This week in lifelogging: how the digital age has forever changed the way we process anything

Evolution of how we process things

Lifelogging is related to how we’ve decided that the digital age should and could be used for the betterment of our own lives. This subsequently led to the Quantified Self and the Internet of Things, as well as the rise in use of wearable tech devices. The digital age has brought along many changes. Not only have the things we brought to school to show our friends just how cool we are transformed from Pokemon cards and mood rings to the latest headphones or smart pens, our minds are slowly altered in the way we process anything at all. Whether it’s for the better or the worse, here are a few ways the digital age has impacted us as some food for thought for the weekend!

Read more: The Quantified Self community, lifelogging and the making of “smart” publics and 5 psychological challenges facing wearables, quantified self and behavior change apps

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All things are “ask Google”

Many of us trust Google more than ourselves. Whether it is with mapping our route home from work or checking who died in the latest Game of Thrones episode, we do what we do best – Google it. According to a study done by a spatial geographer at the University of Tokyo, participants who used GPS navigation performed 20% worse than their paper map peers when asked to recall various aspects of the surroundings. And while this may spell catastrophe for people who are concerned with the development of our brains, others have also welcomed Google Maps with open arms, quoting that there are now more kids exploring the world from their laptops before they reach the age where they can travel by themselves. And with Google approaching 1.6 billion facts in its Knowledge Vault, which is really the foundation of smartphone and robotic intelligence, anything could be asked with accuracy in the near future. What the Knowledge Vault represents, is also the possibility of medical breakthroughs and the discovery of trends as it sifts through humongous amounts of information.

Read more: Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of ‘Spatial Thinking’ and Google’s Knowledge Vault already contains 1.6 billion facts

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All things are shared and social

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The digital age also brought along that one thing we now know as not-so-social media. Looking at photos alone, we have shared a collective 1.8 billion photos in the year 2014. That’s a huge jump from the 274 million photos we shared in 2013, which could be largely attributed to Snapchat and Facebook. And the fact that the headlines in an article reads “Facebook just changed its News Feed yet again. Here’s how it could affect you“, shows just how much we have allowed Facebook to actually affect us. And that’s not even including that one time when people started calling the police when Facebook went down for a bit. Yet once again, not all’s bad of course. With the increase in people sharing things on social media, people are now more aware of things that happen globally in general. Take ALS for instance. As of the end of August 2014, $100 million and greater awareness have gone towards supporting a cause that previously received little attention. Not only have we become more of a global citizen, we have also been given opportunities to experience things we might never have the courage nor opportunity to do through the eyes of someone’s camera. The two time-lapse videos below are examples of these for someone who might never get a chance to visit California, or Burning Man. Enjoy!

Read more: Stunning California Time-Lapse Is Your Mental Vacation and Epic Memories: A Breathtaking Burning Man Time-lapse Video

All things are quantified

Every mile we run and every workout session should be accompanied by our fitness trackers. As defined by The Huffington Post, “The Quantified Self is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical)”. And even though perhaps the obsession with data is not currently matched up with the benefits that the analysis of these personal data can bring to us, other benefits of this self-tracking movement can already begin to unveil. These include knowing the exact amount of sunlight you need to take in to improve your mood, health, focus and sleep as tracked by SunSprite and how even gun violence could now be tracked with smart wristbands. Have you been tracking or quantifying anything? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

Read more: Quantifying the LTR: How Couples Use Data For Healthy Relationships and Quantified Self just boils down to Self: What I’ve learned from two years of wearables

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All things could be archived for the generations to come

Lastly, with everything being quantified and sometimes even selectively shared or placed on the Google Search Engine, things could be archived for the people we never meet after our own deaths. Raising concerns with how these data are treated have already spurred tech giants to include various clauses in their privacy statements. Google, for instance, started the Inactive Account Manager feature last year, which enables Google users to either delete their account or nominate individuals who will gain access to it if they die or are incapacitated. And while traditional genetic data from ancient bones can reveal things like how Europeans could be drawn from a mix of three ancient populations, perhaps with the possibility to archive every little detail of our lives dawns upon us the availability of digital data that replaces fossils and bones. Digging up fossils and archaeological evidence could well be in itself a thing that becomes fossilised. And it’s a pity that digesting digital data instead of physical evidences would certainly not help us find such cute things as skeletons who have held each others’ hands for 700 years anymore.

