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This week in lifelogging: creative campaigns, quantified breakup and Sony SmartBand

Creative activities for your lifelogs

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One of the indirect benefits of engaging in heavy lifelogging is the new need and want to do creative things. Who doesn’t like to review a colorful life in retrospect? While you can spend money to take your entire family on a fancy vacation to create wonderful memories that you can journal about, you could also try doing some interesting activities at home. Here’s how Angie Keiser and her fashion-forward 4-year-old daughter, Mayhem (above), has done it: gather a few pieces of construction paper, scissors and tape, and you’re all ready to go! With an exception of the more complicated gowns, which can take up to four hours, Keiser and her little daughter work together for an average of 5-10 minutes to make dresses like this one inspired by Minnie Mouse. With this eye for fashion, this mother-daughter duo create many outfits inspired by real-life or cartoon characters, and then this little 4-year-old immediately transforms into a runway model to exhibit the masterpieces she made with her mother. Want to see more interesting outfits? Check out their blog dedicated to Mayhem’s wildly creative gowns, called #FashionByMayhem.

Read more: 4-Year-Old Fashionista Creates Fancy Frocks Out of Paper and 44 Beautiful Candid Moments Captured in Photographs

Image credited to #FashionByMayhem

Creating anti-war messages

One of the many popular projects that have been birthed out of the desire to create lifelogs is “A second a day”, made even easier by an app called One Second Everyday. One particular UK organization, Save The Children, has created an extremely thought-provoking video using this concept of “A second a day”. With a powerful tagline, “Just because it isn’t happening here, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening”, Save The Children aims to raise awareness about the situation in Syria, specifically focusing on how children are affected by the civil war. Their vision? “We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfill their potential.” So if you share the same vision and would like to show your support to highlight the desperate need for peace in Syria, you could join their campaign, “Faces for Syria”, by uploading your image here. With that, on the eve of the 3rd anniversary of the conflict in Syria – 14 March – your picture will join thousands of others to form part of an iconic image of support that will reach millions of people around the world, mainly through Facebook and Twitter, to show every Syrian child, woman and man that we are with them, that we are #withSyria.

Read more: Shocking ‘Second a Day’ Video Delivers a Powerful Anti-War Message and Crimea: where war photography was born

Measuring breakups

And if you’re less of a photography/videography person, you might be interested in the quantifying portion of lifelogging. Known as the quantified self movement, enthusiasts would measure everything from their heart rate over the day, their sleeping habits and behavior, and even their babies’ vital signs. But just this week, we discovered one particular Quantified Self enthusiast, who had begun tracking and quantifying her behaviors after her breakup. Things measured include the things bought after the breakup sorted according to price, usefulness and category, the number of posts on her Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as the number of times she listened to her songs sorted according to whether they were happy or sad songs. According to her, “Putting this process into numbers, images and data visualizations has been very helpful. It yanked me out of moments of all-consuming sadness at the beginning and now helps me understand that I’m doing ok, despite of how confused I might feel (looking for positive trends within the data!) I hope these web things can help you, too.”

Read more: Quantified Breakup and How lifelogging transforms us all

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Sony Smartband for lifelogging

If you haven’t got all that patience to manually record all that data of breakups or get-togethers, you would probably love to get your hands on some self-tracking device. Apart from the popular FitBit and Nike FuelBand, here’s one that Sony is going to release this month in March 2014, after showing a sneak preview at both CES and the Mobile World Congress that just past. Functions of this Sony SmartBand include creating a log of your activities, such as the places you’ve been to, music you’ve listened, games you’ve played, sleep cycles and so forth, while notifying you of incoming calls, messages and tweets by vibrating. This all-in-one SmartBand can also be used to play, pause and skip track in your walkman app by pressing a button or tapping the band. Multiple functions packed in this tiny wearable gadget by Sony. Rumor has it that these will be retailing at about 99 Euros ($135, £80). In this video review, it is also said that the Sony SmartBand helps you learn from your experiences. With such a comprehensive list of things that you could track, you could even investigate the reasons behind why your timing for the run was particularly good last week, owing all credit to, for instance, the music you’re listening to. Will you get one?

