Tag: GPS


Stephen Cartwright: 17 Years of Location Tracking

March 4, 2016

In this talk from QS15, Steven Cartwright, associate director at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, shows how seventeen years of location tracking has given him a wealth of data to explore in the form of three-dimensional data visualization sculptures.


Jacek Smolicki: Self-Tracking As Artistic Practice

February 11, 2016

“I don’t have a concrete goal. I don’t have a concrete aim to advance myself. It’s a way to explore different aspects of my life through data.” Since 2009 Jacek Smolicki has experimented with using personal data as a mode for artistic exploration. In this talk, he presents some of his practices: Making a collage…


QS Gallery: Eric Jain

November 19, 2013

Today’s gallery image comes to us from Eric Jain. Eric is the creator of Zenobase a neat data aggregation and tracking system. He’s also been a great contributor to our community at meetups in Seattle, our conferences, and on the forum. This map shows my outdoor trips in the Pacific Northwest since 2008. Red is…


QS Gallery: Aaron Parecki

November 13, 2013

We thought it fitting to include Aaron Parecki’s great visualization of his GPS tracking logs here in our QS Gallery. If you haven’t already, you can view his great talk here, during which he describes his process. Five years of my personal GPS logs.


QS Gallery: Bill Schuller

November 12, 2013

Today’s QS Gallery entry comes to us from Bill Schuller. Be sure to check out his blog, Data Obsessive, to learn more about this visualization and other interesting self-tracking projects. A driver made a left turn from a stright-only lane right in front of me as I was proceeding straight through the intersection from my…


Numbers From Around the Web: Round 7

May 10, 2012

Where are you? A pretty easy question to answer. But, what about, “Where was I?” Not so easy to answer, especially when we start talking about periods of time more than a few days or weeks. Sure, we all have GPS running on our phones now. We can check in with Foursquare/Facebook/Path etc. to keep…


Numbers From Around the Web: Round 6

April 26, 2012

There is something really magical about taking data and turning it into a compelling visual image. Even though I’ve already written a bit about the importance of making data visual, I am consistently amazed at how data can be made more appealing and informative by creating eye-popping graphics. Today we are devoting this NFATW post…


Crowd-Tracking Noise and Air Pollution

July 29, 2010

A new noise/ozone sensor watch being tested in Europe. Quantified Self enthusiast David Purdy asked me one day, “Why aren’t people measuring simple ambient things like background noise?” I didn’t have a good answer at the time, but I do now. It turns out a project in France is doing just what David suggested.


Exposure: GPS Insight Punishes a Competitor

September 15, 2008

The same ubiquitous traces that make it easier for us to track ourselves make it easier for other people to track us. So we always take an interest in stories of accidental self-exposure. Here, without too much comment, is a link to today’s notable incident. It comes from the world of GPS tracking; specifically, from…


Nike+ Apple Workout Monitor

September 14, 2008

“Nike +” is the monitoring system embedded into specific Nike shoes which allow you to record data about your runs. In one version (not the Sports Band) the system transmits this information to your iPod, and soon to your iPhone. Apple has filed patents for improving the system. According to Engadget which publicized the filed…



December 20, 2007

Smack in the middle of the arena of self-surveillence is this tiny flash-stick-sized location tracker, the Trackstick. It is tiny. Gets lost in your coat pocket, or backpack. You carry it around wherever you go. Once a month you download its records from its built in USB port and plot your course on an online…