Bridging the Gap

Aaron Coleman at the 2015 Quantified Self Public Health Symposium


“On the Fitbit, every single minute has a met value attached, every minute has an intensity score— all these different things from these little inexpensive friendly wearables are giving us amazing insights.”

Integrating consumer self-tracking tools into scientific and clinical workflows is harder than it looks. Aaron Coleman has built his entire company, Fitabase, around the needs of researchers to authorize and integrate physical activity data from trackers like the Fitbit. After supporting nearly a hundred different studies, Aaron can talk with unique insight about what it takes to bridge the gap between the companies whose devices are on the wrists and in the pockets of consumers, and the researchers who are looking to make sense of it.


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Aaron Coleman

Aaron Coleman leads the Fitabase team which helps research groups of all kinds use consumer devices, like the Fitbit, in their trials. You can find him on Twitter at @aaronc.

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