Life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Susan Pigott

Location:
Abilene, TX

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
About two months

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
I’ve been using my Clip daily during our vacation to the Grand Tetons and Moab, Utah. I take it on our hikes.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
I loved the idea of having a hands-free camera capturing things without me consciously taking pictures. I’m a photographer, but sometimes I feel like I’m focusing so much on taking pictures that I miss enjoying the actual events. The Clip gives me peace of mind so I don’t have to take pictures constantly as we hike. Plus, it captures things I would not ordinarily take pictures of, such as photos of us hiking, things on the side of the trail that I miss while we’re hiking, our snack breaks, and other people we meet on the trail.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best?
There are so many things I love about the Clip. I love having a hands-free camera that is taking pictures constantly and capturing things I might miss. I love looking through the moments after our hikes, because I never know what I will see. There’s a wonderful element of surprise with the clip because it’s capturing things you’re unaware of. So when you scan through the photos many “aha!” moments occur when you see something unexpected or surprising. I often find myself saying, “Wow!” when I look at a photo of something I don’t remember seeing while hiking. I also love the candid aspects of the photos—nothing posed or superficial about the people in the pictures.

How do you wear/use the camera?
I wear the camera on the right strap of my backpack. It points outward toward the right so it captures my family hiking in front of me but also the side of the trail next to us. I like this position better than in the center because if I put it on my center strap all it captures is the back of my family. With it on the shoulder strap, positioned about chest level, I get the best of both worlds. The only problem with this position is that I get lots of pictures of my arm when I’m using my regular cameras to take pictures. The worst thing about that is I can see how badly I need to do some pushups.

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
Oh, man, this is a tough question. I’ve gotten some fantastic photos of the wilderness in the Grand Tetons and Moab. But probably the most surprising photo is one that the Clip took through my jacket. It shows trees near Emma Matilda Lake in the Grand Teton National Park framed by my jacket zipper. For some reason, I just think this shot is cool.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
So far, I’ve only had two people ask me about the Clip during our vacation. The first was when I was paragliding. I was in midair trying to attach the Clip to the harness and my paragliding pilot asked what it was and I explained it to him. Unfortunately, I attached the Clip too far up and mostly got sky pictures. Somebody else asked me if it was an altimeter.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
This is another difficult question because I’ve had so many wonderful moments captured by the Clip. Probably the best moment, even though it’s not the clearest photo, is when I paraglided off of Rendezvous mountain. The Clip captured one really great shot of the landscape and another paraglider below.

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What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
I’m a university professor. So when school starts up again in the fall, I want to do a “Day in the Life of a Professor” blog post using Narrative Clip photos.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
–As a photographer, I would most certainly like a higher megapixel camera, but I would say 16mp would be the max. 8 to 12 would probably be just fine.

–I’d love to see a frame for the Clip that would allow it to be attached in a variety of ways, much like the frame mount for the GoPro (Am I allowed to mention that here? Just FYI: I bought a GoPro, hated it, and returned it in favor of a Narrative Clip). Anyway, a frame mount would allow you to attach the Clip to a helmet, a chest mount, a wrist mount, etc. It might also provide some stabilization for the clip.

–Maybe an actual button for taking intentional shots. I’ve found the two tap method to be intermittently successful. Sometimes I have to tap several times before the clip will respond. Still, I really, really love the simplicity of the clip and the lack of buttons is part of that. Perhaps just making the two tap thing more reliable would fix this.

–Lens attachments would be great. Please do not make the internal lens wide angle. I also bought an Autographer before I got the Clip. It’s lens is super wide angle and every photograph is horribly distorted. The Autographer got returned in favor of the Narrative Clip. That said, having attachable lenses would allow people to do fun things like fisheye photos or wider angle shots if they wanted to do so.

Anything else you’d like to add or other Clip photos you’d like to share?
I am so happy with the Narrative Clip. I would recommend it to anyone who does a lot of hiking because it is simply perfect for that. My life is too boring to log every day stuff (except maybe for that blog post I mentioned above). But for special events (birthdays, reunions, weddings, etc.) and for hiking, the clip is fantastic.

