Monthly Archives: September 2012

This Week in Lifelogging: A taste of the digital future

This week in lifelogging have been characterised by thoughts from the Quantify Self Conference in Paolo Alto, fun ways to use collected data and new product releases from Fitbit.

Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip – two new health tracking devices

The health focused lifelogging company Fitbit released two new consumer products last week. Fitbit Ultra, a pedometer used to track your every day exercise has been updated. The new version, Fitbit One, comes with new features like Bluetooth 4.0 and more social sharing opportunities. They’re also releasing a new sensor called Zip that is simpler and cheaper than previous products.

Read more: Fitbit Unveils a Smaller Pedometer, Plus a New Item Called Zip

Find a creative use for your genome with an open source solution

The possibility to get a DNA test with your genome fully covered have been offered by companies like 23andme for some years now. During the Quantified Self Conference in Paolo Alto earlier in september 23andme revealed that they will open up their API. This will make it possible for developers to build services based on the information collected from users DNA.

Read more: Installing an app on your Genome 23andme opens up to developers

Will computers in our clothes be part of the digital future?

Are today’s lifelogging devices and services only the beginning of a larger movement? How much data can be collected about us? And how will it be collected? Will we have tiny computers in our clothes that log data? This post is about one possible solution – small sensors that charge themselves with the centrifugal power when you wash your clothes.

Read more: Batteryless sensing medical computers in our clothes

Design your habits and improve your performance

Lifelogging is often used to keep track of new habits but could you track the habit itself to become even more successful? Start to track what days you are most likely to skip a fitness class and use the information to improve the design of your habits. Increase engagement with some tricks. This post is about both personal habits and group behaviour.

Read more: Conference Notebook: How Thinking about Habits Inspired Me

Wearable Camera from OMG

OMG has introduced The Autographer, a wearable, lifelogging camera. This means that the camera automatically takes photos while on and does not require the user interaction. OMG’s press release explains, “The user can live the experience while Autographer spontaneously captures the stories that unfold.”

Learn more: The Autographer

Visualise your health data with Notch

Notch uses your Runkeeper or Fitbit data to create a beautiful infographic. It’s a story called ”In the long run” that changes each time you hit a new milestone. Your infographic adjusts slightly when you improve your results and it suggests a new milestone for you to aim for.

Read more: Run for your life! Siberian tigers are coming to get you.

Katie Stern from Memolane on Digital Scrapbooking and Lifelogging

Katie Stern, Memolane

“Lifelogging fans will understand the value of being able to curate their social media into digital scrapbooks.”

Visual Lifelogging Services

Most of us are constantly creating and, in turn, accumulating a lot of personal data.  We’ve moved past the stage of wonderment at the simple fact that, not only is it possible for everyone to photograph and share our lives, it’s easy to do. So, where does that leave us? — Well, with a lot of raw data that is scattered throughout our various social media accounts.

We’re essentially the equivalent of virtual hoarders without ways to unite and organize all this data. How can we enjoy the memories we deemed important enough to document if we can’t find them? That’s where services like Memolane come in. To learn more, we talked to Memolane’s Marketing Director and Community Manager Katie Stern.

Interview with Katie Stern from Memolane

How does Memolane relate to lifelogging?

Memolane changes the way we make sense of the ever-increasing collection of tweets, posts, pictures and videos. The problem that we saw with social media was that everyone loves to tweet and post Instagram pictures, but there was no great way to create your life story from that content. That was until we created Memolane and we made lifelogging effortless. Memolane is a social media scrapbooking service that brings together memories from families and friends in one place. The real value is that all the great moments you capture with social media are assembled automatically in a way that is meaningful to you. Lifelogging fans will understand the value of being able to curate their social media into digital scrapbooks.

How can someone use Memolane to remember everything?

Everytime you post on a social media platform you create a digital memory. But what is the real value of that digital memory if you can’t find it a week later? Luckily with Memolane you can find those great moments and relive them with friends without even changing your social media habits. Just connect your favorite services to Memolane and we will create a digital time machine of all your memories. All your pictures, blog posts, tweets, and videos are searchable on Memolane. Taking a trip down Memory Lane couldn’t be easier.

