We know many of our Saga fans use lifelogging as a digital timesheet for work. As an added layer, this week’s IFTTT recipes help automate some of your professional tasks, such as logging your hours at a client’s office or sending an automated message to your network.

Do you and your colleagues travel a lot? Automatically let your co-workers know when you are at the airport using Yammer.

IFTTT Recipe: Let my colleagues know when I'm at the airport. connects saga to yammer

Once you get to your conference, automatically tweet it so that your wider professional network knows you have arrived.

IFTTT Recipe: Tweet when I arrive at a conference or tradeshow. connects saga to twitter

And for consultants and salespeople, it’s nice to track your time spent with clients. Log those office visits to your calendar or Google Drive with the following recipes. IFTTT Recipe: Add an event to my calendar when I visit an office. connects saga to google-calendar

IFTTT Recipe: Log visits to offices of more than one hour. connects saga to google-drive

Are those meetings lingering a little too long? Get an automated phone call at work! (But seriously, maybe you should just talk to your co-workers.)

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IFTTT Recipe of the Day: Family Connections

By / August 1, 2014 /

Hey, parents! How many times do you have to remind your kid to send a message so you know she is safe? Hey, kids! How many times do your parents nag you for an update on your location? Hey, couples! Do you make a stop at the grocery store and forget to ask your SO if they need anything? IFTTT and Saga can help automate the day-to-day communication that we often forget – and keep things running smoothly on the homefront.

  • If I arrive at a grocery store, send a message to my family asking if they need anything. (You can write this recipe for drugstores, department stores, and convenience stores, too.)
  • Tell my parents I’ve arrived safely at school.
  • Remind me to take a family selfie when we’re somewhere fun.
  • Send Mom and Dad loving emails while I’m away at college.
  • Let my family know when I’ve arrived at an airport or hotel during a business trip.

IFTTT Recipe: If I arrive at a grocery store send an SMS connects saga to android-sms

IFTTT Recipe: Tell my family when I've arrived safely to school. connects saga to gmail

IFTTT Recipe: Remind me to take a family selfie when we're somewhere fun! connects saga to android-notifications

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Categories: Family, IFTTT, Saga, Social Lifelogging, Uncategorized

Data Visualization: How the Right Analysis Makes Your Data Useful

By / July 31, 2014 /

Running through column after column of your personal data isn’t exactly inspiring. Even if you can see clear trends in the numbers, understanding how strong those trends are can be tough. Getting a handle on those numbers requires one of the two following options: some robust statistical analysis or a way to visualize your personal data.

Even if you had a good stats class in college, data visualization will probably offer an easier option than going through all of the formulas to decide on how reliable your data is. When you consider that the ways you hope to use your personal data probably don’t require that level of analysis, data visualization becomes the more appealing option. When you see some of the different ways data can become even more meaningful with the right visualization, that approach will become the obvious choice.

Data Visualization Prompts Interesting Questions

Consider Aaron Parecki’s visualizations of his GPS coordinates over four years. He gathered 2.5 million data points, which would have been relatively difficult to deal with on a case-by-case basis. But when he created a visualization of the data, the image essentially provided a map of his home city (Portland, Oregon). Parecki also tracked his travels outside of Portland. The data is pretty enough on its own, but looking at it could easily prompt questions that a lifelogger wouldn’t think to ask in advance, like how to optimize a commute or decide where to live in a given city.

Data Visualizations Suggests New Experiments

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Categories: Data, Data Analysis, Data Visualization

Why Doctors Love the Idea of Apple’s Healthkit

By / July 29, 2014 /

How will mobile health records improve your care?

Your doctor doesn’t really care about your health stats: knowing that you’ve met your goal of walking 10,000 steps every day doesn’t really give a medical professional a reason to sit up and pay attention. As long as you’re continuing to stay in good health, your fitness records are probably only interesting to you (even if they’re invaluable for improving your own performance).

Instead, doctors are interested in your medical records — and the technology that may make those records truly portable.

The Real Reason Doctors Care About Healthkit

Doctors are particularly interested in Apple’s new Healthkit app because of their interest in better handling patients’ records. While the app seems like a Quantified Self adherent’s dream, there are subtle indications that Apple is thinking much better. While screen caps of the Healthkit app show that it will pull together fitness data under one roof, they also show tools for the following information:

  • What medications the user takes
  • The user’s vital signs
  • The user’s lab results
  • Diagnostic data and tools

While this data is clearly useful for individual users who want to manage their own health better, doctors and other medical professional may find it equally useful.

Right now, if your current doctor wants to know what tests your last doctor conducted, the odds are pretty good that she’ll have to contact that doctor’s office for the information — and may have to wait for … Read More

Categories: Apple, Data, Health

IFTTT Recipes for Outdoor Enthusiasts

By / July 25, 2014 /

Go outside and play! And make sure to tell your family, keep a digital archive, and announce it on Twitter without taking your phone out of your pocket. Today’s IFTTT recipes are for those of you who would rather be kicking back at the beach, hiking a trail, or summiting a volcano. Now you can announce visits to hotspots on Twitter, tell your family where you’re hiking, and log your time outdoors on your Jawbone UP.

In addition to these Saga recipes, check out other IFTTT recipes for Nature Lovers.

