The app name, "Visible", is a little misleading since all of the symptoms actually being tracked are . . . not. 😄
The end goal for the Visible Team is to create a wearable activity tracker for pwME/LC to aid pacing vs. activity trackers like Fitbit that do not accommodate our needs.
I currently wear a Fitbit tracker to monitor my tachycardia and it's incredibly frustrating to be told by the Fitbit app that I have "crushed my exercise goal". In truth, my heart rate is out of control every time I stand upright but my tracker assumes I've been doing cardio workouts all week!
I stopped running in the technology race when I developed ME. I don't have the mental energy to feel enthusiastic about new computer games, and had no desire to try the social media sites. Now that I'm offgrid with a small solar power setup, I've gone with a low-power miniPC and a Raspberry Pi3 (my web browsing computer). I don't have a smartphone, so I can't run apps.
I use a handsaw and axe for much of my firewood needs. No stone tools though.
Wait, one bit of personal electronics: my Kobo e-book reader. It saves trips into town for paper books.
Could this App be used by people with other diagnoses (like POTS or other autoimmune diseases) or are they specifically tracking PwME and Long Covid? Could someone try the App without signing up for the data collection piece to keep their data private?
Did 17 years of that. Somehow we'd scrounge up enough fuel to eek by (its not Canada), and alot of orchards around here trim, so if your observant, and quick- go GRAB that.
Gee all that wilderness fresh air, and Forest Breathing and molecules of perfect ions. Did not save me. (Yet I am still here, which is a form of saved, and therefore, I am now very grateful to just be here today!)
There is an excellent podcast called "The Rest Room" hosted by Natasha Lipman (a chronic illness blogger).
In this episode (link below), "Can technology teach me to pace?", she interviews the founder of the Visible Team, Harry Leeming (who has LC).
He describes his journey with LC, how he came up with the idea of an "exertion tracker" and the challenges involved in developing the product when 50% of the team has ME, LC or EDS and so cannot always commit to a normal working schedule.
It was refreshing to listen to an interview between two people who live the experience of chronic illness and understand our limitations and needs.