Read more: Sony’s SmartBand Lets You Create a Detailed Log of Your Life and Sony’s SmartBand fitness tracker will launch worldwide in March

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This week in lifelogging: Winter Olympics, decision-making memories and selfies pride

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Since the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics last week in Sochi, Russia, much has been going on, including what seems to be the fiercest rivalry between the US and Canadian hockey women, as well as Jason Brown sensationally figure skating to Prince’s “The Question of U”. And even with such a long-standing tradition and culture behind the Olympic Games, many athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics have already found ways to integrate the latest Quantified Self gadgets into their daily routines. One of them is Steven Nyman, an alpine skier, who couples his endless trainings with the data-driven practices of Troy Flanagan, director of high performance for the US ski team. Self-tracking for Nyman includes measuring his blood glucose, creatine kinase and urea every morning at 5:30am. But of course, on the flip side of this are athletes like Keri Herman and Tom Wallisch, both of whom are Slopestyle Skiers, who do not believe in self-tracking techniques or use wearable tech gadgets of any sort. For instance, to Tom, although Oakley’s new Airwave Smart Goggles, used by skiers to tell where they are on the mountain, altitude, etc. is pretty cool, it only serves as a distraction for him while competing in his events. Which side do you lean on for the Quantified Self movement?

Read more: At this year’s Olympics, the gold medal goes to the quantified self and Winter Olympics Photo of the Day: Skiing in the Sun

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Memories and decisions

Whether it is watching the Winter Olympics on television with your family or actually competing in the Games with thousands of supporters cheering you on, memories are being continuously created for every passing moment without you even noticing it. And if you think you’re having a memory problem just because what you and others recall about a particular incident over the last Winter Olympics is completely different, rest assured, you’re not always wrong. According to latest studies, the human brain edits memories relentlessly, updating the past with new information. And why do our brains do this? Scientists believe that the brain updates memories to make them more relevant and useful now — even if they’re not a true representation of the past. So even if you’re logging your life daily, we will have a tendency to modify these lifelogs to make sense of them ten or twenty years down the road. The good news? These lifelogs will be able to jolt our memories, and our brains could help us sort them automatically so that they’re the most relevant in the present. Better decision-making for the lifelogging individual, maybe?

Read more: Our Brains Rewrite Our Memories, Putting Present In The Past and Lifelogging: What it’s like to record your whole life

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Be proud of your selfies

Speaking of recording our memories, a new trend has been taking the Instagram world by storm. In fact, there are more than 75 million photographs on Instagram marked with this popular hashtag. Yes, you got it – snap it, upload it and finally #selfie. And even after the word “selfie” has been officially incorporated into the Oxford Dictionary, much hatred or mocking have been directed at users who flood their Instagram accounts with nothing but their self-portraits. Yet, earlier, we also talked about how Dove’s selfies project actually revealed the insecurities that these girls possessed, and subsequently got them to see how beautiful they really are. So are #selfies really that detestable? In this article, the author justifies the case for selfies. According to her, there’s no need to be sorry for your selfie because it has been around for a long time. And for the very fact that we can #selfie every day or waking moment of our lives, is indicative of progress, since the selfie barrier to entry is no longer restricted by wealth, time and privilege like it was with the French monarch of the past. #Sorrynotsorry for my #selfie anymore (;

Read more: Why You Should Never Be Sorry for Your Selfie

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Be proud of your Narrative Clip selfies

Now case in point. If you have a Narrative Clip and you’re wondering what to do next besides just clipping it to the collar of your shirt, well how about this? How about giving the Narrative Clip #selfie a shot? Letting her creative juices flow, author Bianca Bosker at Huffington Post has experimented various ways to use the Narrative Clip – clipped to her clothes, strapped on her purse, fastened to a dog and propped up on her desk, where it takes numerous selfies of her. And with these selfies, she noticed some bad habits of hers replaying over and over – the nibbling, the lip-biting, the squinting, and of course, the snacking. Yet, we’re stoked to hear how her experience has been. In her words, “The Narrative Clip didn’t just let me “relive life’s special and everyday moments,” as the ad copy on the camera’s sleek box had promised. When I scrolled through the thousands of photos it captured, I had the feeling of discovering entirely new dimensions to an experience I thought I knew. It both jogged my memory and fiddled with it.” Thank you and we can’t wait to hear from more of you!