I’m attaching some of the best photos taken by my Narrative Clip during our trip:

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone

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Fairy Falls, Yellowstone

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Hiking Near Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons National Park

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Leigh Lake, Grand Tetons National Park

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The Grand Tetons

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Tower of Babel, Arches National Park

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Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

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This week in lifelogging: the futuristic home

Magic in the mundane


Just a few a weeks ago, we at Narrative discussed how a typical day at work might look like 5 to 10 years from now in This week in lifelogging: the futuristic workplace. Yet, we all know that home is where the heart is. So today, we will be discussing matters of the heart in what might look like home in years to come. The video you see above shows how one man, Mr. David Rose, sees a future where we can all live like wizards. ‘Enchanted objects’, as he calls it, are ordinary things that have the same function as before, except now they can talk and are connected. In other words, they are simply ordinary things with extraordinary capabilities. Besides using the Narrative Clip that we absolutely love, Rose also sees a futuristic home adorned with various ‘enchanted objects’ like smart cutlery that monitor our eating habits, a table fitted with Google Earth so we can explore and talk about the world with our children, as well as smart umbrellas that are connected to weather forecasts to remind you to bring them out when it is about to rain. Perhaps the beauty in all of this lies in technology helping us with the mundane aspects so that we can free up time to be better family members or simply more human at home. What will you want in your futuristic home?

Read more: Putting Magic in the Mundane

Video credited to The New York Times

Handmade “Google Glass” by the little ones

And if you foresee your futuristic home to be buzzing with activities because your little ones are programming prodigies who love hacking every ordinary thing to become an enchanted object, you’re probably not alone. The parents of 13-year-old Clay Haight are just soaking in what their child has created – the most adorable Google Glass yet. Even though what the tech giant created in its latest piece of wearable tech has been highly contentious, what Clay created is seen as both cute and cool. With whatever money he saved, Clay managed to purchase an Arduino Microboard, a battery and a 3D printer to print the glass frame. These items, together with his passion for gadgets and instructions from hobbyist site Make: magazine, allowed Clay to create his version of the Google Glass that allows him to run around the house and tell his parents the temperature just for fun. Now we all wonder if Google is just waiting for Clay to grow up, in order to welcome him with open arms into the company.

Read more: DIY “Google Glass” and Holidays go hi-tech: Google Glass and other cutting-edge travel gadgets

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Focus for the whole family

Or if all that flurry of activities from your little ones is causing you to lose focus at the full spectrum of household activities that you have to get done, Melon could just be the solution for knowing whether you could beat that productivity loss with some country music that you enjoy. Melon is an activity tracker for your brain that teaches you about cognitive performance. It tracks several mental states including focus, relaxation and meditation, and then wireless communicates with your smart phone to help you understand how you feel and teaches you how to improve. The basic idea of Melon stems from how the things around us affect our mental states, both positively and negatively. By understanding that data better, one can then train his/her brain to attain their desired mental state.

Read more: Meet Melon: The quantified self headband to help calm your brain and get you focused again

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A collective narrative

In the video above, you would find what is created by the Human smartphone app makers as they draw maps of urban movement happening around the world. From walking to running routes, as well as cycling and driving routes, the visualisation of these collective personal data is not just aesthetically beautiful, but have also been able to garner insights on a larger scale, which could be used for better urban planning. Besides generating these visualisations, the information was also used to rank the cities in order of what their top mode of transport was. Amsterdam topped the list for cycling, while Washington topped it for walking and Berlin for running. According to Eric Boam from The Guardian, “When we aggregate the right data and tell our stories collectively, they become a powerful social narrative. Under the right scenarios, they can even act as an agent of change in the world.” According to him, this has already happened in 2009 when two data researchers told a story powerful enough for New York City to shelve their re-zoning plans, using real-time data collected by the smartphones of workers in a specific district. Perhaps we are the agents of the change that we want to see, beginning from our own homes. What do you think?

Read more: Telling stories about ourselves through big data and wearable technology and Inside The Bizarre, Data-Driven World Of Lifeloggers

Video credited to Human

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This week in lifelogging: a day in the life of…

A day in the life of a modern family member

When it comes to lifelogging, there is so much talk going on about fitness trackers, smart watches and all things that make the adult life more productive and efficient. Yet, lifelogging really is for all ages, shapes and sizes. From cradle to grave, all day every day, lifelogging could be a very useful habit to get into for the betterment of one’s life. Stereotypically, mothers could use the Jawbone UP wristband to track her health and happiness, fathers could use a little help from the OM Signal while he works out in the gym, while little darlings can put on the Mimo Baby Monitor for young parents to track their baby’s vital signs. For the elderly grandparent, Vesag could be an excellent way for their medicine reminders or to call for help in times of emergency. Lastly, not forgetting the family’s best friend, FitBark could be useful as a dog monitor and tracker. On a sunny day out, Sensblok also offers real-time monitoring of environmental data to help you make decisions that keeps every one safe and healthy. There’s simply something for every one on every occasion!

