If it’s smart, you can wear it!

If it’s smart, you can wear it!

It started with the first smart clothes in 2006, motivated luxury brands like TAG Heuer of LVMH to add some smartness to their watches and even lets farmers recognize patterns in dairy cow movements: wearables have become mainstream. At our Wearable Data Hack this June, we partnered with Wearable Technologies, a Munich based company specialized in marketing wearables. One part of our hackathon’s prizes were tickets to the 2016 Wearable Technologies Conference, taking place in Munich, January 26-27. Looking at the impressive lineup of speakers at the conference, we’re sure that our winners will learn a lot about the near future of wearables! If you also want to attend the conference, you might want to use this special link and our friends&family code Datarella_Friends for receiving a 15% discount.  See you at the Wearable Technologies Conference 2016 in Munich!

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Wearable Data Hack Munich 2015

Wearable Data Hack Munich 2015

Today, we would like to announce something special. Something we can’t wait to take place and until mid June it’s going to be tough to sit tight. Please, feel invited to our Wearable Data Hack Munich 2015! The Wearable Data Hack Munich 2015 is the first hack day on wearable tech applications and data. It will take place right after the launch of Apple Watch – the gadget we expect to rise the tide for all wearables. Withe the Wearable Data Hack Munich 2105, we aim to kick-off app development for the emerging smartwatch and wearable tech market. During this weekend you will have the first occasion to share your views and ideas and jointly gather experience with the new data realm. Apple calls the Apple Watch “Our most personal device ever”. And with good cause: The data from wearable tech, smartphones and smartwatches are really the most personal data ever. Our mobile devices accompany every step we take, every move we make. A plentitude of sensors on the devices draw a multidimensional picture of our daily lives. Applications of wearable data range from fitness to retail, from automotive to health. There is hardly an industry that cannot make direct […]

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Our Flipboard on Wearable Tech is now on the Web, too.

Our Flipboard on Wearable Tech is now on the Web, too.

Great news! Flipboard has made its service available on the web. You can now browse our curated news on wearable tech, smartwatches, The Quantified Self, and the Internet of Things in your browser, too: flipboard.com/qs-socially-relevant-technology

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Second Screen

Second Screen

In the US, smartphone and tablet displays have replaced the TV set as screen number one. Meanwhile, not only the time spent on mobile devices has become longer on mobile than on the tube -primarily the intensity of using mobiles, the attention, people dedicate to mobile content, is higher. Smartphones and tablets have thus become the first screen. Nevertheless, there are plenty of occasions, when a smartphone is out of place, or even annoying: At the table, during a lively conversation, or while driving a car, to name just three obvious examples. My twitter friend Jürgen Geuter has put it in one sentence, why smartwatches will the remedy here: To check the wrist watch is socially accepted. Completely within the common boundaries we may just look on our smartwatch if the awaited reply on Whatsapp has arrived, just as we would have consulted the watch to get the time. Likewise, smartwatches are handy in the sense of the word, when we drive a car, and in combination with speech recognition many smartphone apps will work even better than the hands-free kit. Smartwatches will thus become the second screen, the companion of our smartphones. Also therefore they will find their buyers.

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We are the content!

We are the content!

Since 1967 the Consumer Electronics Show CES in Las Vegas has been the display for the latest products in electronic entertainment. Every first week in Januar the big brands disclose their secret products, that will be stacked on the shelves – or rather: put on the online shops. Until recently, CES was the home match for the classic industry: Hifi, TV sets, car radio, … Even with Apple, Microsoft, and their likes have played an increasingly important role, their focus at this trade show was still also „classic“ home entertainment: Smart TV, home cinema, computer games. TV ist dowdy Also for 2015 the industry had set-up their things. Companies like Samsung would make clear their strategy in advance: Even more fancy TV sets with even more features. But things turned out quite differently. It seamed as if nobody wanted to watch the TV screens on this year’s CES. Classic home electronics appeared like a relict from the 70s. If not before, it became clear at CES 2015, that TV is no longer the „first screen“. Three Trends at CES2015 Three trends dominated the visitors‘ interest and the media coverage of this year’s CES: First: Connected home, in particular smoke detectors, […]

