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This week in lifelogging: QS Conference 2014, Samsung Life Times app and Jimmy Nelson photography

Quantified Self Europe Conference 2014

Every year, a group of Quantified Self enthusiasts would gather together to share the latest insights into this global movement. This year is no different and the QS Europe conference will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 10-11 May. This conference will be hands-on and interactive, with user-defined workshops on mood, data visualization, sleep, ethics, and many other topics. Some of the most interesting speakers from the QS Meetups all around the world will also be sharing the technological products that they use and about the culture of self-tracking. So be sure to register soon or head down to one of the Meetups closest to you for a taste of the Quantified Self!

Read more: Welcome to the 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference!

Image credited to Quantified Self

Samsung’s rumored lifelogging app

Rumor has it that Samsung is working on a new lifelogging tool. Screenshots of the app, which first appeared on SamMobile, show an app that is named Samsung Life Times. It appears to be a real-time diary that catalogs information pulled from various apps to create a personalized feed of your daily activities. Most apps can be incorporated into Samsung Life Times, including Samsung’s camera, email, memo, SMS, phone, music, and health apps, as well as to social accounts such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram. And these apps are of course incorporated by choice so you can customize exactly how you want your life’s episodes to play out. Although how this app is going to be integrated into the Samsung devices is still unclear, this lifelogging phenomenon is surely taking the tech giants’ world by storm as other major players like Sony are also developing their own lifelogging tools. We’re excited!

Read more: Leaked Photos Reveal New Samsung Lifelogging App and 5 apps to create your own mobile diary

Image credited to Mashable

Before they pass away

And if you prefer lifelogging an entire tribe of people instead of keeping your personal mobile diary, meet Jimmy Nelson (photo above), a professional photographer who has decided to embark on a journey to photograph 35 of the world’s last cultures as art and icons. His starting point? His doctor giving him some wrong medicine that caused him to lose all his hair overnight. He looked drastically different. He was the same person. But people started treating him differently. With that, he decided to leave his country to go where people are bald like him – Tibet. And along the way, he started discovering who he truly is and what he truly wanted – to photograph these tribes before they pass away. A true example of lifelogging and archiving the world’s precious cultures. His advice to us urban people? Look closer and be less quick to judge. Check out more of his amazing works here in a bid to preserve our world’s authenticity!

Watch video: Before they pass away: Jimmy Nelson at TEDxAmsterdam

Image credited to Jimmy Nelson

Happy Lunar New Year!

And to all our lovely Chinese backers and everyone else who is feasting on some Chinese New Year goodies over this weekend, here’s the Narrative team wishing you a very Happy Lunar New Year and a fantastic year ahead!

Image credited to Photo Elsoar

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This week in lifelogging: more than that, tracking with OptimizeMe and Google’s most photographed cities

More than just self-tracking

When we think about lifelogging, phrases such as the quantified self or wearable tech often surface in our minds. However, just like Mike Gotta at Gartner cleverly pointed out, we too believe that lifelogging goes beyond that. As seen clearly on the diagram above by Mike, the quantified life has many dimensions to it. The personalized sensors or wearable tech gadgets that we own, the cloud where we upload our personal analytics to, and the personal support networks and communities we turn to for advice on better quantifying our data are merely one aspect of lifelogging, or living your quantified life. The lifelogging journey goes beyond that to encompass the backstage aspects of research, design, digital business, society at large, funding and business development, internet of things and workforce engagement. It is interesting to see how Mike Gotta put this all into perspective and show us the importance of communication between the company and its consumers so that each individual can make better sense of his/her own data.

Read more: Your Sensored Life: An Expanded View of Quantified Self

Image credited to Gartner

OptimizeMe launches to make sense of your QS

Speaking of making better sense of the data that we track, OptimizeMe seeks to do just that and hopes to be optimizing everyone’s lives. With an intuitive interface to record anything and with the activity tracker Moves installed, OptimizeMe allows users to track their daily activities and then have them analyzed by Ari, what they call a personal life coach. Ari could provide insights on how your mood has been affected by sleep or how your stress level is correlated with the quality of your sleep, for instance. You could also make use of OptimizeMe to help you attain the goals you set for the New Year (remember how we mentioned making use of the quantified self to help you achieve some of your New Year’s resolutions?). Although OptimizeMe prides itself on being fully customizable according to users’ needs, some have also mentioned that the user interface could be a little overwhelming. That said, we think that OptimizeMe could be something very useful for all you Quantified Self-ers, so why don’t you try it today?