Read more: Putting Time In Perspective and The pleasures and horrors of the digital afterlife

Image credited to University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS)

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Life with the Narrative Clip. An interview with Bob Kueppers

Columbus, Ohio:



How long have you been using your Narrative Clip? 
Since the beginning of August, 2014

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings? 
The only time I don’t use the Clip is around the house or in the office.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
I was constantly pulling out my iPhone to take photos and most of the time, the people I’m with get annoyed with me. The Narrative Clip has solved this dilemma.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best?
I love how small and discreet the Narrative Clip is.

How do you wear/use the camera?
I found that wearing it on my sleeve captures the best photos. I wear a lot of dark colored clothes and the gray Narrative blends in nicely.


What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far? 
I was out with my partner one evening and we stopped at a little wine bistro. The lighting was perfect and the Narrative Clip managed to snap a great candid shot of him through a wine glass. Wearing the Narrative Clip on my sleeve captures some great perspectives.


Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
I’ve only been asked a few times about the Clip. One instance I said it was a camera and ended up having to answer a lot of worrisome questions. Now I just say it’s a Bluetooth pedometer and the questions stop.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
I recently got a new puppy and she’s constantly on the move. It always seems like when she’s still, I never have a camera around. I was able to capture some greats shots by using the double tap feature on the Clip.


What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
I can’t wait to use this little Clip on my next vacation. I might just rely on it entirely!

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
I’d like to have the option to set the frequency of captured images. I know the battery will run down sooner, but if you know an important event is coming up, capturing more shots can be a nice trade off. It would also be awesome if you could plug the Clip into an iPhone, select images you want, and erase when the Clip gets full.

Anything else you’d like to add or other Clip photos you’d like to share?
I’ve been following Narrative ever since it was called Memoto years ago. I think the team did a fantastic job their first time out of the gate. I can’t wait to see what future versions will be capable of. Not since the first iPhone have I been this excited about technology.



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The Narrative Clip shows off its innovative style at New York Fashion Week.

Narrative is collaborating with innovative fashion brand, MARLON GOBEL

Designer Marlon Gobel is a 12 year fashion industry veteran, who has worked with prominent names in men’s fashion like, Thom Browne and Michael Bastian. In 2010 he launched his own brand, MARLON GOBEL. Since the successful launch of his company, Marlon has been collaborating with other amazing designers and companies, adding Narrative to his impressive list, that includes Christian Louboutin, Swarovski and Swedish fashion brand, GANT.

MARLON GOBEL’s Spring/Summer 2015 show, TRANSHUMANISM, took place yesterday in New York. The fantastic collection is based around three main inspirations: Human Augmentation, Technology is fashion and the idea of a wearable device. The Narrative Clip is a featured accessory on several of the designs.

Take a look at some photos from TRANSHUMANISM by MARLON GOBEL


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This week in lifelogging: apart from Apple (featuring QS 2015, Sony EyeGlass and Google curing death)

Enough of Apple

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Apple has got its fair share of attention this week with its launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch on 9 September 2014. Haters, lovers, and several others who are sitting on the fence waiting for Tim Cook to answer their questions all have their eyes on Apple. We too are eagerly awaiting for how their first step into lifelogging with the new iOS8 would turn out for all the lifelogging enthusiasts out there. But yes, for now, we’d like to turn the attention away from Apple for just a little while. So besides all that exciting news from us at Narrative regarding the $8 million in new funding, crossing the 100 million photos mark, a new office in San Francisco and increased customer support hours (!!!), here’s everything else that is happening in the lifelogging scene recently!

Read more (if you must): Inside the Apple Watch: the Tech Behind Apple’s New Wearable and The Apple Watch and the Quantified Self Movement

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QS 2015 Conference

Each year, tens of thousands of people gather all around the globe for this one common purpose – to share their knowledge regarding the field of lifelogging and the Quantified Self (QS). This started from a single QS Show & Tell only about 7 years ago with 30 people, and has since grown to 110 independent QS groups in more than 30 countries. Even though these QS Meetups are all unique in the way each individual contributes to and shares about the QS movement, all of them work towards the common goal of self knowledge through numbers. And each year, some of the best experts in this field gather together for the QS Global Conference. Next year is no different, and the 2015 QS Global Conference will be held from 13-15 March by the San Francisco waterfront, with an additional third day for a Grand Public Exposition where toolmakers, artists, designers and pioneering self-trackers share their greatest learnings in the QS journey. Interested? Head over here to register for an early-bird ticket now!

