Community member, Matt Green has shared some thoughts/suggestions on building tools using Streamr that can commission and collect performance, health and other data valuable to researchers:
"I’m a sports coach, (squash) working with a range of players from elite to beginner -
Whilst there are lots of ways for a coach to gather data on an individual player in order to develop their game, (video analysis and in game stats etc). I do think that Streamr provides an opportunity for entire communities of athletes to provide access to key training and health indicators that could be useful in either showing the gold standard in terms of how top athletes train or in providing access to health indicators for clinical studies.
The chance to conduct studies across a selected group of individuals and provide access to anonymised data could be of interest to numerous groups of people – Coaches, Sports governing bodies, and those working in health and wellbeing research
As has been shown with the app for collecting fitbit data - there is an easy way to collect data from athletes via wearable devices or via capturing information through a phone.
From a coaches perspective it would be very interesting to see some basic data on say the top 100 players in the world in Comparision to the wider community of athletes in a specific sport.
For example – heart rate info – resting pulse rates, how long do top athletes train at their maximum heart rate, what is their recovery rate.
Similar matchplay stats would be useful too – e.g. distance covered, heart rate info
Personally - I would love to know if there is a link between sleep quality and high performance athletes – again sleep info is readily trackable with wearable devices but the capacity to incorporate this info into wider studies with successful athletes to see what the correlation is would be great.
I’m completely naïve of the obstacles to achieving something like this but I’ve always thought that an app that was capable of collecting data from a range of either wearable devices or other apps could make these studies possible.
The ability for institutes and sporting governing bodies and clinical research bodies to commission studies that app users can sign up for if their profile fits the criteria of the study could be incredibly useful.
I think the same could be done with nutrition – there are already apps out there that you can easily record your nutritional intake by either scanning a barcode of what your eating or just entering in what you have eaten (my fitness pal is a personal favourite).
Being able to commission wide scale studies through an app that gathers data on say sugar intake amongst men in their 20, 30’s and 40, (first thing I thought of but the point is that a tool that could be used to commission these kinds of studies could be incredibly popular).
The more I think about it the more it occurs to me that the idea of an app that can be used to commission wide scale studies has much broader possibilities than just sports – Studies around basic health indicators like sleep, walking habits, nutritional intake could all provide valuable data.
The advantage of this could also be that commissioning bodies agree to a pre-set price for the data which would allow app users to sign up for relevant studies with a clear idea on how much they may get paid.
My only other thought around data I would be interested in relates to my other role – Being a dad!
I have a 3yr old a 7yr old and an 11 yr old
It occurred to me during our coronavirus lockdown how easy it is to lose control of how many much time your kids are staring at screens. We have a couple of ipads - phones a laptop and a tv.
Again accessing this information both for individual families but also for wider studies could be useful – I’d wondered about an app that could sit across a whole range of devices that were all logged into the same account that included a household profile – (e.g single, married, married with x number of kids etc).
If the app monitored the total time each individual device was turned on and also with the users permission anonymised the data along with all the other app users and made it available on the data market place, (app users could get paid, Families could get specific feedback over their household device use and over time tech companies could access data around popularity and use styles of particular devices for particular demographics).
Feel free to post these ideas where you think it’s relevant. I’d love to have the skills to develop these ideas myself but clearly don’t have them although would enjoy making a contribution where I can in terms of developing these ideas if it ever happened."