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Lifelogging- Text Based

What Is Lifelogging?

  • Lifelogging is the process of tracking personal data generated by our own behavioral activities.” Lifestream Blog
  • Personal data that is tracked includes exercising, sleeping, and eating.
  • Lifelogging is commonly confused with Lifestreaming, which primarily tracks the activity of content we create and discover (such as Twitter and Reddit).
  • Lifelogging can be achieved using any digital platform.

Why Lifelog?

  • Lifelogging makes it possible to constantly monitor vital measurements such as heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Lifelogging makes it possible to track and improve fitness (calorie counter, workout tracker).
  • Lifelogging makes it possible to store and share memory of people you have met, places you have visited, and events you have participated in.


The first person to do lifelogging, or in this context, to capture continuous physiological data together with live first-person video from a wearable camera, was Steve Mann. Mann's experiments with wearable computing and streaming video in the early 80s led to Wearable wireless webcame. in 1994, Mann continuously transmitted his everyday life for 24/7. This site grew in popularity, becoming Cool Site of the Day on February 17, 1995. Using a wearable camera and wearable display, he invited others to both see what he was looking at, over the Web, as well as send him live feeds or messages in real time. In 1998 Mann started a community of lifeloggers (also known as lifebloggers or lifegloggers) which has grown to more than 20,000 members.


  • Monitoring of vital measurements such as body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and presence or absence of bio-chemicals. This data could serve as a warning system and also as a personal base upon which to diagnosis illness and to prescribe medicines
  • Digital memory of people you met, conversations you had, places you visited, and events you participated in. This memory would be searchable, retrievable, and shareable
  • Complete archive of your work and play, and your work habits. Deep comparative analysis of your activities could assist your productivity and creativity.


*This violates privacy of others : by logging your life, you log the life of others.

*See yourself as a machine- some people may not like the idea of having everything they do noted down. It creates a 'robotic' effect that is unpersonal.


- professional lifelogging- lifelogging used within businesses
- phones being able to store our data over a cloud. One small device holds all of our personal data and do special post-processing.
- ability to find out about your 'image'. What society thinks of you through people's life logs.

The future of lifelogging can go as far as technology takes it over the years through experimentation and development. Oneday, lifelogging may be able to help us recover from diseases by diagnosing our illnesses as soon as they are developed and possibly provide information on exactly what medicine to take to instantly recover.

Case Studies

Case study 1 - Step

  • Step is a mobile app that enables users to keep a journal using emojis instead of words.
  • The icons in this app are not traditional emojis, but are similar in that you can communicate what you're doing (or eating) with a few pictures.
  • You can add text to your updates as well.
  • Additionally, Step lets you sign in with Facebook and tag Facebook friends in your post (i.e., I'm at work with Annie), but the journal is private so your friend won't receive a weird notification.

Case study 2 – Shadow

  • Shadow is an app which enables users to better remember their dreams, as well as give them a means of documenting them.
  • Sharing dreams is a popular pastime among friends, but actually remembering them is often a fleeting moment you have with yourself in the morning.
  • Shadow is an app that wakes you up slowly, and then allows you to record your dreams by voice or text.
  • Shadow also helps you discover patterns and recurring themes.

Case study 3 – Day One

  • Day One is a lifelogging app that syncs between your smartphone and your computer, so you can update your journal on the go or at your desk.
  • The app also syncs with iCloud and Dropbox, which is especially helpful if you're worried about losing an intimate journal because you lost your phone.
  • The app also auto adds weather, location data and timestamps on photos when they were taken.

Case Study 4 – Memiary

  • Memiary is a diary app that prompts users to enter up to five sentence fragments about what they did that day and lets them look back by date at what they did in the past.
  • Enables people totruly catalogue their daily events.
  • Users can also organize their experiences using tags