Read more: Announcing QS15: The Quantified Self Conference & Exposition and Beautiful Visualizations of Lifelogging and Quantified Self Data

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Google wants to cure death

And when we talk about making use of data for the betterment of one’s life, who does it better than our dear Mr. G? Last year, Google launched a company called Calico with the ambitious objective of extending our lives. Calico is the abbreviated form of California Life Company and will have Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman and former CEO of Genentech and Chairman of Apple, to be CEO and a founding investor. According to Arthur, “I’ve devoted much of my life to science and technology, with the goal of improving human health. Larry’s focus on outsized improvements has inspired me, and I’m tremendously excited about what’s next.” Well, one seemingly quiet year has passed, and today, Calico announces that it is partnering with UT Southwestern and 2M Companies to tackle neurodegenerative disorders caused by the aging and death of nerve cells, such as ALS and Parkinson’s. This was followed shortly after the announcement of their first partnership with drug company AbbVie just last week to build a research and development facility in San Francisco, as well as an earlier launch of Baseline Study, which will collect anonymous health data to define what a healthy human should look like.

Read more: Do corporate wellness programs really boost productivity? and Quantified Self: 10 Ways Lifelogging Improves Your Quality Of Life

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Sony EyeGlass Prototype

And while Google tries to be at the forefront of everything including its attempt to conquer the smart eyeglasses market, Sony is also seen stepping up in this same sector. This Sony EyeGlass acts like a secondary screen for Android smart phone users and displays information for wearers, overlaid on top of the real world. Currently, several apps have been developed for this EyeGlass, including Wikitude which displays information of landmarks as the wearer looked around, Cookpad which displays recipes while your hands are covered in flour and oil, as well as a camera which has facial recognition built into it. Although looking much bulkier and more like goggles than classy eyewear, the Sony EyeGlass is, according to CNET, still in its prototype phase and will eventually scan your eye movements to scroll through information on the screen. What do you think? Has Sony taken a little too long to arrive at its current EyeGlass?

Read more: Sony’s prototype EyeGlass smart specs eye up Google Glass

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Fashion, style and wellness

Even though Sony seems to be neglecting a little on style and design, several other wearable tech makers have plunged into making their products fashionable and chic right from the start. One example is designer Rebecca Minkoff, who dreams of her fashion to be ultra functional, and has since designed a notification bracelet and another one that charges and syncs your mobile devices. Others like FitBit, which started out focusing on basic designs coupled with accurate technology, are also partnering high-fashion masters like Tory Burch to target the female consumer. In addition, tech giant Intel has also partnered with fashion brand Opening Ceremony to create a sleek wearable bracelet known as MICA (picture above), which boasts of a 1.6-inch curved sapphire glass touchscreen display. Don’t you want one already?

Read more: 9 Fashionable Wearables for the Sartorially Savvy and The Stellé Audio Clutch: Wearable Tech Innovation Meets Audio Couture

Image credited to Opening Ceremony

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Life with the Narrative Clip. An interview with Javier Ortiz Castillo

Santiago, Chile

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip? 
It arrived in late May this year.

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
I use it on weekends especially for my outdoor trips, trekking and mountain biking. I love to capture the best moments with my Narrative Clip.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip? 
I liked the concept of Narrative Clip, capture important moments of our lives in photos, because you lose a lot of time in preparing to take pictures with a regular camera and sometimes the magic of special moments is lost.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best? 
A device that captures photos every 30 seconds is amazing, it helps you better enjoy every moment. When you arrive at home, you plug your Narrative Clip to computer and upload these photos to a server and you can see them on a smartphone, it is really incredible. So you get to have all your favorite moments in the palm of your hand.

How do you wear/use the camera?

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
The photo is called “Finding the top of the mountain”.

