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Quantifying your Fitness

Kirsten Hunter (Akamai), Kjerstin Williams (Applied Minds)
Geek Lifestyle
Portland 256
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(4.33, 6 ratings)

The Quantified Self: using measurable statistics to track things about your life. One of the best uses of this is in fitness, where several devices and applications are available to track your steps or activity. Most people are aware of these devices, but did you know many of these services offer REST APIs? Using these APIs, you can collect and combine the information in order to create tools that work for your own goals, or applications for encouraging you to stay on track.

I will talk about the following products, providing python code samples to demonstrate how to use them to collect information (and demonstrating how to combine the information)
Fitbit
RunKeeper
Withings
BodyMedia

As always, code will be available on github for download or forking.

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Kirsten Hunter

Akamai

Kirsten Hunter is an unapologetic hacker and passionate advocate for the development community. Her technical interests range from graph databases to cloud services, and her experience supporting and evangelizing REST APIs has given her a unique perspective on developer success. In her copious free time she’s a gamer, fantasy reader, and all around rabble-rouser. Code samples, recipes, and philosophical musings can be found on her blog, Princess Polymath.

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Kjerstin Williams

Applied Minds

Dr. Kjerstin ‘KJ’ Williams directs the robotics and intelligent systems efforts at Applied Minds in Glendale, California. Kjerstin has delivered a wide variety of invited lectures and demonstrations on topics ranging from biologically-inspired design to computer vision in venues ranging from academic conferences to science museums
to the main stage at O’Reilly Media’s Maker Faire. Her current research interests include multi-modal perception strategies and the design and control of truly field-deployable, intelligent systems.

Also, she’s a fantastic jazz singer with KJ and the Conspirators in Los Angeles.