In June 2015 I collaborated on a reportage for VRT-Canvas Panorama ‘Wordt gevolgd’. An interesting introduction on Quantified Self its advantages and desadvantages. On privacy and ethics and more. Different professionals have participated in this, it gives a broad view on the different aspects. Made by Hilde De Windt and Peter Brems.
Just finished a Mooc on Human Centerd Design – IDEO method. A great experience, interesting how we did our journey and came to some interesting conclusion. I’m a very technology oriented person, but lately returning to the human perpsective. It is quite refreshing and rewarding. Enjoy our journey and amazing results!
View the thesis here!
We observe that more “smart devices” are becoming part of our daily life, and people that quantify aspects of their lifestyle are becoming more mainstream. In doing so, they leave a huge digital footprint behind in an active and passive way.
We notice that the Quantified Self is mainly focused on creating awareness towards a healthier lifestyle. We learn that there are opportunities for realizing healthcare that is more oriented and organized around prevention. Not only on an individual level, but also on a population level. Patterns might be discovered in user data helping to support predictions in a more granular and personalized way. At the same time, a lot of questions arise when using Quantified Self. How do these device integrate in people’s daily life? Are they as effective as we think? Do they create enough awareness and persuasion to create a sustainable and healthier lifestyle? Do they facilitate a structural behavior change with the user? Do they continue the lifestyle they adopted during the tracking period? Or are we seeing more a temporary phenomenon in the usage and behavior changes?
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I’m tracking my sleep for more then a year now, since August 2010 with ZEO device, fascinating experience to learn so much about yourself.
In addition I started to extend the experiment with 10 colleagues from Howest – March 2011, which is also a rich experience, more on that later.
All this lead to my interest in sleeping patterns and day performance with other people as well, hence my research project on ‘sleeping with technology’ in a ALWAYS ON society we are living in lately.
There are a lot of tracking apps and devices out there. I tested a few like LARK and ZEO, plus some Iphone apps as well. So far ZEO is still my favorit, because its detailed information, the scientific background, accurate measuring trough sensors checking your brainwaves. Lark and other Iphone apps I used simultanously do give a good report too, but no info on REM and DEEP sleep, which is very important in tracking your sleep quality. The latter apps are all based on movement.
And more then anything else I don’t like my Iphone in my bedroom environment unless I’m traveling, At home I want to keep it clean from tablets or phones. Although I’m tempted lately to watch series on my Ipad before going to bed, bad habit ;-).