Read more: Nice To Meet You. I’ve Already Taken Your Picture

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This week in lifelogging: Motorola’s electronic tattoo, lifelogger Rupert Murdoch and tracking in your sleep

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We know how lifelogging devices are getting increasingly small. And we know how people are also getting increasingly bold with lifelogging, even to the extent of inserting computer chips into their own body without anesthetic nor a doctor. Now, what if lifelogging was taken a step further and seamlessly integrated onto one’s body through a thin electronic skin tattoo? In the picture above, we see a newly patented electronic skin tattoo, which is registered by Motorola, now owned by Google. This electronic tattoo can be worn on a person’s neck, and would function as a mobile microphone, lie detector and digital display. Although limited to these functions for now, Motorola could probably convert such tattoos to allow self-tracking of certain vital signs, should they choose to do so. Most things are not impossible with the speed at which technology is advancing right now. However, one question remains: is this taking lifelogging a step too far?

Read more: Motorola wants to tattoo a smartphone receiver on your neck and Technology gets skintight

Rupert Murdoch begins lifelogging

Joining the family of lifeloggers recently is Mr. Rupert Murdoch, founder of News Corporation and its successors, News Corp and 21st Century Fox, after the former split earlier this year. His choice of lifelogging device? The Jawbone UP. This stylish wristband tracks one’s sleep, movement and eating behaviors. According to an interview with him, Mr. Rupert Murdoch says that the Jawbone UP “allows me to track and maintain my health much better. It allows my family and I to know more about one another’s health too, which means it encourages more personal and social responsibility – instead of just running to the doctor when we don’t feel well.” Perhaps this marks a shift in the way we define medical technology? We are definitely looking forward to more “big names” embracing such lifelogging devices!

Read more: Rupert Murdoch tracking his own movements with wearable computing

The ultimate quantified self device

The redistribution of information from doctors to patients can prove to be very useful. According to researchers at the University of Southern California, heart patients who have implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) in them already have the best quantified self device that anyone can have. More than other wearable tech devices, ICDs are able to measure a wide range of health data, including but not limited to activity levels, heart rates, blood pressure and sleep patterns. Although ICDs presently measure these vital signs, precious information are often withheld because only the doctors have the experience and knowledge to decode such complicated information. However, what a collaboration between Karten Design, Boston Scientific, and the USC Center for Body Computing hopes to achieve, is to boil down such information so that everyone who has an ICD in them can comprehend these information and manage their own health better. Indeed, as Gary Wolf says, “The self is just our operation center, our consciousness, our moral compass. So, if we want to act more effectively in the world, we have to get to know ourselves.” We should be taking ownership of the tremendous amount of data that our bodies produce every day, shouldn’t we?

Read more: The Ultimate Quantified-Self Device Already Exists: A Defibrillator

Sleeping and still tracking

Had your full 8 hours of sleep but still yawning the minute you wake up? These sleep trackers could be of some help to you if you still can’t figure out the reason for your constant fatigue after countless Google searches or doctor’s visits. And if self tracking is not your kind of thing because you find that it is a huge hassle, a new European startup is also striving to keep this process as hassle-free and convenient as possible. Known as Bedscales, this new product wants to be your new way of effortlessly keeping track of your weight and sleep, allowing you to say goodbye to the wires, straps and wristbands. Simply slide the devices beneath the legs of your bed and do the thing we all love to do – sleep. Bedscales then tracks and analyzes your sleeping behaviors in an easy way that you can process. Interested to make Bedscales a reality? Support them at their Kickstarter campaign today!