Read more: OptimizeMe launches on iOS to make sense of your quantified self and Wearable computing: 10 things you should know

Image credited to Central dos Apps

Most photographed cities


Photo-taking and geotagging them have become a part of many of our lifestyles. Whether it’s taking a coffee break at a quaint little cafe or traveling to the ends of the earth for a picture with the polar bears or white tigers, many have taken it as a habit to upload pictures of these moments to Instagram, for instance, and then geotagging it so that our friends know exactly where we’ve been. With such a strong phenomenon taking over the photography world, Google recently released a heat map that highlights the Earth’s most photographed locales. Data included in this map, known as Sightsmap, comes only from geolocated images uploaded by individual users to the Google Maps Panoramio service, which associates images with locations in Google Maps and Google Earth. According to Sightsmap, Europe is the most photographed continent and New York City reigns as the most photographed city of the world. Although these statistics aren’t entirely indicative of the exact places you should visit, Sightsmap even allows you to plan a trip with the map by selecting a starting point and destination, which then brings up estimated travel time and links to travel sites. Let your wanderlust begin!

Read more: The Most Photographed Cities on Earth, According to Google

Dove beauty project nails it

A part of many people’s lifelogging journey includes taking selfies to see how one’s appearance has changed over time. And for some of these people, uploading these pictures to social media platforms have been an essential step in this process. However, with this increasing trend, many young people have based their self-esteem on the number of likes they received or positive comments they garnered. But of course, the downside of this is that many young people end up having low self confidence because of the negative comments they receive, or simply by scrolling through their social media accounts to see how “beautiful” other people’s selfies can be. To counter that, Dove, as part of the familiar Dove campaigns for real beauty, executed a photography project that revealed the insecurities that these girls possessed, and subsequently got them to see how beautiful they really are. Watch the video above and be blown away by these little (and slightly older) beauties!

Read more: This Photo Project Forced Girls To Honestly Look At Their Insecurities, And The Results Are Amazing (Video)
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This week in lifelogging: beauty technology, finance tracking and photography projects

Smart eyelashes and nails

With consumers desiring wearable tech devices for lifelogging purposes, many companies have tried means and ways to create that one perfect small and seamless lifelogging device that would triumph all other gadgets out there. But wearable tech disguised behind long eyelashes, flashy fingernails and makeup? That has got to be unheard of. This convergence between micro-technology and fashion was first inspired into action when Katia Vega returned from her exchange studies in Hong Kong. There, she realized that women on the streets loved donning these fashion necessities. Vega is currently working on two main projects. The first project is embedding RFID tags into stylish cosmetic fingernails so that wearers can make use of a combination of finger movements to perform certain tasks like opening a passcode locked door. The second project that Vega is working on is making use of conductive makeup embedded with sensors to perform certain tasks just by blinking. Her first projects are still in its prototype phase but are expected to be commercialized with support from sponsors. If these beauty tech devices could advance beyond performing simple tasks and used for lifelogging purposes, would you put them on?

Read more: Smart Eyelashes and Fingernails: The Next Wave of Wearable Tech

Tracking your finances

And if all that Christmas or New Year’s shopping for the latest fashion accessories has sent your finances towards a downward spiral, here’s one lifelogging tool you absolutely need – Open Bank Manager by Cozy Cloud. Although finance tracking apps like Mint and Buxfer already exist, the founders of Cozy Cloud feel that using any of these services means handing over your online banking credentials to someone — and trusting them with any other data they collect about your habits. With that, they decided to release an open source tool that lets you juggle all your finances from a private personal cloud. Cozy Cloud already offers contact management, notebooks, calendars and other tools — all of which you can host on the company’s servers, or on your own servers.

Read more: ‘Quantified Self’ Movement Now Lets You Track Your Money Too

2013 quantified self tech

Besides finance tracking apps, many other Quantified Self tools have gained popularity in this past year too. In this list, we find a whole array of self-tracking tools that Silicon Angle has categorized as the top 10 Quantified Self Tech for 2013. Out of this list, we find the widely popular fitness tracking gadgets like FitBit Force, Jawbone Up and Nike FuelBand SE, as well as others like Whistle, which is a small device that fits on your dog’s collar to monitor activity levels. Our favorite gadget is up on that list too, on number 2 (: More Christmas shopping for the QSers, anyone?

