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Founder Tells the Digifit Story in Santa Barbara at Central Coast MIT Enterprise Forum

On December 5, 2010, in Digifit News, Health through Fitness, Interesting Reads, Technology, by michaelwilliams

When I was asked to be on the panel at the “Living by the Numbers” MIT Enterprise Forum, I was really excited. In 2007, I started living by the numbers in a spreadsheet and we have it all together now in one dashboard for healthy living. I wanted to share a portion of that event where I tell my personal story of how living by numbers helped me reclaim my health and eventually led to the founding of the company behind the Digifit Ecosystem. After the video I have added some excerpts from that classic WIRED issue. It’s fun to revisit that article two and a half years later and see how far we’ve come.

When I was asked to be on the panel at the “Living by the Numbers” MIT Enterprise Forum, I was really excited. In 2007, I started living by the numbers in a spreadsheet and we have it all together now in one dashboard for healthy living in the Digifit app thanks to our Health Triad partnership with Withings and Zeo.

I wanted to share a portion of that event where I tell my personal story of how living by numbers helped me reclaim my health and eventually led to the founding of the company behind the Digifit Ecosystem. After the video I have added some excerpts from that classic WIRED issue. It’s fun to revisit that article two and a half years later and see how far we’ve come.

(If the YouTube player and video does not appear above, click Digifit Founder Story and iPad Demo to watch the video.

The Nike+ team — (from left) Trevor Edwards, Michael Tchao, and Stefan Olander — at the company's headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Image: Kate Gibb

The Nike Experiment: How the Shoe Giant Unleashed the Power of Personal Metrics

On June 6, 2008, Veronica Noone attached a small sensor to her running shoes and headed out the door. She pressed start on her iPod and began keeping track of every step she took. It wasn’t a long run—just 1.67 miles in 18 minutes and 36 seconds, but it was the start of something very big for her … thanks to the sensor system, called Nike+. After each run, she can sync her iPod to the Nike+ Web site and get a visual representation of the workout—a single green line. Its length shows how far she’s gone, and the peaks and valleys reflect her speed. Read More >

Screen print: Kate Gibb; Photograph: Michael Elins

How to Live by the Numbers: Exercise

5 Exercise Tools

NOTE: Before Apple opened up the dock connector for developers, iTMP – the makers of Digifit – was the first to bring heart rate monitors and other fitness sensors to the iPhone via a Wi-Fi wireless bridge, SMHEART LINK.

SMHEART LINK™
 This little gadget syncs with your favorite exercise gear — heart rate monitors, power meters, even fitness equipment — and sends the data back to your iPhone or iPod Touch wirelessly. 
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Know Thyself: Tracking Every Facet of Life, from Sleep to Mood to Pain, 24/7/365

… In the past, the methods of quantitative assessment were laborious and arcane. You had to take measurements manually and record them in a log; you had to enter data into spreadsheets and perform operations using unfriendly software; you had to build graphs to tease understanding out of the numbers. Now much of the data-gathering can be automated, and the record-keeping and analysis can be delegated to a host of simple Web apps. With new tracking systems popping up almost daily, we decided to create a Web site to track them. We called our project the Quantified Self. Read More >


 

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