Read more: Bedscales pitches a weight-monitoring device that works while you sleep

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This week in lifelogging: fashion in lifelogging, DIY cyborgs and ScanZ acne tracker

Design and fashion in wearable tech devices

In the early days of lifelogging and wearable tech devices, more emphasis had been placed on the accuracy of data tracked and various other tech specifications. However, with technology advancing almost at the speed of light, we see that one of the major differentiating factors that sets apart what consumers desire and what they do not, lies actually in the design of the devices. This week, we discovered a new Kickstarter project – MEMI – wearable tech made by women, for women. MEMI is a chic iPhone-compatible smart bracelet that notifies you of important phone calls, text messages & calendar alerts. Looks pretty chic (see picture above), doesn’t it? Perhaps frustrated by how the tech industry had been pre-dominantly occupied by men, we see many ladies actively pushing for tech devices to look even more stylish and fashionable. And it’s not just the ladies who now see the importance of design. Fitbit and Lytro’s designer, Gadi Amit, also believes that wearable tech devices have to be friendly to the human body and thought a lot about how women carried things to derive his innovative designs.

Watch video: Fitbit designer Gadi Amit on the future of wearable technology

DIY Cyborgs – a step too far?

This might sound a little insane, but biohacker Tim Cannon has inserted, without a doctor nor anesthetic, the first-ever computer chip implant that can record and transmit his biometrical data. Yes, you hear right. Tim is dreaming of becoming the first real Ironman ever, and has invented a device implanted under the skin that tracks and transmits vital signs, with the lofty purpose of prolonging human life. In Tim’s words, “The human body is really failing in almost every way. I want to live to be a thousand years old. I don’t want to die. I don’t understand why anybody would.” The device, known as Circadia, is even rumored to go on sale in the following months at a retail price of $500. As a word of caution though, we’d just like to say, “Kids, please do not try this at home”.

Read more: ‘DIY Cyborg’ implants computer chip in arm to track vital signs

Introducing ScanZ, your pocket skin expert

ScanZ wants you to be your own acne-buster! Dubbed as the first, phone-integrated acne scanner, ScanZ allows you to scan and track your acne progress and to be in charge of what is going on under your skin, whether you are at home or on-the-go. Simply connect the device to your iPhone, scan your zit, let their acne algorithms do its job and view results of the scan on your mobile app. Interested? Check out their Indiegogo campaign here!

Airo now tracks nutrition passively

Can everything that you ever wanted to track be contained in a single device? Well, Airo sure hopes to be the only self-tracking device you’ll ever need. Besides being able to track your stress levels, sleep and exercise, Airo also boasts to be able to track both the calories you consume and the quality of your meals. This is done by using wavelengths of light to look into the bloodstream to detect metabolites, which are released during and after the user’s meal. Is this something you always wanted in a self-tracking device, or are there other features you wish Airo had? Let us know in the comments below!

Read more: Airo ups the ante with passive nutrition tracking

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This week in life logging: Future of quantified self, Fitbit Force, memory loss and a father-daughter timelapse project

The Future of Quantified Self Devices

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There is no doubt that the quantified self market is expanding at a rapid speed, with an estimation of more than 373 million smart watches to be shipped by 2020. However, while wearable technology is increasingly gathering interest among us users, there is still much room for improvement. According to Aaron Parecki, the current way these quantified self devices are built and marketed are not optimal for users. The current model – where every device has its own app and its own social network requires users to completely buy into the whole eco-network of each company, without the ability to sync data from outside sources. While this model offers a more integrated experience for the product, it leaves users with yet another platform to manage, and the inability to fit all the data gathered from different sources together to form a complete understanding of oneself. This inability to optimize all the data that we get can be akin to pieces of a jigsaw puzzle – having lots of information but not being to able to make sense of these data and to form a complete picture – thus leading to imperfect information. As such, he came up with an ideal Quantified Self Eco-System ( refer to the above picture), where the device manufacturers are separated from the app builders. By doing so, it then allows us to better manage our data. It also increases the management and increases the security of our data. For more explanation of this new eco-system, hop on to this really great article.

Read more: The Future of Quantified Self Devices

Fitbit Force – The best all round activity tracker

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This week, we were really excited to learn about the new Fitbit Force, which is ready to ship. Priced at an affordable USD$129.95, it was described by CNET as the best all-around fitness tracker, which is an honour given the number of self tracking gadgets out in the market. The common consensus among the different reviews is a seamless and great user experience of the Fitbit Force. Reviews described the Fitbit Force as being light and comfortable enough to wear over a period of time, with an impressive battery life of 7-10 days. The Force also takes advantage of Fitbit’s deep analytical tools and product ecosystem to paint a more complete picture of the user’s health and fitness lifestyle. Syncing the data has also been made easier with wireless and bluetooth sync, removing any hassle of dealing with wires. We really liked what we saw and can’t wait to try out ourselves. For more information on the benefits of the Fitbit Force, check this user review out!

