Everyware and Personal Informatics
Johnny Holland Magazine features an interesting discussion surrounding the development of everyware: technology that’s built into everyday objects to provide personal feedback. These “personal informatics” are already tracking people’s daily activities and allowing them to modify their behavior based on their trends. Take, for instance, the popular Nike+ system. By putting a small computer chip in your running shoes and synching it to your iPod, you can track your run, monitor your progress, and perhaps most importantly, connect with a community of runners. And in times of recession, people start looking for ways to save wherever they can, which may explain the popularity of the Wattson or Google’s PowerMeter. These tools monitor energy usage and allow consumers to pinpoint (and reduce) high energy usage. Everyware, in essence, helps us track our lives – and potentially do and be better – without really trying.