Los Angeles QS Meetup<br />Location Tracking<br />Oct 15th, 2011<br />Eric Blue<br />Blog: http://eric-blue.com<br />Twitt...
2<br />Quantified Self – Location Tracking<br />
How I started tracking location<br />Early projects<br />Creating a personal travel journal<br />My Personal Memex<br />GP...
1st GPS device from 2002 – eTrex Vista<br />Started out as a hobby: tracking hikes, biking + road trips<br />In 2008 I cre...
5<br />My Personal Travel Journal - Inspiration<br />
A journal of sorts, listing where I’ve been from 1990s to today<br />Text of who, what, when, where?<br />Pictures + Video...
7<br />My Personal Travel Journal [2]<br />
8<br />My Personal Travel Journal [3]<br />
9<br />My Personal Travel Journal [4]<br />
Great for centralizing information in one place<br />Greatly improves recall and enhances memory<br />Details about where ...
Tracking my location with my cell phone<br />Inspired by a website I saw in 2006 – Where’s Tim?<br />Real-time GPS trackin...
12<br />GPS Tracking – “Where’s Eric?” [2]<br />
Lessons Learned?<br />Nifty prototype, but not really practical for detailed tracking<br />Technology isn’t there yet<br /...
Excited to try Google Latitude, overall very good features<br />Let’s you share location with others if desired<br />Has a...
15<br />GPS Tracking – Google Latitude [2]<br />
Lessons Learned?<br />Runs in the background and doesn’t impact battery too much<br />Accuracy is an issue<br />Uses cell ...
17<br />GPS Tracking<br />
DIY? I’ll build my own version of Google Latitude!<br />Use a small, high-quality GPS that can record lat/long every secon...
Qstarz– small + long battery life<br />Upload GPX data once a month<br />Wrote software to process and<br />Determine Top ...
20<br />DIY – Top Places Report<br />
21<br />DIY – Top Places Map View<br />
22<br />DIY – Proximity Search<br />
23<br />DIY – Track Log By Date<br />
Experiments for the Future?<br />Integrate new automated GPS tracking with my original Personal Travel Journal<br />Use te...
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  1. 1. Los Angeles QS Meetup<br />Location Tracking<br />Oct 15th, 2011<br />Eric Blue<br />Blog: http://eric-blue.com<br />Twitter: @ericblue<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Quantified Self – Location Tracking<br />
  3. 3. How I started tracking location<br />Early projects<br />Creating a personal travel journal<br />My Personal Memex<br />GPS tracking<br />“Where’s Eric?”<br />Google Latitude<br />DIY – Build my own Latitude<br />Personal GPS recorder tracking 1 million+ coordinates<br />Detailed reporting on where I’ve been for over 1 year<br />3<br />Overview<br />
  4. 4. 1st GPS device from 2002 – eTrex Vista<br />Started out as a hobby: tracking hikes, biking + road trips<br />In 2008 I created a personal travel journal<br />Consolidated all pictures + videos from the past 10 years<br />Pieced together memories and created a record of all trips I’ve been on<br />Interests in both life logging and tracking where I’ve been<br />In 2010 started an experiment with GPS<br />Carrying a small GPS device virtually 24/7<br />Curiosity in analyzing patterns and building memories<br />4<br />How I Started Tracking Location<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />My Personal Travel Journal - Inspiration<br />
  6. 6. A journal of sorts, listing where I’ve been from 1990s to today<br />Text of who, what, when, where?<br />Pictures + Videos<br />Built on Mediawiki (used by Wikipedia) with semantic capabilities<br />Ask it where you’ve been & it will answer!<br />Browse by timeline, location, person<br />6<br />My Personal Travel Journal [1]<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />My Personal Travel Journal [2]<br />
  8. 8. 8<br />My Personal Travel Journal [3]<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />My Personal Travel Journal [4]<br />
