idea about what's going on with my body. "Oh, ever since I started this new medication, I get headaches when I don't drink at least 4L of water."

There's no way that I'd be able to keep track of my day-to-day symptoms without writing them down; the days often blur together.

Oh, and doctors love it, too.

To each their own, but I think it's a fancy way of procrastination/avoidance/navel-gazing.

The examples on the site include how many tweets you wrote (ok), tracks you listened to (erm... ok), checkins you had, and the max degrees Celsius for your location that day (what?).

In general, you optimize what you measure, but eventually it becomes a parody of itself.

I am starting to wonder if I'm getting old in tech years as well, and I'm just 27. It may be a draw for people at an earlier stage in life when being affirmed/noticed/accepted by a group of friends is really important to you (high school, college, etc...).

I tend to track things I'm trying to improve on or get in the routine of doing. Checking something off as being done is very satisfying to me. I've been using an iOS app called Balance (no affiliation to them) to do this, and it works perfectly with gentle reminders.

Yes, I think tracking something you already know about and are working on is very useful. Expenses, weight, time spent walking or working out, time spent working on specific projects etc., there are many things that can quite easily be turned into actually interesting graphs, even if it's just to motivate oneself, and certainly to get a more objective look at things or keep track of something over longer periods of time.

But number of tweets, or number of checkins per day? Nah.. or maybe it's a play on something Oscar Wilde wrote.. "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." Not that I mean to be snarky, I assume it's up to the user what stats to display and hopefully how to display them; but to get me excited, it would have to be the "Piwik version" of itself, if you catch my drift.

Maybe a shortcut to feeling like you can improve or collect any data that might help you improve. At what and how, who knows.

Makes me think of the concept that telling someone your idea while leave you less likely to act on it, as you'll feel like you've taken a significant step already.

I've felt like quantified self is like an engineer's magic diet pill. If you track how many steps you take you must be losing weight!

I know about my lifestyle. I'm there as it happens. I can't help but feel things like this just lead to a general sense of vexation over details of little consequence.

I'm with you - but I haven't found the alloy yet with which to form the knife that harms the "quantified self" "movement." Patience!

Fuck knives. Let's just leave planet Earth. It's done.

I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.

No-one is forcing you.

That's what he's saying.


Anyone wanna share some QS findings they've made that changed their life for the better?

I strictly measure how much weight I can lift in the gym. This helps me to know if my program is on the right track or not. If things are not progressing upwards I know I have to tweak something.

I not so strictly measure my food intake, but I know enough now to correlate certain diet choices with my effectiveness in the gym.

Things I don't measure but would like to are various hormone levels and other health markers that could probably be worked out with a blood test. I take a number of foods and supplements that are meant to maintain a decent hormone profile - high testosterone, low oestrogen, cortisol etc.. But because I don't measure these I have no idea really if I am doing it right or not.

Another thing I really should measure is my sleep. Although obvious that if I feel dog tired I won't be as effective, I really should measure how much of a sleep deficit I can tolerate so I can balance my work/project time with sleep time effectively.

Measuring sleep - Lots of apps for that.

What foods and health supplements do you take to get that good hormone profile?

What foods have you found correlate to gym performance?

There are, but there's something about having my phone in my bed with me that makes me feel a little uncomfortable.

High fatty foods are supposedly good for testosterone production. Lower glycemic foods and higher protein is good for reducing cortisol production.

I have experimented with stuff like DHEA, Indole-3-carbinol and avena sativa for more testosterone and less estrogen. But as I haven't measured I can't quantify any difference it made.

Higher carbs seems to make me stronger, but also makes me fatter and less energetic post lunchtime. I tend to move between high fat and high carb depending on what phase of weightlifting I am in, strength building or fat reduction.

Something I haven't measured, but keep meaning to is how much of an effect total calories consumed has compared to the nutritional breakdown of those calories. It could be higher carbs makes me stronger because it is just an easier way to get more calories in.

If I could measure these things more finely rater than just speculate I could work out how to optimise my intake.

Fascinating. I'm gonna hit up Google for more.

About the sleep app and uncomfortable having your phone in bed - turn on flight mode?

The main sleep app on IOS is usually $0.99 and insightful. Try it tonight. The chart after a night of sleep alone is worth it.

It's more the concern about pulling the charger cable out while sleeping and waking up without a fully charged phone, but I'll have a go, it sounds interesting. I presume there are Android versions.

A few years back, I picked up a Zeo to help answer why I didn't feel rested in the morning. If you had told me the deceptively simple answer before I purchased the Zeo, I would have dismissively laughed at you. Today, the Zeo collects dust and I'm in bed before 10:30p.

Full write up here: https://garrickvanburen.com/archive/how-i-learned-to-get-up-...

What resources do they need to launch exist?

30k per founder for 6 months seems like quite a lot of money.

These guys live in here Melbourne, cost of living is pretty crazy high. Sure, you could get away with paying yourself less than that, but 60k (less business expenses) puts them in the realm of basic office clerk.

Maybe the startup founder's lot in life is to be poor while they are starting up, so could probably do it with less. But they are hardly overstepping the mark.

There are a few schools of thought with founder salaries for early stage startups (assuming you have money to pay salary).

