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People-aware computing

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 by billsimmon in Digital Culture, filmmaking, Video | 3 Comments

The video I shot and edited last month for Technology Review Magazine is up on their site now. It’s a Brightcove player and I don’t see any way to embed it easily, so just click here and watch it.

The work that Dr. Choudhury is doing fascinates me — it’s like life blogging but instead of just having a video feed, you have audio, heart rate, accelerometer telemetry, barometric pressure, and a sophisticated algorithm that can infer all sorts of things about what you’re doing at any given moment by combining all the data. Cool! Once I get connected to this, Candleblog readers can know about my diet, exercise regimen and masturbation schedule!

Actually, what really excites me about this technology is that the data could be searchable by keyword and image recognition software, so I could basically have Google for my life. What was that book that Emily recommended to me two weeks ago? Oh, let me just call it up and see. What was that joke that was so funny the other night? Ah yes, that was high-larious…



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  1. When you were on Channel 17 with me, you were talking about this sort of thing being available in the future. I thought you just had too much sci-fi. Who knew? ;)

  2. On August 22, 2008, Jim B said:

    Great vid. An iPhone with GPS and accelerometer seem like a perfect wearable sensor.

  3. On August 23, 2008, Anonymous Coward said:

    I’d rather track Dr. Choudhury’s masturbation schedule! Va va voom!

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