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Heartbeat during marriage proposal

The moments leading up to a marriage proposal can be both exciting and nerve-racking. Will s/he say yes? What if I fumble up the words?…

Fitbit data to be used in court as evidence

Personal data from Facebook, Twitter, and email are already used, so sure why not. Fitbit-generated movement data is now used in the courtroom. The young…

Tracking online ads

We browse online, we see ads, and we buy stuff. The better-targeted the ads are, the more likely that we buy stuff. So of course…

Fitbit obsessed

After you've collected data about yourself for a while, you tend to go one of two ways. You either quit completely because it's no longer…

Track your sleep with Sense

Entering the market of self-surveillance for sleep, via Kickstarter, Sense promises to be a smarter tracker that you don't have to wear. It's a two-part…

Feltron Annual Report 2013

In his ninth edition of the personal report, Nicholas Felton looks at communication through his phone, email, Facebook, and physical mail. Also, don't miss the…

You get a personal data site, and you get one, and you too

Personal data collection keeps getting easier and more efficient. Much of what was manual or clunky a few years ago is now automatic, done via…

Jawbone UP24 Review

I tracked steps and sleep for the past month wearing the Jawbone UP24 wristband. It works. It's straightforward to use. It's not perfect. I'm gonna…

Explore where you’ve been with Visits

Visits, a research project by Alice Thudt, Dominikus Baur, and Sheelagh Carpendale from the University of Calgary, is an exploration of your personal location history.…

Personal smart garden system tracks soil and water conditions

Edyn, a new project on Kickstarter, aims to make gardening easier by tracking water and soil conditions and automatically adjusting water schedules based on the…

The United States of Metrics isn’t such a bad thing

Bruce Feiler for The New York Times describes his concern and distaste for data collection and analysis. In the last few years, there has been…

Share your traces with a stranger

The MIT Media Lab Playful Systems group is working on an experiment in data sharing, on a personal level. It's called 20 Day Stranger. You…

UP Coffee app helps you track and understand caffeine consumption

How much caffeine can you consume during the day and still fall asleep at night? For some, it's one cup and they're up all night,…

Reporter app, for self-discovery through data

Nicholas Felton, Drew Breunig, and Friends of the Web released Reporter for iPhone. The app—$3.99 on the app store—prompts you with quizzes, such as who…

Weightless Project uses personal tracker data to abate hunger and obesity

The Weightless Project gives you another reason to use your Jawbone or Fitbit that you got for Christmas this year (or to dig out the…

Quantified breakup

A recently divorced woman is using her personal data — phone logs, emails, chats, bank statements, and GPS traces — as her own way to…

Personal data for sale

NYU ITP graduate student Federico Zannier collected data about himself — online browsing, location, and keystrokes — for his thesis. As he dug into personal…

Monitor your surroundings with these sensors

It wasn't long ago that sensors and personal tracking seemed like pure nerdery. In the early stages of graduate school — before smartphones were popular…

Feltron 2012 Annual Report

Today might be pi day, but yesterday was Feltron Report day. The theme this year is visual density — or maybe programmatic graphics. Either way,…

Amiigo: The exercise tracker that identifies exercises

Self-tracking devices are all the rage these days. I went to the Apple store, and there was practically a whole wall of them. They were…

Over-the-top quantified self

Chris Dancy likes to track facets of his life. A lot. Above is a bunch of automatically logged data to Google Calendar. At the moment,…

A fill-in-the-blank book to journal your life in graphs

My friends just got this for me, and it's pretty much the perfect gift, especially since my dissertation is about journaling and personal data collection.…