Read more: Wearable Technology For Every Member of the “Modern” Family and Becoming Cyborgs: 8 Gadgets That Augment Us and In the Details: Making a Smart Ring That Women Would Actually Want to Wear

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A day in the life of kids brought back to the past

With all these new gadgets for the entire family, a tinge of amazement has to go into how futuristic some of them actually look and become as time progresses. It is unimaginable ten years ago how wearable computers could even exist and can be as sleek as a pair of spectacles worn on one’s face. Yet, no matter how futuristic any of them look right now, these gadgets can one day become obsolete – useful only for making videos like the one you see above. In a bid to create some humour, entertainment and maybe even some sort of awakening, The Fine Bros have compiled a video of kids’ reactions to the once raved about Nintendo Game Boy. Indeed, technology becomes outdated if it doesn’t become better, quickly. Perhaps we will need more inspiration from Star Trek, which has been predicting the future since 1966.

Video credited to The Fine Bros

A day in the life of a potato farmer

Now even though the children from the previous video seem to detest things of the past like the Game Boy, we are certain that they would thoroughly fancy this next thing that has existed for a long time now – potato crisps. The story of Walkers Crisps began in 1948, when butcher Henry Walker started making crisps in his Leicester Plant to keep his workers busy, as meat was scarce in post-war Britain. Many years have passed but the quality of Walkers Crisps persist, now made even better with the help of technology. Yet, besides adopting new technology to grow the potatoes used for Walkers Crisps, they have also made use of new technology (The Narrative Clip!!) to provide its loyal supporters with an insider look into the preparation and planting process at the potato farms. Now that you know where your Walkers Crisps come from, perhaps it seems like an even deeper connection has been forged between you and that next bag of crisps in the kitchen cabinet that you’re about to open. Enjoy!

Video credited to PepsiCoUK

A day in the life of a British Airways passenger

If all that talk about potato farms and British Walkers Crisps is calling out to you, and you have this unexplainable urge to visit England, how about booking a trip right now through British Airways? With an airlines that is constantly searching for ways to make customers feel happier each time they fly, you can be sure that your utmost welfare is taken care of throughout the entire flight. In their most recent move to fulfil this promise to their customers, they have launched The Happiness Blanket, a device that measures and monitors passengers’ happiness levels and then changes colour to reflect their mood. In this way, British Airways will know exactly if the bright lights in the aircraft is causing anxiety, or if the food is not making passengers feel at home. Cool initiative, isn’t it?

Read more: 25 totally unnecessary but desirable travel gadgets

Video credited to British Airways

A day in the life of a Barcelonian

Or if you’re more of a Park Güell or Sagrada Familia person, then this video is probably going to interest you a lot more than potato farms or British Airways. After 363 hours of work and 817GB of data, filmmaker Rob Whitworth has created this amazing flow-motion video of Barcelona. Simply amazing! We hope you have a great weekend ahead that is nothing short of this amazing video!

Video credited to Rob Whitworth on Vimeo

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Life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Jake Jager

Location:
Grand Haven, MI, USA

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
I’ve had my clip since early 2014.

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
At first I wanted to use my clip on a daily basis, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t really possible. As a college student, I’m aware that many professors don’t like cameras in class, and it can be tough keeping track of it all the time. (I’d really only get a bunch of pictures of a classmate’s back anyhow) Now I tend to use it on days when I want to chronicle my work but am too busy to do actively. As a singer and student in the theatrical arts, I have a lot of very cool opportunities to capture exceedingly unique moments.

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Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
Narrative introduced me to the world of lifelogging and after reading all about the product, I was hooked. The camera was a little pricy for me, but I saw my chance when the 2012 moment contest came up. The prize offered for best picture to describe your year was a free Narrative Clip (at that time Memoto camera). After winning the contest I was ecstatic to think of all the things in my life I would be able to look back at.

Describe what is it about the Narrative Clip that you like best?
Simply put: versatility. The Narrative Clip has more uses than almost any camera available to the general public. This one camera can chronicle your entire day, capture a sunset time-lapse, catch some candid shots of your own face, or even log your activity during a 9-5 desk job. I don’t know of another camera that could do all that on one charge and fit in my pocket. Aside from the uses, the camera itself is so small and discrete, I could wear it with a t-shirt and jeans, or my tuxedo, and it wouldn’t stand out very much at all.

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How do you wear/use the camera?
I use the camera mostly to capture my time backstage during performances, on my desk while I’m working, and sometimes I’ll hang it from my rear-view and get an interesting time-lapse of my drive. I thought I would only want to wear the Narrative Clip one way, but after spending a week using it, I couldn’t help but experiment with it.