Finding the top of the mountain

Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
Here in Chile there are few people who know the camera. Among my closest friends, nobody knew it. They usually ask me if this is a device for measuring heart rate or something like that, because I always use new equipment for sports. Then when I tell them what it is, they are fascinated.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
My best time using Narrative Clip was a trekking trip with a special friend, because the scenery was beautiful and we really enjoyed the trip. On top of the mountain we ate a delicious picnic. These have been the best photos that have been captured so far.

What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
Maybe leaving the Clip to record a sunset, it must be great to record this kind of sequence or something like that. Also, I’ve never uploaded picture to Twitter.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future? 
I wish I could upload photos directly to the server without connecting the Clip to a computer, so it would be quick and easy to view photos on the smartphone. The technological evolution is going to make it more of a priority to use the smartphone than a computer for this type of use.

Anything else you’d like to add or other Clip photos you’d like to share?
Here are more picture of places in Chile from my clip. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to tell my opinion of this great device that has changed my life !!

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Increased Support Hours for Narrative’s Customers

What a whirlwind month it has been for the Narrative Support team. Great things are happening at Narrative so quickly, it can be hard to catch up sometimes!


Over the past month, we’ve been busy setting up our new office in San Francisco and in the short few weeks that we’ve been there, the response to Narrative has been incredible! To make our Narrative presence even more known in San Francisco, we have also been attending some local meetups to share what the Narrative experience is all about. The feedback we received so far has been amazing. Everyone loved it! Even when we were in the wine country of Napa Valley over a weekend, we had a barista ask, “ What is that White Clip you guys are wearing?” It’s been incredible and we know this is just the start for Narrative in San Francisco. We are humbled by it all. Everyone here at Narrative are really excited to see the “Narrative Effect” in San Francisco over the coming months.

This is also all incredibly exciting for us at Narrative Support! Besides having expanded to San Francisco, we now also have a support member over in Shanghai to help us with the different time zones.

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The expansion of the Narrative Support team to San Francisco and Shanghai means increased support hours for our customers – from 9 hours / day to 18 hours a day. Increased support hours means faster response time especially for our American and Asian-based customers (YAY!)

This is such a milestone for us. We are constantly seeking to improve our service to all our customers  – be it a faster response time or better answers. (Check out our revamped Narrative Support Centre – with a new order status page and new video tutorials!)


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She is our first employee at Narrative’s US office, how exciting! She is based in our San Francisco office and is joining our awesome Support Team.

Over the past month, we’ve been working hard on getting her acquainted with Narrative – teaching her everything there is to know about our product – the Clip, the Uploader, the backend and our awesome Narrative App! And of course, everything in regards to how we work in Support. We believe in equipping our Support Team with the best knowledge possible at all times because knowledge is power. By understanding Narrative inside out, we will be best equipped to help our customers at any time.

We are incredibly happy to have her on the team and to help us establish our presence in San Francisco.

2 minutes with Maria

1) Tell me more about yourself 

I am from Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up in Arizona, I developed a great appreciation for sunshine, pools, and air conditioning. My idea of fun includes, drinking delicious coffee, going out for an afternoon hike and exploring new cities while taking lots of pictures along the way!

2) Your previous work experiences and what did you learn from there? 

Some of my previous work experience includes: internships, fundraising, and community support.

While working as a intern at MF Productions, I co-coordinated an event called “Energy for Tomorrow” at Stanford University. Assisting the event taught me a great deal about the importance of details. The smallest tasks are just as important as the big ones!

As a student fundraiser at Northern Arizona University, my communication skills were put to the test. I learned that relating to individuals on a humanistic level can significantly impact their willingness to give you a donation.

Working in community support at Wrapp, I learned that loyal happy users are one of the most important (if not the most important) drivers in a company.

3) Why did you join Narrative?

I was initially interested in joining Narrative because of the stellar idea. While the idea of “letting a camera capture your life as it happens” is incredibly cool, it was actually the people at Narrative who attracted me to the company even more.

After having three interviews with three different managers in the company, I was sold. I truly believe in a good product but I also truly believe in great people behind a product. For me, working with talented people who will be my biggest support system is more than I can ask for. I feel very happy and lucky to say, I have found that at Narrative.

4) What do you hope to bring to Narrative? 