Read more: Top 10 Quantified Self Tech for 2013

2013 wildlife and nature photography

Now if your dream life is to be surrounded by the natural beauties of wildlife and nature, here’s a sneak preview into the kind of photos your lifelogging camera will have. From the arresting image of a tawny owl in Rough Hill Wood, Warwickshire, to showing the Cape gannets in their breeding colony on Malgas Island, South Africa, The Guardian presents a selection of winning wildlife images, alongside stunning nature photographs that capture painting-like landscapes and log cabins straight out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Are you ready to take your lifelogging camera out to the woods yet? Here’s some more photography project ideas to capture your special moments starting 2014! With that, we at Narrative would like to take this chance to wish all of you a very Happy New Year ahead. Cheers to 2014!

Read more: Wildlife and nature photography award-winning images of 2013 – in pictures and The best photographs of 2013 – in pictures

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This week in lifelogging: 2014 trends, charge up in style and Marcus Møller 365 photos

What’s coming in 2014

Many people around the world have embarked on a journey of lifelogging for health reasons. Tracking everything from how well they sleep, what they have been eating or how many steps they have walked in one day, this group of people, known collectively as the Quantified Self, is only beginning to grow in numbers. With some saying that 2013 had been a year of wearables and health apps, many begin to wonder what’s next in line for the Quantified Self movement. Can wearables and health apps take us one step further in the realm of health tracking? According to Mashable, 2014 is going to be a year where we see personal health data in the doctor’s office, smart clothes (OM Signal, for instance) that replace wristbands or clip-on health trackers, and augmented nutrition where every one can scan and analyze the chemical composition of any food. Where do you see health tracking going in 2014?

Read more: 5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014 and Wearable tech: the future of the quantified self & smart bras [#LeWeb]

Charge up in style

With health trackers and wearable tech gadgets taking off in 2014, many are also attempting to remove its greatest stumbling block – short battery life. To do this, many companies have derived creative ways to charge up on the go. One particular group that is working on the Wearable Solar project, wants to create a range of clothing that is embedded with photovoltaic technology that allows wearers to charge their phone wherever they are. In other words, they want people to become their very own gadget chargers. And as you see in the picture above, they are not only out to create functional and environmentally-friendly products, but also very stylish clothing that can even be modeled on the runway. As Fitbit CEO James Park says during an interview at the LeWeb conference, “there is plenty of room for more wearable companies and products in the market”. We’re excited to see more companies merging good design with fun and practical applications of wearable technology!

Read more: Fitbit CEO: Wearable tech isn’t one size fits all

365 photos in the life of Marcus Møller Bitsch


A photo a day for the lifelogging junkies. A photo a day combined with surreal and magical styles for this young photographer. As a 20 year old freelance photographer from Denmark, Marcus Møller Bitsch decided to spend a year photographing his life in creative manners. He loved the idea of visual diaries and wanted to add his own flavor into this which he had decided to showcase. How would you add your own character while lifelogging? Check out more of his works here for some inspiration!

Read more: 365 photos of a year in the life of Marcus Møller Bitsch

Youtube’s 2013 round up

How was 2013 for you? It surely was a good year for Youtube. As they looked back on their greatest moments this year, they found uncanny similarities across their top videos. With these patterns that they discovered, a team manages to seamlessly integrate it into a mash up of music videos. And they sound pretty good, don’t they? Maybe you should whip out that smart phone of yours and begin weaving your best photos of 2013 to make a compilation like the video above! We hope you have a jolly season ahead and PS: if you’re still out there stressing your way through buying Christmas gifts, here are some ideas with the ultimate wearables gift guide, whether you’re a lifelogging junkie or not.