1. Pay yourself the barest minimum you can to survive, which may be 0.

2. Pay yourself just enough that you're not worried about money.

High founder salaries, especially in early stages goes against many investment theses.

Perhaps its a good way to validate the idea / test the market? I wouldn't pay a $1 myself, but if they can get 1,000 people to pay $60, more power to them.

Putting up a high friction point seems like a unintuitive way to validate the idea.

I'm taking the founders at their word--they need the money to launch their product. It just seems like they could do it for less--however I don't have much detail so I'd like to understand the money breakdown.

How do you figuratively connect five other services?

Sounds like a start-up idea to me.

"figuratively.io - a metaphorical API clearinghouse"

YC15 if you want to co-found with me.

You need Powerpoint, a credulous VC and a good ability to peddle manure.

Exhibitionism and existentialism are not the same thing.)

Big data for your personal life. Only one problem: Big data is amazingly hard to get valuable insight out of. Correlation is relatively easy, but causation? Not so much.

Actually, even if the data isn't big, it's still _really_ hard to figure out causation. If exist.io does make it, It'll be because they figure out just ONE kind of reliable causative relationship they pull out of their data, and they figure out how too monetize that....

This is actually a pretty clever way to crowdsource THAT process though...

I'm waiting for someone to make a life sampling application.

N times per day, for M seconds, turn on all my phone's sensors and take a short video capture of my computer screen.

Then upload that data (preferably to my own server, not yours).

Every couple days, I'll log on and tag the data. At 17:56 on 12/05, I was sleeping, working on X, talking to Y, going to Z, etc.

Sample 3-4 times a day for a year. Should get a really clear and interesting picture of your life after 3 months or so.

Have you tried the app Reporter? It's going down a similar path. I think it uses 5 iPhone sensors and questions that you pre-set and just asks you to report at random times during the day. I've really enjoyed using it so far.


+1 for Reporter, but also Narrative, for the automated photo part.

Started making something almost exactly like this just the other day. Although it's more aimed towards how my health/exercise/diet/work/social/mood bounce off each other. Stats like songs played, tweets, etc, don't really hold any value. Would like to see Exist support more manual entry, because a lot of the really valuable personal information won't be found in an API.

This is a really neat concept -- I always thought it was a bit arcane to sign up for disparate services (Fitbit + SumAll for tweet data) with no way to correlate them.

The only odd part is the backer model: unless they have over 1,000 users on the waiting list who have committed to buying it, it seems like they should have a prominent button to pay and start using it somewhere, rather than email invite.

Good point. We didn't plan on making the campaign public quite yet as we've been focused on giving people on our waiting list first dibs. Since everyone knows what's going on now, we've adjusted the home page to make the process of backing Exist more simple.

>We all create data about ourselves every day. From task lists to fitness trackers to the tweets we share, our data is everywhere.

So many assumptions.

"We gather all of the data you create about your life"

I don't see this being taken seriously, probably because it is impossible, because there is too many data, about too many things, and each action we take generate some "data" that can be tracked in infinitely different categories, so stop claiming that you'll do this.

Good luck! It looks like ahmetalpbalkan's personal-dashboard which is available at https://github.com/ahmetalpbalkan/personal-dashboard (Apache-2.0)

Is this one of those things to see how many people are going to take interest in your project, when in reality you don't have anything at the moment ? I'm not sure why it looks that way.

Hmm I would hope it doesn't look that way. The screenshots are certainly not mockups—we actually have a tiny group of close friends using it already to help us test it out.

Sorry, it's just that these days I'm seeing a lot of places they do that kind of stuff (there was even a term for it - can't remember exactly what it was).

Having cleared that, I gotta say, it does look awesome and I wish you best of luck :) !

I think the term you're looking for is "vapourware", but these guys appear to be the real deal.

I did something very similar on my website and called it Personal Dashboard. See it here: http://alp.im (p.s. It's open source)

For Tracking your mood and getting recommendations, signup at http://quickmvp.com/howsyourday

Love the fact that I was asked for my credit card info right on their page, not the credit card processor's web site! Huh ??!

Isn't this an unnecessary layer on top of what Jawbone and Fitbit is already offering?

Hope they add support for the Narrative Clip. That would be quite a cool dashboard.

Exist co-founder here. The Narrative Clip is on our radar, but seems to be more of a lifelogging/journalling use case. For now we're focused on making your data useful but we have had a few people ask about the possibility of a lifelogging/journal angle so that could be where we end up down the track, who knows...

Hi :) I'd love to have some high quality biofeedback tracked, in particular for measuring stress and concentration levels (in so far as either can be neatly defined).

Those metrics would be great to have. We already have a huge to do list of services to integrate, and I'd love to have some easily available ones like heart rate and blood pressure in there soon.

Disagree with the pricing. This feels like a 10USD/mo service tops.

Then you'll be happy to know it is a $5/mo service. The $53 backer number is annual, and the launch price will be $6 AUD per month. So backing early gets you in for $4.41 USD per month.

That’s the price.

Would have been an interesting experiment if it wasn't 60 dollars.

I would have maybe paid 5 bucks for this, but 60? What?

This is a brilliant MVP. Does this strategy work?

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