Our iPhone app Autism Tracker was featured in The Atlantic

Very excited and proud of this news. Here is an excerpt from The Atlantic. The the full article here John Rodakis expected Thanksgiving of 2012 to feature turkey and football, just like it had in past years. Instead, it brought his two children a strep infection and a prescription for the antibiotic amoxicillin. He and his wife dutifully dosed the children with the cotton-candy-pink liquid twice each day. By the end of the holiday weekend, the children’s fevers and all other signs of the infection had disappeared. As Rodakis continued giving them the 10-day course of antibiotics, he found that it had an unexpected effect on his 4-year-old son, who had been diagnosed with autism earlier that year. His son had shown some speech delay, but had otherwise been a happy, healthy baby until about 30 months, when his development abruptly stopped. Rodakis immediately knew something was wrong. Like many children with autism, the boy suddenly had difficulty making eye contact, rarely spoke and wouldn’t socialize with other children. Nothing seemed to help his behaviors—until he started the antibiotics. By the Monday after Thanksgiving, he was speaking in short sentences rather than single words, and he had started to make eye contact. “Each day, he seemed to get better; I had no idea what was going on,” Rodakis recalls. Rodakis isn’t a scientist but a venture capitalist, investing in biotechnology startups. He started to search through the medical literature to see if he could learn more about why antibiotics might be helping his son. He found few scientific reports of children with autism improving while on antibiotics or ill...

TracknShare – Winner of “In Search of the Perfect Quantified-Self App”

TracknShare was the winner of an excellent show down of self-tracking apps. To me this is to this date the most systematic assessment of the usefulness and usability of self-tracking apps. The assessment criteria tell a story of how to approach self-tracking. I am citing those here. All the best with your own Quantified Self Project! Criteria from the Measured Me Blog: “The app has to be customizable when it comes to measurement scale. Depending on the type of question, I should be able to log data using either Boolean (yes/no), ordinal (e.g., not-much/somewhat/.. /very much,), continuous (e.g., weight or cost), categorical (e.g., cardio type: stationary bike, elliptical or treadmill), or n-point Likert scale (e.g., 7-point scale). In other words, the app should be able to handle the mix of variables of various measurement types. The app has to offer data portability. I should be able to export data in “csv” or other common format, any time I want, so I can analyze and manipulate it myself. Sorry, but showing me only those pretty charts and trend lines simply won’t do. And remember: that’s my data. I should not pay to access it. The app has to be truly mobile. That is, it should be able to work in an offline mode, without wireless or WiFi signal (e.g., on subway), at least at the moment of the data entry. If I want a web app, I will use my computer.” These thoughts express exactly what we had in mind when we initially designed TracknShare. Its sister apps Autism Tracker, Habits Pro, Mindful Eating Tracker, Bowel Mover Pro, Gratitude & Happiness...

Updates for TracknShare, Autism Tracker !

We just updated Tracknshare with new features! The app has now a daily View that lists all entries in chronological order. Try it out, I especially love that new feature: it shows when I did what and how I felt. Also, we added: Counter item = just one tap to increment by 1 Zoomable graphs Key pad for number entry Add levels and weights when creating custom scales, e.g., A+ = 4.25 If you like the update, please write a review and let others know about it. Links to the App Store for downloads and Reviews: TracknShare Autism Tracker All the best, Uwe “oova”...