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This week in lifelogging: selective memory, London lifelogged and Athos muscle tracker

Selective or intentional lifelogging

According to Psychology today: “Memory often focuses on recent experiences and that focus keeps us grounded in the present. But an emphasis on recent experiences isn’t always what we want.” It is very true, isn’t it? Especially so when life plays its tunes of melancholy. Deep down inside, don’t we wish we could all rewind to that previously upbeat soundtrack of our lives? And that is probably why people, known collectively as the Quantified Self group, have begun journalling their lives on a daily or even hourly basis. As this article aptly describes, we have progressed from live streaming to life streaming, and now to lifelogging. When the Internet first arrived, we craved for live streaming to get up to date with the latest happenings like sports events. Later, as we moved along to Web 2.0, the time-ordered life stream of documents that functions as an electronic diary gave rise to the many social media platforms that we are all familiar with – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so on. But as we begin to strive to retrieve the parts of our happy memory that goes way back into the past, we are entering into the age of lifelogging. Defined by the wearing of computers in order to capture data about entire or large portion of our lives, is the sole purpose of lifelogging really to defy the natural workings of our memory that tends to focus on recent experiences?

Read more: Choosing my memories and From LiveStreaming to LifeStreaming to LifeLogging — Where are we heading?

Lifelogging in London

With lifelogging comes countless possible ways to present our lives, whether for our own viewing or for our immediate social circles. One of our favourite ways? Arranging the photographs into time-lapse videos. Here is one done by Paul Richardson that we really like! He spent eight full days cycling around with his 22kg of camera gear to find the right light and locations to shoot. In the video above, you would find what was 18,000 photos spanning 364 GB of hard drive space, put together cleverly to show the true 24/7 nature of London city. Beautiful, isn’t it? If you like his work, follow him on Facebook here!

Read more: TED Talk - Peter Doolittle: How your “working memory” makes sense of the world

Athos the muscle tracker

And with all that cycling around London, you could probably begin to imagine the amount of muscles being built up. Turning that imagination into reality, Athos translates your movement to meaning. Every muscle exertion, heart rate and balance is now being recorded by this sleek exercise suit. Athos is really your very own personal trainer that accompanies and stays close to you wherever you go. Using electromyography, or EMG, the sensors on Athos provides access to the physiological processes that allow muscles to produce movement, to stretch and to generate force. This valuable information is then fed in real time to users through the mobile app. The app will also be able to give users more targeted feedback according to the type of exercise being done. Interested in an Athos suit and core hardware? Pre-order them at around US$298 here!

Read more: Backed With $3.5M From Social+Capital, Athos Is Creating Connected Workout Clothing That Tracks Your Muscle Output And More and PulseOn, A Wearable Tech Startup Spun Out Of Nokia, Says It Has The Most Accurate Heart Monitor In The World

Liberation or control with QS

With all that tracking, many do begin to wonder if it in fact liberates or seizes more control over our lives. As Nicholas Carr mentions in his blog, “by extending the collection of data to intimate spheres of personal activity and then centralizing the storage and processing of that data, the net actually seems to be shifting the balance back toward the control function”. This, he argues, is seen from how some companies are outfitting employees with wearable computers and other self-tracking gadgets in order to “gather subtle data about how they move and act” and then use that information to help them do their jobs better. Perhaps, though, this presents a rather microscopic view of the scope of the Quantified Self movement. Many trackers out there track on their own accord. They do not wear self-tracking devices simply because their employers have told them to so that their productivity can be improved. They do it for the betterment of their own lives – their physical health, their emotional well-being and yes, even their productivity because they want to know how to improve. Are you a self-tracker? What do you think of the QS movement?

Read more: The Quantified Self and Taylorization 2.0 and 6 technology trends that will change your family’s health forever

Christmas gift ideas for lifeloggers

If you’re just like Justin Bieber (or a fan of his, for that matter), you would probably agree that Canada is the best country in the world. But it’s not just Justin Bieber who’s bringing fame to this country. Seven Canadian wearable tech companies are also said to be changing the world. These include various lifelogging devices like Hexoskin, Muse and Push. And if you can’t find anything you like on this list, we would definitely recommend number 10 on this list (; Happy holidays!

Read more: Oh Canada! Seven Canadian Wearable Tech Companies Changing the World and Gadget gifts for the holidays

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This week in lifelogging: tracking with Tedi, sane tracking and revolutionizing hearing aids

Baby-tracking with this teddy

Even as a new global movement – the Quantified Self - is gaining popularity, we see many parents beginning to log their babies’ lives too. Since long before all the self-tracking devices were made available, parents have been photographing or manually documenting their babies’ first cry, first steps, and first words. However, the joys of parenting are often accompanied by waves of anxiousness. As parents, we are often concerned with the health and overall well-being of our little ones. With the recognition of this need, many companies, such as the Owlet baby monitor, have developed a range of self-tracking devices that could measure a baby’s vital signs. To increase the liking towards these “suspicious” foreign articles that are often worn on babies’ bodies, two companies have developed endearing teddy bears that could help monitor a baby’s vital signs as well. In the picture above, we see Tedi, a health-tracker for babies that is equipped with sensors to monitor sound and movement. One other company, Teddy the Guardian, also boasts to be the child-friendly medical solution. Creative ways to reduce the barrier of trial for our little ones, isn’t it?

