Exist

Understand your life.

#4 Product of the DayMarch 05, 2014

Exist makes your personal data useful. We find trends, insights, and correlations in your data to help you understand and change (if you want to!) your habits.

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  • Jay Galldesign, dev, data.
    Pros: 

    Passive tracking with active output

    Cons: 

    The never ending road of adding new integrations (please add Toggl)

    Exist.io is the tool I use to monitor my life and help me iterate over myself.

    Its main selling point is its use of correlations between your activities to identify patterns. That makes a huge difference and finally, give some real usage of all the data that we can track.

    A concrete example is our some patterns influence my mood changes. I used to maintain a mood journal. It seems that whenever I noticed spikes, I couldn't figure out all the reasons why. With Exist, I was able to notice that some obvious - sleep, time walking -and less obvious - push on GitHub, listening to music - contributors of those states.

    I don't need anymore to remember or notes everything. I let the machines do it for me, and I read the weekly and monthly Exist.io reports. And for the data that no machines can track (coffee for example), the custom tracker fills that gap.

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Belle Beth Cooper
Maker
@bellebcooper · Co-founder, exist.io
I agree, @rrhoover. We've found some funny ones in our data already—for instance, my co-founder has better days when it's cloudy. We've also found useful ones, though, like knowing that I tweet less and listen to less music when I'm in a better mood. We still need to do a lot of work to extrapolate meaning from that (i.e. I'm happier when I'm out and about with friends, rather than at home in front of my computer), but we're getting there. Sure, so we have been mulling over pricing options for a while, and we're not keen to make it a free product at this stage because we don't have the time to support lots of free users. We have a big enough waiting list and have talked to a lot of people who signed up to hear about it to know that there's interest there, and we're confident that we're providing value already and our next couple of features will really blow people away, so we decided to start with a paid-only product and the Kickstarter-type campaign means that we could both work on it full-time for the next 6 months+, as well as validating the market.
Belle Beth Cooper
Maker
@bellebcooper · Co-founder, exist.io
It's been a while since Exist was featured, so here's an update of all the new stuff we've been working on: - Companion apps are available for Android and iPhone now. - Integrated calendars, RescueTime, Misfit, Instagram, Withings. - Developed a full read/write API. Docs here: http://developer.exist.io - Added webhooks for Jawbone, Misfit, and Fitbit so your data syncs to Exist immediately. - Improved the readability of correlations. - Added a trends page to show you how your data is changing over time. - Added mood note analysis to tell you which words you mention most with different mood ratings. - Added indicators for past days when you hit your goal and insights to tell you when you're on a streak of hitting your goal for several days in a row. - Added averages as goals, so your goals in Exist are set fresh every day based on how much activity/sleep/productivity you normally get for this day of the week. (Read more about that here: https://exist.io/blog/averages-v...) - Added a yearly subscription with a big discount and a free 14-day trial. We also started a podcast and have been publishing monthly reports of all our user and revenue stats and our progress on the product. You can find both on our company blog: http://blog.hellocode.co Happy to answer questions if you have any :)
Belle Beth Cooper
Maker
@bellebcooper · Co-founder, exist.io
@rahulvarshneya Thanks for posting Exist, Rahul! I'm one of the co-founders, happy to answer any questions about it :)
Belle Beth Cooper
Maker
@bellebcooper · Co-founder, exist.io
@rahulvarshneya Thanks! Sure, so right now we can see correlations like your mood is better when you listen to less music, or your steps are higher when you check-in more. We're working on insights that take those correlations and make them useful, which we've already started testing. One example I love is when Exist knows you are more active or have a better mood on days after you go to bed before 10pm, it can suggest that you try to get to bed by 10pm every day this week. Jawbone introduced challenges like this recently but they were lacking the personal context that Exist has. Another one is if you're trying to be more active, Exist can see your average step counts and work out which days are more of a struggle for you. It can then suggest small changes like a ten-minute walk on Saturday afternoon because it knows that you're usually fairly sedentary at that time. Are those the kind of examples you were after?
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
As devices start tracking more signals, we'll likely see patterns we never would have expected. Very need product, @BelleBCooper. I'm curious to hear more about your decision to semi-crowdfund the project, accepting the first 1,000 backers (https://exist.io/backers/)