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
Nothing has been very interesting or surprising, but I’ve gotten a few that seem to really encapsulate some days perfectly. The one I’m sharing here is from a day at my church when I led music worship. It was during a rehearsal when the actual photo was taken, but as it is in most cases, the photo speaks for itself.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
The usual conversation goes loosely like this:

-Hey, what’s that on your shirt?
-It’s a camera, called Narrative Clip.
-So its taking video of me right now?
-Not exactly, no. It takes pictures periodically.
-Oh.
-(I usually go into detail about how it’s like having a digital photographic memory…etc.)
-(Person begins looking into the camera and waves)
-(I say something like “Hey buddy I’m up here”)
-(I usually don’t tell them that they can tap it to take pictures.)

I don’t have the most normal friends, but since there’s not really a social contract in place for most wearables so people will grab and touch pretty frequently.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
The best moments always seem to be the ones yet to be uploaded. The moment I put the camera on, I’m already excited to see the pictures appear on my phone. I can’t ever settle on one favorite moment, because there are so many. That I think is the real beauty of the Narrative Clip. It helps the user appreciate their memories.

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What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to?
I know it’s not a fun answer, but I’m really hoping for a lens case. When traveling I wouldn’t mind having a bulky case on the camera. I love everything that Narrative has to offer, but if the lens angle was even 10 degrees wider I would be more apt to use it at a higher frequency.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
Low light adaptability would be very nice for the camera itself. As an actor, I spend a lot of time backstage, I know for a fact that some of the coolest pictures could be taken from backstage. I’d also love to see some more work done with the GPS integration. A map of all the photo locations on the app would be cool. Lots more development needs to be done on the app as I’m sure all of you at Narrative know =). A desktop app is the one other thing I hope to see in the future.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I can’t wait to take my Narrative to exciting new places. This little thing has made me see the world through a different eye. Narrative, in my book, will always be the closest thing to an actual photographic memory.

This week in lifelogging: of food fads and world’s weddings

Extreme food fads throughout history

One segment of lifelogging is the documentation of our meals. After all, we are what we eat and different cultures all around the world are partly defined by its varying food habits. One artist in particular, decides to take it to the extreme by exploring terrible constrictions of diets and deprivation in celebrities. In his series known as Still Diet, Dan Bannino intentionally sets up representations of these diets. The picture you see above is one of Lord Byron’s “Romantic poet’s diet”, comprising potatoes drenched in vinegar, poetry and soda water. In another, Dan features Bill Clinton’s cabbage soup diet and Kate Moss’ Hollywood diet. What’s your diet like?

Read more: The Most Extreme Food Fads Throughout History, From Henry VIII To Beyonce

Image credited to Dan Bannino

Behold the future of food photography

Well, hang on! Before you run along and set up the dining table to feature your unique diet, maybe you’d like to check this out. With people all around the world obsessing over getting the perfect picture of what they’re eating, MWEB (a WiFi provider), decided to partner with South African restaurant El Burro to debut #dinnercam to the public. Wondering what exactly is #dinnercam? Simply put, it’s a lightbox that can instantly bring food photography to the next level. Here’s how it works. For absolutely no fee, diners who wish to take a more professional snapshot of their meal can request for #dinnercam, which features several light settings – from green to purple to traditional white. Subsequently, after snapping a picture, #dinnercam sends it right to your mobile device. Say goodbye to just sitting around and being envious of stunning food photography from all around the world. Are you a foodie who’s ready to try #dinnercam out or do you think that this is one step too far?

Read more: New #dinnercam takes food photography to the next level and Best Of Instagram Food Photography

Video credited to MWEB

World’s biggest wedding

Besides food, one other major aspect defining different cultures of the world is this big event – weddings. From the blackening of the bride to jumping over a broom, all sorts of weird and wonderful wedding traditions exist and they are all worth documenting. For the couple you see in the picture above, how they wanted their big day to be different from others’ was to break the world record for the biggest wedding after walking down the aisle with a staggering 126 bridesmaids. The newlyweds, Nisansala and Nalin from Sri Lanka, smashed the previous world record of 96 bridesmaids, held by a Thai couple who got married in Bangkok. How would you like your big day to be different?