Read more: Health-tracking teddy bear lets parents monitor baby’s every move and cry

How not to go crazy self-tracking

Nearly half of adults in the UK who self-track with mobile devices say they’ve experienced “strong behavior change”. And besides all the baby-logging devices and apps that we’ve introduced above, the paradox of choice probably exists in the Quantified Self gadget market because there are simply too many to choose from. Before purchasing any of them, one has to be sure of the kind of things he/she wants to track. In this article, the author poignantly points out the dilemma of self-tracking. To him, “At first I loved it, but I quickly became overwhelmed”. If your sentiments are alike, how the author went on to categorize the types of self-tracking gadgets would probably be of some help. He believes that categorizing these trackers into sleep, fitness, diet, driving and life in general will help you effectively use “these awesome gadgets without going crazy”. We, of course, believe he’s missed out on this one for tracking life in general (;

Read more: How to Track Everything in Your Life Without Going Crazy and Fitbit study: UK adults find mobile health tracking, not public messaging, effective

Art in lifelogging

If you’re slightly more geeky (just like us), we believe you’d find the above visualization of data pretty cool. The above is actually GPS data plotted by Aaron Parecki, one of the founders at Geoloqi. This visualization literally shows where he’s been and at what speed. However, transforming data into art is not just done with GPS data. For a project called “Quotidian Record,” media artist Brian House has also turned a year’s worth of his movements into an 11-minute musical track and stamped it on a handsome piece of vinyl. Many others at Flowing Data are also deriving new and creative ways to represent data. We are looking forward to the many creative projects that will flow out of the Narrative Clip too!

Read more: Numbers From Around the Web: Round 7 and QS Gallery: Nick Winter

Wearables are transforming the past

Wearable technology have a close connection with lifelogging. However, they extend beyond the scope of lifelogging and are potentially transforming inventions of the past as well. Traditionally, hearing aids are electroacoustic devices designed to amplify sound for the wearer, usually with the aim of making speech more intelligible, and to correct impaired hearing as measured by audiometry. In the video above, you’d find a new invention called Cynaps Enhance, which is a headgear that helps people hear. Instead of traditional methods, Cynaps Enhance makes use of bone conduction to send audio directly to the inner ear using vibration. This full hearing enhancement system that is built into a baseball cap consists of dual microphones built into the bill to pick up sound and provide location awareness, and then transmits sound from the microphones or a Bluetooth source directly to the inner ear using bone conduction transducers in the cap. Interested to make this invention a reality? Support them at their Indiegogo campaign here.

Read more: From Immersive PC Gaming to Hearing Enhancement: An Interview With Max Virtual CEO Mike Freeman and Data-driven thoughts about the growing wearable computing market

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August round-up: This week in lifelogging

Each month we compile a list of all the articles mentioned in our This Week in Lifelogging (TWIL) posts. Check out the archive of our TWIL commentary on these articles! Happy reading.

QS products

Mass Transit Powers…Activate! Sesame Ring Could Replace Your Subway and Bus Pass

Owlet Baby Care Creates the First Wearable Tech for Babies, Sending Heart Rate and Oxygen Levels to a Parent’s Smartphone

A month of wearing the Misfit Shine every day (and night)

Lifelogging: Why Wearable Tech Will Change the Way We Share Our Lives

Bicycle turn signals get the Ben Heck mod treatment

ActiveReplay’s Trace Wants To Bring Quantified Self Tech To Action Sports For Players And Spectators

BioBeats raises celebrity seed funding to turn quantified self data into therapeutic music

Apps that know what you want, before you do

Drunk and chic: meet Lapka BAM, the iPhone of breathalyzers

New E-skin brings wearable tech to the next level

The Rove App Is An Easy Way To Remember Everywhere You’ve Been

More lifelogging, quantified self articles

What is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows

RaceCapture ProRaceCapture Pro Indiegogo Campaign

The Benefits Of A Quantified Self

How mood mapping helped me beat bipolar disorder

4 Reasons Why Curiosity is Important and How to Develop It

Memories Make Your Life Meaningful — Here’s How to Have More of Them

How To Become More Spontaneous or Stop Being Boring

Do health-tracking apps spur risk taking?