What digital trends to you see when it comes to tools for remembering?

In general people are capturing more and more of their lives across multiple services that cover different aspects of their daily life. This raises the need for storage, indexing, searching and presentation of these moments. The big trend is around meta data. Automating the process of applying relevant meta data at the point of capture to log time, location, people, event etc. is becoming ever important, thereby facilitating easier ways for remembering.

Ready to rediscover your memories? Head on over to Memolane and start your own digital scrapbook!

You can find more interviews on lifelogging services here!

This week in lifelogging: What happened at QS conference, QuantifiedAwesome and Evernote Food

Big question at the QS Conference? 

An interesting blog post from Whitney Erin Boesel (@phenatypical) who co-hosted one of breakout session at #QS2012.

“Before the dust of Quantified Self 2012 (#QS2012) settles completely, I want to take a moment to reflect on an implicit question that I saw running throughout the two-day conference: If data empowers individuals, what kinds of information do and do not count as data? What kinds of information have value, and to whom?”

Read the post on The Society Pages.

For those of you who attended, what was the question (or questions) you saw?

Quantified Self 2012 Notes!

Sketchnotes from the 2012 Quantified Self Conference! Here’s one from the closing plenary. You can find the rest on Quantified Self.

 

Sketch by Sacha Chua

QuantifiedAwesome? We think so.

Sacha Chua, creator of the awesome Sketchnotes above, wanted to start tracking her daily outfits but couldn’t find an existing app to help her out. So, what’s a girl to do? Build her own, of course! She keeps track of a lot of other things as well, not just clothes. Her dashboard aims to turn your personal data into easy to read visuals. Sound interesting? Check out QuantifiedAwesome.com and join her experiment! If you’re not quite there yet and just want to learn more, she’s provided this informative slide show and we think that’s Super Awesome!

 

Evernote Food

Wine and beer enthusiasts, foodies and anyone else who love keeping track of all things gastronomy should investigate Evernote Food. It can help you visually chronicle your meals/recipes/bottles of wine or beer. Check out this video from the 2012 Evernote Trunk Conference for some tips and ideas!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

/Sarah Massengale, new member of @memototeam this week

News from San Francisco

Our stay in San Francisco this week has been absolutely amazing. We have met so many wonderful people and been able to find out more about the latest trends in technology,  health and lifelogging.

TechCrunch Disrupt 2012

The week started with the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference 2012. With so many attendees and exhibitors registered, TechCrunch Disrupt provided a fantastic forumAmong a lot of things there was an interesting interview with Mark Zuckerberg. Mark is best known as one of five co-founders of Facebook. You can find the interview at: http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/11/zuckerberg-the-leader/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Quantified Self Conference 2012

We also attending  the 2012 Quantified Self Conference in Palo Alto which was the main reason for our trip.  The Quantified Self is mostly a conference for users and tool makers interested in self-tracking systems. It is a “working meeting” for the QS community (40 groups worldwide), where we gather, inspire, and learn from each other as we share and collaborate on self-tracking projects. We also explore the potential effects of self-tracking on ourselves and society. A weekend full of collaboration and inspiration!  Find out more about the Quantified Self at http://quantifiedself.com/

It is now time to begin the journey back to Sweden. We will return they’re filled with inspiration and hope to keep in touch with all the new friends we made this week.

Thank you for a wonderful time San Francisco – we will soon be back.

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This week in lifelogging: coolest thing ever made, aging gracefully and more

One question first, before getting started with this week’s wrap-up of what’s been going on in the lifelogging world: are you going to the Quantified Self conference in Palo Alto this weekend? Martin and Jenny from Memoto are there and they are happy to make new connections. Just drop them a tweet!

“Putting the geekery into fitness”

I like this mission: to unite “geekeness” (whatever that is) with “fitness”. Quantified Self apps and lifelogging services sometimes tend to get data heavy in the term’s worst sense: incomprehensible tables and diagrams of something that could be made really cool – our lives and our experience. Can’t we do better?