Read more: A fitness tracker tour de force

Having a pot belly makes you nearly FOUR times more likely to suffer from memory loss

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Many past researches have shown that smoking, lack of sleep, drinking and taking drugs can increase the risk of dementia and memory loss. This might be reassuring to some of us who do not  do any of these activities. However, recent researches have shown that an unhealthy lifestyle – unhealthy eating and exercising habits can also lead to memory loss. This research revealed that people with alot of fat around their middles are three and a half times more likely to develop memory loss and dementia in old age. This is because people with a lot of abdominal fat have lower levels of the protein that also controls how the liver metabolises fat. Called PPARalpha, it controls fat metabolism in the liver, but it also resides in the brain’s memory centre – the hippocampus – and controls memory and learning.When people are overweight, they initially just have depleted PPARalpha levels in their livers but eventually in their whole bodies, including their brains.

Read more: Having a pot belly makes you nearly FOUR times more likely to suffer from memory loss

A Father-Daughter Bond – Perspective on time lapse

On a lighter note, check out this video of a dad (Steven Addis) who visited the exact same spot in New York City every year for 15 years to take a family picture with his daughter. Considered as a time-lapse project, we like his perspective on time-lapse and capturing pictures as memories. In this video, he spoke about the how our perspectives change even while taking the same photos. And how photos allow us to freeze time and consequently reflect how we change from year to year. Check this heartwarming video out!

Read more: Six great moments in time-lapse photography

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This week in lifelogging: Increased accuracy in self tracking data, finding motivation from within apps, greater family connectivity, greater battery life and Memoto time lapse

Increased accuracy in self-tracking data

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If you look at the wearable technology and quantified self market out there, you will no doubt find an overwhelming number of lifelogging applications out there, that will promise to offer you insights into your health. With competition increasing daily with the boom of the quantified self market, we inevitably see many companies striving to outdo each other by promising better accuracy in the user data. A simple quantified self search on Google will bring up countless user reviews providing a comparison of results among the different gadgets. Just check out this user who wore 21 trackers at once, or this man who went on a run with eight trackers. My point is that, with so many choices out there, accuracy is no doubt one of the core differentiating factor when choosing an application or gadget. However, even if you have chosen one, how can you be sure that the data you received is meaningful and accurate? One that is reflective of your environment? In this article, the writer has revealed that the most common mistake that people make when analyzing their self-tracking data is treating it as stationary; that the variables that they track are independent of time, and are affected only by changes in the treatment or routines. However, our health changes in accordance to the weather, our lifestyle and even the time. This writer highlighted three invisible temporal patterns that are likely to be present in your self-tracking data, that if ignored during analysis could lead to counter-productive interpretations. Check this article out to achieve better accuracy in your data! 

Read more: Three Temporal Patterns That May Affect Your Quantified Self Insights

Get connected to your family : Life360

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How many of you have gone for days without seeing your family members, just because each of you have such busy schedules? I bet most of us do! As we get increasingly busy with our daily lives with school and work, spending time together or even keeping track of each other seems to be harder than before. Sure, we have social media platforms and messaging services to keep each other updated, but sometimes, it can be really mundane having to constantly text or call to update each other manually. So, what if you have an application that can just do this for you automatically? This is what the Life360 application intend to achieve, by functioning as a family network users use to coordinate their daily lives. Besides offering the standard features like location-tracking, check-in (e.g. the “mom, I’m okay” button), geo-fenced alerts, messaging (both one-to-one and group chat), and the emergency/panic button alerting functionality, Life360 also hope to extend their app and become more integrated into the automative and home security systems. Imagine having your home security systems automatically arming the alarm when it detects that no family members are in the house. Or meeting your sister for a cup of coffee simply because the app detects that she is nearby and send you a push notification. We like how the Life 360 plans to integrate extra features into their app, just to offer a seamless family coordination service. With the recent $3 million strategic backing from BMW, we cant wait to see how this application will develop!

