Wearable Technology

I recently bought a wearable health monitoring device (Fitbit) so I can see how much of a slug I am. This all started when a co-worker of mine introduced me to the Argus App for the iPhone. The Argus App is a simple pedometer that measures all the steps you take during the day. It prompts you to start with a default goal of 10,000 steps a day.

I thought to myself that walking 10,000 steps a day would be a breeze, I must walk 20,000 steps – at least – a day. Boy was I wrong.

After I started monitoring myself I realized that on the best days, I’d walk only 3,000 steps – just over a mile.

This was indeed an eye opener for me and I’ve decided to take up a the challenge of walking 70,000 steps in 7 days. Whether or not I lose weight remains to be seen, but I’ll be doing more walking and that’s good.

The best part of this all? I’m collect data on myself and using it make changes in my life.


Finance and Econ Extension Updated – New Sentiment Operators!

Last night, a Monday night no less, I updated my Rapidminer Extensions and was pleasantly surprised. I discovered that the Finance and Economics extension, developed by Broad Reach Analytics, updated with a new sentiment” folder and contained a Stock Twits and Twitter Search operator. Talk about cool! Just this weekend I began thinking about applying newly learned Rapidminer skills to some of my old market models and adding in sentiment.

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to try the Twitter Search operator because I’ve had a hard time getting TwitteR (the R package) to work right, and I’m looking forward to exploiting the Stock Twits extension as well.

I urge my readers to download the extension and try some of the example processes that Broad Reach Analytics graciously shared with us. Kudos to them!