Personal tracking with Ed Hunsinger: part big data, all man

SxSW 2013 Ed Hunsinger Big Data

Playing with your own big data: Ed Hunsinger at South by Southwest Interactive 2013. 

Ed Hunsinger: part man, part machine; does this equal…cyborg? Not quite. It’s all perfectly normal and you will see more and more 2000 Men and Women soon, tracking their bodies’ performances with data selfies, using such devices at FitBit,( http://www.fitbit.com/ ), Storm, latitude tracking, RunKeeper (http://runkeeper.com/ ), Foursquare (https://foursquare.com/‎ ) to post and track your own whereabouts,  and a blithering host of apps that allow you to monitor every square inch you occupy and every breath you take.

Hunsinger is tracking his body and everything he does, and he’s leveraging SPlunk, his company’s IT log analysis software, in this project. He’s pulling down Twitter data and analyszing it with SPlunk.

There’s tons of apps that you can use to gather data, Hunsinger said, highlighting Bioblogger as one app worth testing out. The challenges lay in pulling the date out of the apps and tracking sites and massing it to measure and track the aggregate data.

“I want millions of data points, ” Hunsinger said, darkly hinting at APIs and ISO time-date stamps and a script he wrote to pull data from FitBit. For those who want to play along, check his Github, which is under the name Ed Rabbit. Look for biblogger.

Hunsinger noted that the act of tracking data affects the data. So he tries to work with trackers that collect data passively, as much as that is possible.  He directed interested parties to look into Lumo (LumoLift, LumoBack) and ZEO (now defunct: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeo,_Inc. ).

You put on the headset, hit button, and the device knows when you dreams at night and when you are awake. Hunsinger uses a six-month battery on the device so that it runs passively without needing his attention.

He challenges developers to come up with more effective tracking and reporting software, apps that work silently to gather data.

May the best software win. And let the Data Hunger games begin.

Links

More images from 2013 South by Southwest Interactive
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clairwiloh/sets/72157632980772104/

http://eventifier.co/event/sxsw13/clairwil

2013 SxSW Interactive Presentations on Soundcloud 

Find out more about the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin Texas

http://sxsw.com/interactive

Shut up and take my money: John Biehler and 3D printing

SxSW 2013 John Biehler on Pre Pettis & MakerBot

What John Biehler said when he saw Pre Pettis and MakerBot on The Daily Show

How 3D Printing Changed John Biegher’s Life

John Biehler bought a 3D printer as soon as he saw one demonstrated on The Daily Show. He’s been experimenting with it and extending what can be done with it ever since. Biehler formed a forum for 3D printers – 3D604.org (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/3d604 ) – and the forum is burgeoning with inventors and interesting conversations about the endless possibilities these devices present.

SxSW 2013 Connor Zwick: hardware is the new software

John Biehler at the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin Texas

He brought a 3D printer to the 3D Printer Village in Vancouver at the 2013 Maker Faire (http://www.vancouvermakerfoundation.org/events-and-programs/vancouver-mini-maker-faire/ ) and particularly enjoyed the reaction children have to the device.

“They see it and realize it can make toys and parts to build with. Then they basically say ‘get out of the way’ start they start using the printer. They want one now.”

It turns out that an Xbox with Xbox Connect can be turned into a 3D scanner. This is a good thing. Connect a 3D scanner device to a 3D printer device and what is the first thing you do with it? Apparently, you make people; that’s what Biehler did.

“We scanned people and printed their faces and heads.”

SxSW 2013 Dita Von Teese in 3D printed dress

Dita Von Teese in a 3D printed, fully articulated printed dress. 

Links

3D604.org group  https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/3d604

More images from 2013 South by Southwest Interactive
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clairwiloh/sets/72157632980772104/

http://eventifier.co/event/sxsw13/clairwil

2013 SxSW Interactive Presentations on Soundcloud 

Find out more about the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin Texas

http://sxsw.com/interactive

Conner Zwick: sweating the small details for hardware innovations. Hardware Kicks Software’s Butt at SxSW Interactive 2013

SxSW 2013 Connor Zwick: hardware is the new software

College dropout whiz kid  Connor Zwick. Hardware is the new software. Presenter at the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin Texas.

 Hardware Kicks Software’s Butt at SxSW Interactive 2013

Conner Zwick has one word for you and the word is not plastic..it’s hardware. He dropped out of college, armed with the basic skills of CAD and a knowledge of electrical engineering, and went to work on high-quality prototyping. To those who want to follow in his footsteps, he says there are tons of tools out there to work with and resources to help you learn.

He set out to design something that would be a “joy to use.” But, to get to the prototype, there were design dilemmas. Hardware start-ups are the sweet spot for profits and this has big implications for new things to come to market in 2014.

More images from 2013 South by Southwest Interactive
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clairwiloh/sets/72157632980772104/

http://eventifier.co/event/sxsw13/clairwil

2013 SxSW Interactive Presentations on Soundcloud 

Find out more about the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin Texas

http://sxsw.com/interactive

Change is as good as a holiday

South by Southwest Interactive (SxSW) 2013, a five-day free flight of imagination and creativity, just ended in downtown Austin, Texas. Each year, creative minds gather to share dreams and nightmares about technological changes, inventions, and twists in the road that takes the rest of us to the future.

Who was the most interesting wiseguy at Southby Interactive this year? Whose prophecy, whose new hardware gadget, 3D print imager (laser tech), or change-the-world idea will be the one left standing when 2014 rolls around?

Will it turn out to be this guy who said the most important thing at SxSW Interactive in 2013? He’s Nobel Fellow and UT Austin professor Dr. Steve Weinberg. He discussed new physics discoveries that are transforming our understanding of the world; Dr. Weinberg urged that we concentrate on funding and building a mammoth particle accelerator. (2019 update: Now CERN has its own Intagram.)

SxSW 2013 Steve Weinberg Physics Discoveries

Or will it be Takahito Iguchi, the CEO of Telepathy, whose interactive glasses from Japan might beat out Google Glass for style and features?

Takahito Iguchi from Facebook 2013

Takahito Iguchi, the CEO of Telepathy, using wearable tech. (pix from his Facebook)

(2022 Update: Keep up with the many tech projects, from vision tech to audio social innovations spun out by Tajaguto Uguch by following his Twitter. Quotable: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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And speaking of magic, how much longer do we have to wait to climb into our own spaceships? Want to catch a ride on Sir Richard Garriott’s Nauvoo-like multigeneration colonizer flight?

SxSW 2013 Preview on Space with Hugh Forest at UT Austin
Hugh Forrest does a pre-flight of the upcoming 2013 South by Southwest Interactive, which has a focus on space, with a NASA visitor area at the Long Center that will be open to the public.
SxSW 2014 NASA booth 03
SxSW 2014 NASA booth 02

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SxSW 2013 Preview Talk on Space with Richard Garriott
Sir Richard Garriott did a pre-event visit to UT Austin to discuss space travel.
SXSW 2014 NASA booth 01

The answer might be: not long at all, if we are willing to work our way across the universe, according to Richard Garriott, who is busy building rocket ships with his friends. Garriott, AKA Lord British, is juggling multiple projects, all deep in the field of dreams. (2022 update: his latest MMO gaming project, currently called Effigy, will be using blockchain tech, will include NFTs and some user-created content.) Follow Garriott on Twitter because life should come at you faster than the speed of light if you plan to exit this galaxy to get to The Rings.)

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