Read more: Life360, A Family Networking App With More Users Than Foursquare

Charge up your phone in 30 seconds

In previous twil blog posts, we have shared extensively on possible solutions to achieving longer battery lives. (Remember the Tespack solar panel or the Ambient Backscatter?) Today, we are here to share an amazing innovation created by Khare, an 18 year old student, who invented a way to fully charge a phone battery in one minute. Why are we so obsessed with battery life? Simply because long battery lives are fundamental in lifelogging. It would be counter-productive to have a lifelogging device shut down in the middle of the day because of a flat battery.  This is such a breakthrough discovery, and we cant wait to see how this can further benefit the wearable technology industry.

Read more: Student invents a way to fully charge a phone battery in one minute

Finding motivation from within Quantified Apps

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With so many choices of self-tracking apps out in the market, tracking our data seems easier than before. However, how many of us can safely say that we diligently use the data given to us to further improve ourselves? Or proudly say that we have consistently stuck to a fitness regime or a mobile fitness application? It is easy to get carried away in our quest to be healthier, but harder to stay with it. So, how can we be more disciplined? According to this article, it is simply by finding the application that fits you best – whether you seek intrinsic or extrinsic motivation. Apps and gadgets can help you stick to a fitness regime, but they only take you so far. There are no one best application that will suit everyone. Like the finishing sentence of this article states, “When it comes to fitness, perhaps we are what we do. Our bodies are programmable. We just have to find the app that lets us log into our true selves.”

Read more: How To Find Motivation In The Machinery

Watch a time-lapse made with Memoto photos

To end off your week, check out this time-lapse video of the Sicilian sunset which was compiled together with pictures taken from the Memoto camera. (We´ve blogged about it in our last weekly update, but we thought it is too cool not to post it again!) How did our team member capture such stable shots? Simply by attaching the camera to a wine bottle and letting the camera work its magic! The shots are taken and easily edited into a time-lapse using iMovie. So, in terms of creativity with the Memoto camera, there are no limits to how you can use it and how you can further use the pictures! Some food for thought, before receiving your camera!

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This week in life logging: Getting pregnant, improving your memory and self-tracking for seniors and drivers

Family Planning with your smartphone

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Your journey to parenthood starts with an app, apparently. As we get increasingly comfortable with disclosing our data online, we are also increasingly open to the vast possibilities that apps can bring us. In recent months, we have seen more fertility apps for conceiving being introduced to the market. More couples are increasingly turning to quantified self to track their sexual activity and Glow is one of the most popular apps out there. Via a high-tech, big data approach to your ovulation, menstrual cycles, body temperature, stress and sexual activity etc, Glow aims to use science to help you create miracles of life. Essentially, using all the data, the apps inform you when you’re the most fertile. Divulging all this personal information may seem intimidating and insecure, but one user also mentioned increased sense of control. With Glow, we can then make better informed decisions. What do you think of conceiving with the help of an app? Is there a limit to what we should do with big data? Let us know what you think!

Read more: Congrats, It’s an App! Family Planning with Your Smartphone , Glow’s $6M pregnancy app hits the app store to let you ‘conceive with confidence’

Doro, Withings brings quantified self to seniors

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On the same note, we are also really excited to hear about this partnership between Sweden-based Doro and French-based Withings. Doro is a company specializing in making phones for seniors and Withings in creating health apps and trackers. This partnership aims to demonstrate that combined with an adapted smartphone, seniors will be increasingly receptive to the usage of health tracking devices. According to Doro President and CEO, Jérôme Arnaud, this partnership with Whitings is just the beginning of something big. This app will help to keep family members closer and more informed about each other health’s stats as the world is becoming increasingly globalized. This is particularly useful for those of us with elderly parents. With this new partnership and a potential app being developed, we will then be able to track any irregularities in our family members’ health. This data could then eventually help “alert someone who is in a position to react in case something goes wrong.” We think this is a great partnership and we can’t wait for the app to go live!

