Reporter lets people set themselves mini surveys to glean data about the small or big moments in their lives, turning them into pretty infographics.
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There have been a number of wearable sensors and quantified self apps that help determine users’ fitness progress or emotional health, but fail to log more mundane activities. Aiming to deliver cold, hard facts about users’ everyday habits, Reporter lets users set themselves mini surveys to glean data about the small or big moments in their lives, turning them into pretty infographics.
Created by Nicholas Felton — who has worked as a designer for Facebook and initially made his name creating annual reports about his life — the iPhone app works by prompting users to answer a short quiz about their current status at random intervals during the day. Default questions include what they’re doing, who they’re with, what food or drink they’re consuming and what they’re wearing, and typically only take a few seconds to answer. Users can even set their own questions and parameters depending on what kind of things they want to track. Sensors also automatically log the time, location and weather at the point each survey is answered. Users can then instantly see through nicely-designed graphs and charts how their daily routines change or remain the same over time. All of the data is stored locally, although users can export it to Dropbox if they want to access the raw data themselves.
Reporter enables anyone to quantify their life in a more personal way without having to remember to do it or leave it up to the whims of limited sensor trackers. It’s available for USD 3.99 from the App Store. Are there other ways people can more seamlessly track their lives?