Read more: Couple break wedding world record with 126 bridesmaids, 25 best men, 20 page boys and 23 flower girls and The most amazing wedding venues in the world and This Exquisite Timelapse Of The Natural World Is An Instant Classic

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Making art out of the data of everyday life

From small events like meal times to bigger events like weddings, documenting them have become an integral part of our life and can be termed lifelogging. For avid lifeloggers like Eugene Granovsky, lifelogging could mean taking an Instagram photo at 8:36pm every day. To him, the whole point of this self-tracking is so that he can be the best person he can be. He mentions that any newcomers to lifelogging begin by tracking things that are easily quantifiable, like how much they’ve slept or the number of steps they’ve taken today. However, for him, he believes that lifelogging is as much a philosophy as it is about the numbers. And that’s why he takes the daily instagram, which serves as a trigger to remember what he was doing that day. “It’s the mundane parts of life,” says Granovsky. “That’s what makes it interesting.” For others like Stephen Cartwright, lifelogging data is turned into art. His sculpture Deviation, based on his physical location (latitude and elevation) over a period of several months, is currently on display, along with a dozen other life-data-based works, at the Elmhurt Art Museum in an exhibit called “LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday.” How would you use your lifelogging data?

Read more: Making art out of the data of everyday life

Image credited to Elmhurst Art Museum

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Life with the Narrative Clip: An interview with Christina Mason

Location:
San Diego CA, USA

How long have you been using your Narrative Clip?
Received, and first used my clip on April 14, 2014

How often do you use your Clip and in what settings?
Between April and May, I’ve worn the clip nine times, so I’m averaging 4-5 times a month and mostly on weekends when I’m attending interesting events.  I don’t use it to capture my day-to-day activities.

Please explain your decision behind getting a Narrative Clip?
Candid photos have always appealed to me over posed images. I love the documentary style photos that a wearable camera offers.  The most genuine expressions from people are captured only when they are unaware their photo is being taken, and those are my favorite moments.

Describe what you like best about the Narrative Clip.
I’m impressed with the image quality (raw image sizes approx 1944 x 2592 pixels), and the apps ability to rotate any image right side up, no matter how you wore the clip on your body.

How do you wear/use the camera?
Still trying to figure out the ideal location on the body to wear it.  The app tends to crop out the bottom half of the image in the timeline, so many of the pictures are simply sky, tops of trees, tops of heads, or ceiling shots.  However, the full scope of the image is visible in the raw photos, and these are the images I will keep and share. I found the best level to be about chest high – either hanging around my neck from a lanyard, or hooked to the straps of a shoulder bag. Here I have it clipped to the shoulder strap of my backpack during a hiking trip. It’s overly colorful because I covered it with a sticker. (Editor’s note: The new Narrative app release has addressed the issue of photos cropping. Read more)

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What’s the most surprising and/or interesting photo you’ve gotten so far?
I’ve gotten many great moments and it’s difficult to limit them to just one or two most interesting or surprising. The anticipation always feels a little like Christmas morning when I upload the pictures at the end of the day. Some moments are a complete disappointment having nothing but blurry or black photos (from wearing it indoors or in the evening), or I’m thrilled to have that one outstanding photo out of the bunch. On a street in Philadelphia, it caught this interesting angle of an old building with graffiti over the windows.

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And I love the combination of capturing close images showing what was happening directly in front of me, while also capturing the back ground activity – like this wedding reception photo:

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or me eating lunch behind the taps at a craft beer festival.

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Do you have any stories around how people react to the Clip?
Be prepared for a lot of strange looks!  I did purchase the orange clip however, so I think the black would be more discreet and blend better with regular street clothes.  I had one woman ask me ‘What is that crazy thing around your neck?!’; but luckily she was quickly distracted by something around her and I ultimately never had to give her an answer.

What is best moment you’ve captured with the Narrative Clip and why?
I have found that it’s often not a single image that’s interesting, but witnessing a full moment in the time-lapse view.  I clipped it to my cats collar, and it was really cute to see how she spent her day while I was at work.  She manged to capture a few blurry pictures of herself sitting in front a mirror, and I love how she captured her own shadow.

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What’s a specific use case for your Narrative Clip that you’re looking forward to trying out?
The upcoming horse races at Del Mar.

What’s a feature(s) you’d really like to see added to the Narrative service in the future?
Better clarity with low light situations.

This week in lifelogging: the futuristic workplace

Exploding wearables market

The lifelogging movement is closely intertwined with a market trend that is growing swiftly – the use of wearable technology. Wearable technology has existed since a long time ago and apparently has its roots in the casino. It has come a long way and has since been developed in all shapes and functions, whether in the form of fitness trackers, smart watches or wearable cameras. Moreover, the core components of wearable tech are also becoming even more flexible with the possible development of thread-like batteries powering wearable tech in future. With these innovations that are further propagated by tech giants jumping on the bandwagon of wearables, it is no wonder that the wearable tech market is estimated to worth $8.36 billion by 2018. Besides being used for personal tracking or the quantified self, these devices can also be used collectively in the workplace. This could be pretty difficult to imagine, isn’t it? Therefore today, we would like to help you paint a picture of the futuristic workplace in a world of wearables.