  10. 10. Great for centralizing information in one place<br />Greatly improves recall and enhances memory<br />Details about where you’ve been within seconds<br />Lots of work<br />Manual recall needed to fill in details about the trip and locations<br />Need something automated to tell you where you’ve been<br />Inspired by Gordon Bell’s work (MyLifeBits) and his book Total Recall<br />Leverage advances in GPS tech + cell phones to make location tracking ambient<br />10<br />My Personal Travel Journal -Discovery<br />
  11. 11. Tracking my location with my cell phone<br />Inspired by a website I saw in 2006 – Where’s Tim?<br />Real-time GPS tracking<br />I wanted to do this for years; luckily the iPhone made it possible<br />Tried many early iPhone apps to get GPS coordinates and post to a website<br />In 2010 I used InstaMapper for a short while<br />Wrote an app to get lat/long, lookup address with GeoNames, and display on a Google Map<br />11<br />GPS Tracking – “Where’s Eric?” [1]<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />GPS Tracking – “Where’s Eric?” [2]<br />
  13. 13. Lessons Learned?<br />Nifty prototype, but not really practical for detailed tracking<br />Technology isn’t there yet<br />Still had an original iPhone 3G – no background apps<br />Battery drain was pretty significant<br />Needs some “smarts” about places, not just viewing coordinates<br />Mainly interested in tracking location for my own analysis<br />13<br />GPS Tracking – “Where’s Eric?” [3]<br />
  14. 14. Excited to try Google Latitude, overall very good features<br />Let’s you share location with others if desired<br />Has a History feature<br />Download your track log for import into Google Earth (KML)<br />Has reports on places you’ve visited<br />Search track log by date<br />14<br />GPS Tracking – Google Latitude [1]<br />
  15. 15. 15<br />GPS Tracking – Google Latitude [2]<br />
  16. 16. Lessons Learned?<br />Runs in the background and doesn’t impact battery too much<br />Accuracy is an issue<br />Uses cell tower data for triangulation at times; can show me miles from where I really am<br />Looking for a coordinates every few seconds not minutes<br />Limit reliance on 3rd party sites for sharing location<br />What about privacy?<br />16<br />GPS Tracking – Google Latitude [3]<br />
  17. 17. 17<br />GPS Tracking<br />
  18. 18. DIY? I’ll build my own version of Google Latitude!<br />Use a small, high-quality GPS that can record lat/long every second – Qstarz BT-Q1000XT GPS<br />Carry with me at all times (fits in my pocket)<br />Logged over 1 million coordinates since Sept. 2010<br />Integrates with Google Maps, Geocoding, and Places<br />Part of my personal project to track other quantified gadgets for fitness, sleep, health, etc.<br />TRAQS.me (Tools for Reporting & Analysis of the Quantified Self) – http://traqs.me<br />18<br />GPS Tracking – Do It Yourself! [1]<br />
  19. 19. Qstarz– small + long battery life<br />Upload GPX data once a month<br />Wrote software to process and<br />Determine Top Places I visit<br />Businesses, Restaurants, etc.<br />Places I’ve travelled – city/state<br />Counter to track # visits, last visit date<br />Support proximity searching<br />View track log by date, location, top visits, etc.<br />19<br />GPS Tracking – Do it Yourself! [2]<br />
  20. 20. 20<br />DIY – Top Places Report<br />
  21. 21. 21<br />DIY – Top Places Map View<br />
  22. 22. 22<br />DIY – Proximity Search<br />
  23. 23. 23<br />DIY – Track Log By Date<br />
  24. 24. Experiments for the Future?<br />Integrate new automated GPS tracking with my original Personal Travel Journal<br />Use technology to help improve recall & build a strong memory<br />Lookup my location history on the go<br />Find out “When was I here?” from my iPhone<br />Incorporate heatmaps<br />Additional information<br />Links to this presentation and other articles & projects at the Quantified Self Los Angeles Wiki<br />http://quantifiedselfla.wikispaces.com/<br />24<br />Location Tracking - Conclusion<br />
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