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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Festival della Creativita and some research

We are so excited to have been accepted to Festival della Creativita (http://www.festivaldellacreativita.it/) in Florence, Oct. 15-18, 2009. They needed something around Interaction Design and social interaction and we are very eager to develop the Biometric Social Interaction (BSI) system further.

For this festival, our first thought was to create a structured experience wherein people come in and have meetings and record their biometric data but we're not so sure structured is the way to go. Instead, we'll concentrate on the experience of discovering your biometric self. We'll set it up in workshop style, giving people the opportunity to play with different types of sensors and to create their own biometric 'footprint' (for lack of a better term). We're still brainstorming so comment or email geekphysical@gmail.com if you have ideas!

We've been exploring some interesting articles. Wired featured "Know Thyself: Tracking Every Facet of Life, from Sleep to Mood to Pain, 24/7/365" by Gary Wolf recently and it has some great insights into self-tracking and recording biometric information. We're taking this into consideration; our data isn't scientific, its an approximation, though Dzl has mad crazy filtering skills, it will still be an approximation and certainly nothing to base one's lifestyle habits on but it will be interesting to look at Gary's suggestions of bias, and random recording as a solution to people being biased about their own recording. This article stemmed from one about the Nike+ system and people tracking their running stats.

We recognize the multitude of tracking going on, and were enlightened to a lot more types of tracking through Gary's article but our focus remains strong - how does biometric data change, inspire or affect in some way, social interaction? How do people's attitudes and communications change as a result of knowledge of their biometric data?

We continue to brainstorm....

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