If there’s something that makes a quantified self blog a quantified self blog, it would be data. Data build credibility of claims and open the gate of transparency to the prying eyes of sober readers. Posting your life data online lets the public interpret it on their own and empowers them to scrutinize your conclusions in your self-experimentations. It’s a great way to build trust and confidence with your readers. The only problem for quantified self blogs like mine is the fact that it can be extra expensive to collect these data using high-tech accurate quantified self tools.
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This pushes us to prioritize purchasing quantified tools, which can track more data than the other tools and also offer better price tags. However, it’s a little frustrating to know that most of these cheap and jack-of-all-trades tools are not as accurate as the expensive and popular ones. To be honest, I don’t have any stand-alone gadget for my self-tracking activities. I only have mobile and laptop applications that help me track some of my specific data. In order to have reliable data, I need to invest my money wisely. So, if I were to choose two quantified self gadgets, it would be The Muse for brains activity tracking and Fitbit Surge for my over-all fitness data.
Why The Muse
The Muse headband is a very interesting wearable gadget and I believe one of the leading tools in brain activity tracking. It measures the electrical activities and signals produced by the brain. With these data, the headband can construe and interpret if you’re stressed, angry, calm, and focused. I’ve been so fascinated with how our brains work and would really like to know more about its secret. It’s amazing how this wearable can train your brain to stay calm and to remain in the positive spectrum of every situation you’re in. Most of the time we’re caught off guard in different circumstances of our daily lives which lead to more problematic aftermaths. If I have one of these majestic headbands, I would definitely track the state of my brain in every activity I do. The end game is to train myself to be self aware in situations, which make me vulnerable to create disastrous mistakes. I also want to discover the effects of different life variables to my brain.
Aside from this, I would also like to know how it can help in rewiring our brain (just like the case study from Tim Ferris’ blog), forming a habit, and training ourselves to be calm in different situations. There’s so much potential in using this tool! I would really like to have one. It’s a little expensive (costs $299 or Php. 12,857.00) but the benefits clearly outweigh the money that you have to spend for this tool.
Why FitBit Surge
Fitbit Surge is the latest product created by the fitness-tracking giant brand FitBit. Compared to their very first released product, Fitbit Surge is the most advanced version. This tool is an oasis of various data that would help me to experiment and measure various variables in my daily life. It’s also the most recommended wearable by many publications online like PC Mag and Forbes.
What’s your dream quantified tool? Why do you want to have it?
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