Last weekend I was at Oggcamp demoing a mobile GSR sensor using a mini-horror game I quickly whipped up for the event. The game uses a similar mechanic to Dark Escape 4D which I played a couple of months back. Dark Escape is a 2-player light-gun game with competitive biofeedback elements. During play there are several predetermined events which try to shock players into responding physiologically, and the player who responds the least is judged the winner. Its an interesting idea which lends itself well to an arcade game.
I’m off to Oggcamp tomorrow to demo a mobile GSR sensor. The device was originally commissioned by FACT (and built by Madlab) for an art exhibit I was involved in earlier in the year, however owing to time constraints we replaced the sensor for an off-the-shelf heart rate monitor. As the technical consultant involved in this venture the sensor has a couple of features I like in all my devices, such as being Bluetooth (easy to connect to) and a step counter (to manage data loss). I’m surprised how how many wireless sensors don’t provide a means to manage data loss, they just seem to assume their operating as a wired device which is the wrong assumption to make as research depending on time-locked signals becomes impossible. Continue reading
Trying to find free time to write something is always somewhat of an uphill challenge. In the meantime here a few links about my recent meanderings, enjoy!
- Interview in ACM XRDS Crossroads on EEG setups.
- Podcast by LJMU OpenLabs on Physiological Computing (for the transcript click here).
- Video presentation of my Quantified Self Europe talk - Lessons from a year of heart rate data.
- Photo series from BodyLab a business innovation event ran in-conjunction with LJMU Openlabs.
Cross posted on PhysiologicalComputing.net
Last month I attended the inaugural Quantified Self Europe conference over in Amsterdam. I was there to present a follow-up talk to one I gave back in 2010 at Quantified Self London in which I described my experiences in tracking my heart rate along with publishing it in real-time over the Internet.
The Body Blogger system as it became known, after a term Steve came up with back in 2009, was only really intended to be used to demonstrate what could be done with the BM-CS5 heart monitors we’d recently purchased. As these devices allowed wireless real-time streaming of multiple heart rate monitors to a single PC there was a number of interaction projects we wanted to try out and using web services to manage the incoming data and provide a platform for app development seemed the best choice to realise our ideas (see here and here for other stuff we’ve used The Body Blogger engine for).
I was in London last month to attend the inaugural meeting of the Quantified Self London group set-up by Dennis Harscoat and Adriana Lukas. For those of you unfamilar with the Quantified Self (QS), it’s a community of self-trackers (i.e. people who monitor aspects of their life) who are interested in what they can learn about themselves (more info about QS here). The community usually gets together periodically over in the US (where the group orignally started) to discuss their latest projects (e.g. what are they tracking, what tools do they use, what did they learn about themselves) and has recently gone global with QS groups popping up all over the place.