In August of 2010 I purchased a Bodybugg in order to help my weight loss efforts. The Bodybugg measures calorie burn. By pairing it with a food log, I was able to figure out how to make calories out greater than calories in. I have been wearing it ever since for maintenance, and it’s done a great job there too. During the time I’ve owned it I learned a lot about how my metabolism works, and had a chance to do some interesting experiments.
Last night I presented a talk on the Bodybugg at HacDC as part of a Quantified Self meetup. The meetup was surprisingly well attended, with over 20 people, and there were many good talks. It ranged from people who had written their own apps and gotten 30,000 users, to a clever fellow who boosted his pullup metrics with just paper and stickers. (If the last item sounds interesting, I highly recommend checking out a similar free website, Joe’s Goals. Very simple way to create or break habits and IT WORKS.)
I haven’t given a PowerPoint presentation in…decades? Didn’t particularly want to pay Microsoft for the privilege, either, so I downloaded OpenOffice and used their presentation software. It’s remarkably good. I then exported the slides to PDF, a universal format which I was confident would be supported by the presenter’s computer. And it was. All in all, much less painful than I feared it would be. I notice that Oracle now sponsors the Open Office project, no doubt they are delighted to deny their enemy a customer.
I promised to post the talk online, so here it is. This is the link to the slides in PDF format.
The sample slide from the Bodybugg website doesn’t have my name, because I purchased the device and remaining subscription from someone else on eBay, a good way to save. The data however is my own
UPDATE: I have since figured out how to use the Bodybugg without paying the subscription fee. May be of interest to fellow hackers.