One question first, before getting started with this week’s wrap-up of what’s been going on in the lifelogging world: are you going to the Quantified Self conference in Palo Alto this weekend? Martin and Jenny from Memoto are there and they are happy to make new connections. Just drop them a tweet!
“Putting the geekery into fitness”
I like this mission: to unite “geekeness” (whatever that is) with “fitness”. Quantified Self apps and lifelogging services sometimes tend to get data heavy in the term’s worst sense: incomprehensible tables and diagrams of something that could be made really cool – our lives and our experience. Can’t we do better?
The same blog post goes on to describe the origin of the Quantified Self movement quite nicely:
“If technology has done anything, it’s kept us honest. Social networks have become people research databases, your search history is so very easily trackable, and don’t even try and wrap your head around the various ways that smartphones and the mobile app takeover have harnessed your data.This fountain of data has given birth to the Quantified Self movement, the idea of using various technologies to track and analyze your life.”
Lifelogging as you’ve never seen it
OK, all bets are off. This might be the coolest thing ever made.
Short version: using a lifelogging camera, a 3D model and a Xbox, a fresh graduate from the City University School of Creative Media in Hong Kong has made a world were you can walk around in his memories. Sounds weird? It is. And fantastic.
Here’s an interview with the genius behind it, Mr Alan Kwan.
(Didn’t we just say lifelogging can be made cool?)
MeasuredMe and the search for the perfect QS app
I don’t remember when the last time was that I didn’t mention MeasuredMe in one of these blog posts, but I just like what he (she? they?) are doing. The blog is a really open and transparent never-ending experiment with lifelogging and quantified self tools, that is both entertaining and educating to follow.
This week he (she/they), amongs other things, described the search for a perfect Quantified Self iPhone app.
“… most of the tracking and logging apps (94%) focus on a specific niche: diet, fitness, health, mood, finance, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I am not criticizing that at all. There are a lot of awesome apps out there that help us to track just a couple of things, and sometimes that’s all we need. In this particular case, however, I am interested in that single app that would enable me to keep all my multiple logs in one place.”
To help with the search, I’d like to recall a couple of posts (part 1 and part 2) we made here at the Memoto blog earlier this summer.
And one more video…
The creator of the video asked people in the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands, about their age. This is the result. From 0 to 100 in 150 seconds.
Thanks to Alex Carmichael at Quantified Self for the tip!
Speaking about aging…
… here’s an interesting project about using technology, and specifically lifelogging technology, to “age gracefully”. For instance, Alzheimer’s disease is believed to be able to halt by lifelogging devices such as the Sensecam.
Do you have any more examples of how lifelogging tools can help us age gracefully?
Have a nice weekend!
Remember to “loose the beeps, the sweeps and the creeps”.
One exception from the no-twitter rule: don’t forget to tweet us to meet us at Quantified Self!
Thank you, Oskar! I have been reading your blog, and love it! Keep up the good work with Memoto!