Personal Monitoring Software Charts The Science Of You [PSFK SEATTLE]

Personal Monitoring Software Charts The Science Of You [PSFK SEATTLE]

Andy Hickl discusses how his new life logging app SAGA can help you better understand yourself.

Matt Sabourin
  • 16 june 2013

At the recent PSFK SEATTLE event, we had an opportunity to hear Andy Hickl of A.R.O. present is the idea behind his recently launched app SAGA. The Paul Allen backed Seattle-area startup has developed an innovative ambient location tracking smartphone application. A.R.O.’s recently launched SAGA app (available for both iOS and Android) uses smartphone sensors to enable a new kind of automatic lifelogging, and offer users key insights about their behavior. We caught up with Andy to get a few more in-depth insights into why he believes this will be an app that people will depend on.


What are the key features of Saga?

Saga’s a lifelogging app.

It records your real life story, as told by the places and people you visited, and what you did there — and compiles it all into a beautiful diary, called a lifelog.  We try to make it easy and fun to look back on where you’ve been, what you’ve done, what you’ve said and seen. And we do this all with little to no manual input required from a user. That’s it.

In the near future, you’ll see us start surfacing more context and relevant information about you, based on our analysis of your lifelog. The longer you lifelog, the richer every interaction with Saga will get. That additional data and context can and hopefully will unlock a bunch of very interesting possibilities for smart notifications, and potentially fix the spammy recommendation problem we see in many apps today.

You’ll also see us get more social, as well. We believe lifelogging is powerful when it’s a solitary endeavor — but it’s even better when you’re able to catch a glimpse of how other people are living their lives. This has been a dream of ours for a long time. We think Social lifelogging will be a fundamental new medium and a completely new way to share. You have your online social life, and then you have your Saga. I want to be able to share with you pieces of my Saga that are meaningful to me, and I want to be able to follow when you achieve great things down the road.

Click here to try out SAGA for yourself and check out Andy’s full PSFK SEATTLE presentation below:

Andy Hickl // SAGA


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