As one of the newest members of the Narrative team, I hope to bring forth a job well done! Most importantly however, I want to make an impact by establishing genuine relationships with my colleagues and keeping the positive work spirit alive. I would also love to explore my passion for interpersonal relations by being a voice for Narrative at various events in the future.


What do you hope to see in Narrative Support? Ping us at @Narrativehelp or drop us an email at To learn how to connect with Narrative Support, check this article out.

This week in lifelogging: the next megatrend (featuring Apple and astronauts)

Lifelogging on the rise

Lifelogging is on a roll. And so is its counterpart, wearable technology. According to an analysis of over 8 million online conversations about wearable tech between 2013 to 2014, there has been a 190% increase in mentions of wearable tech compared to the year before. When users of wearable tech were asked how useful these gadgets have been, 82% of them believe that wearable tech has enhanced their lives. That’s a good number for a category of products that has only recently taken off, if you’d ask me. Do you use any of the wearable tech devices mentioned below? Share your thoughts with us and comment below!

Infographic credited to the team at ShotTracker

The collective Internet of Things

The map you see above belongs to a form known as Internet Cartography, which simply means that this is a map showing everyone using the Internet right now. Since its illegal beginnings, Internet Cartography has now legally evolved into something anyone could do. To attain this map, John Matherly, founder of Shodan and creator of the map you see above, used his server to ping everyone he could on the Internet. This means that approximately 1.4million packets of data are sent around per second. Subsequently, each city and country is identified through a database of IP addresses and then plotted on a world map like this. According to Matherly, mapping these data has still been met with difficulties as organisations and whole countries (China, for instance) put up firewalls to block ping requests. This though might alter with the increasing awareness and usage of lifelogging devices while we welcome in the era of the Internet of Things, wherein this map could become a lot more accurate in future as we carry these devices around with us and are, in a sense, perpetually connected. It’ll be interesting to see how this map varies according to different events that happen around the world.

Read more: How to Make a Map of Everyone Using the Internet Right Now and Survey: IoT, Wearables Market Set for Explosive Growth

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Thinking twice about Apple

Now even though the Internet of Things and the lifelogging trend are taking off well, some people have still expressed their doubts if technology leader Apple can bring something worthwhile to this table. With the whole world keeping their eyes on Apple this 9 September to see what’s in store for them with the official launch of the iPhone 6, many have also speculated that the Apple “iWatch” would be launched concurrently as well. Out of this latter group, some have made known their concerns of whether Apple can indeed gain a footing in this crowded smart watch scene. Still others have said that pricing and design could be a determining factor as to whether this will be a hit. Our guess though, is that Apple would use its long running strategy of building an entire ecosystem to appeal to its fans. This means that the key to winning the hearts of die-hard Apple fans already wearing a Pebble smart watch or the likes of it, will lie in how the Apple “iWatch” could run holistically in the upcoming iOS8 to create even more value for its users.

Read more: Winning In Wearable Tech: Why Investors Might Think Twice Before Betting On Apple

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Lifelogging in style

And it certainly isn’t difficult to see why critics have listed design as one of the determining factors as to whether the Apple “iWatch” will be a make or break. With Ralph Lauren bringing together the two spheres of fashion and wearable tech quite successfully, consumers are now sure to demand even more after being exposed to the possibilities of high-fashion high-tech products that can add value to their wardrobes. Google has likewise partnered with Luxottica, which makes Oakley and Ray-Bans, while fitness tracker FitBit has also collaborated with luxury brand Tory Burch to launch a range of stylish fitness wristbands to accessorise your everyday dressing – both for work and play. What do you look for in your wearables?

Read more: Can fashion designers make tech wearables truly wearable?

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Lifelogging in space

And when style meets space, the whole universe conspires to blow our minds away. The video above is giving us a glimpse of what lifelogging in space would look like. Not only will we see zero gravity in action, natural forces literally collide to present the most amazing views to us. While most of us have this thing on our bucket list to see the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights, this astronaut is taking this bucket list item to a whole new level. He saw the Aurora display from where he lives – the International Space Station. Literally an everyday view for him as he awakes. Well, with the Virgin group offering flights to space, perhaps we will be able to see more lifelogging greatness from that place most of us dreamt as little kids to live in. Let’s stay tuned!

