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Analyzing a Year of My Sleep Tracking Data

by Bob • September 3, 2017
in Body, Data / Analytics, Experiments

Below is a chart I made showing all of my sleep tracking data for last year collected using my Basis Health Tracker. Each day shows a stacked bar consisting of each major sleep stage (Light, REM, Deep) as well as any time I woke up during the night (“Interruption”) or the device was unable to get readings (“Unknown”): Note that Basis didn’t enable ... [ Read more ]
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Visualizing HR, HRV, and GSR While Watching ‘Interstellar’

by Bob • September 1, 2017
in Data / Analytics, Experiments, Lifestyle

(Note: This experiment was inspired by a Reddit user who recently posted a graph showing their heart rate while watching the movie Interstellar). Last week I went to see Interstellar (in IMAX, for full sensory effect!) and captured some biometric data to see how I reacted during the course of this nearly 3-hour movie. I wore a Polar H7 heart rate monitor paired ... [ Read more ]
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Hacking (and Tracking) My Glucose

by Bob • September 1, 2017
in Body, Data / Analytics, Experiments

I never paid much attention to my blood sugar (aka blood glucose, or as I will simply refer to it, glucose) until a few years back, when I started getting more interested in self-tracking/biohacking and my 23andMe DNA analysis showed that I had a genetically elevated risk for type 2 diabetes, which has been shown to be preventable by maintaining ... [ Read more ]
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A Step is (Not) a Step – But Does it Matter?

by Bob • September 1, 2017
in Data / Analytics, Tech

While assembling some of my data for another self-tracking experiment, I grabbed the number of daily “steps” recorded by both Moves and my Basis B1 and whipped up the following chart: I wanted to see if there was a statistically significant relationship between daily steps reported by Moves vs. Basis, even though their values are clearly different. To do so, ... [ Read more ]
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Liberating Your Data from the Basis B1 Band

by Bob • September 3, 2017
in Data / Analytics, Tech

UPDATE: Basis was acquired by Intel in 2014 and was eventually shut down and discontinued in 2017. 😡 Click here for my Basis data export script on GitHub I’ve been using it non-stop for the past few weeks and in a nutshell, while it’s still very much “beta”, it’s a great device with a very promising future, and I’m looking ... [ Read more ]