Read more: Is the Wearable Market About to Explode? and Forget the Quantified Self. We Need to Build the Quantified Us

Image credited to Ian Allen | Wired

That cuppa in the morning!

UP coffee

It is 9am on Monday morning. You belong to the group who believes that life does not begin until after coffee or tea. You head over to your office’s coffee machine and hit that button. That cup of brewing hot coffee or tea is just what you needed to get your brain ticking. Single shot espresso or double? Should I have that cup right now to optimise productivity? Questions questions questions, just before you hit those buttons. To answer them all, Jawbone has launched a new lifelogging tool – the Jawbone UP coffee – which reveals just how your body reacts to caffeine. Simply log for 3 days to see how you compare with other drinkers or for 7 days to reveal your Caffeine Persona. This tool could be what you need to maximise your productivity at work or to remind your colleagues to wait for 45 more minutes before they hit that next cup! At your wish, perhaps you could also send that data to your boss to hint for a cup of strong aromatic coffee from that favourite coffee chain down the road when the coffee machine is out of order (;

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Working together

With wearable tech boasting to boost productivity by almost 10 percent, it is no wonder that companies and individuals alike are slowing opting into the use of wearable tech in the workplace. After all, who doesn’t like shorter work hours as a result of being productive? In the picture above, you would find a representation of a study, in which 80 workers were randomly assigned three wearable devices over three weeks; the Lumo Back, which monitors your posture, the NeuroSky, a headset which uses sensors to translate brain activity into action, and GeneActiv, a watch-style wristband that gathers motion data. The result? When wearing the devices, worker productivity has been said to increase by 8.5 percent, while job satisfaction levels rose by 3.5 percent. Are you up for this?

Read more: Wearables can boost employee productivity by almost 10pc

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Lunch time workout-mania!

Instead of going for desserts after lunch to maximise that one hour lunch break that you have, maybe this would motivate you to get fit; co-workers becoming competitors in the race to fitness and health. As part of The Outside View’s Health, Wealth and Happiness programme, which could be likened to the company’s version of Google’s 20% time (where engineers are given an opportunity to work on side projects), employees of The Outside View are required to download a variety of smartphone apps that help them to track everything from the amount of time they sleep, the distance they walk or run, what they eat, how much time they spend sitting at their desk and even their ‘happiness’ levels. After all, a happy customer starts from a happy employee, so the return on investment in health and happiness could be great for both the company and the individual.

Read more: These companies are tracking the fitness of their employees and Quantified Self? How About a Quantified Workplace?

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Stress begins building up

The clock is ticking. That report for the client is due in just 2 hours and is hardly completed. Even though exercising a few hours ago helped you to relieve stress, the deadline is causing you to yearn for that stick of cigarette you’ve grown to be reliant on. You need a smoke break. Or at least that’s what you think and what a particular company is determined to help you kick away. The Chrono Therapeutics’ SmartStop wearable is intended to help smokers leave cigarettes behind. Here’s how it works – the SmartStop is equipped with a transdermal nicotine delivery system that allows for a differential, timed-release of nicotine. This helps to automatically offset the most powerful cravings that any smoker might have and gradually helps him/her to quit smoking altogether. Would you give it a try?

Read more: Chrono Raises $32M to Make Smart Nicotine Patch

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Meeting minutes

Just recently, Salesforce.com, a CRM and cloud giant has launched the Salesforce Wear, which is a developer program that focuses on wearables for the enterprise. As part of this, the company has created six end-to-end applications for six wearable devices, including an app for the Samsung Gear that allows users to check who is attending a meeting and information about attendees. These six apps are to work together to provide solutions for problems currently faced in the workplace and hopefully help us all work smarter. Yay or nay?

Read more: Salesforce.com Wear launched for wearable app developers and The Wearable Era Is Here: Implications For The Future Workplace

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Out of the office

Concluding the day could mean retail therapy for some, or an extra job at the local retail store. Whether you belong to the first or second group of people, BizTech believes that the first stop for wearables in businesses will arrive in the retail stores. This could mean equipping retail staff with wearables so that they can keep their hands free to assist customers better. Yet, be it in retail stores or offices, whether wearables will be introduced in the workplace on a larger scale than today will still have to depend on three factors according to Forbes – designing the workplace for wearables, not waiting for an industry-wide standardization, and being able to communicate openly about privacy and security. What else do you think needs to be done before wearables are fully integrated and ready for the workplace?