Read more: Astronaut Captures Aurora in Stunning Time-Lapse and Airglow ‘Ripples’ Over Tibet Give Aurora Photography a Run for Its Money and Travelling Russian Photographer Captures Breathtaking Morning Views From His Tent

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Narrative has $8 million in new funding & 100 million more reasons to be excited

The future, for anyone who wants to tell their own story, has never looked brighter. These are some great things happening at Narrative right now:

8 million in funding

db6d154c-1c88-431c-8e5d-50295ff7552b We’re incredibly excited to announce that Narrative has received $8M in a funding round that was led by Khosla Ventures and followed by existing investors True Ventures and Passion Capital. As Narrative continues to grow with the nascent wearable technology sector, Khosla, whose portfolio includes companies like Theatro, Jawbone and MisFit Wearables, will add tremendous experience, skills and network to our team. Narrative’s Board of Directors welcomes Keith Rabois, formerly COO of Square and now Partner at Khosla Ventures, to the board. Keith joins existing board members Om Malik, founder of GigaOm and partner at True Ventures and Oskar Kalmaru and Björn Wesén (both co-founders of Narrative).

Join in the fun from Stockholm to San Francisco

We’re looking for YOU!

flags The new funding will help fuel development of the Narrative Clip and Service and support an accelerated growth of the team. People at Narrative comes from all corners of the world to work in our four offices: three in Sweden (Stockholm, Linköping, Lund) and, since this past summer, a brand new one in San Francisco. We are building Narrative to offer more features and an even better experience. Opening a US office helps us better serve our North American users and partners. The new office also allows our fantastic support team to offer 18 hours of available support throughout the week and creates a base for maintaining and developing partnerships that will keep Narrative on top. We are currently 35 team members strong and looking to hire more. Will you be our next team member? Have a look at our job openings and give us a shout!

Fast growth

100 Million photos in 8 months

The Narrative Clip began shipping in January 2014. Eight months later, users have uploaded 100 million photos to the Narrative service! The photo sharing trend is only going up year by year, with around 1.4 billion photos shared daily in 2014. Currently Narrative sees about 700,000 photos uploaded daily by users from around the world. We put together this infographic for more insight into this photo boom. We think people want to easily tell and remember their stories. Check out Susan’s hiking vacation, Andon’s everyday adventures and “short” stories from the Narrative Community here. Want to tell your story? Let us know, we’d love to talk with you!

This week in lifelogging: connect to disconnect (a glimpse into the future)

Lifelogging and the future it brings

definition of lifelogging

Lifelogging is defined to be the record of the everyday life produced by a portable device regularly carried around. The practice of lifelogging existed long before things like fitness trackers, mobile phones or smart apparel existed. Like the lady above, who was featured in our Lifeloggers documentary film, countless enthusiasts began lifelogging way before wearable devices were invented. They made use of what they had – notebooks, photographs and a conscious effort – to note down everything that happened every day so they could search out patterns or gaps in the way they were living and somehow make tiny improvements to their way of life. Progressively, the lifelogging bug has caught on, with many tech giants riding this wave too. This wave would eventually crash onto the shores of the future, bringing technology to the next new level, and along with it a paradoxical truth of connecting to disconnect that we might see most devices move towards in the near future.

Read more: The Most Connected Man Is You, Just a Few Years From Now and Dear digital diary – lifelogging in the internet age

From disruptive devices to the quiet worker

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As much as technology today has evolved tremendously and improved our lives a great deal, one of its major flaws lie in its inability to be fully integrated with our human-human lives. Today’s devices are somewhat attention seekers, craving our sole attention when we use them. In other words, they require us to break from human-human interactions, and focus instead on the human-computer interactions. Lifelogging tools such as the Moves app, on the other hand, provide a glimpse of how technology will look like in future – hands-free devices that work with you, for you. They show us how technology can be seamlessly integrated into our everyday lives, without the need to break away from the people around us. They show us a paradoxical truth of being connected in order to disconnect from the burdens that technology today brings to us – that familiar scene where every one is buried deep into their smart phones, tablets or laptops. They show us a future where devices are working in the background for the betterment of our lives, while we go ahead and enjoy our human-human interactions.

