DYI Biohacking Experiments With Quantified Bob

Blood oxygen (SPO2) and blood pressure levels, galvanic skin responses (GSR), glucose, heart, ketone, PH and sleep API’s, – Bob Troia shares these measurements and much more on his website. Over the past few years, Bob Troia, known in biohacking community as Quantified Bob, has made no secret of his biohacking adventures, documenting all of his self-tracked data via a personal API on his website, with the goal of “donating his being to data-driven citizen science”. Bob’s motivation to gather and release his data came from the difficulties of managing fragmented and siloed information, with a desire to build a more safe and permanent backup, and ultimately contributing to the biohacking community.

Bob is a successful tech entrepreneur, creative technologist, musician and athlete, who has been working with emerging tech for the past 20 years. His interests have evolved into self-quantification and biohacking research, and now on his website and blog, you can also find his numerous experiments on continuous glucose monitoring, oxidative stress, vitamin D tracking, quantifying his biological age, stress management, among others. Currently, Bob has been a leading voice of the quantified self movement, with efforts in building communities where like-minded people can connect, share resources and ideas, and engage in active forums.

He describes himself as someone who has always been curious about how things work, and mentions that over the past few years, especially with the advent of certain types of technology, wearables and testing, you can now measure things that 5 or 10 years ago you couldn’t do, and now it’s accessible to everyone. Among his research interests, he has explored the idea of n = 1 experiments.

Basically, the idea behind n =1 experiments is that we could run the same experiment… and your results can be different from mine, but it doesn’t mean that either are wrong, it just means that we’re all individuals. Our results apply to ourselves and we need to approach it in a different way in terms of how we want to optimise or improve something … What I’ve ended up doing over time is, I’ll either be trying to be just discover something about myself with data, or testing theory, or structure an experiment”. – says Bob Troia.

One of his biggest recommendations is that you should prevent your own data from becoming a hindrance to your goals. He suggests that people have a tendency to overthink it instead of just starting to do it, and that it’s ultimately how you feel that is important, whether it is physical or mental.

Bob will share his insights at the Biohacker Summit on Friday, October 13 at Biohacker Stage.

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