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TecVis LPBy TecVis LP
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TecVis LPBy TecVis LP
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£433
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 21 2013 2:05 PM UTC +00:00

About

Self-Monitoring? What For?

Have you ever wondered what you were doing last week? Where you were then? What happened? Who you were with? What you found interesting? How you felt that day? How the weather was during your last holiday?

Storica is an information processing and visualisation experience platform that is dedicated to supporting self-reflection, serving as a general memory and self-understanding aid that lets you monitor and correlate multiple aspects of your life for your personal well-being. It helps you uncover unusual days or detect behavioural changes by providing recorded evidence. Above all, Storica lets you experience this recorded evidence through personalised digital stories that are simple yet engaging correlated information abstractions, while timelines, tagclouds and maps allow for diving deeper into the individual evidence as needed. 

Comprehensive, Interactive and Extensible

Lifelogging is about using the power of technology to capture multiple life aspects to serve current and future user needs. As life aspects are intertwined, we believe that a recording platform should be able to capture many relevant life information in a customisable manner and correlate it through various means. We also believe that automatic recording is not able to capture and correctly interpret user information. Therefore, we offer easy means for users to add own information through annotations, either during recording or after. 

Our existing Android-based AIRS platform, available in the Playstore since 2011 (and downloaded by more than 12,000 users) already provides a comprehensive recording basis that captures mobile device based data; a basis which we plan to even further extend by our desktop platform (see picture below). 

Similar to AIRS, our desktop platform will also be extensible, allowing for integrating data sources as they become available on your desktop but also including Internet-hosted devices (such as the FitBit One or the Withings Pulse). Material similar to our current AIRS developer information will allow for such extensions through 3rd parties and we provide our forum as a platform for interaction.

Information possible to record with Storica
Information possible to record with Storica

Going Beyond Purely Mobile

Why do we want to go beyond our existing mobile offering? Our final Storica platform will integrate all your mobile device recordings (captured through AIRS) as well as existing external sensors (such as FitBit or Withings devices) with your activities on your desktop into a beautiful blog-based interface. This will not only extend the pool of recording data but also utilise the larger footprint on your desktop to experience your recordings. 

We base this interface on the popular WordPress blogging platform, providing you with a stable basis that has been proven in millions of installations. Storica Desk will allow you access to all your data through this single interface on a larger screen and our service provides you with the ability to add more data for every new day that you record!  

Watch the video below to get an idea how Storica Desk is going to look like!

Customise Your Experiences

Customising Storica is key to our offering. These are your experiences and you want to experience them in a way that appeals to you. Through the WordPress basis of Storica Desk, you will receive all benefits of easily customising its interface through the large variety of available WordPress themes as well as continuously extending its functionalities through plugins.

In addition, we also allow for customising the visualisations that are offered for your data. Similar to Storica mobile, you can set your own story backgrounds depending where you have been at that moment. You can filter the events being shown for your stories so that you only see what matters to you.

An Event Example in Our Digital Stories
An Event Example in Our Digital Stories


Detailed visualisations can be customised by, e.g., changing colours of timelines shown.

Detailed Timelines for the Hard Evidence, including User Annotations
Detailed Timelines for the Hard Evidence, including User Annotations


Ready for Sharing

Sharing your experiences with friends, family or interest groups is at the core of our offering. Through its interface, we will provide you with multiple options for sharing. Storica Desk will also allow users to determine what information is shared, in what form (e.g., whole stories, timelines, single set of values, ...) and with whom.

The WordPress environment will also allow for easy integration with various social platforms and we will provide pre-installed plugins that will simplify this process.

Multiple Users

Storica can be more than an individual's platform. Why not log your family's life, making Storica a true family diary - particularly nice after that family holiday? Beyond supporting multiple devices that can record, Storica will also support multiple users that can feed their data into the platform. Each user can have their personal diary on the same platform, while also combining experiences through joint user accounts - all enabled by the underlying blogging platform!

Coming full Circle: Experience on all Your Devices

Storica works on all your devices - not only when it comes to recording but also when it comes to the experiences! Apart from mobile-only experiences, enabled by our existing Storica mobile offering, you will be able to securely experience the Storica desktop from anywhere in the world through the remote access control mechanisms provided by WordPress and through mobile-friendly themes.

Experience on Any Device from Anywhere in the World
Experience on Any Device from Anywhere in the World


You and Your Data

Your data is all yours! We are neither interested in owning nor mining your data for our own purposes. All data is saved on your own devices, either mobile and/or your desktop. You will keep your data even after the subscription service ends and you can enjoy your experiences for everything you recorded until you stopped paying us. You can have a look at our (draft) Terms of Use in order to see how we value your data as your property.

What Do I Pay For?

You pay for being able to extend your experiences from Storica mobile to the desktop, consisting of the ability to add to your database (using our information processing and visualisation algorithms) and the ability to receive future updates to our platform! In other words, the monthly subscription enables you to add recordings to the Storica database (either directly recorded on your desktop or added through the mobile recording platform). If you cancel the subscription, you will loose the ability to add data to the database but you will keep the Storica platform as it is, including all the data you recorded. You will, however, loose the ability to receive any future updates to the Storica Desk itself.

We will initially price the subscription at £1.99 (incl. VAT) per month.

How Does it Work?

