Forget living the examined life. Technophiles nowadays are turning to their smartphones and apps and wearable computers to achieve a better self.
The idea is called lifelogging--tracking and recording every aspects of your life digitally and analyzing those data so you could become healthier and happier--and a nascent movement has emerged called Quantified Self predicated precisely on this incessant documentation. And companies from sports giant Nike to tech behemoth Google to no-name startups like Saga have taken note, producing gadgets and products that help us become more actualized.
Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine and co-founder of the Quantified Self Labs in Northern California, a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in gaining self knowledge through self-tracking. He is author the author of “Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities” (Cool Tools Lab, 2013)
Mark Krynsky, blogger and founder of Lifestream Blog, a blog on lifelogging among other things