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The reason I've been able to sustain tracking my location is because this setup requires very little effort to maintain. The data is automatically collected and uploaded without any interaction from me.
The reason I was able to sustain this project so long was because of the simplicity of the data collection interface, a simple SMS.
The reason I've been able to sustain this setup is because the effort required to tap the button at night and in the morning is very low since the band is already on my wrist.
I've been able to sustain this data collection because it is almost no different from using a regular scale.
Low Friction Personal Data Collection - CyborgCamp 2012
Low Friction Personal Data CollectionAaron Parecki@aaronpk • aaronparecki.comCyborgCamp PDXNovember 2012
Things I currently track Location/GPS (since 2008) Location/Checkins (since 2009) Sleep (since November 2011) Weight (since October 2011) Car Gas Fillups (2008-2011) @aaronpk
Sleep Cycle App Place your phone on your bed Requires your phone to be plugged in Can wake you up at an appropriate time
Fitbit Tracks steps, activity, and sleep To track sleep, requires you wear it around your wrist I was not able to sustain this because of the extra effort of using the wrist strap Button tap to put into “Sleep” mode @aaronpk
Jawbone UP Always on my wrist, so I never forget about it Battery lasts 8-10 days Button tap to put into “Sleep” mode @aaronpk