Broadcast my beach visits on Twitter
IFTTT Recipe: Broadcast my beach visits on Twitter connects saga to twitter

Log my time outdoors on my Jawbone UP IFTTT Recipe: Log my time in the Great Outdoors connects saga to up-by-jawbone

Tell my family when I visit a hiking trail
IFTTT Recipe: Tell my family when I'm at a hiking trail connects saga to life360

Keep track of my Great Outdoors visits IFTTT Recipe: Keep track of my Great Outdoors visits connects saga to google-drive

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Fluxstream: A Better Tool for Data Exploration

By / July 24, 2014 /

Fluxstream can display data in a number of ways.

With all the gadgets and apps that keep coming out, it’s pretty clear that we’ve figured out how to effectively collect plenty of data. But actually using that data is proving a more complicated problem at every level. Even figuring out the best tools for using our own data has proven difficult. At least part of the problem may be a question of how we even think about data collection.

Building a Better Process

Anne Wright spoke at the 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference, covering briefly what the team at Fluxstream is doing to support data exploration. As Wright explains, the default process for a Quantified Self process seems to be:

  1. Gather all the data you can.
  2. ?
  3. Change your life for the better.

Even within the experienced Quantified Self community, there’s serious trouble in determining what that second step might look like. Predicting what steps might be necessary to improve upon a particular part of your life, especially based on data you may not have collected yet, is difficult at best. So charging ahead into collecting all the data you can think of seems like a logical option. But, as more data accumulates, dealing with it becomes more daunting. Even just analyzing it can be a major hassle.

Incremental approaches offer a necessary alternative. Wright offers an improved process:

  1. Gather some data.
  2. Reflect on the data you have.
  3. Adapt your ideas and strategies based on … Read More

    Categories: API, Apps, Data Visualization

How Wearable Technology Can Improve Government

By / July 22, 2014 /

What technology would you like to see the government adopt?

It's tempting to restrict the conversation about how a government can use technology to the ethical questions of what technology a governmental agency can use to collect information about its citizens, but there are many more factors worth discussing in the broad category of what technology a government can consider.

How Wearables Can Be Useful for Governments

Wearable technology has the potential to improve many of the functions that a government agency carries out: whether we're talking about the federal, state, or municipal levels, the opportunities are endless.

Consider the work done at the U.S. State Department. That particular agency relies on translators as it works with countries around the world. But a tool like Google Glass could improve communication across cultural barriers – helping interpret gestures and provide context on top of what a human translators does.

Emergency management presents another interesting opportunity for wearable technology in a governmental setting. Emergencies tend to require more rugged technology than other settings — something that some wearable companies are already thinking about. But users in the middle of an evacuation or another crisis would also benefit from hands-free gadgets and ways to keep in contact with a centralized communication system.

Given how many different parts of life that touch governmental processes, it's hard to even predict how wearable technology could help. What uses would a health inspector have for collecting data? What … Read More

Categories: Surveillance, Tracking, Wearable Technology

IFTTT Recipes of the Day: Healthy Living Reminders

By / July 20, 2014 /

Saga knows when you’re at the bar and the fast food restaurant. Give a gift to your future self: set up healthy living reminders to stay on track. Too much time at the bar? Make sure your friends give you a ride home. Enjoying some fast food? Remind yourself to go to the gym!

IFTTT Recipe: Remind me to drink some water if I'm at a bar for 2 hours. connects saga to sms

IFTTT Recipe: Remind me to put on sunscreen if I'm outside for 2 hours.  connects saga to sms

IFTTT Recipe: Remind me to get some exercise when I eat fast food. connects saga to sms

IFTTT Recipe: Ask for a ride home if I've been drinking for 2 hours. connects saga to facebook

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Lifelogging’s Impact on Your Quality of Life

By / July 17, 2014 /

What does quality time look like for you?

Some people enjoy tracking numbers just for the sake of collecting data, but that sense of accomplishment isn't enough for many of us. Rather, collecting data to achieve a deeper purpose makes the process more worthwhile. That purpose can vary, but almost always fits inside the broad category of improving your quality of life in one way or another.

The more you can focus your lifelogging efforts to improve your own self-knowledge, the more likely you are to be able to improve your quality of life.

The Subjectivity of Our Lives

Of course, defining your own quality of life is subjective: we each have different goals, as well as ideas of what constitutes a perfect life. Where one person sees traveling as the most enjoyable way to spend time, another may prefer to stick a little closer to home.

To make matters more complicated, not all of us are entirely clear on what we want to be doing, both long term and in the moment. But the right approach to lifelogging can help with that particular problem. If you're able to track multiple aspects of your life over time, you can discover what contributes to your personal sense of a high quality of life.

Unfortunately, it's not a system that you can just throw a switch on. Even just deciding which variables to track can be a complex matter.

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Categories: Happiness, Lifelogging, Personal Analytics

IFTTT Recipes of the Day: Automate Your Business Tasks

By / July 16, 2014 /

Several Saga users have told us how they use Saga for their businesses. Some use Saga as an automatic mileage log. A piano tuner keeps track of his visits to customers. An EMT keeps notes about his ambulance calls.

Now, with the Saga Channel on IFTTT, there are even more ways to automate your business tasks. Here are a few examples of Recipes you might use:

IFTTT Recipe: Add an event to my calendar when I visit an office. connects saga to google-calendar

IFTTT Recipe: Mute my ringtone when I arrive at an office. connects saga to android-device

IFTTT Recipe: Tweet when I arrive at a conference or tradeshow. connects saga to twitter

IFTTT Recipe: Alert me when I've been at an office for 8 hours.  connects saga to sms

IFTTT Recipe: Log visits to offices of more than one hour. connects saga to google-drive

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