The same blog post goes on to describe the origin of the Quantified Self movement quite nicely:

“If technology has done anything, it’s kept us honest. Social networks have become people research databases, your search history is so very easily trackable, and don’t even try and wrap your head around the various ways that smartphones and the mobile app takeover have harnessed your data.This fountain of data has given birth to the Quantified Self movement, the idea of using various technologies to track and analyze your life.”

Lifelogging as you’ve never seen it

OK, all bets are off. This might be the coolest thing ever made.

Short version: using a lifelogging camera, a 3D model and a Xbox, a fresh graduate from the City University School of Creative Media in Hong Kong has made a world were you can walk around in his memories. Sounds weird? It is. And fantastic.

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Here’s an interview with the genius behind it, Mr Alan Kwan.

(Didn’t we just say lifelogging can be made cool?)

MeasuredMe and the search for the perfect QS app

I don’t remember when the last time was that I didn’t mention MeasuredMe in one of these blog posts, but I just like what he (she? they?) are doing. The blog is a really open and transparent never-ending experiment with lifelogging and quantified self tools, that is both entertaining and educating to follow.

This week he (she/they), amongs other things, described the search for a perfect Quantified Self iPhone app.

Wordle on lifelogging apps. (Image from MeasuredMe.com)

“… most of the tracking and logging apps (94%) focus on a specific niche: diet, fitness, health, mood, finance, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I am not criticizing that at all. There are a lot of awesome apps out there that help us to track just a couple of things, and sometimes that’s all we need. In this particular case, however, I am interested in that single app that would enable me to keep all my multiple logs in one place.”

To help with the search, I’d like to recall a couple of posts (part 1 and part 2) we made here at the Memoto blog earlier this summer.

And one more video…

The creator of the video asked people in the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands, about their age. This is the result. From 0 to 100 in 150 seconds.

Thanks to Alex Carmichael at Quantified Self for the tip!

Speaking about aging…

here’s an interesting project about using technology, and specifically lifelogging technology, to “age gracefully”. For instance, Alzheimer’s disease is believed to be able to halt by lifelogging devices such as the Sensecam.

Do you have any more examples of how lifelogging tools can help us age gracefully?

The Sensecam (image from Gajitz.com)

 

Have a nice weekend!

Remember to “loose the beeps, the sweeps and the creeps”.

What to avoid if you want a quiet weekend… (Image from Rescutime.com)

One exception from the no-twitter rule: don’t forget to tweet us to meet us at Quantified Self!

Bill Day from RunKeeper on lifelogging and digital trends

Even relatively mundane everyday objects like bath mats will be sensing and logging data about you in the future”.

Bill Day from RunKeeper, Health Hack Day 2012

Bill Day is the platform evangelist at Boston based start-up RunKeeper. He travels the world helping developers learn to use Health Graph, RunKeepers open API, when building health and fitness applications.

Lifelogging in health and fitness

When it comes to digitalising your life the health and fitness domain seems to be a natural first step. Lifelogging bracelets and sensors are becoming more popular and today a lot of people wear them like accessories. At the same time running is more popular than ever with almost 15 million people participating in a road race in the US during 2011. These two trends fit RunKeeper perfectly. Using the GPS sensor in your smart phone they have found a way for you to measure and log your workouts. You can keep track of time and distance as well as other health related factors, like how many calories you burn, just by using your phone.

In June 2011 Runkeeper opened up their API and they soon realised that they needed someone who could take good care of the community of developers that worked with it and the apps they developed.

Bill Day started later that fall and today there are more than 80 apps built on the Health Graph API. He is one of the most informed about what happens around digital health and fitness. With this in mind we decided to talk to Bill Day about RunKeeper, lifelogging and what health related digital trends he sees in the future.

Interview with Bill Day from RunKeeper

How does Runkeeper relate to lifelogging?

RunKeeper turns your smart phone into a personal trainer in your pocket. We enable you to log and track your fitness. We also opened up our Health Graph platform a year ago to integrate with other apps and devices across a broad range of health and fitness categories.

