Measure your mood + lots of gadgets to track your fitness and health
First, a detailed overview from our friends at QuantifiedSelf.com, of methods and research background on how mood can be measured. Very interesting and well put together: “Many attempts have been made to quantify mood, from psychological assessments to online color palettes to analyses of phone conversations. We’ll explore them here, and discuss some of the ongoing debates.”
Masimo just announced a consumer pulse oximeter that works with Apple iPhones and iPads. Masimo is a big name in pulse oximetry and this technology may become popular with athletes that are looking to have a better understanding of their body’s performance. (Not intended for medical use, but for “sports and aviation”)
Venture Beat treats us to a nice list of desire-inducing products that will turn us into lean, mean cyborgs. The “Under Armour” pictured above is particularly cool!
The Big Picture
The futurists at IBM takes a look at technology with a likelihood to have a huge impact on the next five years, and they are focusing on “Innovations in computing sensors for touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell.”
From Wall Street Journal: More people are becoming interested in the idea of tracking, trending and capturing their internal biometrics throughout their regular daily routines. This will continue with a twist: gaming-competition among friends.
Everyday Lifelogging Getting Popular
As evidence of the trendspotting mentioned above, Nike introduces gamificiation layer on top of quantified self with their new extension to products like Nike+ and Fuelband, with “Missions”. Sounds like a great way to inject more fun into getting and keeping in shape!
Big article on lifelogging in established media coming! “Esquire editor A.J. Jacobs (recorded every second of his life on video for two months). He talks about what he learned by being able to rewind his life to catch anything he missed, and how the people in his life reacted.”
And here is another way to present a view on lifelogging: Gawker covers Cesar Kuriyama and his Kickstarter project “1 Second Everyday App” with a not so little condescending tone and wordings such as “Is he, or is he not The Most Interesting Man in the World?”…
This week I celebrated 1000 nights of my own “sleep-logging”, which seemed worthy of a mention here! As you can see above, the curve is showing improvement – what gets measured gets done, right? We’ve written earlier in This Week In Lifelogging about the sleeptracking device ZEO, but I’m simply using the Sleep Cycle app on my smartphone. Check it out if you haven’t already!