True to their name, lifelogging devices log your life activities. In this, they are an extended version of health tracking devices because they extend the former’s capabilities into other spheres of life. However, the jump from health logging to life logging is more than a change in semantics or quantity of logged data.
The Quantified Self movement promotes something called life logging. That means tracking all kinds of details of your life in order to improve it. To find out more about the topic, David Greene talks to two people involved with life logging: Kitty Ireland, who works for a life logging app called Saga, and to David Goldstein, who turned to life logging with the help of a coach.
Founded in 2011, Saga is a lifelogging app that records everything from the places you’ve been to the activities you do.
Operating under its umbrella company, A.R.O., Saga crunches all that data and presents it with infographics. The app also includes contextual notifications, which parse your lifelog data to understand what information you need at the time you need it.
Lifelogging should be easy, and that’s what Saga delivers with its mobile apps. The update for iOS allows Saga to learn about your preferences and routines over time to deliver more relevant, personalized information.
If you let Andy Hickl track your every movement and give him the keys to your digital life, he promises to make it worth your while. Trust Hickl’s app Saga to track your step counts, your location, give it access to all your social media accounts, and it promises to enhance your life by predicting the information you want to know before you even know you want it.
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If someone is around, but doesn’t Instagram it, did it really fall? What if they don’t leave a cautionary tip at the “dangerous forest” location on Foursquare?
With Saga, such epistemological thought experiments will be irrelevant. The life-logging app for Android and iPhone passively tracks everything you do and syncs with your favorite apps to create a holistic story of your life, with no action required from you.
A similar app that tries to do a bit more than Moves is Saga, which compiles users’ locations, travel times, and posts to social networks into one “Lifelog.” This week, Saga added the ability to share Lifelogs with others, but what I find more interesting is the infographics it automatically compiles about my habits, like “time spent at home each week,” “time spent in transit each week,” and “unique places visited each week,” as compared to myself and other Saga users. Tracking something so you can understand it in context is another good motivator.
Plus, stories are more interesting than stats and isolated updates. Saga is definitely onto something there.
Saga, an app created by Seattle startup A.R.O., is introducing a social layer in today’s update. In other words, all the data that Saga collects about you can now be shared with friends who are also using the app.
With so many different ways to track our "quantified selves," it's hard to get a holistic, accurate read on our health.