Tapping aggregated smartphone data for new, community-level insights

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A wealth of data is generated by smartphones around the globe every day, yet rarely is it tapped in aggregate form. The NextTrain app we profiled last year is perhaps one exception, but startup Behavio aims to take such efforts even further. Specifically, Behavio seeks to use the huge amount of data smartphones collect to identify patterns of behavior across society. A product of the MIT Media Lab, Behavio has created an open source Android platform dubbed Funf that monitors how participants use their phones, how they communicate with others, and environmental factors like sound, light and motion. With the…

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