Crowdfunding move for lifelogging technology

8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025

Can Wearable Tech Improve the Music Festival Experience?

Ancient Greeks and the Quantified Self

Lifelogging: The Health-Related Side Effects Of Keeping A Lifelog

This week in lifelogging: sharing our lives with wearable tech, Owlet Baby Monitor and Sesame Ring

Wearable Technology is changing the way we share our lives


This week, we are stoked to have our community manager, Sarah Massengale guest blog for Coca Cola. In this article, she spoke about how wearable technology is changing the way we share information in three main ways – local to global, delayed to instant and compositional to visual. As blogging evolved to bite sized snippets through Facebook and Twitter over the recent years, this ease of use has led to more incentives for sharing. Most recently, this momentum has grown as photographs increasingly offer a richer sharing experience. Rather than having to describe an experience, one will simply have to show it. Our love of sharing has been proven with Instagram and Facebook, which are both immensely successful. However, as wearable technology evolves, sharing thus offer a new perspective – our own. A great example is our Memoto Camera, which offers snippets of the wearer’s life from his/her own perspective. With technology increasingly promoting ease of use and enhancing our sharing experience, it is inevitable that wearable technology will change the story-telling of our lives. It’s only a matter of time.

Read more: Lifelogging: Why Wearable Tech Will Change the Way We Share Our Lives

Choosing a wearable tech gadget


With the vast amount of wearable technology gadgets currently out there, it can be hard to pick one especially since these stuff don’t come cheap. So how should you choose then? Based on one person’s experience, the key is to find a gadget which you will commit to wearing everyday. It can be anything from the Misfit Shine, Nike Fuelband to our Memoto camera. Wearable self-tracking gadgets are only useful if you wear it consistently. They can be powerful behaviour motivators and can help to sustain positive behavioural change. So in other words, pick one that is convenient and easy to use.

Read more: A month of wearing the Misfit Shine every day (and night)

Owlet Baby Care

Earlier, we talked about baby-logging from the perspective of parents wanting to document their child’s growth process – their first steps and first words, amongst many other first experiences. However, more than just documenting their lives, one company is aiming to relieve some of the parenting stresses faced today. Owlet, a smart sock worn on the child’s foot, can wirelessly deliver the child’s vital signs to a parent’s smart-phone and other devices. This way, parents can now have a well-deserved good night’s sleep without worrying that their child’s fever is too high. Check out the Owlet crowdfunding campaign today!

Read more: Owlet Baby Care Creates the First Wearable Tech for Babies, Sending Heart Rate and Oxygen Levels to a Parent’s Smartphone

Sesame Ring

Remember the times you stood in front of the subway’s turnstile to fumble through your bag looking for your transport card, while a long queue of people formed behind you? These superhero looking rings are about to save your day! Dubbed the Sesame Ring, these colorful 3D-printed wearables contain the essential elements from your smart transport cards so that you can wave them in front of the turnstile, and there you go – Open Sesame! These rings currently work in Massachusetts, so if you want them to be available elsewhere, be sure to support their Kickstarter campaign here!

Read more: Mass Transit Powers…Activate! Sesame Ring Could Replace Your Subway and Bus Pass

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This week in lifelogging: look to the Greeks, remember with Rove and communicate with wearable tech

The Greeks had the answer all this while

People embark on a journey of lifelogging for various purposes. Some of these include preserving memories, improving behaviors around one’s social circles, or improving one’s health and well-being. And if we believe that the final group, which is especially prominent within the Quantified Self movement, has somehow conjured a whole load of theories regarding self-tracking, then perhaps we have failed to pay attention to the words of wisdom left behind by the Greek gods. According to Gregg Turnbull at the Center for Sustainable Health, inscriptions in the temple at Delphi has long bore the pieces of advice that read: “know thyself”, “moderation in everything” and “make a pledge and mischief is nigh”. In particular, we at Memoto believe that lifelogging not only helps us to “know thyself”, but also the environment and the people around us. Perhaps it’s time to pay a little more attention to that extra packet of french fries your hands are reaching out for, or that extra hour spent sleeping instead of the Sunday brunch that you could be having with the family.