We are excited to build our Storica desktop experience platform on a content management system that has proven its suitability many million times!

WordPress is at the heart of our platform. It provides a stable yet expandable basis. Its blog concept aligns very well with the desired diary for self-monitoring purposes.

We amend WordPress with our set of processing algorithms and visualisations that will bring you the experiences that we can extract from your data. These algorithms and visualisations are integrated into the WordPress distribution (as PHP, Javascipt, and HTML extensions) you will receive from us as the Storica desktop platform, while still being able to extend the underlying WordPress platform through plugins, themes and alike. 

For data storage, we utilise the MySQL database (which is also used by WordPress) to host all your recorded data. This database will be populated through our own data integration scripts that will parse the various input sources (mainly our mobile platform AIRS, several desktop-based sources like application activity, and external servers such as for your email and calendar activity). These integration scripts are Java-based and will also include the handling of the subscription service.

Recordings will be shown in WordPress as blog entries, while own notes and media can be added to your blog as usual (using the standard WordPress means). The blog entries for recordings will call our PHP, Javascript and HTML extensions in order to generate visualisations and create correlations between specific recorded data. The digital stories in Storica also utilise multimedia libraries for creating the engaging graphical assets for each story. 

Where Are We Now?

We have been working on lifelogging and sensing platforms throughout our research for many years. Our existing Android-based platform AIRS is the platform that is central to recording on your mobile device. During the past 2 years since it was launched in the Google Playstore, AIRS has been tested and continuously improved in terms of battery consumption, usage and interface. Visualising your mobile-only data is already possible with our mobile Storica mobile application, also available in the Google Playstore. 

What Does Your Support Bring?

With your support, we can work hard to finish the first public release of Storica on a desktop. Your backing will help fund the development time in order to work on the Storica desktop platform through the remainder of 2013. We aim to release our desktop platform in December 2013, ready for the winter Holidays! 

We will also extend the recording capabilities of AIRS through supporting more external (e.g., BT-attached) sensors and improve our Storica mobile offering to complement Storica desktop towards a comprehensive experience.

A £50000 goal sounds like an ambitious target but we believe that it is needed because:

- We will need to bring Storica to the desktop. This involves a wide range of technologies from the current Android OS solution to web technologies (PHP, Javascript, web design). That requires that we extend our team with a web developer that can support us in finalising the current prototype and hardening the necessary synchronisation solutions. This means to cover initial costs for bringing Storica to you until December.

- We will need to ensure that Storica will meet your needs throughout the subscription that you obtain through your pledge (and the possible extension, if you decide that Storica is right for you). Remember that we do not mine your data for our purposes. That focusses our income on the subscription service alone! A £25 pledge receives 3 months of subscription, which means that it will need to cover 3 months of our ability to provide you with a great service throughout that time. Higher pledges receive longer subscriptions. Hence, our goal incorporates the need to sustain our developments throughout the time of the subscriptions, providing you with great experiences and updates! Your pledges will form the basis for this continuous support! 

The underlying WordPress platform lends itself for a hosted solution and even your own appliance! Your support will lay the ground for providing a hosted solution as the next step and any surplus in funds received will be directed to making such hosted solution happen faster! With such solution, you can enjoy all the benefits of a secure backup storage in the cloud, while a personal appliance at home could become your own family lifelogger storage, which you can access from any device while storing your lifelogs from anywhere and any device you use for recording.

We will also extend our mobile platform to iOS once we have shown the feasibility of the combined mobile and desktop platforms!

The People

The people behind TecVis LP are Dirk Trossen and Dana Pavel, both researchers with a long-standing experience in mobile services and software platforms.

Dirk Trossen has more than 15 years of experience in network architectures, wireless technology, and context-aware services. Dirk has worked in several senior research positions at Nokia Research, BT Research and at Cambridge University in the area of lifelogging, mobile and wireless sensing, and context-aware services. He has worked with world-class institutions such as MIT, Cambridge University, Columbia University and others. He led the UK-funded research project PAL, working on personal healthcare system. Dirk is the main contributor to the AIRS mobile sensing platform, available in the Google Play Store, and the main developer of the Storica mobile solution.

Dana Pavel has been working in the area of context-aware computing for 14 years, her work including sensing and context-aware platforms, context modelling and processing, software agents, adaptive software and interfaces. Dana worked for 8 years as part of Nokia Research Center in Boston and Helsinki. During this time, she also created or contributed to various collaborations with world-class universities such as Georgia Tech, Columbia University and MIT. During the past years, Dana worked in the UK-funded PAL project, designing and developing MyRoR, a lifestyle management system centred around a story-driven information organization and presentation framework. She also holds a Visiting Researcher position at the Computer Laboratory in Cambridge.

Credits

The music to our video is "Plain Loafer" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Risks and challenges

With a software development project like this, the biggest risk and challenge is inevitably shipping on time. To combat delays, we'll be setting regular milestones and making sure we hit them + keep our backers updated. We will be prioritising schedule above features.

Our other biggest challenge will be the integration of the various lifelogging information sources, i.e., from the mobile, from sensors, from the desktop, into the desktop platform. This is particularly important for moving beyond a standalone version towards a hosted lifelogging solution. This risk is, however, manageable since synchronisation options already exist and will need extensions towards including a full Internet-based option.

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