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Knomee may help during recovery after surgery

Since we have released Knomee version 2.0 in May, we are upgrading our iOS app every month with performance improvements, bug fixes and small usability enhancements. Thanks to our user feedbacks, we are getting closer to the worry-free experience that you all deserve. Here are a few of the fixes that were introduced in version 2.02 and 2.03:

  • Show the quest category on home page (looks nicer) and make the big square "quest switch" button more visible on that home page. If you are not familiar to Knomee: the square button with your quest name helps you to see all your quests and select a new one. Managing multiple quests is much more interesting. 
  • Make mountains more explicit ( you may click on them). Mountains icons are a simple summary of (a) how you are doing globally with respect to the target (shape of the mountain) and what is the trend (weather element : sun means that you improve, clouds that you decline).
  • Introduce HRV from Apple Watch: Heart Rate Variability is a key bio-value that you may track, it tells you a lot about your heart health. We have introduced a standard quest to improve you HRV through sleep, reducing inflammatory foods and exercising your body.
  • Better memo edit and display in the chart view (the one that you get clicking on the eye). Memos are a key new feature of version 2.0. You may annotate Knomee with key moments, which will make it easier later to reflect on your self-tracking.
  • Bug fixes for quests with only 2 or 3 trackers (most of the quests use one target and three trackers, so we had missed a few things).

One of our team member received open heart surgery a few months ago and has gone through recovery using Knomee. Most of his usual quests were useless because of the global state of weakness after a major surgery. On the other hand, creating a handful of new quests dedicated to the recovery turned out to be very helpful. Here is a short summary of the key benefits:

  • Self-tracking helps to get a sense of your progress even though recovery is a complex story with ups and downs. The chaotic nature of recovery (how the pain reduces, for instance) is such that self-tracking helps to see the bigger picture.
  • After heart surgery, it makes sense to leverage other apps or sensors on your phone or connected device : "Instant Heart Rate" is a great companion app for Knomee:the shape of heart rate tells a lot, from arrhythmia to extra-systolic pulses. Rest heart rate and HRV are two other bio-measures that are very interesting to monitor to see your (slow) progress through recovery.
  • Knomee helps you to discover what factors will speed up your recovery : sleep (major ... no surprises, but it feels good to see it from your data analysis), food excitant (coffee, alcohol), fat intake,  etc. Everyone reacts differently, but Knomee helps you find the lifestyle and diet that will speed up your recovery to wellness.
  • Use of memos for key first moments during recovery - this is one of the most exciting application of Knomee 2.0 memo feature. During recovery there are good times (small victories : the first time you get back to being able to do something) and bad ones. Recording them using memos puts your self-tracking into perspective and makes your journey to better health an emotional one.

This short real-life user story is interesting because it emphasises one key principle of Knomee : there are no universal quests, the one that matter the most should be crafted by the user ... and there are no permanent quests. A quest fits a moment of your life, when you ask yourself a few questions (recovery after a major surgery is definitely such a moment). You create a quest and you self-track to help you build your own opinion ... then you move to other things.

It also shows that self-tracking is only meaningful when you ask yourself a question. Otherwise it gets boring very soon, which is what we hear from some of our users.

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New Knomee version with rest heart rate

The new version 1.7 of Knomee is now available on the Apple store !
This is a minor release, that fixes a few bugs such as display bugs on older iPhones. The key changes are:

  • Better display in the “chart view” mode (when you swipe down or click on the eye button). The horizontal scale has been improved so that it displays more information when you zoom in/out. A vertical scale has been added to give you a better sense of your data. If you are using the “tech mode” (see options) you will also see three points in the future (forecasts) that Knomee shows as an illustration of its forecasting ability. This is a “work in progress” feature, hence it is only accessible for those brave enough to try the “tech mode”.
  • You may now hide / recall quests ! this is actually a very useful feature since you will see that it is not really convenient to track more than 4 or 5 quests at the same time. In the edit mode, if you switch the “hide” button, the quest will disappear from your set of quests … have no fear, you can get it back anytime in the quest library section. All “hidden quests” are visible in the “library” list. If you select one, it will return into your app as a regular quest that you can track anytime.
  • Last, the HealthKit interface was extended so that you can import the “rest heart rate”. This is computed by a number of devices, including Apple Watch. Previously, Knomee was (and is still) able to import the average heart rate, which is a good proxy for how much effort/exercise your heart went through in the past 24 hours. The rest rate is quite interesting for many quests, since the “rest rate” is a good proxy for how well your heart is doing. You will find very soon that the “rest heart rate” is a great addition to the “automatic” imported trackers in Knomee (steps, weight, heart rate, sleep).

We will continue to continuously improve the main screens, so please keep sending us your feedbacks and insights. Our next step is too improve the plain english messages that are pushed by Knomee (as notifications or within the app), to make them more informative and easier to read at the same time.

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Knomee makes sense from the trackings collected through HealthKit

Self-tracking with your smartphone or connected wearables is simple and efficient, but all you get is data. Self-tracking is a great habit and connected devices make it very simple since we can collect our heart rates, our sleep time or our daily number of steps effortlessly. Thanks to Apple HealthKit, all these devices or apps on our smartphone can produce tracking data continuously that is collected and sorted out. However, all you get eventually is a set of charts, lots of visual representation and a long catalog of measures. At first, it is exciting to look at this freshly collected self-tracking data, either on the device specific app or on Apple Health app, but the interest wears down quickly.

Knomee is the missing link to maximize the value that you may get from your HealthKit connected devices. Knomee is designed to help you understand yourself better through self-tracking. Self-tracking is good – it is a scientific fact – but it is tedious. Connected devices are a great opportunity to self-track:

  •  Fitbit, Garmin, Nokia, Xiaomi … and of course the Apple Watch !
  • Nokia connected scale (ex-withings), sleep monitors, ...
  • Obviously the phone itself (steps count and multiple apps)

Knomee allows you to select imported trackers when you define your quests, that will ensure that Knomee automatically import – if you decide so - the relevant data through HealthKit. Knomee makes it easy to import data from your HealthKit sources automatically:

  •  Knomee knows how to import the daily number of steps, the weight, the average daily heart rate, or the number of sleeping hours of the previous night. This list will be extended with future versions of Knomee.
  •  When you define your own quest by creating trackers, Knomee proposes “imported” as tracker choice that will pick on the four previous types. You will get a warning and will be asked to allow Knomee to import data from HealthKit.
  • Measures obtained from HealthKit are represented with squares (as opposed to circles) to remind you that they were obtained automatically

Knomee embedded “artificial intelligence” agent will help you derive more value from the self-tracking that you get automatically from your iPhone or your connected devices. This is where Knomee is much more than “yet another tracker app":

  • You may see your imported tracker inside a quest, together with other self-tracking data that you think may be linked (like, does what you eat for dinner impact how you sleep ?)
  • Knomee provides you with automated data analysis : you see if some other factors, the time of day, the day of week or the location have an impact on your quest.
  • Knomee helps you to get insights from your data through personalised smart notifications.
  • Because of Knomee “utmost privacy by design” policy, data will never go from Knomee to HeathKit