Read more: Ancient Greeks and the Quantified Self and Lifelogging: The Health-Related Side Effects Of Keeping A Lifelog and How can we design an internet of things for everyone (not just alpha geeks)?

Remember with Rove

And if that trip to Delphi took a much longer time because you decided to explore Europe instead of heading straight to Greece for some words of wisdom, the new Rove app can help you to effortlessly remember exactly where you have been. Rove runs in the background and taps on your phone’s GPS data to basically help you log where you have been. From these logs, you could edit the locations or add photos to help you remember these places with a personal touch. Careful thought has also been put into distinguishing the places you pass by while commuting, and the destinations you actually set foot in. Download the Rove app today!

Read more: The Rove App Is An Easy Way To Remember Everywhere You’ve Been

Communicate without batteries

While the makers of the Rove app have put in extra effort to minimize battery usage, many other lifelogging devices or apps are often found to consume exceedingly high amounts of battery – a major deterrence for their usage. Specifically, one group of researchers at the University of Washington believe that this is a major problem to be solved if we truly want the Internet of Things to take off. Their solution? The Ambient Backscatter, which uses existing radio waves to deliver data and communicate between devices. Know of any other solutions to the battery issues that lifelogging devices pose? Let us know in the comments below!

Read more: Researchers invent wireless Morse code for the internet of things

Better communication at music festivals

Anyone who has been to a music festival or simply anywhere that has a massive amount of people all trying to use their mobile phones at the same time can probably testify to this – it is virtually impossible to use it as a communication tool. Friends get lost in the mass of people, and we are literally crippled by the non-usage of our social lifelogging tools such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Two companies, however, have been working hard to solve these problems. Launching first at a music festival in San Francisco, ClearHart Digital and Esurance distributed wristbands that these festival-goers can use at NFC-enabled tablets. For now, this allows users to send a photo or message over Facebook or save the name one’s favorite drink through the vendors’ wristband. We see plenty of potential in these NFC wristbands, even in the area of lifelogging. Perhaps an NFC-enabled Memoto Lifelogging Camera that allows you to tap your tablet to automatically upload your photos? Who knows what the future might bring us? For now, let’s take these dreams aside and enjoy the weekend ahead of us! Have a great weekend!

Read more: Can Wearable Tech Improve the Music Festival Experience?

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July 2013 round-up: This week in lifelogging

We’ve compiled all the articles mentioned in July’s This week in lifelogging series for your browsing pleasure. If you’re interested in our commentary on these articles please visit the This week in lifelogging section of the blog. Enjoy!

QS products

A week of Jawbone UP with George Osborne

A weekend with Misfit Shine: An activity tracker for people tired of ugly fitness gadgets

Who needs a smartwatch? This shirt monitors breathing and heart rate

Hexoskin–A Second Skin for the Quantified Athlete And Maybe Even You!

Details on Apple’s iWatch and New iPhone Emerge

Meet Filip, a simple smartwatch for young kids to call home

iwaku Is A Connected Wake-Up Light That Can Sync With Sleep Cycle Apps To Rise You Right

Biosensor tattoo monitors sweat to gauge physical exertion

Groopic For iPhone Mashes Up Group Photos To Include The Missing Photographers

Stealth fitness startup Human wants to make the quantified self mainstream

Lifelogging experiments

Turning a year’s worth of movements into a musical track

Project 365: How to take a picture a day and see your life in a whole new way

Marissa Mayer Is Handing Out More Than 11,000 Jawbone UP Fitness Bands To Help Yahoo Employees Stay In Shape

30 Photos That Capture the Best Moments of People’s Lives

These Hundred-Photo Composites Take Street Photography to the Next Level

Other topics

30 Photos That Capture the Best Moments of People’s Lives

Tell me EVERYTHING about you: What’s next in Quantified Self?

I have a love-hate relationship with photography: Michael Katakis

Mindful Photography May Help Increase Wellness, According To Positive Psychology

Mindfulness in Photography

Google Is Looking For Brave (And Strong) Backpackers To Help It Map The World’s Hard-To-Reach Places