What’s Your Body Battery?

The partnership between Garmin and FirstBeat Technologies has yielded a very important performance metric: Body Battery First introduced in 2018 in the Garmin Vivosmart line, the measurement of your “Body Battery” is to give you insight into your body’s current capacity based on training load and various indicators of stress and recovery. Firstbeat provides their own description: The basic concept …

Garmin and Oura – Insights and Value from PulseOX and Respiration Rates

I already owned a Garmin Fenix 5 before I purchased an Oura ring. I purchased the Oura ring because of its insights into HRV, sleep, and respiratory rates. At the time, Garmin Fenix 5 wasn’t tracking sleep. Now they track sleep which you can sleep in a similar post I did on the differences between Garmin and Oura in regards …

Individualized eCommerce experiences

What does it mean to “individualize” ? Individualize: transitive verb: To modify to suit the wishes or needs of a particular individual. While ideating for a recent eCommerce project, I returned to a website of a popular apparel eCommerce site. Their site looked the same as yesterday.  Empathizing with most customers, I asked the following questions: Can I get some help here? …

Muse Observations – Relaxed but Not Calm

One of the benefits of the new Muse headband are the multiple sensors that it includes: Mind (EEG) Heart (PPG + Pulse Oximetry) Body (Accelerometer) Breath (PPG + Gyroscope) Recently, I learned an important piece of feedback which is critical to understand your mind/brain/body connection. There’s a difference between: Relaxed vs. Calm. From this session, you can see that while …

Garmin and Stress Part #1

I have three different tools for measuring stress currently: Elite HRV Garmin Fenix 5 Oura Ring (see post on Oura Ring) https://benmorristech.com/oura-and-performance/ Looking at the Garmin Mobile Connect app for a particular day. In this case, a Wednesday (Mid-Work Week) . We see that Stress starts at 8AM continues up to 8PM. The score of 28 across other days seems …

BOOK REVIEW: The Power Of Now: A Guide To Spiritual Enlightment By Eckhart Tolle

Amazon Link: Synopsis: Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, he’s added markers that symbolise “break time”. This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As …

Oura and Performance

Sections: Sleep, HRV(Stress), Readiness Sleep: This category continues to grow across the big health watch tracking players like Garmin, FitBit and soon Apple who’s acquisition of Beddit will no doubt lead to integration into the Apple Watch. But this post is about Oura and measuring sleep. How well does it perform? It divides it into TOTAL SLEEP TIME, SLEEP SCORE …

Embedding Jupyter Notebooks

I found these tips to embedding Jupyter Notebooks hosted on Github from these great posts. Master Post: https://www.andrewchallis.co.uk/portfolio/php-nbconvert-a-wordpress-plugin-for-jupyter-notebooks/ Supporting post: https://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~brk009/notebook-on-wp/ Installation Steps: WP Pusher install Install the Github plugin to WP Pusher https://github.com/ghandic/nbconvert Add the additional CSS code Insert the Shortcode like the one below. Celebrate Enjoy JuypING!!

AWS – AI/ML Services Explained

As of Sept. 2019 – Looking at the current AWS Console for Machine Learning. This post describes each service in one sentence and one use case on when it would be used. Amazon SageMaker – Probably the most easily accessible of the ML services. Bring your Jupyter notebook and datasets and train to create models. The structure is LABEL Jobs, …