Life Logging

SenseCam worn around neck

Life logging is a process by which an individual captures information about their day-to-day life. There are several devices that have been developed to do this, including SenseCam, which automatically captures images every 30 seconds. It combines sensors with conventional camera technology, such as a lens and an accelerometer that detects the movement of the individual wearing it so as to avoid capturing blurry images as well as to recognise a change in the person’s environment, which prompts the capture of a new photo. The wearer is able to stop the automatic capturing of photos by pressing a privacy button on the SenseCam.

The aim of this project is to collect data about people’s daily life experiences, using this and other devices. For example, the SenseCam can be used in conjunction with temperature and light sensors and a GPS tracking device in order to classify the events of people’s lives. The intention is that the data collected will help turn people’s home computers into an efficient memory prosthetic, supporting and enhancing human memory.

An issue with life logging, particularly with devices like SenseCam that collect extensive data, is that the information that they capture cannot be easily explored. Therefore, we are also developing a user interface that allows the user to view and search the data, upload new content and see their data organised in a meaningful way: for example, users could create visual cues that remind them of past events.

Start Date: July 2007

Project supervisor: Patrick Olivier

Funding: Libyan embassy