Read more: Doro, Withings brings quantified self to seniors

Nissan launches Nismo smartwatch for drivers

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So, in one of our previous life-logging post, we did a feature on Race Capture, a device aimed to track pro-level race car data. However, not all of us are race car-drivers. While all the information from Race Capture are good, it may not relevant to us. So, as a leisure driver, how else can we improve and be a better driver? Well, we might have a tracking device for you, especially if you are a Nissan car owner. Just last week, Nissan launched the Nismo smartwatch, that is aimed at enhancing connectivity between the driver and the car. The Nismo Watch will connect with Nissan‘s Nismo vehicle range, enabling drivers to keep track of their speed and fuel consumption to help enhance the efficiency of their vehicle, capture biometric data via a heart rate monitor; connect to the car using a smartphone app via Bluetooth Low Energy and receive tailored car messages from Nissan.

Read more: Nissan launches Nismo smartwatch for drivers ,Nismo Smart watch by Nissan

Break time may improve memory

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We all love Fridays. However, Fridays can also be really daunting because of the amount of work we have to clear. So, as a result, we are often glued to our desks in a race to complete everything. However, research has also shown that taking a break may actually help us to focus better and improve our memory. That’s good news isn’t it? Research has shown that by taking breaks, we can actually help our brain to tune out other tasks so that we can tune in to what we just finished / learned. In a sense, creating longer-term memories. So what are you still waiting for? Take that coffee break that you so deserve!

Read more: Break time may improve memory

Ageing Time-lapse Video

This is a time-lapse video like you’ve never seen before. This is the cycle of life reduced to five minutes, and possibly one of the most seamless and best time-lapse video we have seen. This video was created by filmmaker Anthony Cerniello, who photographed and edited together the photos of a family who had similar bone structures and animated them to look as lifelike as possible. The end result, “Danielle,” offers a uncanny look at how someone ages right in front of your eyes. Check it out!

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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 

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!

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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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This week in lifelogging: digital death manager, second skin and lifelogging context

 James Bond’s Breathalyzer?

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Last year we mentioned Lapka’s environmental sensors in This week in lifelogging. The company is back with a new product, a breathalyzer. “A handsome ceramic cylinder that monitors your blood alcohol content and sends it to your smartphone using sound waves whenever you blow into it.” The device is activated by your breath and uses a police-grade electrochemical fuel cell sensor. The app will keep track of your blood alcohol content (BAC) and even increase the size of text as your BAC increases. The Lapka Breath Alcohol Monitor is available for pre-order on the company’s website.

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

Lifelogging and job creation

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Number one on the list is a digital death manager. Lifelogging is going to create a wealth of personal content that will need to be managed in some form after you pass away. In case you missed our guest post that deals with this subject, Our future digital selves, you should check it out for a more in depth look. Anyone interested in applying?

Read more: 8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025

The next second skin

Imperceptible electronics, as the researchers at the University of Tokyo call it, have immense potential to revolutionize the way that wearable technology and lifelogging devices are currently employed. Although the e-skin that you see in the video above currently does not perform as quickly as the silicon chips that we use today, it functions well as a touch sensor. Perhaps one day, the wearable devices of today such as the Nike Fuel Band, FitBit, or even the Memoto Lifelogging Camera will be reduced to a plastic strip we stick on our forearm? We are definitely excited to keep our eyes on these films!

Read more: New E-skin brings wearable tech to the next level

Lifelogging with understanding

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We’re seeing more lifelogging products pop up all the time. The latest is Storica, a lifelogging software created by researchers in the UK. As an integrator of all your lifelogging data, Storica aims to provide context for the data that you have collected, pointing out to you the most significant things that have happened. Interested to create context out of the self-tracking data you’ve collected? Support Storica on their Kickstarter campaign here!

Read more: Crowdfunding move for lifelogging technology

Quantified self and its risks

Self-tracking has been purposed for better awareness and the subsequent taking of actions to improve one’s well-being. However, it seems like the feedback loop aspect of self-tracking has taken a toll on some people. Smith, a cyclist in New York City, realized that his self-tracking app was bringing out the competitive side in him. Although he did not injure himself, the possibility of taking more dangerous routes to attain personal goals could cross his mind. For those of you who use various self-tracking products, do you feel like you are taking more health risks to meet your goals? Share your stories with us!

Read more: Do health-tracking apps spur risk taking?

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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