Read more: How 30 Days Without Social Media Changed My Life and Consumer Reports: Wearable Tech Gains Popularity

From things unknown to pleasant surprises

With lifelogging tools working hard in the background to provide you with information about yourself or the things around you, one potential result is that you can begin to disconnect from the lack of knowledge. Individually, they could serve to prompt you that you are spending too much time on the computer or that you haven’t been drinking enough water. Collectively, these information could also provide fresh insights such as new ways to see earthquakes through people’s fitness trackers. This of course, has been a giant leap from the humble beginnings of lifelogging where people needed to jot down every single thing in their paper journals by hand. Today, digital lifelogging has not only been less disruptive than they were before, but they might also start to unwind into beautiful art projects before you know it (like this one which allows others to visit most of Albania in 1.5 hours or this Burning Man time-lapse to end all Burning Man time-lapses)!

Read more: Now There’s a Fitness Tracker for Your Car and The city that goes to bed early: Study finds New York is first to turn in at 11pm – but Moscow doesn’t get out of bed until after 8am

Image credited to Jawbone

From overcapacity to optimised beings

With the lifelogging devices quietly working in the background to collect useful information, we the connected beings can then begin to disconnect from our over-busy and complicated lives. Lumo Lift, for instance, aims to be your personal posture coach and activity tracker so we wouldn’t have to take out that extra time to visit the chiropractor for back problems. Although lifelogging devices today still have room for improvement in terms of its ability to analyse the data and provide targeted and useful feedback, these, I believe, would improve as more people jump onto the bandwagon of lifelogging. As this feedback begins to take shape, not only will it result in better health and concentration to complete the tasks we have to do, it will also free up time for you to do the things you love.

Read more: Lumo Lift Vibrates You Into Better Posture

Image credited to Pundit Press

From boring to mind-blowing

Or even prompt you to do things out of your comfort zone. With so many lifelogging tools out there and a dedicated platform called Matchup that feeds on our innate competitive selves, it is tough to lead a boring life. Whether it is beating your friends with that extra mile you’ve run or just taking a bicycle ride round your neighbourhood, chances are you will begin to notice things you have never seen before or catch rare sights like rainbows, butterflies, or real-life Spiderman. Yes, this week, we found Spidey – a Russian photographer who climbs to unimaginable places for a good picture. Ivan Kuznetsoy is based in Moscow and is famous by the name of ‘rooftopper’ which means he scales tall buildings and structures (often illegally) to take dizzying aerial photos of the world underneath him. Whether this was backed by a desire to be an extreme visual lifelogger or not, we do have one thing to say: well kids, do not try this at home (or out of home for that matter).

Read more: Amazing Photos Of A Daredevil Photographer. Warning: Don’t Look If You Have Batophobia and 20 Creative Hyperlapses From Instagram’s New App

Image credited to Ivan Kuznetsoy

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Life with the Narrative Clip. An interview with Mike Merrill

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
I started using my Clip on May 3rd.

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
I wear it everyday (unless I forgot to charge it)!

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
As a publicly traded person ( I allow my shareholders to help me make the right choices in life. The proposal received 78% approval! That’s pretty overwhelming.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best?
I like when I forget I’m wearing it and it captures some element of my day that really speaks to what I was doing. Because I post a subset of the images to the web, I’m looking for images that give context to how I spent my day, who I was with, and where I went. The Clip often gives me the perfect selection.

How do you wear/use the camera?
I usually clip it to the center of my shirt or to my collar.





What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
The most surprising and interesting are obviously ones I can’t share. ;)

Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
A lot of people ask what it is and I’ve explained it a few ways. I wear a few activity trackers and I really think of it as a similar product. I use it to see how I performed on any given day.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
At my 40th themed birthday party I didn’t bother taking pictures. I just wore the clip and it did a really great job. It took photos that I have no memory of.

Check out Mike’s flickr account for all the day’s action caught by the Clip.

What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
I’ve tried it on my dog and I like to stick it on the dash when driving. Placing the camera where it stays in the same place and catches a lot of action is really fun because it’s so small and unobtrusive.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
I keep losing it! :( Please help me with that!

Anything else you’d like to add or other Clip photos you’d like to share?
Feel free to check out all my pics.