I was amused and delighted by the topic, but a schedule conflict prevented me from attending a meeting at the Institute For The Future (IFTF) about “the quantified self” a month ago. The topic, however, is completely intriguing to me as I find my life increasingly digitized – as if it weren’t already. (See The Quantified Self Group.)
I picked up an iPhone app called EveryTrail, and have been testing it against measured walking/running courses all weekend, and also tried to use it to measure a walk from my house to the Ferry Building and back on Sunday (it was way off due to GPS inaccuracies in the skyscraper canyons of downtown San Francisco, but it’s spot-on when the GPS satellites are unobstructed, such as on the waterfront).
Here’s (below) a Saturday hike I did from Crissy Field to the Golden Gate Bridge, then back along the Embarcadero to Pier 23, with a return to Crissy Field – a little more than 10 miles. You can double-click to zoom in on the map, and you can drag it to see the kind of detail this app records. The iPhone has to remain on (not sleeping) the entire time in order to record the GPS data, and I ran the battery down below 20% over the course of almost 4 hours. I was also wearing new shoes, and I can hardly walk today my feet are so raw. But it was a lot of fun.
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