Read more: What Does Wearable Tech Mean for Businesses? and Why Wearable Tech Will Be as Big as the Smartphone

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A Narrative Team Midsummer

Like most people in Sweden, the Narrative Team celebrated midsummer this past weekend. There was a lot of herring and potatoes, dancing and questionable weather, as there should be. Anyone unfamiliar with the celebration and wondering what’s going on in these shots captured by various team members’ Clips should check out the video at the end of the post for a thoroughly humorous explanation!

The Midsummer Crown

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Midsummer Lunch

Integral Part of Midsummer Lunch

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Dancing around the Midsummer Pole

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Game Time! Klubb, anyone?

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Midsummer for Dummies

Credit: http://sweden.se/traditions/midsummer/

What kind of festivals and celebrations have you captured with your Narrative Clip?

This week in lifelogging: where are our smart phones headed?

Smarter smart phones?

 

We use our smart phones for everything. Yes, everything. Traditionally, because of the limited network and technical capabilities, the mobile phone was limited to users making phone calls and sending messages. However, as technology developed and consumers demanded, our smart phones now allow us to complete a whole spectrum of tasks on the go, most of which were quite unimaginable just a decade or two ago. The smart phone is gradually replacing all our gadgets – the point-and-shoot camera, the alarm clock and the calculator, for instance – to become that all-in-one product that we can easily slide into our pockets. And with lifelogging becoming such a hot topic these days, it is no wonder that various big brands are jumping onto the bandwagon of lifelogging, developing various wearable tech devices that accompany their core product, or even building lifelogging features into the smart phone. Today, we will do a quick round-up of what is happening in the lifelogging scene, specifically in the smart phone industry that we are familiar with.

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Sony SmartBand

One notable piece of wearable tech device developed by tech giant Sony is the Sony SmartBand SWR10. All throughout the day from the moment you wake up to the time you fall asleep, this piece of wearable tech wants to help you make sense of your life as you live it. After a sneak preview at CES (video above), Sony released this SmartBand SWR10 officially earlier this year to help you keep track of everything, from how well you’ve slept to the number of calories you’ve burnt, or the songs you were listening to when you ran your fastest. As it is with many devices out there currently, the challenge is always about providing consumers with answers and not more data. However, with an accompanying Lifelog app, Sony is striving to package the data received into snippets that are easily understood. Dubbed to go great with its new Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1, Sony is attempting to create an ecosystem consisting of the SmartBand, smart phone and Lifelog app to make sense of your life. Anyone tried it yet?

Video credited to Android Authority

Samsung

Samsung’s latest smart phone rave has been about its Samsung Galaxy S5. Although its built-in lifelogging features are far less extensive than Sony’s built-in Lifelog app and only includes a heart rate sensor, Samsung is building upon its S Health series to provide more features for the avid lifeloggers. This S Health series consists of the Samsung Gear Fit and Gear 2, and are compatible with the Galaxy S5 (and perhaps all future phones), to give you a comprehensive integration of fitness tracking apps to motivate you to get fit!

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Apple iOS8

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And of course we’re not forgetting the well-loved Apple. In their latest introduction of the upcoming iOS8, we see Apple also jumping onto the lifelogging track. Dedicating an entire section to feature their new Health app, Apple is determined to cause the “beginning of a health revolution”, as they say. This will be propelled forward by a new tool for developers known as HealthKit, which allows all fitness apps to work together. “When your health and fitness apps work together, they become more powerful. And you might, too.” is what Apple has outwardly expressed to be the motivation for this new feature in the iOS. Are you moved?

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Google’s lifelogging tools

Last but definitely not the least, we have our dearly beloved Mr. G. The very fact that Google has been made into a verb shows how much it has been intertwined with every portion of our lives. And it also shows just how likely this tech giant could potentially be the leader in the lifelogging scene. At the tip of the iceberg, Google has introduced the Android Wear Developer platform (video above) to call for the more intentional attitude and lifestyle of lifelogging to accompany its entire Android system that most smartphones run on. Step Sensors are but one of the many possibilities that can be derived through this developer platform. Are you ready to both generate and keep information close to you as you move?

Read more: Google Starts Its Very Own Wearable Technology Platform

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And we are heading towards…

For everything that we’ve seen today in the major players of the smart phone industry, one common concept that draws them altogether is this – calm technology. This prophetic concept (or perhaps self-fulfilling prophecy) relies on three principles:

  1. The user’s attention to the technology must reside mainly in the periphery. This means that either the technology can easily shift between the center of attention and the periphery or that much of the information conveyed by the technology is present in the periphery rather than the center.
  2. The technology increases a user’s use of his or her periphery. This creates a pleasant user experience by not overburdening the user with information.
  3. The technology relays a sense of familiarity to the user and allows awareness of the user’s surroundings in the past, present, and future.