Why should someone use Runkeeper to keep track of life?

We now have more than 80 publicly launched Health Graph partners. You can see and connect to all the apps at the RunKeeper website. In addition to our own RunKeeper app’s running, walking, cycling, and other activity tracking capabilities, our partners give you access to WiFi body scales, pedometers, heart rate monitors, strength training apps, diet and weight loss apps, corporate wellness platforms, fitness games, and more.

You should use RunKeeper and our partners so that you can record, share, and understand all of the health related aspects of your life in one cohesive, easy to system.

What digital trends do you see when it comes to lifelogging?

Sensors will continue to get smaller and cheaper. You will wear them embedded in your clothing and jewellery, use them when you drive your car or ride your bike, interact with them all day long as you move through your home and work environments. Even relatively mundane everyday objects like bath mats will be sensing and logging data about you (see the Podimetrics discussion here).

As ever more data is generated about you, platforms for collecting, collating, and making sense of all that data will become more and more crucial. And that’s why we’re so very excited about the opportunity for our partners and us working together on the Health Graph.

Creative uses of digital services

At the end of August RunKeeper partnered with GymPact who charges you every time you miss out on a planned work out. There are also RunKeeper apps where you can challenge your friends to work out more. If you want to keep track of how many miles your running shoes have run there’s an app for that too.

The creative uses of the HealthGraph API are many and we look forward to even more health and fitness apps in the future. Until then, make sure to read our summary of the lifelogging start-ups in the health and fitness domain.

This week in lifelogging: Google for tracking and self experiments

Things are speeding up here at Memoto. We have som fun things to show very soon and we are all focusing on getting it out as soon as possible. But because of that, this week’s sum-up of the lifelogging universe is off a bit fewer words than usual. To compensate: even more great tips on nice lifelogging stories, services and thoughts.:)

How to use Google Docs and Gmail to track anything

This is really convenient. You use two services you probably already use to create a whole new tool. 1+2=3.

How to design self experiments

Not satisfied with that simple A/B test? Why not try an A/B/A test or even go for the A/B/A/B one? I love posts like this.

A very long video about interaction design for Quantified Self

This one is an hour long. But interesting, none the less.

Bodytrack – a new lifelogging service from Fluxtream

This looks interesting. I would love to hear more about how it really works?

12 years in 8 minutes

Viral loops work in mysterious ways. This video has been circulating the web for quite some time in different versions and seems to have surfaced again this week on various outlets. It is an amazing video though. Watch it and get nervous about your aging…

A Pinterest board all about lifelogging

Last but not least, a full Pinterest board dedicated to lifelogging. Thank you Richard Leis! Does anyone have a picture to add to the board? Let Richard know!

 

A glimpse of Minovi

The other day I took a cup of coffee with Leonardo Godoy who is a super cool graphic designer at Minovi.

Minovi is a really interesting Swedish lifelogging company that inspires people to a more healthy and active lifestyle for the long-term. The name Minovi means “my-new-life” and that is exactly what they want to offer their users.

Leonardo explains to me that Minovi is an on-body monitoring system you wear around your chest. It monitors your heart rate throughout the day during all your daily activities. The goal is to be more active more often and see how many points you can earn. You’ll earn points for daily activities such as walking, cycling, housecleaning or even more physically challenging exercises such as running, workouts or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, everything counts.

Before the end of the day, you upload the data tracked with your chest strap to an online activity manager and see how many points you’ve earned. For example, if you’ve done 30 minutes brisk walking in a day, you earn 100 points. If you do something that is less strenuous you get fewer points or no points at all. Basically, it’s smart technical innovations like these that can help you get in shape. Minovis recommendation is at least 100 points a day.

The trick is to find something you enjoy that makes you more physically active in your daily routine. The benefits of daily activities will improve your lifestyle for the long term and even reduce the risks of dying early.  

I dont know about you guys but i will probably follow Leonardo’s advice –  get up and get moving and earn some points by being active!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 For more information: www.minovi.se