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BYOD – Bring your own Data. Self-Tracking for Medical Practice and Research

BYOD – Bring your own Data. Self-Tracking for Medical Practice and Research

„Facebook would never change their advertsing relying on a sample size as small as we do medical research on.“ (David Wilbanks) People want to learn about themselves and get their lives soundly supported by data. Parents record the height of their children. When we feel ill, we measure our temperature. And many people own a bathroom scales. But without context, data is little meaningful. Thus we try to compare owr measurements with those of other people. Data that we track just for us alone Self-tracking has been trending for years. Fitness tracker like Fitbit count our steps, training apps like Runtustic deliver to us analysis and benchmark us with others. Since 2008, a movement has been around that has put self-tracking into its center: The Quantified Self. However it is not just self-optimizer and fitness junkies who measure themselves. Essential drive to self-tracking originated from self-caring chronically ill. Data for the physician, for family members, and for nursing staff In the US like in many countries lacking strong public health-care, it becomes increasingly common to bring self-measured data to the physician. With many examinations this saves significant consts and speeds up the treatment. With Quantified Self, many people have been […]

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Sharing Goods And Sharing Data: Both Is Fun, Big Business And A Social Responsibility

Sharing Goods And Sharing Data: Both Is Fun, Big Business And A Social Responsibility

Around 2010, Lisa Gansky coined the term Sharing Economy, or Mesh companies, offering their customers efficient shared access to their products instead of selling their products to them. Recently, it’s being called Collaborative Consumption or Collaborative Economy. It’s all about finding ways to make better use of valuable resources that have remained unused. Convenient access is being made affordable to people who can’t afford different products, or simply don’t need to own those products since they would only use them infrequently. Typical mesh businesses like AirBnB, LendingClub or Cookening, demonstrate the power of sharing in very different ways: AirBnB is on the way to pass Hilton as the world’s largest hotelier in 2015, that is 7 years after its inception. The US peer-to-peer lending company Lending Club has originated over 4 billion USD in loans – it was originally founded as a Facebook app in 2006. The typical Mesh business runs a stylish app with a high usability. It’s service is new, easy to use and affordable. But all that does not fully explain the tremendous speed they conquer one market after the other. Who is the driver behind the Sharing Economy and it’s success? It’s the user. It’s the […]

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„Mobile Data: Under the Hood“

„Mobile Data: Under the Hood“

The slides of our talk at Munich DataGeeks Meetup: „A smartphone is a mighty array of sensors. How to access the data, and get meaningful information from the various readings, like geo-location, gyroscope, accelerometer, or even the magnetic flux. We also discuss the ehtical implication of mobile tracking: informational self-determination, „other-tracking“ vs. self-tracking, and how to do spooky things with apparently innocent measurements.“ Mobile Data Analytics from Joerg Blumtritt

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Datarella People: Dan Berglund, Senior Developer at Narrative

Here’s the transcript of the Datarella (DR) interview with Dan Berglund of Stockholm-based life-logging startup Narrative. DR At the Quantified Self Conference 2014 in Amsterdam, we’re together with Dan Berglund from Swedish startup Narrative. Dan, could you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about Narrative? Dan Sure. I work as a Software Engineer at Narrative, a software and hardware company which makes a very tiny mobile camera that takes photos of everything you see. Photos are taken every 30 seconds, then they’re aggregated and we show you a meaningful representation of your data life. DR You’re wearing a narrative camera. Could you show it to us and explain what this camera does in comparison with a typical camera? Dan Yes. Here it is. It’s working automatically – so you wear it at your shirt or jacket, and it takes photos every 30 seconds. If you want to turn it off, you just put it into your pocket. Then we offer a service, which is connected with the camera: it aggregates all photos and tries to find the best ones by grouping together similar photos. So at the end, you have a diary of your life. DR What is the […]

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