Even though the technology in our smartphones is slowly heading towards the age of calm technology, much still remains to be explored as the tech giants currently only focus on fitness and health tracking apps. The big question remains: what would it really take for our smart phones (or some other futuristic device) to move beyond merely tracking our movements to truly embody the essence of lifelogging?

Read more: Calm Technology - Inspiring Developers and Digital Citizens

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Ways to get involved with the Narrative Community!

What an insanely exciting month it has been for Narrative! This past month, we have launched a new price point ($229 with 3 months of Cloud Service), and have extended our sales channels to Photojojo and Amazon. We have also started offering faster shipping for our Narrative Clips. (Yay!)

All these milestones are incredibly exciting for us at Narrative Support. With all that’s happening at the same time (and more to come), we foresee our customer base increasing exponentially in the coming period. At Narrative, we value our customers as our topmost priority, which is why we want to make sure that all of our customers get a voice and are able to reach out to us easily, regardless whether it is awesome feedback or a troubleshooting issue.

This is why we are introducing the community part of Narrative Support today. We want you to join us in building up an amazing community of Narrative users, where we can engage with one another and share ideas to improve our product. 

Contact Narrative Support

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If you have contacted us before, you have probably gone through one of these options: either emailing us at support (support@getnarrative.com) or contacting us on our Facebook and Twitter Pages (@Narrativehelp). We’ve heard all of you who have gotten in touch and now we want to challenge you to go three steps further – by engaging with us on our Knowledge Base, Suggestion Board and also on our community page! Let’s take a look at them…

Engaging with us on our Knowledge Base

Browse for Knowledge Base Articles

Are you not sure how to get started, etc? Check out our Knowledge Base for the answer! Right now, we have a fully functioning Knowledge Base, where you can easily search for the most common and popular topics trending at the moment.  We think the key benefit of using our knowledge base is convenience and speed – regardless of where you are and what timezone you are in, you can easily search for answers and find solutions to your queries. Not sure how to view moments on the new version of your app? Easy! Simply do a quick search on our Knowledge, and there you go, an article explaining just that. We know time is money. Which is why we want to save your time in waiting for answers from us and instead using that extra time to get out with your Narrative Clip to explore the world! To get to our Knowledge Base, click here.

Drop us a comment in our Knowledge Base Article

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 15.31.08 Can’t find the answers you are looking for or do you need a better explanation? Just click on the “thumbs down” button and drop us a comment below the article. One of our friendly Narrative Ninjas will get back to you as fast as we can. This will help us to continuously improve our information to you and dropping us a comment here could also help another user facing the same issues as you. So comment away!

Follow us and stay updated!

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To get continuous updates on the topic or article you are interested in, simply follow us by clicking on the button at the top right hand corner and you will be the first to know about any new information.

Engaging with us on our Narrative Suggestion Board  

Post Ideas on our Narrative Suggestion Board   

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 16.04.08 Next up is the Narrative Suggestion Board. This is a place where you can help us to build the best product and service possible. If you have a great idea, feel free to share it with us here. If someone else has already submitted your idea, it will show up in the results below. If so, you can simply vote for, and/or comment on it. If it hasn’t been submitted, enter your idea and vote!

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We will keep track of trending questions and topics that receive a large amount of vote, and update each issue with a status - the issues can be assigned any of the statuses shown above, with a clear explanation behind the decision.

Comment and vote on existing ideas on our suggestion board

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Our suggestion board also allows you to browse for common ideas given by our users. You can easily search for the top ideas, the newest ones or according to the statuses and give your opinion on each matter. Depending on the nature of the comment posted, we will always try our best to get back to you. You will be notified when your comment has been replied.

Understanding what you think about our product and services will not only help us improve quality, but will also give us insights into what features and services you would like to see in our products. 

You can easily access the Suggestion Board on the top bar on our support page.

Check out our live feed of #narrativeclip pictures

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 16.49.37Get inspired! Check out our live feed of pictures straight from our users. To add your own to our community page, simply hashtag your pictures with a #narrativeclip regardless whether you are using Twitter/ Facebook/ Instagram/ Google + / Vine or App.net.

We look forward to seeing your pictures from our Narrative Clip! See you on the flip side!

That’s all for today! We hope you find this support blog post useful. Is there are any other topics you would like us to explore? Let us know by dropping a comment below.