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In this talk, I present that making better self-tracking tools requires using a holistic and human-centered approach at design and development.
Self-tracking tools have been increasing because of 3 technological improvements: better sensors, ubiquitous data access, and improved visualizations. Despite the new technologies, self-tracking remains hard. This is because self-tracking requires a lot from the user: from collecting, organizing, reflecting on data and to putting new knowledge into action.
The self-tracking challenge presents design and technology with great opportunities. Forging ahead, I think development of self-tracking tools should be approached in two ways:
1. It has to be approached holistically. Provide support for all the things that the user has to do with the system. This is specially important because self-tracking requires long-term use.
2. A human-centered approach has be taken. The technology has been growing a lot and that's great. The question now is how do these different technologies go together to support the knowledge discover new insights into their selves.