Earlier this week, I spoke at Google I/O on OpenYou and The Quantified Coder Project, one of the first "things I can do with all of the hardware I'm working on for OpenYou" projects. The talk is now available on YouTube.

(if it doesn't happen automatically, wind above to 12:47 for the start of my talk, though the whole thing is a great watch if you've got the time, as there are lots of QSy topics in it)

For those interested in the talk content, the slides and notes are available as a zip file.

As I've been working on sensors for OpenYou, I've been coming up with different ideas about what to do with all of this data once I've got it. Having an end goal for these projects keeps me motivated while I'm in the bit mines. What's I've come up with so far:

  • Golden Gate Wall - Rock climbing is a big new hobby for me (only been at it about a year), and seems like a neat place to think about engineering. There's already some neat research papers, for instance. I figured I'd 3D scan a rock climbing wall in Berkeley, CA, and start mapping information about it. Looking to do things like automated route planning based on past traversal by climbers who are wearing sensors, maybe doing some infoviz on the biometrics, etc...
  • Quantified Coder - In looking at accessing all of this hardware, I have to think about where I'm gonna be most of the time, and what I can do with the data from that time. Mostly, it's gonna be spent in front of the computer. So, why not try and make it add value to what I'm doing, like programming? That's what quantified coder is about. For now, check out the talk above for a more in-depth explanation of where I see it going.

Right now, my main goal with OpenYou is to get the community moving, adding a wiki for protocol information, and getting a few of the driver projects to version 1. I've done information gathering/centralization projects like this before (for instance, with the Compaq IA-1 Internet Appliance, many years ago), but they tend to lose focus if there's not a goal outside of that. The projects above give this procedure some shape, which will hopefully means I can keep on-going interest and attention as everything progresses.

So, in conclusion, yes, OpenYou is a my very own meta-quantified-self project. Nice that things work out like that sometimes.