Fitbits used to solve murders

In Your Life, Uploaded,  Gordon Bell and I described how life-logging would benefit health, education, work, and story-telling. Now detectives have put it to work solving murders. Here are a couple of murder cases that were cracked using a Fitbit: Anthony Aiello claimed that his daughter in law was doing fine when he last visited her home. Surveillance … Continue reading Fitbits used to solve murders

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iPhone 5s even better for life-logging

The recently-announced iPhone 5S includes an M7 coprocessor, which means that life-logging apps can now do their thing without being such battery hogs. The M7 "knows when you’re walking, running, or even driving" and it can track activity without requiring the power-hungry A7 chip that is used for regular applications.  Nike has announced Nike+ Move as the first app … Continue reading iPhone 5s even better for life-logging

Wearable Computing Pioneer Says Google Glass Offers “Killer Existence”

Other people opine. Thad Starner knows from years of experience.Few gadgets have generated as much excitement and hostility as Google Glass, a voice-activated computer-monitor combo worn on eyeglass frames. Now being tested by early adopters, Glass is an ambitious attempt to advance “wearable computing.” It’s also a milestone for Thad Starner, a Georgia Tech professor who … Continue reading Wearable Computing Pioneer Says Google Glass Offers “Killer Existence”

Don Was with Bob Dylan: the impact of recording conversation

What will happen in society if more conversations are recorded? Conversations are the most sensitive topic in life-logging, and it seems likely that in most societies conversation recording will remain frowned upon - if not downright illegal. Still, there are some attractions. Don't you sometimes wish you had a recording of the advice your doctor … Continue reading Don Was with Bob Dylan: the impact of recording conversation

Zephyr bio-logging products track heart, breathing, and movement

Zephyr makes some interesting bio-logging products. Their harness tracks "medical-grade ECG, as well as heart rate, breathing rate, and 3-axis accelerometery." You can also use a shirt, and add an optional GPS. Here's what they say about their shirts: Zephyr's Team BioHarness 3 Compression Shirts were designed specifically for the BioHarness system. Available in a variety … Continue reading Zephyr bio-logging products track heart, breathing, and movement

CubeSensors

Available in "Summer 2013," CubeSensors are "small, cordless and connected devices that continuously measure temperature, humidity, noise, light, air quality and barometric pressure." See TechCrunch for a nice article about them andanother article about competitor Lapka.